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Dizzy creators take to the skies

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 16 November 2014Comments Off

A year after forming new a studio known as Radiant Worlds, British development legends the Oliver Twins have announced their next project.

Revealed with a colourful cinematic trailer, SkySaga: Infinite Isles looks to be an online fantasy action game with strong crafting elements. Each player will take possession of an island in the clouds, mine or trade for materials, and take on other players in gladiatorial combat.

The developer describes the game as “an original, endlessly evolving, multi-player, online, voxel-based, ‘sandbox’ PC game.” The cube-based environments featured in the trailer will put many in mind of Mojang’s Minecraft, while the limbless heroes recall Ubisoft’s Rayman.

A free-to-play offering for the PC, SkySaga: Infinite Isles is due to go into technical alpha shortly.

The Oliver Twins, Philip and Andrew, are best known as the creators of the Dizzy series of platformers.



The Black List 270

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 15 November 2014Comments Off

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

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Overwatch > It doesn’t get any bigger than this, or at the very least, any rarer. After relying on its Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo settings for well over a decade, Blizzard Entertainment has finally announced plans to launch an entirely new property. Unveiled at this weekend’s BlizzCon event in California, Overwatch is a class based (and fast paced) shooter in the vein of Team Fortress 2. The action in Overwatch will involve two teams of six. READ MORE

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void > After what seems like an eternity, Blizzard is finally set finish its ambitious StarCraft II trilogy with Legacy of the Void. This single player component of this standalone expansion will see gamers taking control of a huge Protoss armada as they quest to take back their homeworld from the deadly Zerg Swarm. READ MORE

TUESDAY INTERVIEW BioWare on Dragon Age: Inquisition > Despite its adherence to some well-worn fantasy tropes, the original Dragon Age impressed with intriguing characters and cracking dialogue when it launched in November 2009. While Dragon Age II bobbed up only 14 months later, the third instalment has enjoyed a much more generous development cycle. When it arrives in stores later this month, more than three years will have elapsed since the release of its predecessor. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Just Cause 3 > Square Enix has just offered a ray of hope to those of you waiting for a long dormant series to be revived. The last instalment of the Just Cause series of open world action games arrived well over four years ago, leading some to conclude it had quietly been retired. The truth, of course, is rather different, with Square announcing that it is working with original series developer Avalanche Studios to bring a new chapter to PC and current generation consoles in 2015. READ MORE

THURSDAY REVIEW Sunset Overdrive > Sunset Overdrive is a bold shot in the exclusivity wars. It exudes personality and bright colours with a genuinely refreshing take on the third person shooter. It may take you a while to warm to its over the top style and unrealistic gameplay, but after a few hours it all becomes addictive. Throw in a hectic multiplayer mode that lets you use your campaign character and you have a brash and hugely fun game. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS Halo launch woes > We’re beginning to lose count of the number of major titles launching with broken online components. High profile culprits have included Diablo III, Sim City, and Battlefield 4. More recently, Driveclub, a game sold on the strength of its online features, crashed and burned upon arrival. The latest horse to join this seemingly endless merry-go-round is the Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection from developer 343 Industries. READ MORE


Halo explodes on the launch pad

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 14 November 2014Comments Off
"Don't be such a hothead."

“Don’t be such a hothead.”

We’re beginning to lose count of the number of major titles launching with broken online components. High profile culprits have included Diablo III, Sim City, and Battlefield 4. More recently, Driveclub, a game sold on the strength of its online features, crashed and burned upon arrival.

The latest horse to join this seemingly endless merry-go-round is the Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection from developer 343 Industries. Following widespread reports of matchmaking issues, executive producer Dan Ayoub expressed confidence that the team had “identified the primary matchmaking issue”. According to Ayoub, 343 will begin to roll out server-side tweaks and content updates from tomorrow.

He also offered a frank apology. “I’d like to personally apologise to you all for the current situation. I can assure you we’re attacking this from all directions from 343 Industries to the Xbox platform, and we won’t rest until it’s what it should be.”


Sunset Overdrive Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Thursday 13 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO l Published by Microsoft l Developed by Insomniac Games l Classified M l Supports 1-8 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Sunset Overdrive is a bold shot in the exclusivity wars. It exudes personality and bright colours with a genuinely refreshing take on the third person shooter. It may take you a while to warm to its over the top style and unrealistic gameplay, but after a few hours it all becomes addictive. Throw in a hectic multiplayer mode that lets you use your campaign character and you have a brash and hugely fun game.

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