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Battlefield: Hardline Preview

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Monday 16 June 2014No Comments

Coming to XBO, PS4, PC, 360 and PS3 l Published by EA l Developed by Visceral Games l Classification TBA l Supports 1-32 players l Due to arrive 23.10.14

EA won the award for the “worst kept secret in gaming 2014” with the constant leaking of info about its upcoming game Battlefield: Hardline. Trailers leaked, screenshots made it onto Twitter and we all knew it was coming. Luckily EA did manage to keep one thing under wraps for the official announcement at E3 and that was the beta going live on the day of its E3 Press conference. I have spent a good few hours with the multiplayer beta and I am pleased to say that there is quite a bit of fun to be had in this cops and robbers based spinoff. Read the rest of this entry »

E3 Originals: Guns Up!

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 15 June 2014No Comments

School camp is the worst.

Sony has announced a new *cue Imperial March.mp3* free-to-play game called Guns Up. The game is something of a mix between a real time strategy and tower defence with a dash of humour thrown in for good measure. It is certainly giving off a Cannon Fodder vibe, which is sure to please the old people who still know what Cannon Fodder is (i.e. me).

It seems that the dreaded F2P curse hasn’t hit this game, with developers promising that it will be playable from beginning to end without spending a cent. Microtransactions will be for cosmetic and minor stat upgrades only, with nothing that could be even remotely considered pay-to-win. If this is the case, then perhaps players can look past the dirty word that is ‘F2P’ and embrace what Guns Up is offering because it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Guns Up is coming to PS4, PS3 and Vita later in the year and will support cross save so your ballistic carnage can follow you wherever you go. For the price, this is a game that is at least worth the hit to your download limit to check it out.

E3 Originals: Entwined

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 15 June 2014No Comments

In what has to be an E3 first (actually, don’t quote me on that) a game has been announced and then subsequently released on the same day. That game is Entwined for the PS4 (and later the PS3 and Vita). Entwined was developed by new outfit Pixelopus and it is available for $10 US right now.

The game looks to be a simple concept yet something that could quite easily be an engrossing adventure. Players control two creatures at the same time, a fish with the left stick and a bird with the right, as they zoom through various locales. At the end of each level players will get the chance to morph the two together and become a dragon, at which point the gameplay changes and gives the players more freedom to move about.

Entwined is really quite a hard game to describe, so to get the best idea of what to expect interested parties would be best to check out some of the stunning video footage of the game. It is certainly a feast for the eyes. Entwined really was a big surprise and it certainly looks like the type of game that could create those magic water cooler moments that the best indie titles (such as Journey and Brothers) seem to do.

The Black List 249

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 14 June 2014No Comments

Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.

SUNDAY NEWS Bungie still at odds with former composer > A month after being shown the door by Bungie, Halo composer Martin O’Donnell is taking legal action against the studio. As reported by VentureBeat, O’Donnell’s claim relates to allegedly unpaid benefits. According to O’Donnell, Bungie promised to compensate him for “unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits” in line with company policy. READ MORE

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age > After placing exceptionally large bets with the likes of Far Cry and Crysis, Crytek no longer carries all of its eggs in the one basket. The German company famous for its devotion to high-end graphics is in the process of diversifying. Just weeks after announcing free-to-play strategy game Arena of Fate, Crytek has unveiled Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED EarthNight > The running genre has seen breakout hits like Temple Run and Tiny Wings, where the vibe is definitely old school in approach.  These games are less about story or character and more about beating your previous high score in a short but sweet gaming session. Cleaversoft’s new game, EarthNight, follows this mode and throws in some roguelike procedural generation as well. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Bloodborne > Rumoured for a while under the title of ‘Project Beast’, Bloodborne is the newest game from controller-hating developers From Software (creators of the fiendish ‘Souls’ games) in conjunction with SCE Japan. It hopes to “transport players to a dark and terror-filled gothic world, a world full of deranged beings and nightmarish creatures.” READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Scalebound > In something of a small coup for Microsoft, they have just announced a brand new Xbox One exclusive game from Bayonetta and Wonderful 101 creators Platinum Games. This is a big deal for the big green console as Platinum Games fans are some of the most dedicated out there and there is every chance they will purchase a One just to play the game. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Splatoon > In the “wonders never cease” section of E3 this year was the announcement of a brand new first party IP from Nintendo called Splatoon. Not only is it a new IP but it is a competitive online shooter, something that Nintendo isn’t exactly known for. But don’t panic because it isn’t your traditional shoot ‘em up blood fest. No, in Splatoon your only weapon is paint. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Dreadnought > Space Combat is back! There is no doubt with Star Citizen and a new Elite game on the near horizon, developers are realising that the genre has been left vacant for too long. With this in mind Spec Ops: The Line creator Yager Development has just announced Dreadnought, a futuristic multiplayer aerial combat game. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Inside > Once again Indie titles were a firm battleground for the hearts, minds and wallets of gamers during the Sony and Microsoft conferences. This year Microsoft fired back with a slew of new indie signings and chief among them was a new title from Limbo creators Playdead called Inside. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Dawngate > It takes a brave developer to compete with the likes of DOTA 2 and League of Legends in the MOBA arena but EA thinks they have the chops with the announcement of Dawngate. Developed by new outfit Waystone Games under EA’s watchful eye, this PC release is EA’s first attempt to muscle in on some of that sweet sweet free-to-play MOBA money. READ MORE

FRIDAY SPECIAL E3 2014: The New Stuff > Earlier this week, the video game industry converged on LA for its annual E3 trade show. We’ve sorted through the noise and compiled a simple a list of the most significant new games unveiled at the show. A new trailer, a new platform or a new gameplay feature isn’t enough to qualify for the list. These games are being discussed by their publishers for the very first time. READ MORE