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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 »

Forza Horizon 2 Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Wednesday 1 October 2014No Comments

Available on XBO and 360 l Published by Microsoft l Developed by Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios and Sumo Digital l Classified PG l Supports 1-8 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > 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 the rest of this entry »

Home being vacated

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Tuesday 30 September 2014No Comments

It doesn’t get any more depressing than this.

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.

A virtual world in the tradition of Second Life, PlayStation Home gives PS3 players access to a unique avatar and house, as well as the ability to interact with other users. Players are also encouraged to unlock and/or purchase a range of items, such as clothing and furniture. PlayStation Home has also played host to a range of mini games and virtual press events.

Sony elected not to bring the service across to the PS4, a decision that probably foreshadowed this latest announcement. PlayStation Home will cease to operate on 31 March 2015.

Total War rages on with Attila in tow

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 29 September 2014No Comments

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.”

As the title of the game makes abundantly clear, the formidable Hun Empire will also play a major role in proceedings. At this stage, though, it isn’t clear if players will have the chance to control the forces of the legendary Attila during the campaign or if he will serve merely in the role of antagonist. Attila is only the second historical figure after Napoleon to feature in the title of a core Total War game.

Creative Assembly is promising “improved core gameplay” as well as “breathtaking scale” and “improved graphical performance” when Total War: Attila arrives on PC in 2015.