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Test Tube – 2 hours with Ultra Street Fighter IV

Posted by Adam Rorke On Monday 8 September 2014No Comments

Welcome to Test Tube. Not to be confused with our full reviews, these ‘two hour test’ articles see us tackle remakes, ports, expansions, mobile games and other titles of interest.

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by Capcom l Developed by Capcom and Dimps l Classified M l Supports 1-2 players

It seems like a long time ago that Street Fighter IV was originally released to praise from reviewers and fighting game fans alike. Ever since its release, it’s proven to be one of the most popular games at EVO each year. The latest edition, Ultra Street Fighter IV, is available as both a standalone product and a paid title update for some previous versions of the game. So what else could this game possibly add at this point that would warrant another upgrade? Read the rest of this entry »



The Behemoth working on hex based strategy game

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 7 September 2014No Comments

The team responsible for Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and the more recent BattleBlock Theatre has unveiled (though curiously enough declined to name) its latest project. Best known for its quirky character action games, The Behemoth has surprised its fans by announcing a turn based strategy title. For the moment at least, the project is known as Game 4.

Our first glimpse at gameplay has arrived in the form of a bizarre teaser trailer, complete with bonkers voiceover. While Game 4 maintains the offbeat art style of the developer’s previous releases, actions now appear to be carried out on a hexagonal field likely to appeal to old school strategy and RPG fans.

In terms of story, the game takes place on a world decimated by the impact of a giant six-legged bear and waves of highly acidic rain. Yes, a giant six-legged bear. It’s all explained (sort of) in this gameplay-free video primer.

Platforms and release dates are yet to be confirmed.


The Black List 261

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 6 September 2014No Comments

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

SUNDAY NEWS Introducing the New Nintendo 3DS > Nintendo has a long history of iterating on its handheld hardware. The GBA, for example, evolved into the clamshell style GBA SP and the more compact the GBA Micro. Neither of those revisions significantly altered the core functionality of the system though, and that’s what makes Nintendo’s announcement of the ‘New Nintendo 3DS’ (in both standard and XL varieties) something of an eye opener. READ MORE

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED A City Sleeps > After diving off the sinking ship that was the Guitar Hero franchise, upping the plastic instrument count in cupboards the world over with its Rock Band follow up and inspiring more awkward dancing than a Mick Jagger/Peter Garrett stage show with its Dance Central series, developer Harmonix is returning to its controller-gimmick free roots with A City Sleeps. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell > Those that have been reading the Black Panel for a while will undoubtedly know of my love for the Saints Row series. Something about the insanity of the last two entries has struck a chord with me, so when I heard that Volition were announcing something new at PAX I had my fingers crossed for a fifth full entry in the open world chaos simulator. Well Volition managed to both crush me and excite me all within a five minute period. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Multiplayer coming to Dragon Age > BioWare has successfully launched two Dragon Age titles with detailed story modes and DLC, but the newest entry will be the first in the series to add a multiplayer mode. Taking a four player cooperative approach, Dragon Age: Inquisition will see players dungeon-crawling in a distinct, separate mode that has no impact on the main storyline. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Resident Evil: Revelations 2 > In a move that could reasonably be filed under ‘surprising developments’, Capcom has revealed that a sequel is in the works for Resident Evil: Revelations. Originally released on the 3DS, this survival horror spinoff eventually made its way to 360, PS3, Wii U and PC in the form of an HD remake. In his review for The Black Panel, Stephen Foote described the HD remake as a “solid return to form for the venerable series” and “easily the best entry since the stellar Resident Evil 4.” READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Firewatch > As someone who works in IT, doing a desk job, with my butt firmly planted on a seat for most of the day, I often think that it might be awesome to have an outdoorsy job, such as park ranger. I mean, how much stress could one have with all that space and fresh air? Well, in Campo Santo’s new game, Firewatch, I could get to spend some time as Henry, a man who is working as a fire lookout in the Wyoming outback. READ MORE


Explore the great outdoors with Firewatch

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Friday 5 September 2014No Comments

As someone who works in IT, doing a desk job, with my butt firmly planted on a seat for most of the day, I often think that it might be awesome to have an outdoorsy job, such as park ranger. I mean, how much stress could one have with all that space and fresh air?

Well, in Campo Santo’s new game, Firewatch, I could get to spend some time as Henry, a man who is working as a fire lookout in the Wyoming outback. The really cool PAX 2014 Reveal Trailer builds up the paranoia really quickly, as a conversation plays out between Henry and his supervisor Delilah.

According to Campo Santo, Delilah is Henry’s only contact with civilisation, and their relationship sounds a bit strained. As their awkward exchange continues, some beautiful visuals show Henry’s view as he explores the wilderness, and the pace and tension of the video increases.

Firewatch looks like a title that is worth keeping tabs on, and promises a strong narrative, tense atmosphere, and those lovely wilderness scenes. So, in this case, hopefully where’s smoke, there is fire! Looks for signs of Firewatch sometime in 2015.