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New Media 15

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 20 February 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 Apache: Air Assault * Bulletstorm * de Blob 2 * The First Templar * Knights Contract * Two Worlds II

NINTENDO Wii de Blob 2 * Dood’s Big Adventure * Kirby’s Epic Yarn * Pictionary * U-Draw Game Tablet DS Pictionary

SONY PLAYSTATION 3 Apache: Air Assault * Bulletstorm * de Blob 2 * Killzone 3 * Knights Contract * Two Worlds II  PSP Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

VARIOUS PC Apache: Air Assault * Bulletstorm * Two Worlds II

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

MICROSOFT XBLA Hard Corps: Uprising

NINTENDO WiiWARE Nothing DSiWARE Faceez: Monsters!

SONY PSN Dragon’s Lair * TestYourself: Psychology * Modern Combat: Domination * Blokus PSP MINIS Karimogi * Swap Zap * Zenonia

VALVE STEAM Nothing

Recent instalments of New Media: 13.02.11 l 06.02.11 l 30.01.11 l 23.01.11 l 16.01.11



The Black List 76

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 19 February 2011No Comments

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

MONDAY l NEWS l Call of Juarez: The Cartel > Ubisoft has announced plans to continue its Call of Juarez series of western themed shooters. While previous installments took place in the 1800s, Call of Juarez: The Cartel transfers the action to the modern era. Though little has been revealed thus far, we do know that you’ll be splitting your time between Los Angeles and Juarez, the Mexican border town featured in the original game. READ MORE

TUESDAY l NEWS l Hunted: The Demon’s Forge > Publisher Bethesda Softworks has issued a new trailer for its forthcoming fantasy action game Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. It showcases the cooperative aspects of the combat, along with the scale and ferocity of the creatures we’re likely to encounter. The trailer also explores the rediscovery of a long lost skull. In addition to being responsible for the tide of evil sweeping the land, the skull is a great conversation starter at dinner parties. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY l NEWS l Homefront > While many regard China as the most realistic threat to the US sovereignty, first person shooter Homefront depicts a future in which a unified Korea achieves the unthinkable. As the latest trailer for the game demonstrates, the good people of America are forced to endure two years of brutal occupation before you and a rag-tag band of patriots decide enough is enough. If the plot puts you in mind of a bad 80s action flick, you’ll be unsurprised to hear that it emerged from the mind of Red Dawn writer/director John Milius. READ MORE

THURSDAY l NEWS l nanoBITES 29 > A successful Hollywood composer is lending his talents to a series already known for its beautiful ambient soundtrack. As reported by Joystiq, BioWare’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Mass Effect 3 will feature contributions from Clint Mansell, of Black Swan fame. 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 PlayStation Move Heroes > A new trailer has been issued for PlayStation Move Heroes, the new multiplayer action platformer from Nihilistic Software. The game features an all star cast of Sony exclusive mascots, including Jak , Daxter, Ratchet, Clank, Sly and… some other guy (Bentley, apparently). Our heroes have been plucked from their respective realities in order to compete in a series of chaotic intergalactic trials. READ MORE

Recent instalments of The Black List: 12.02.11 l 05.02.11 l 29.01.11 l 22.01.11 l 15.01.11


The famous five

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 18 February 2011No Comments

A new trailer has been issued for PlayStation Move Heroes, the new multiplayer action platformer from Nihilistic Software.

The game features an all star cast of Sony exclusive mascots, including Jak , Daxter, Ratchet, Clank, Sly and… some other guy (Bentley, apparently). Our heroes have been plucked from their respective realities in order to compete in a series of chaotic intergalactic trials. The regular voice actors for all six characters have agreed to participate in the production.

As you’ve probably surmised, PlayStation Move Heroes is designed to showcase Sony’s recently released motion sensing peripheral. In fact, it won’t be possible to play the game without it. The original name of the game was Heroes on the Move, but that was clearly deemed too subtle for the likes of us. In truth, we’re a still a little confused. After all, the title doesn’t actually specify that the game is for PlayStation 3.

Retailers have listed PlayStation Move Heroes for an April release.


nanoBITES 29

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 17 February 2011No Comments

NanoBITES captures those small but important morsels of gaming information that otherwise might slip between the cracks.

ITEM! Square Enix is bringing the first game in its Final Fantasy series to PSN in February. The erroneously titled classic will be followed in March by its immediate sequel, with both titles to include content unseen in the NES originals.

ITEM! A long running family franchise is about to receive a drastic overhaul. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure will require you to purchase characters in the form of figurines. You’ll then be able to import these colourful little combatants into a video game for unspecified platforms.

ITEM! A successful Hollywood composer is lending his talents to a series already known for its beautiful ambient soundtrack. As reported by Joystiq, BioWare’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Mass Effect 3 will feature contributions from Clint Mansell, of Black Swan fame.

ITEM! French developer Brain Candy has announced Fray, a futuristic turn based strategy title in which three corporations struggle for global supremacy. This PC and Mac release will apparently allow players to take their turns simultaneously.

ITEM! Sony has announced a release date for PixelJunk Shooter 2. The latest quirky project from Q-Games will arrive on PSN on Wednesday 2 March.

Recent instalments of nanoBITES: 10.02.11 l 03.02.11 l 27.01.11 l 20.01.11 l 22.12.10