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Merry Christmas 2014

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 25 December 2014Comments Off

Merry Christmas one and all! Thanks so much for visiting the site for your gaming news and entertainment. This has been a big year for The Black Panel and we’re incredibly grateful for your patronage. Hopefully you’re about to unwrap an awesome new game and not a copy of I am Bread (thanks Sadistic Santa). Have a lovely day with your family and and loved ones, and we hope to continue entertaining and informing you in the year to come!



The Black Panel Festivity Feature

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 24 December 2014Comments Off
We've put out a cozy seat for you by the fire.

We’ve put out a cozy seat for you by the fire.

Time sure seems to fly and we’re once again at that time of year when seasonal department store employees risk losing their sanity as they listen to yet another repeat of Maria Carey’s, All I Want for Christmas is You. We just hope those same employees are not fans of the Postal series, or looking forward to Hatred. Those stalwart salesmen and women are heroes in their own right, helping us gamers select titles for the various Christmas stockings we need to fill. Or, perhaps they’re just taking our money.

In previous years we have put together our Sadistic Santa Podcast special, where each member of the podcast team was given some hellish title to play and then would report on his or her miserable experience.

This year there is something a bit different for your enjoyment. While we’re all thinking about the season of giving and receiving it seemed like a good excuse for us to pick some gaming gifts.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Tuesday 23 December 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4, 360, PS3 and PC l Published by Electronic Arts l Developed by Bioware l Classified G l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Dragon Age Inquisition should please fans alienated from the last iteration with its clearer plot, larger map areas and improved combat. Be prepared to sink many hours into one the best-realised fantasy worlds in gaming.  Just make sure you’ve played the earlier games first, because context is everything.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

Posted by Adam Rorke On Monday 22 December 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, 360 and PC l Published by Microsoft Game Studios l Developed by Bizarre Creations l Classified G l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Geometry Wars 3 is a very challenging game. Fast and furious in nature and simplistic in design, it’s not without its intrinsic reward though. This is a game where you never feel like you have to play more, instead you want to. Some gamers may not resonate with the gameplay though.

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