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Return to Racoon

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 29 March 2011No Comments

Get ready for another dose of the T-Virus. Capcom has confirmed that co-op focused third person shooter Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City is in development at Slant 6 Games. The new instalment tackles the events of the second and third Resident Evil titles from a surprising new perspective. After years of fighting the good fight, you’ll now have the opportunity to play as a ruthless Umbrella Corporation operative.

While the pay is good and the dental plan excellent, this is not a job for the faint of heart. Gunning down hoards of mutant abominations is probably second nature to you by now, but you’ll also be expected to “silence” members of the government taskforce sent to investigate the accident that has occurred in the heart of Racoon City. You’ll also have the local cops to contend with, cops like series regular Leon S. Kennedy.

Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City is due to arrive on 360, PS3 and PC in the summer of 2011/12.

UPDATE: Trailer added (Black Panel Staff 02.04.11)

Black Panel Podcast 32

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 28 March 2011No Comments

In this episode: Prey 2, Trenched, Rocksmith, Bulletstorm, Knights Contract, Gun Loco, Rochard, Duke Nukem and much more!


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Related links: So much for that idea; High anxiety; Recoil digs up a PSN ‘original’; nanoBITES 33; Trenched announced for XBLA; MK is MIA; Bulletstorm Review; Knights Contract Review

New Media 20

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 27 March 2011No Comments

Presented in glorious alphabetical order, New Media: Retail Roundup is your indispensible checklist of the home console and handheld titles arriving in stores this week. What will you be playing?

MICROSOFT XBOX 360 Alien Breed Trilogy * Dynasty Warriors 7 * LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Serious Sam HD * Shift 2: Unleashed – Need For Speed * Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters * WWE All-Stars

NINTENDO Wii LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters * We Sing Down Under * WWE All-Stars 3DS 3DS (system) * Asphalt 3D * Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D * LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Nintendogs + Cats * Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D * Rabbids Travel in Time 3D * Rayman 3D * Ridge Racer 3D * The Sims 3 * Samurai Warriors: Chronicles * Super Monkey Ball 3D * Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition * Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D * Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars DS Bejeweled Twist * LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound

SONY PLAYSTATION 3 Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Air Ciel * Dynasty Warriors 7 * Hyperdimension Neptunia * LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Shift 2: Unleashed – Need For Speed * Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters * Tomb Raider Trilogy * WWE All-Stars PSP Nothing

VARIOUS PC ArmA II: Reinforcements * IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover * LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars * Shift 2: Unleashed – Need For Speed * Tales of Monkey Island

New Media: Downloadable Digest is your handy reminder of the new downloadable titles released during the past week.

MICROSOFT XBLA Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime * Swarm

NINTENDO WiiWARE Where’s Wally? Fantastic Journey 1 DSiWARE DodoGo! Robo

SONY PSN Hard Corps: Uprising PSP MINIS Touch Racing Nitro

VALVE STEAM Crysis 2 * Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime * Theatre of War 3: Korea

Recent instalments of New Media: 20.03.11 l 13.03.11 l 06.03.11 l 27.02.11 l 20.02.11

The Black List 81

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 26 March 2011No Comments

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

MONDAY l REVIEW l Bulletstorm > From its chunky character designs to its post-apocalyptic landscape, Bulletstorm is sure to remind you of its Epic Games stablemate Gears of War. However, the new release features a far more detailed shooting mechanic and an emphasis on handling multiple enemies. The plot is silly and the multiplayer modes don’t add a lot to the experience, but if you’re looking for over the top action, this is a great place to start. READ MORE

TUESDAY l REVIEW l Spare Parts > Whether you are eight, 80 or anything in-between Spare Parts is not the game for you. That is, unless your idea of good time is to play something bland, uninspired and almost entirely devoid of genuine challenge. Yes you encounter palatable concepts such as robotic combat, upgradable abilities and cooperative play but the developers clearly have no idea what to do with them. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY l NEWS l Gun Loco > Square Enix has confirmed that its mildly anticipated third person shooter Gun Loco has gone the way of the dodo. The publisher has provided no explanation for the decision, merely stating that it has “ceased development” on the project. An Xbox 360 exclusive, Gun Loco had been mooted for a Q1 2011 release. READ MORE

THURSDAY l NEWS l nanoBITES 34 > Aussie iOS developer Firemint has announced Agent Squeek, a rodent themed spy game that requires players to “sneak, sprint and strategize”. The latest offering from the creators of Flight Control is scheduled for release later this year. This is just one of the stories in this week’s edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE

FRIDAY l NEWS l Spiral Knights > The free-to-play phenomenon shows no signs of abating, with SEGA announcing that it will publish Spiral Knights. A cooperative online action game for up to four players, Spiral Knights takes place in a world known as Clockworks. As the brief announcement trailer demonstrates, players will not only have to cope with marauding enemies, but also with environments jam packed with steampunk inspired puzzles. READ MORE

Recent instalments of The Black List: 19.03.11 l 12.03.11 l 03.03.11 l 26.02.11 l 19.02.11