Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.
SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED The Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians > The Kickstarter campaign for tactical RPG Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians has reached its $600,000 target, ensuring that you’ll be able to explore the next rich fantasy world and sprawling story from Yasumi Matsuno. If the name is not familiar to you, you may not have stuck around for the credits of Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics or Vagrant story. READ MORE
MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Sacred 3 > After a small side tour in side scrolling beat-em-up territory, Deep Silver is taking the Sacred franchise back to home base with Sacred 3. Returning to the well-worn action RPG backdrop of the first two games, Sacred 3 is promising some new features to make multiplayer even more enjoyable, most notably couch co-op, something that the genre has been needing for quite some time. The thought of sitting on the lounge and tackling the forces of Darkness is certainly appealing. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Duke Nukem headed for court > After inflicting the execrable Duke Nukem Forever on the gaming public and being thoroughly lambasted for its lack of care, Gearbox Software is taking aim at the previous rights holder 3D Realms for returning to a property that it allegedly no longer owns. As reported by Joystiq, Gearbox is also targeting 3D Realms’ new development partner Interceptor Entertainment. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY NEWS King calls off candy claims > In the most ridiculous trademark case since Walmart tried (and surprisingly failed) to trademark the smiley face, King, the developer of the world’s most annoying Facebook request, Candy Crush, has been attempting a similar nonsensical move. The addictive puzzler has been hugely successful across casual platforms from iOS to Android to Facebook. Keen to prevent any opportunistic developers from piggy backing on their success, King made an application to trademark the word ‘candy’ when referring to games and merchandise. READ MORE
THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Risen 3: The Titan Lords > The Risen series is set to continue in 2014 with a new instalment from series creator Piranha Bytes. The action in Risen 3: Titan Lords takes place in a world deserted by its deities. As a young adventurer, you seem to have been deprived of something rather precious to you (your soul) and you’ll do whatever it takes to retrieve it. READ MORE
FRIDAY REVIEW Thief > If a sprawling open world is a prerequisite for your enjoyment of Thief, you’re bound to be disappointed by this reboot. Thanks in part to its technical shortcomings, this latest iteration always feels claustrophobic, but this actually contributes to the game’s apocalyptic sense of oppression. In this wretched tale, atmosphere is key, and Thief certainly delivers on this front. Throw in silky smooth controls and solid gameplay scenarios and you end up with a worthy package. READ MORE