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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Review

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Monday 31 March 20141 Comment

Available on XBO, 360 and PC l Published by EA l Developed by PopCap Games l Classified M l Supports 2-24 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > PopCap’s tower defence game has been transformed into a fun and accessible online multiplayer shooter. Players can choose from a handful of basic unit types and customise their characters with functional and cosmetic upgrades. The question is: who is this audience for this game? The solid mechanics are lifted by the goofy tone of the setting, but they may prove too basic for some shooter fans. Read the rest of this entry »



Interview – Blizzard on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Posted by Stevie McDonald On Sunday 30 March 2014No Comments

When Diablo III was released in 2012, it quickly became the best selling PC game of the year, following in the footsteps of its two predecessors. However, it was not without its criticisms: fans were quick to voice their disapproval of the emphasis given to the auction houses, the manner in which loot dropped, and the lack of PvP, among other more individual gripes with the storyline.

The release of the new expansion, Reaper of Souls, hot on the heels of the most recent patch, commonly referred to as Loot 2.0, has been hailed as a rebirth of the series. It is clear that fans have a certain level of expectation when it comes to the Diablo series and Reaper seems to be breathing new life into what should have been a shining jewel in developer Blizzard’s crown. I began to wonder what features it had that were achieving such standards and, luckily, Lead Character Artist Paul Warzecha was on hand to answer my questions. Read the rest of this entry »


The Black List 238

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 29 March 2014No Comments


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

SUNDAY REVIEW Titanfall > This is without doubt the first ‘must have’ title for the new generation of systems. Titanfall barges its way on to the Xbox One and PC, leaving other multiplayer shooters in its wake. If you’re after some of the tightest, most well balanced and downright fun competitive gameplay in a long while, then stand by for Titanfall as this is the game for you. Solo players need not apply. READ MORE

MONDAY PREVIEW Carmageddon: Reincarnation > Let me tell you a story folks. This is the story of a young lad who had just ventured down to the video game store to borrow a PC game (in those days you could actually borrow PC games). This young lad had heard of a mythical title involving fast cars, auto carnage and pedestrian pulverisation. The game was called Carmageddon and once he had it in his hot little hands it changed that boy’s life. From that day on he was a video game addict. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Assassin’s Creed Unity > After its marketing plan was last week derailed by leaked assets published by Kotaku, Ubisoft has elected to formally confirm details of its next Assassin’s Creed blockbuster. The follow-up to last year’s dramatic return to form for the series will be known as Assassin’s Creed Unity. Set during the tumult of the French revolution, the game will again see players explore the eons old conflict between the Assassin and Templar orders. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Facebook acquires Oculus > Apparently Mark Zuckerberg’s lifelong ambition is to swim in a big vault of money just like his hero Scrooge McDuck. He soon realised after his second concussion as a result of a 3m swan dive into a pile of loose change that money is perhaps not the best material to be swimming in. This led him to a quandary. How was he going to achieve his goal? After much deliberation with Justin Timberlake and that guy from Zombieland, he came up with a solution, Virtual Reality. So he opened his oversized wallet and went shopping. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED 3D Realms finally responds to Gearbox allegations > Last month, Gearbox Software filed suit against Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms, claiming that the two companies were creating a new Duke Nukem game despite having earlier relinquished the rights to the character to Gearbox. Unlike the wheels of justice, which turn imperceptibly slowly, the court of public opinion can issue its verdict very swiftly indeed. That’s why it is so baffling that Interceptor Entertainment and its recently purchased subsidiary have taken so long to respond to allegations levelled by Gearbox. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS Hand of Fate coming to PS4, Vita > One of Australia’s first Kickstarter success stories, the fantasy themed digital card game known as Hand of Fate, will be making an appearance on both the PS4 and Vita. The crowd funding drive from Brisbane based studio Defiant Development just barely scraped together the $50,000 required for the PC, Mac and Linux editions of the game. The announcement of additional versions should therefore qualify


Locally made Hand of Fate now coming to Sony platforms

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 28 March 2014No Comments

“The skeletons were mesmerised by my beauty.”

One of Australia’s first Kickstarter success stories, the fantasy themed digital card game known as Hand of Fate, will be making an appearance on both the PS4 and Vita.

The crowd funding drive from Brisbane based studio Defiant Development just barely scraped together the $50,000 required for the PC, Mac and Linux editions of the game. The announcement of additional versions should therefore qualify as a pleasant surprise for anyone interested in the project.

In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, Defiant associate producer Kim Allom described the deck building game as a roguelike with a “nearly endless combination of cards and ways to play”.

The recent arrival of Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has revitalized the virtual card game scene, which must be encouraging for Defiant.

A release date is yet to be announced for the PS4 and Vita versions of Hand of Fate, but Defiant is aiming for an “early 2014” release for the PC version.