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Trailer (eventually) confirms new Settlers instalment

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 25 June 2014No Comments

Even though the advertising material said “Settlers” and the preview clip was labelled “Settlers”, I didn’t recognise the Blue Byte game until the golden title “The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria” was splashed on the screen, 55 seconds into a 1:04 second video. I think I can believe Christopher Schmitz, Director of Product Development, when he says it will be “… the most innovative Settlers’ game we have ever created.”

The art style on display has a bright, bold, cartoony look not too dissimilar to past instalments. It’s a little reminiscent of Clash of Clans, but far more detailed. The world depicted in this (pre-rendered) trailer showed beefy, square-jawed men, and a buxom woman, fighting a hulking ogre or giant, along with a savage wolf so I think fans will have some decent combat to sink their collective teeth into.

After their battle, the adventurers walk into a town, and their coin appears to have an immediate effect with buildings developing and appearing before their eyes.

This does appear to be Settlers, but not as we’ve come to know it. Put your inner town planner on standby and keep checking back for news.



Murdered: Soul Suspect Review

Posted by Stevie McDonald On Tuesday 24 June 2014No Comments

Available on XBO, PS4, PC, 360 and PS3 l Published by Square Enix l Developed by Airtight Games l Classified M l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Murdered: Soul Suspect claims to be an “action-adventure stealth game”, yet fails to satisfactorily live up to any of these descriptors. With a confused mishmash of gameplay mechanics, lacklustre story and almost endearingly frustrating protagonist, it is best enjoyed in the company of others, where you can take turns riffing on everything from the protagonist’s fedora to his inept detective work. Read the rest of this entry »


Mario Kart 8 Review

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Monday 23 June 2014No Comments

Available on WU l Published and developed by Nintendo l Classified G l Supports 1-12 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > As long as you’re not looking for meaningful innovation, Nintendo’s latest mascot racer provides a great multiplayer experience, both online and off. The overall package is undermined by a couple of key issues. The lack of dedicated Battle Mode arenas is very disappointing. Worse yet, the Wii U Gamepad simply isn’t a good fit for the game, so you’ll probably have to invest in a full complement of Wii U Pro Controllers in order to get the most out of Mario Kart 8. Read the rest of this entry »


Destiny Preview

Posted by Stephen Foote On Sunday 22 June 2014No Comments

Coming to XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified M l Supports at least 1-12 players l Due to arrive 09.10.14

In this writer’s humble opinion, Destiny has been going about its hype in all the right ways. I recently lamented the fact that Watch Dogs became a victim of its own marketing campaign, and I think Ubisoft could learn a lesson from Bungie in how to get a hype train on the right track, so to speak. Sure, there’s plenty of Destiny marketing material available, but in my mind, while Ubisoft’s marketing team had all the subtlety of a star tour hawker on Hollywood Boulevard, Bungie are more like the disinterested mall kiosk salesperson quietly contemplating their life choices up to that moment. Read the rest of this entry »