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Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Sunday 14 December 2014No Comments
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Hey! I think I can see my house from here!

If piloting giant walking robots across hostile alien planets, with only your A.I. for company, is your thing (and let’s face it, who hasn’t fantasized about this), then your circuits should be ablaze with anticipation for Vox Machinae.

The new game by developer Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation has been officially announced on their website, with a publicly available V.R. demo to be accessible soon. It’s another excuse to get that Oculus Rift you’ve put on your Christmas list.

Vox Machinae will have players piloting their very own mech, called a GDR or Grinder. These grinders come equipped with an A.I. companion (“Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL”) and an array of devastating weapons such as lasers, chainguns, missiles and mortars. Your Grinder will allow you to explore some desolate, yet beautiful landscapes, while braving scorching sun, blinding dust storms, acid rain and other Grinder pilots.

Space Bullet has placed a big emphasis on storytelling and emergent gameplay so that your experience varies each time you play. Characters in the game will re-act to your responses and actions and be shaped by your choices. Apparently you can even hurt their feelings!

If you’re intrigued, keep scanning your radar for updates.



The Black List 274

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 13 December 2014No Comments

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

SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED What is a Gungeon, you ask? > “Enter the Gungeon” was announced this week by Dave Crooks from developer studio, Dodge Roll, on the official Playstation Blog. The game will be a hectic potpourri of exploration, gun battles, and outlandish ammo (fish!? batwing bullets!!??). Gungeons will also feature crazy enemies, fiendish bosses and other elements that Dodge Roll love. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Assassin’s Creed Victory Leaked > As reported by Kotaku US, a leaked video has revealed the setting of the next annual Assassins Creed entry as Victorian era London, moving on from the French setting of Unity while still denying myself and many fans the feudal Japanese setting they’ve been wishing for. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED The King is Back > Possibly the biggest reveal at the inaugural Video Game awards this past week was the premier trailer for a new entry in the long dormant Kings Quest franchise. The game was revealed as a part of a life time achievement award ceremony for original King’s Quest creators Ken and Roberta Williams. While Ken and Roberta have nothing to do with this new entry it apparently has their blessing and both are keen to play the final product. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Nintendo Shows Off > After a much better year in 2014, Nintendo has finally gotten the Wii U to a point where it is a solid purchase. After their appearance at “The Video Game Awards” this past week it is clear that the house of Mario is keen to keep the momentum rolling. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED All Hail the Return of the Original G. > Namco Bandai has revealed a teaser trailer for a new Godzilla game, featuring the original Japanese incarnation (the one that really looks like a man in a suit), set for release in 2015 ahead of a new Toho film in 2016. READ MORE

FRIDAY REVIEW Super Smash Bros. for Wii U > Another Nintendo system, another Super Smash Bros game. Not much has changed to the formula over the years but luckily that formula is still as much fun as ever. It also helps that this version is chock full of things for players to do. Tonnes of modes for both single and multiplayer Smash fans are available, even the online works well, making this the best way to bash up cute Nintendo characters yet. READ MORE


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Friday 12 December 2014No Comments

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Available on Wii U l Published by Nintendo l Developed by Sora Ltd.and Bandai Namco Games l Classified PG l Supports 1-8 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Another Nintendo system, another Super Smash Bros game. Not much has changed to the formula over the years but luckily that formula is still as much fun as ever. It also helps that this version is chock full of things for players to do. Tonnes of modes for both single and multiplayer Smash fans are available, even the online works well, making this the best way to bash up cute Nintendo characters yet.
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All Hail the Return of the Original G.

Posted by Peter Nickless On Thursday 11 December 2014No Comments



----------------Important News Flash---------------------
to: Blackpanel HQ
Attention all citizens.
This is not a drill.
Godzilla ‘King of the Monsters’ has been sighted for PS3 & PS4.
Please stay calm. Remain in your houses.
Pay attention to the following news update.
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Namco Bandai has revealed a teaser trailer for a new Godzilla game, featuring the original Japanese incarnation (the one that really looks like a man in a suit), set for release in 2015 ahead of a new Toho film in 2016.

Godzilla can trample his way through the city, unleashing his atomic breath and fighting other assorted beasties. Players must destroy generators to collect ‘G-Energy’ to upgrade Godzilla’s size and abilities in order to defeat Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Roland Emmerich (I made the last one up).

Added to the gameplay is a city building Diorama Mode which lets your destroy your creations as well.

Certainly after a hit western film (and forthcoming sequel), Godzilla has his mojo back outside of Japan and can hopefully star in a great game.