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Prey 2 cancelled, no one surprised

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 6 November 2014Comments Off

Where do cancelled game characters go?

Way back at E3 2011, Human Head Studios wowed the gaming world with a pretty awesome trailer for Prey 2. A sequel to the 2006 Xbox 360/PC original, Prey 2 would have gamers taking control of an amnesiac bounty hunter as he sought to unravel the mysteries of both his past and the alien world he found himself on.

However, after this event, little was heard from Prey 2 until it reached the point that basically no one actually thought it was going to be released. Well that prophecy has rung true with IP owners Bethesda officially cancelling the game.

In an interview with CNET, Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines went on to say “It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be – we never saw a path to success if we finished it. It wasn’t up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. “

So there it is, a promising game bites the dust, which is always a shame but if the product was in such a shambles then there is no doubting that Bethesda has done the right thing. Maybe one day the franchise will be revived but for the moment at least the Prey franchise is dead and buried.

Natural Doctrine Review

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Wednesday 5 November 2014Comments Off

Available on PS4, PS3 and PSV l Published by NIS America (distributed locally by Bandai Namco) l Developed by Kadokawa Games l Classified M l Supports 1-2 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Even for strategy RPG fans, there is very little to like about Natural Doctrine. While there are flashes of brilliance in its design, it is hamstrung by numerous issues that serve only to sap what brief enjoyment can be found in its particular brand of gameplay. When compared to heavyweights of the genre, it is even harder to recommend. Read the rest of this entry »

Driveclub Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 4 November 20141 Comment

Available on PS4 l Published by Sony l Developed by Evolution Studios l Classified G l Supports 1-8 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > While there is no doubt that Driveclub is a stunning looking game, the rest of the experience isn’t up to snuff. Average gameplay, a general lack of variety and some terrible AI drag down what is a mediocre racing experience at best. Not to mention that the online features still aren’t working correctly almost a month after release. Players are best off sticking with the free PS Plus version when it is released because the full version isn’t worth the cash. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Panel Podcast – PAX AUS 2014 Special

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Monday 3 November 20142 Comments

Mmmmm… cupcakes.

Black Panel crewmembers were out in force for the second annual PAX Australia event in Melbourne over the weekend. What’s more, we’ve got a podcast to prove it!

Staff and contributors involved in this here shindig include (in order of appearance): Erin Marcon (@ErinMarcon), Peter Nickless, Joel Guttenberg (@JoelGuttenberg), Jason Imms (@jasonimms), Adam Rorke (@Gharphield), Stephen Foote (@Gorath44000), Matt Hewson (@Hewso81) and Stevie McDonald (@honeycommbe).

Join them as they discuss the highs and lows of this year’s event!


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