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The Black List 263

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 20 September 2014No Comments

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

SUNDAY NEWS No microtransactions during Forza launch window > When the Xbox One launched almost a year ago, many players were surprised by the presence of microtransactions in a handful of Microsoft published releases. This was all good and well in the case of the free-to-play Killer Instinct, but titles such as Crimson Dragon, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5 demanded a significant upfront investment only to immediately nickel and dime players for additional content. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Dying Light release date bumped up > With a release date that seems to hop around more than a one legged zombie, Dying Light has finally settled on when it will be unleashed on the world. Wednesday 28 January 2015 is the day when the undead will swarm upon the gaming public. This change in date is actually a move forward as the game had previously been delayed until February. It is nice to see a release date move in the forward direction for a change. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Microsoft acquires Mojang > Last week the WSJ published rumours of a Minecraft buyout and it has today been confirmed that the reports were bang on the money. Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the Swedish indie developer responsible for Minecraft, for approximately US $2.5b. In confirming the deal, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that it “adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.” READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Next gen GTAV dated > The last gen version of Grand Theft Auto V set sales records and divided reviewers with a technically impressive but ultimately emotionally shallow experience. Come November, current gen gamers will get the chance to embrace its nihilistic characters as they rampage across Los Santos and Blaine County to earn that all important cash. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Lode Runner legend passes away > Douglas E. Smith, creator of the 1983 Apple II hit Lode Runner has passed away at the age of 53. The current owner and publisher of Lode Runner in its ported incarnations on XBLA, Android, iOS and Xperia, Tozai revealed the news with the following statement on its official website. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED SingStar: Ultimate Party > If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. READ MORE

 



Sony sticks with SingStar

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 19 September 2014No Comments

This doesn’t look ridiculous at all.

If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. While it also bobbed up on the PS3, with a deluge of DLC in tow, the series eventually fell into relative obscurity.

Sony isn’t prepared to consign the series to the dustbin just yet, though, this week announcing that SingStar is on its way to the PS4. The latest edition of the service, which will also be made available in disc form as SingStar: Ultimate Party, will allow players to sing into their smart phones (via a free app) if a microphone isn’t available. Social sharing functions will again be at the forefront of the experience.

SingStar: Ultimate Party, which features No Scrubs by TLC and a bunch of songs that aren’t No Scrubs by TLC, is due for release on PS4 and PS3 in the last week of October.


Lode Runner legend passes away

Posted by Stephen Foote On Thursday 18 September 2014No Comments

A screen from the Apple II version of Lode Runner.

Douglas E. Smith, creator of the 1983 Apple II hit Lode Runner has passed away at the age of 53. The current owner and publisher of Lode Runner in its ported incarnations on XBLA, Android, iOS and Xperia, Tozai revealed the news with the following statement on its official website:

“It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of our friend and colleague, Douglas Smith, the creator of the iconic game, Lode Runner. Our hearts and prayers are with Doug’s family during this difficult time. In Doug’s honor, we call on the legions of Lode Runner fans everywhere to take a private moment to reflect on your own personal memories of Lode Runner. What a contribution Doug made to the video game industry. Doug, from all of us at Tozai, and from all of your fans, may you rest in peace”.

Acclaimed as one of the first titles to include a level editor, Lode Runner won numerous awards following its release, with Time magazine contributor/fantasy author Lev Grossman awarding it the number one spot in Times’ 2010 list of Greatest Games for the Apple II.

Image credit: MobyGames


Next gen GTAV dated

Posted by Peter Nickless On Wednesday 17 September 2014No Comments

The last gen version of Grand Theft Auto V set sales records and divided reviewers with a technically impressive but ultimately emotionally shallow experience. Come November, current gen gamers will get the chance to embrace its nihilistic characters as they rampage across Los Santos and Blaine County to earn that all important cash.

Touting more than just a technical upgrade, Rockstar Games is promising more weapons, vehicles and traffic, as well as 100 additional songs.  As expected, the higher specs allow for better draw distances and higher resolution graphics making the world of Los Santos seem busier and even more alive. Multiplayer has also been given a sizable boost and will now see up to 30 players in online sessions.

GTAV is set for release on XBO and PS4 on Tuesday 18 November 18, with a PC edition coming later in January 2015.  Pre-orders for these versions come with a bonus $1m of in game cash.  Dollar, dollar bill y’all.