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nanoBITES 51

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

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

ITEM! Clearly impressed by the work of Sucker Punch Productions, Sony this week announced that it has purchased the studio. The most recent project to emerge from the developer was the well received PS3 exclusive Infamous 2.

ITEM! United Front Games’ True Crime: Hong Kong is about to climb off the canvas. The game was cancelled by Activision earlier this year but, as reported by Gamasutra, Square Enix has acquired the rights to publish it under a different (as yet unrevealed) title.

ITEM! It appears that the creators of Burn Zombie Burn are inclined to stick with what they know. Doublesix has announced “weapons-based arena combat game” All Zombies Must Die for a Q4 release on PSN and PC.

ITEM! Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops gravy train shows no sign of slowing, with the publisher announcing a new wave of DLC. Featuring two new and four ‘remastered’ zombie levels, the Rezurrection pack will arrive on 360 in the fourth week of August, with PS3 and PC versions to follow at a later date.

ITEM! Nintendo’s great handheld hopes have undergone title changes. As reported by 1UP, Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS will now be known as Super Mario 3DS Land and Mario Kart 7. Nintendo is yet to announce Australian release dates.

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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.