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Dispatches from EB Expo 2014 – Part 1

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 5 October 2014No Comments

Part 1 l Part 2

Hey folks. This weekend I once again took the long trip up the Hume Highway to participate in the insanity that is EB Expo. It seemed like things were a little bit more subdued this year. A lot of the games on show were not far from release so there wasn’t the level of anticipation that previous shows have had. That being said there were still plenty of games to get my hands and eyes on and share my experiences with you all. Read the rest of this entry »



The Black List 265

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 4 October 2014No Comments

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

SUNDAY NEWS New 3DS coming to Australia in November > When Nintendo revealed that it would launch two new revisions of its 3DS hardware in Japan this October, western audiences more or less assumed that they’d have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on it. It therefore comes as something of a surprise that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in Australia and New Zealand on Friday 21 November 2014. READ MORE

MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Total War: Attila > A year after the release of Total War: Rome II, SEGA and Creative Assembly have revealed plans to continue their long running series of real time strategy epics. The latest instalment will be known as Total War: Attila. According to the initial publicity material, players will control the Roman Empire at a “time of apocalyptic turmoil at the very dawn of the Dark Ages.” READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS PlayStation Home being discontinued > Sony has revealed that it is pulling the plug on its long running PlayStation Home service, simultaneously providing the first reminder in years that it actually still exists. This may be overstating things just a tad (Sony has been rolling out content here and there) but this is probably the first time that the mainstream has paid any attention to the service since, well, shortly after it launched back in 2008. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY REVIEW Forza Horizon 2 > To say Forza Horizon 2 is a great game would be selling it short. The combination of the pitch perfect driving from previous Forza games with a wonderfully varied and vibrant open world has created one hell of an experience. Apart from a few minor issues such as hard to identify scenery there is really nothing meaningful to complain about here. If you like driving, even if only a little, then Forza Horizon 2 is for you. READ MORE

THURSDAY REVIEW Hatoful Boyfriend > Computer games are often about placing yourself in the shoes of another person, and seeing things from their perspective. This can allow you to experience unique stories and even worlds that you may not have imagined before.  Ladies and gentlemen, Hatoful Boyfriend is something that you have almost certainly never imagined before. It’s an interactive story, a pigeon dating simulator, and possibly more interesting than first appearances suggest. READ MORE

FRIDAY REVIEW Minimum > This game truly excels as a casual experience that offers just that little bit more than your standard, run-of-the-mill shooter. Minimum won’t win any awards for pushing the envelope but it never really tries to. If you can cope with art design that feels a little soulless, this is the perfect game to play after a long day of work with limited time. READ MORE


Minimum Review

Posted by Adam Rorke On Friday 3 October 2014No Comments

Available on PC l Published by Cubed Productions LLC l Developed by Human Head Studios l Unclassified l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > This game truly excels as a casual experience that offers just that little bit more than your standard, run-of-the-mill shooter. Minimum won’t win any awards for pushing the envelope but it never really tries to. If you can cope with art design that feels a little soulless, this is the perfect game to play after a long day of work with limited time. Read the rest of this entry »


Hatoful Boyfriend Review

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Thursday 2 October 2014No Comments

Available on PC l Published by Devolver Digital l Developed by Mediatonic and PigeoNation Inc l Unclassified l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Computer games are often about placing yourself in the shoes of another person, and seeing things from their perspective. This can allow you to experience unique stories and even worlds that you may not have imagined before.  Ladies and gentlemen, Hatoful Boyfriend is something that you have almost certainly never imagined before. It’s an interactive story, a pigeon dating simulator, and possibly more interesting than first appearances suggest. Read the rest of this entry »