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The Black List 62

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 13 November 2010No Comments

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

MONDAY Black Panel Podcast 27 > In this episode of Australia’s grooviest gaming podcast, we discuss Enslaved, Hydrophobia, Hybrid, Monster Island, Wardevil, MicroBot, HD remakes and Romero’s Facebook game. READ MORE

TUESDAY Battlefield Play4Free > EA has revealed that a new PC exclusive Battlefield game is in the works. Dubbed Battlefield Play4Free, the latest instalment in the long running series of class based online shooters will be supported by microtransactions. The announcement follows the success (or at least the existence) of Battlefield Heroes, the first game in the series to adopt the free-to-play model. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY Behaviour Interactive > When Artificial Mind and Movement announced that they would henceforth be known as Behaviour Interactive, I naturally thought they were wanted to leave the demons of the past, such as the almost unplayable third person action game WET and a myriad of licensed titles, behind them. Nope, Behaviour Interactive has confirmed that WET 2 is already in pipeline. READ MORE

THURSDAY nanoBITES 18 > Check out the latest info on Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 2 for PS3, Forza for Kinect and more in our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE

FRIDAY Wildlife: Forest Survival > EA’s Salt Lake Studio has unveiled Wildlife: Forest Survival, a colourful action game in which you play as one of four adorable and/or deadly woodland creatures. Each of the animals boasts a unique skill set. Do you prefer the stealth of the fox or the speed of the rabbit? The high flying hawk certainly has its appeal, but the raw power of the alligator may be more to your liking. READ MORE

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Survival of the cutest?

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 12 November 2010No Comments

EA’s Salt Lake Studio has unveiled Wildlife: Forest Survival, a colourful action game in which you play as one of four adorable and/or deadly woodland creatures.

Each of the animals boasts a unique skill set. Do you prefer the stealth of the fox or the speed of the rabbit? The high flying hawk certainly has its appeal, but the raw power of the alligator may be more to your liking. For those not keeping count, that’s the entire cast. That right. Sloth fans have been snubbed yet again.

The goal of Wildlife: Forest Survival is to hunt and kill your prey (even if your quarry happens to be a root vegetable) while avoiding the snapping jaws of your predators. You’ll also be encouraged to take the action online, with adversarial matches available for up to 12 players across eight maps.

Wildlife: Forest Survival is slated for release on XBLA and PSN. With both Wildlife and Tokyo Jungle deep in production, 2011 is shaping up nicely for animal lovers. Just try not to mention Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011.


nanoBITES 18

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 11 November 2010No Comments

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

ITEM! After weeks of rumour and speculation, Krome CEO Robert Walsh has finally clarified the position of his company. Despite extensive layoffs and the closure of multiple sites, Walsh told IGN that the Australian developer of Blade Kitten lives on.

ITEM! Intriguing details have emerged regarding THQ action sequel Darksiders II. As reported by Joystiq, the events of the sequel will take place concurrently with those of apocalyptic original. The game will also feature an unspecified new protagonist.

ITEM! EA has announced that it will bring Brad Borne’s audaciously titled platformer The Fancy Pants Adventures to XBLA and PSN. The original flash game was released in 2006. Look for the remake in 2011.

ITEM! The PS3 edition of BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 will feature an interactive comic. The bonus content will summarise the plot of the original game, along the way prompting players to make the key decisions that inform the events of the sequel.

ITEM! Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda has confirmed that a Kinect compatible Forza game is in the works. Tsunoda told the BBC that the next chapter in the 360 exclusive racing series will hit the shelves in time for Christmas 2011.

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Rebranded studio working on soggy sequel

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Wednesday 10 November 2010No Comments

I’ve always believed that when companies change their name, they’re after a fresh start. Take the home entertainment brand LG. Most associate LG with the slogan “life’s good”. Then there are those, like myself, who will always remember them by their previous name Goldstar, producer of your cheap and nasty video players.

When Artificial Mind and Movement announced that they would henceforth be known as Behaviour Interactive, I naturally thought they were wanted to leave the demons of the past, such as the almost unplayable third person action game WET and a myriad of licensed titles, behind them. Nope, Behaviour Interactive has confirmed that WET 2 is already in pipeline.

Admitting that they have been a “work-for-hire” games studio, albeit a “premier” one, Behaviour Interactive now wants to focus on producing original IP. Naturally, we at The Black Panel applaud such efforts. We can only hope that confirmed titles WET 2, Naughty Bear 2 and Doritos Crash Course (what the?) are aberrations and not a sign of things to come.