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The Black List 85

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 23 April 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 Xotic > Indie studio TikGames has announced its latest project. According to the developer, the creatively spelled Xotic will bring arcade sensibilities to the first person shooter genre. The game will challenge us to blast our way through levels as swiftly as possible, while building high scoring combos. READ MORE

TUESDAY l NEWS l Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning > What do you get when you cross toy and comic creator Todd McFarlane (Spawn), epic fantasy author R. A. Salvatore (The Forgotten Realms universe) and master RPG creator Ken Rolston (Morrowind and Oblivion). Well, according to this trailer you get Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a new entry into the increasingly crowded action RPG genre. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY l NEWS l Rage > The latest trailer for id Software’s RAGE is likely to soothe any rager. The action heavy first person shooter happily deliver the guns, vehicles and monstrous adversaries that players expect, all set against the scenic backdrop of a post apocalyptic world brimming with detail and scripted events. READ MORE

THURSDAY 1 l REVIEW l Shift 2: Unleashed > There are two types of racing gamers out there. The first simply likes to go fast in a flash car, and this type of gamer is well catered for with a large number of arcade racers released every year. The second is the Sim racer, the type of gamer that could spend hours re-adjusting the gear ratios on their Aston Martin DB9 to improve their time on the Nurburgring by 0.01 of a second. Shift 2 is aimed squarely at these dedicated folk. READ MORE

THURSDAY 2 l NEWS l nanoBITES 38 > One of the year’s most anticipated games may well have slipped to 2012. Sony has confirmed that Team ICO’s achingly beautiful The Last Guardian will miss its holiday 2011 release date. Just to rub salt into the wounds, the HD collection of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus has also been delayed. Revised dates are yet to be announced. 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 REVIEW l Homefront > If you’re looking for a brief but competent shooter to fill the gap between Call of Duty releases, you could do a lot worse than Homefront. Highlights include superb level design, solid shooting mechanics and a strong multiplayer component. On the other hand, you’ll be forced to endure some truly moronic AI partners and one of the most jingoistic plots you’re ever likely to encounter in a video game. READ MORE

Recent instalments of The Black List: 16.04.11 l 09.04.11 l 02.04.11 l 26.03.11 l 19.03.11



Homefront Review

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 22 April 2011No Comments

The United States has spent much of the past five decades in the role of aggressor,   undermining democratically elected governments and invading foreign lands under false pretences. Paradoxically, there also exists a growing body of fiction portraying the world’s most powerful country as the victim of tyrannical invaders. Video Games have certainly played their part, depicting a nation at the mercy of Russians (World in Conflict), Germans (Turning Point) and radicals (Shadow Complex). Homefront is the latest example of the subgenre, taking place two years after a unified Korea has invaded and occupied the United States. Thankfully, the opening montage does a decent job of convincing you that this is a remotely credible scenario. Read the rest of this entry »


nanoBITES 38

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 21 April 20114 Comments

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

ITEM! The much maligned PSPgo has reached the end of its short life. As reported by Kotaku, Sony has ceased production of the download only device, which didn’t come close to matching the success of its predecessor, the PSP 3000, which will continue to be manufactured.

ITEM! One of the year’s most anticipated games may well have slipped to 2012. Sony has confirmed that Team ICO’s achingly beautiful The Last Guardian will miss its holiday 2011 release date. Just to rub salt into the wounds, the HD collection of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus has also been delayed. Revised dates are yet to be announced.

ITEM! SEGA are aiming to capture Sonic fans old and new with Sonic Generations. This blend of 2D and 3D platforming will feature two versions of Sonic, the much loved original and his streamlined modern counterpart. Look for it to arrive on 360 and PS3 towards the end the year.

ITEM! Have you ever dreamed of being a super hero? Do you long for another game that leverages both the Kinect and Xbox 360 Avatars? If you answered yes to these questions, you’ll want to keep an eye out for PowerUp Heroes from Ubisoft. This family focused title is due later this year.

ITEM! Though it has been available in one form or another since 2009, indie sensation Minecraft now has an official release date. The finished product (notwithstanding the inevitable updates) will launch on Friday 11 November 2011.

Recent instalments of nanoBITES: 14.04.11 l 07.04.11 l 31.03.11 l 24.03.11 l 17.03.11


Shift 2: Unleashed Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 21 April 20113 Comments

There are two types of racing gamers out there. The first simply likes to go fast in a flash car, and this type of gamer is well catered for with a large number of arcade racers released every year. The second is the Sim racer, the type of gamer that could spend hours re-adjusting the gear ratios on their Aston Martin DB9 to improve their time on the Nurburgring by 0.01 of a second. Shift 2 is aimed squarely at these dedicated folk. Read the rest of this entry »