Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.
SUNDAY REVIEW Abyss Odyssey > Abyss Odyssey is a beautiful and insane action platformer that tries really hard to take advantage of some currently popular mechanics, but ultimately fails in the attempt. Its refreshingly uncommon setting harkens from Chile, and brings with it a form of mythology most players will find unfamiliar and distinct. Having said that, its failings and lack of longevity are somewhat forgivable thanks to its modest price tag. READ MORE
MONDAY PREVIEW The Forest > Coming from four-person development team Endnight Games, The Forest is a first person horror game with a heavy dose of building and survival elements. Currently available in Early Access on Steam, it follows the template set by contemporaries such as Day Z and Rust while providing a different take on the gameplay found in those titles due to a focus on solo play. While showing promise in some areas, my time with The Forest has me concerned that certain elements of its design are at odds with one another. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Crytek battling on > After weeks of rumours suggesting that the company was of the verge of collapse, Crytek has issued a statement claiming to have secured new capital. The statement, printed in full by PC Gamer notes that the team most famous for its work on the Far Cry and Crysis franchises has been attempting to restructure its business. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Majestic Nights > Our informants at Sydney based Epiphany Games know something. Something about various conspiracies that have occurred in the past few decades. The first of these revelations are presented in the debut season of its RPG series Majestic Nights, “an episodic role-playing-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are True.” READ MORE
THURSDAY PREVIEW The Crew > E3 2013 was a great event for Ubisoft. The French publisher came out of the gate swinging with big titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Watch Dogs, as well as new announcements like The Division. There was one title in there that didn’t get the water coolers buzzing like the other games shown, but for me it was almost the highlight of the show. READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS EA subscription service revealed > Console gamers have gotten used to receiving extra benefits for paying for their multiplayer access to games. Learning from the generous PlayStation Plus model, Microsoft has offered free games as well as weekly discounts through its Games With Gold program. It was only a matter of time until a major third party publisher saw the benefits of the subscription model. READ MORE