Daily updates on video games and popular culture, along with Australia’s grooviest gaming podcast.

Infamous: Second Son Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Friday 4 April 2014No Comments

Available on PS4 l Published by Sony l Developed by Sucker Punch l Classified M l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > If you’re looking for a game to show off the power of the next gen then Infamous: Second Son is it. The graphics are simply breathtaking. Don’t fret about the gameplay, either. Beneath the beautiful exterior is the best Infamous gameplay yet. Despite being a little on the short side, this is a must buy for PS4 owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon offers another Android option

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 3 April 2014No Comments

Haven’t we met somewhere before?

Apparently unperturbed by the limited market penetration of the Ouya, online sales giant Amazon is preparing to launch its own Android based machine. The Amazon Fire TV set top box will support a range of popular entertainment services such as Netflix and Pandora, as well as a selection of Android-powered video games. The system will retail for US $99.

The gaming aspect of the system will require at least one additional purchase. The US $39.95 Amazon Fire Game Controller features all of basic inputs expected of a modern controller, including dual thumb sticks, shoulder buttons and triggers, as well as face buttons and a d-pad. Amazon is also promising “up to 55 hours of battery life”.

As reported by CVG, Amazon Game Studios has secured the design talents of Kim Swift (Portal) and Clint Hocking (Far Cry 2). Appointments of this nature may help allay consumer scepticism about Amazon’s growing interest in gaming.

Available to order now, the system will support more than a hundred games at launch, with “thousands more” promised. The extent to which the device will cater to international audiences remains to be seen.

Strider Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Wednesday 2 April 2014No Comments

Available on XBO, PS4, PC, 360 and PS3 l Published by Capcom l Developed by Double Helix Games l Classified M l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Less a remake than a re-imagining, Strider shows that old arcade games can live again. Double Helix manages to get the fast paced gameplay right, but the strange mix of easy and difficult sections does create some severe frustration along the way. Unfortunately, the repetitive gameplay runs out of steam before the final tricky foe. Read the rest of this entry »

Uncharted personnel changes continue

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 1 April 2014No Comments

“Don’t tell me you’ve lost another one”

The Uncharted franchise is experiencing arguably its greatest period of upheaval and uncertainty. Naughty Dog (along with its parent company Sony) is preparing to bring the celebrated action adventure series over to the PS4, but it must now do so without the guidance of two of the saga’s chief architects.

Having already lost creative director Amy Hennig, Sony has confirmed to Game Informer that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception game director Justin Richmond has also departed the studio.

Sony’s message was remarkably brief, noting only that “Justin Richmond has left Naughty Dog to pursue other opportunities” and that the “development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted.” Considering that no firm release date had yet been announced, it will be difficult to gauge the accuracy of the latter statement.

Sony is fast developing a reputation for issuing generic (some would suggest woefully inadequate) send-offs for its key personnel. Here’s hoping that Richmond at least scored a slice of cake or a nice cup of tea at his farewell party.