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SUNDAY REVIEW Fable Anniversary > Despite some archaic game systems, Fable Anniversary holds up to the modern RPG remarkably well. This is not only because it was ahead of its time at release, but also because of the wonderfully whimsical setting of Albion. Add to this a lovely new coat of paint and this is a great game to grab, especially if you missed it the first time around. It may not have lived up to the pre-release hype, but even to this day, Fable is an A+ experience. READ MORE
MONDAY REVIEW Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD > Even a coat of fresh textures can’t hide Liberation HD’s origins as a portable title, a fact that seeps out of every pore of the game. The buggy gameplay, disjointed storyline, patchy voice acting and uninspired mission design, which might have been forgiven on the Vita, seem inexcusable when played on a fully fledged console. I can’t help but wonder what the point of this release is beyond a cash-grab at AC fans without a Vita. READ MORE
TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Chroma > Harmonix has lifted the lid on its latest game. Given the studio’s long and storied history in the rhythm genre, it’s no surprise to hear that music will play a huge role in the newly announced Chroma. Believe it or not, though, Chroma will also be a first person shooter. From the developer of Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central, this would certainly qualify as a surprise. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY REVIEW Strike Vector > Strike Vector is a multiplayer game of futuristic flight with a focus on fast and furious gameplay. It ticks all the boxes you’d expect, but it continuously falls short of its potential. It all also falls short of becoming a memorable experience. Lacking a decent tutorial or solo mode, Strike Vector isn’t exactly encouraging you to come back for more. Best to wait for the next round of Steam sales for this one. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS Irrational gutted > One of the industry’s most celebrated studios has arrived at the end of the road, or at the very least, a significant fork in the road. Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine this week revealed that he would be making all but 15 of the positions at Irrational redundant in the near future. READ MORE
FRIDAY PREVIEW Titanfall > Two years after his acrimonious split from Activision, Vince Zampella is preparing to unleash his latest creation. The Call of Duty mastermind has left behind the familiar battlefields of the Modern Warfare series in order to roll the dice on a different kind of shooter. A multiplayer only experience, Titanfall takes place on a war ravaged world, a world dominated by hulking war mechs and their impossibly spry pilots, a world in which firepower is the most valuable currency. After delving into Respawn Entertainment’s beta test, The Black Panel came together to discuss 2014’s most anticipated release. READ MORE