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Forza 6 announced with Ford cross promotion

Posted by Peter Nickless On Sunday 18 January 2015Comments Off
That's a car, alright.

That’s a car, alright.

Driving games, like sports games, thrive on updated iterations and keeping current within the overall scene in which they are set. Forza has long been a quality franchise but has lived in the shadow of bigger games like Gran Turismo, and has been relatively hidden away with their Xbox exclusivity. After the higher than usual level of attention received by Forza 5 as an Xbone launch game, the new Forza Motorsport 6 is looking to reach further than ever before.

The Ford Motor Company has announced that their new-fangled supercar, the Ford GT, will be available to drive in Forza 6 as well as their range of performance cars including the Shelby GT350 Mustang and the F-150 Raptor. The Ford GT is the jewel in the range and is described as a “technology showcase for Ford with its ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine performance, advanced aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction.”

Forza 5 was criticised by many fans for an overall decline in content from previous games in the series, so any addition of cars and tracks will be welcome news. Hopefully the exhausting grinding for credits (or pay to win) to unlock new cars will be changed as well.

Forza Motorsport 6, an Xbox One exclusive by Turn 10 Studios, will display game footage at E3 in June with a potential late 2015 release date.



The Black List for 17.01.15

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 17 January 2015Comments Off

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SUNDAY INTERVIEW Wildebits on Bits & Bites > t’s no secret that one of the highlights of PAX AUS 2014 was the sheer amount of local talent on display thanks to the many participants in the Indie Pavilion. However, it’s easy to forget that of the entire Australian development community, only a portion of it was represented at this event. I’m going to take this opportunity to regale readers with the story of how I bumped into two such individuals from the Aussie dev community who hope that it will be their turn to showcase the things they’ve been working on at a future PAX AUS. READ MORE

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED New Baldur’s Gate > The pre-sequel is a concept that I never thought would take hold. The insane term was coined by the equally insane (and enjoyable) Borderlands series. But lo and behold another franchise is going down the pre-sequel route and it is a title that has a lineage that dates back to the PC games of yore. READ MORE

TUESDAY REVIEW Assassin’s Creed: Unity > There is so much potential in Assassin’s Creed: Unity but everything just falls short. How can a game have one of the most detailed digital recreations of Notre Dame ever yet still have the wrong button prompt for entering windows show up four patches after release?! This game should have been called Assassin’s Creed: Ennui. If you must try it, wait until it turns up on the discount rack. It probably won’t take long. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Hellblade coming to PC > Independent developer Ninja Theory has announced that its forthcoming third person hack and slash title, Hellblade will be coming to the PC platform. Hellblade had been previously announced to arrive on PS4. Ninja Theory creative chief, Tameem Antoniades, spoke to PC Gamer about the merits of bringing the game to PC compared with releasing their work on consoles. Antoniades also mentioned wanting to support PC related features such as 4K resolution, and possibly enable modding on the game. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Classification Board shoots down Hotline Miami 2 > Highly anticipated indie sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has failed to secure the expected R18+ rating. As reported by Player Attack, the game instead incurred the dreaded RC (Refused Classification). Unless the publisher of the game, Devolver Digital, is able to successfully appeal the Classification Board’s decision, Hotline Miami 2 will effectively remain banned from sale in this country. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED New Fire Emblem > Nintendo and Fire Emblem Awakening developer Intelligent Systems have revealed during the most recent Nintendo Direct that a new Fire Emblem title will be coming to the 3DS. While the teaser trailer does not give any clues as to the nature of the story, it’s apparent that this new entry will sport graphical improvements such as a higher level of background detail during battles and character models being equipped with feet, something they sorely lacked in Awakening. READ MORE


New 3DS Fire Emblem announced

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Friday 16 January 2015Comments Off

Nintendo and Fire Emblem Awakening developer Intelligent Systems have revealed during the most recent Nintendo Direct that a new Fire Emblem title will be coming to the 3DS.

While the teaser trailer does not give any clues as to the nature of the story, it’s apparent that this new entry will sport graphical improvements such as a higher level of background detail during battles and character models being equipped with feet, something they sorely lacked in Awakening.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata hinted that the scale of this entry in the series would be greater than those before stating, “You will make even bigger choices and the effect of these choices on the world will be greater than ever.”

There is currently no scheduled release window or official title for this turn based strategy sequel, nor is any information regarding enhancement through the New 3DS or Amiibo support available at this time.


Hotline Miami 2 knocked back by Classification Board

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 15 January 2015Comments Off
An example of the stylized 2D violence in Hotline Miami 2.

An example of the stylized 2D violence in Hotline Miami 2.

Highly anticipated indie sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has failed to secure the expected R18+ rating. As reported by Player Attack, the game instead incurred the dreaded RC (Refused Classification). Unless the publisher of the game, Devolver Digital, is able to successfully appeal the Classification Board’s decision, Hotline Miami 2 will effectively remain banned from sale in this country.

According to the Board, the decision relates to some degree to a graphic scene in which a female character is overpowered and raped by a male character. Such a depiction would represent an escalation over the already brutal standards of the original Hotline Miami, released to widespread acclaim back in 2012.

In technical terms, Hotline Miami 2 was knocked back because it belongs to a category of games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”

While numerous observers have expressed their discomfort with some of the themes of the game, Devolver Digital’s Chief Financial Officer has advised Australia to “chill the fuck out”.