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Australia nabs revised 3DS in November

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 28 September 2014No Comments

Coming soon to a store near you.

When Nintendo revealed that it would launch two new revisions of its 3DS hardware in Japan this October, western audiences more or less assumed that they’d have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on it. It therefore comes as something of a surprise that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in Australia and New Zealand on Friday 21 November 2014.

In the first ever locally produced Nintendo Direct video message, Nintendo Australia Managing Director Tom Enoki reveals that this “will be the first launch outside of Japan, as we are not going to release the system in America and Europe this year.” This surely represents quite a coup for the local arm of Nintendo, and a happy bonus for the company’s local fans.

Nintendo also revealed the local pricing for the latest editions of its popular handheld. The standard sized New Nintendo 3DS will retail for $219.95, while the XL model will be priced at $249.95.



The Black List 264

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 27 September 2014No Comments

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

SUNDAY REVIEW Destiny > Destiny is a game that will polarise players. For some the excellent shooting and wonderful level design will allow them to have an amazing experience. On the other side of the coin, the empty areas, poor story, broken loot system and boring early game will be enough to put some off for life. It may be that Destiny is a proof of concept for future entries in the franchise and that the best is yet to come. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Bloodborne release date revealed > The next few months are set to be dominated by blockbuster sequels, but with the critically divisive Destiny now in the rear vision mirror, some are now slowly turning their attention to the next wave of original IPs. Few untested titles are generating as much hype as Bloodborne, a grisly fantasy action game from the studio responsible for the diabolical Dark Souls saga. READ MORE

TUESDAY FIRST TRAILER Triad Wars > Canadian developer United Front Games has announced the projected 2015 release of Triad Wars, an online multiplayer action game that will follow on from its 2012 hit Sleeping Dogs. Exclusively coming to PC, Triad Wars is described by Design Director Steve Ferreira as the “flip-side of Sleeping Dogs”, and will focus on the rise of players from Hong Kong gang enforcer to crime boss, stepping away from the undercover cop aspect of Sleeping Dogs’ protagonist Wei Shen. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Titan cancelled > In what is likely to be regarded as the biggest cancellation news of the year, Activision and Blizzard have pulled the plug on their long awaited Titan MMO. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime has confirmed that the project, which the company has never discussed in detail, is being abandoned. “We didn’t find the fun,” Morhaime said. “We didn’t find the passion.” Titan had been in development for seven years. READ MORE

THURSDAY TRAILER First look at Battleborn gameplay > By now you have all probably heard about Gearbox’s next big game Battleborn. Something of a cross between Team Fortress 2 and a MOBA, this new game has been hard to describe to potential players with nothing but words. It is wonderful to see that Gearbox has recognised this issue and has decided to release an 18-minute gameplay trailer to the gaming public. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS Unity DLC will include Assassin’s Creed sidescroller > The Assassin’s Creed series has stayed true to the promise of a new game each year. After arguably losing its way a little over the past couple of instalments, it bounced back strongly with Black Flag and hopes are now running high for Unity. With Unity set to launch in November, details of the season pass have been released and it looks to be offering a wider variety to gamers than ever before. READ MORE


Unity DLC will include Assassin’s Creed sidescroller

Posted by Peter Nickless On Friday 26 September 2014No Comments

Shao Jun makes the jump from franchise bit player to her own game.

The Assassin’s Creed series has stayed true to the promise of a new game each year. After arguably losing its way a little over the past couple of instalments, it bounced back strongly with Black Flag and hopes are now running high for Unity.

With Unity set to launch in November, details of the season pass have been released and it looks to be offering a wider variety to gamers than ever before.  Beyond just new costumes, weapons and side missions, the season pass will also include a cool looking 2.5D sidescroller known as Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

The new game will follow a supporting character from the Assassin’s Creed novels, Shao Jun, as she uses stealth and platforming skills to negotiate obstacles and perform the occasional ‘leap of faith’.

The game looks gorgeous so far and will hopefully play better than the more recent non-main series games, like Liberation or Pirates.


So this is what Battleborn looks like

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 25 September 2014No Comments

By now you have all probably heard about Gearbox’s next big game Battleborn. Something of a cross between Team Fortress 2 and a MOBA, this new game has been hard to describe to potential players with nothing but words. It is wonderful to see that Gearbox has recognised this issue and has decided to release an 18-minute gameplay trailer to the gaming public.

The video shows quite a bit of what to expect and it is hard not to be impressed. Battleborn sports a very unique art style and just like Gearbox’s previous smash hit Borderlands, quite a healthy dose of humour. Also on show are the different classes available to players and some of the hectic gameplay on offer. With a combination of traditional RPG area attacks, First Person Shooting and melee combat, there seems to be quite a few way to slaughter the seemingly endless hordes. There are also some impressive ability trees on show that are sure to have RPG fans drooling in anticipation.

The footage gives a nice taste of what to expect from this sure to be hotly anticipated game. After the saga involving a certain Xenomorph, Gearbox could certainly use a hit game to help wash that acid blood taste from their fan’s mouths. Battleborn is due on current gen systems next year.