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Retweet Competition: Half-Minute Hero

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 4 August 2011Comments Off


Thanks to Microsoft Australia, The Black Panel is giving away a copy of Half-Minute Hero, the daring fantasy RPG in which you’re challenged to complete epic quests in 30 seconds or less. Follow @BlackPanelDaily and retweet this message for a chance to win the Xbox Live Arcade code. The winner will be announced at 5.00 pm on Thursday 11 August 2011. Good luck!

Learn more about Half-Minute Hero.

The competition is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winner, @Therealzombine.



Infamous 2 Review

Posted by Jenn Christodoulou On Wednesday 3 August 20112 Comments

The release of the original Infamous title was, unfortunately, poorly timed. Becoming available at the same time as the game Prototype, many people either played one or the other, and a gaming battle of ‘which one is better’ ensued. This meant that many gamers spent more time watching these events unfold than playing the game itself, and thus Infamous was slightly overlooked. The release of the sequel however, could not be timed any better. With nothing of its calibre to rival it in popularity, Infamous 2 definitely has its moment to shine. Read the rest of this entry »


Hard sell

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 2 August 2011Comments Off

‘PC exclusive’, two words that these days are rarer to find together than a good movie tie-in, yet that is exactly what Hard Reset is offering, PC exclusivity. Hard Reset is a FPS set in a distant future with all the usual futuristic trappings we, as gamers, have come to expect. Mechs, electric weapons and neon lights are clearly in abundance, making the setting seem very familiar to anyone who has played a video game in the last 10 years.

Luckily the trailer also shows what looks to be some frantic first person action with explosions and gun fights aplenty, which will hopefully make up for the generic (yet without doubt stunning) setting. The main character, who features prominently in the trailer, appears to be a somewhat bloody combination of Commander Shepherd from Mass Effect and JC Denton from Deus Ex with Hard Reset showing more than a few strands of the DNA of these two games.

Hopefully developer Flying Wild Hog can optimise Hard Reset to take full advantage of their chosen platform’s potential and come September give PC gamers a reason to show off again.


White Knight Chronicles II Review

Posted by Zorine Te On Tuesday 2 August 20111 Comment

Before I launch into this review, it may be an idea to provide some context. Whilst I have enjoyed the odd JRPG, I am by no means a fanatic. Final Fantasy and Breath of Fire are both series I remember fondly and thoroughly enjoyed progressing through. However, it has been some time since I was really impressed by a JRPG. Because of this, my approach to White Knight Chronicles II was somewhat wary. I was suspicious of the stagnated mechanics of a genre that had long lost its appeal to me. Read the rest of this entry »