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PlayStation TV Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 22 January 2015Comments Off

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REVIEW IN BRIEF > A strange entry into the hardware landscape, the PlayStation TV doesn’t have a clear purpose in life. Its ability to stream PS4 games to another location in the house is perhaps its most appealing feature, especially for a family, but is hardly a “must have”. Playing Vita games on a big screen is another touted feature but its implementation is problematic. The PlayStation TV is sure to keep a very specific niche happy but for anyone else it is waste of money. Read the rest of this entry »



Do You Like Your Loot Shiny?

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 21 January 2015Comments Off

Sure, some of you are back at work already. Others may be contemplating heading back shortly. Children are being tortured with back-to-school advertisements. These are all surely signs that Christmas is well and truly over. But, if you were to think that, you’d be wrong.

The fine people at 2K and Gearbox Software have announced Borderlands The Handsome Collection for XBox One and PS4. This little treasure trove is stuffed with so many goodies that it could put Santa’s toy bag to shame. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel together with all of the DLC for both titles. If you haven’t had time to check out Borderlands 2 before now, this package is something to look forward to. It might also distract you from your back to work blues. You’ll just have to wait until its March 26th release date.

To further entice Borderlands devotees, 2K and Gearbox Software have also announced a limited collector’s edition called, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition, which will include everything in The Handsome Collection as well as a remote controlled Claptrap steward robot (!!!), a collectible steel case, and 12 exclusive lithographs. This little robot can be controlled by a smartphone app. It also speaks the Clap Trap character’s line and can live stream video to a mobile device through its eye. 2K are only releasing 5000 copies of this collector’s edition into the world, at a price 499.95, so start saving those pennies!


The Sid Meier universe expands with Starships

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Tuesday 20 January 2015Comments Off

Did you enjoy the world (or should that be universe) presented in last year’s strategy epic Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth? If you answered in the affirmative, you’ll surely welcome the news that 2K Games and Firaxis are returning to the setting for a second game. And you’ll even be able to take the action on the road!

Yes, the newly announced Sid Meier’s Starships is coming to iOS platforms, which may intrigue or dismay you (or even bore you silly) depending on your predilections. You must admit, though, the idea of commanding an entire fleet of starships from the palm of your hand does sound at least a little bit promising. It’s also coming to the PC.

The promotional material suggests that the game will cater to a variety of play styles. “Will you win by conquering the greatest threat to the galaxy? Or will you unite a plurality of worlds in your Federation? Perhaps you will lead your people to push the frontiers of science. Each choice you make carries consequences on your path to victory.”

Look for Sid Meier’s Starships to arrive later this year.


Let’s drift again

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 19 January 2015Comments Off
Do not adjust your television set.

Do not adjust your television set.

When it comes to separating us from our hard earned dollars, the power of nostalgia is all but unrivalled. This was demonstrated yet again in recent days as retro-themed racing extravaganza Drift Stage blew by its US $30,000 Kickstarter goal.

According to the promotional material released by developer Super Systems Softworks the gameplay in Drift Stage was inspired by the likes of Outrun 2, Ridge Racer and Daytona USA. “Drifting is the key to victory in the world of Drift Stage. Races become duels of wits and technique, with the deciding factor often coming down to split second timing on the entry or exit of the turn.”

While the gameplay has been drawn from the 90s, some elements of the visuals appear to harken from an even earlier era. Drift Stage combines 3D models and pixel art to deliver a vivid, almost blinding, experience that racers are unlikely to forget in a hurry.

The game will feature at least five solo modes, as well as local and online multiplayer. Players will also be able to create custom tracks and decorate their cars in a workshop mode.

Drift Stage is due to arrive on PC in December.