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Tomb Raider now rolling off the production line

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 04:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Just a little blip; Tomb Raider brand manager Karl Stewart has shared a photo of a finished retail copy of Tomb Raider for Xbox 360. It’s apparently the very first unit off the assembly line. Tomb Raider went gold last week and is expected on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 5; it has been in pre-production since at least 2008, and represents the franchise’s most drastic reboot to date.

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  1. SlayerGT

    So curious to see how this game is received.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    @1: It’s going to sell like crazy, probably the best selling “Tomb Raider” game in a long time. Even though it really doesn’t deserve it, at least on the grounds of how it ruins Lara as a character and her origin story. Reception will likely be mostly positive because so many people seem to agree with the idea that female protagonists can’t be naturally strong and brave like male ones always are, and the changes to gameplay and aesthetics will woo over the majority of people.

    It’s possible I could be wrong. I was wrong about the reception of DmC and RE6, I expected both of those games to sell ridiculous millions too. But the Tomb Raider franchise fell so far down that I think it’s impossible this won’t be considered a huge success regardless of quality.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. HauntaVirus

    I’m guessing it’ll get 8-8.5 on average. I’m picking it up for sure, got it for under $30 on GMG.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. aseddon130

    @2 it annoys me when people like you fear ‘change’ – change can be for the better. You cannot keep sticking to the same old formula over and over, CD tried that with Tomb Raider Underworld and that game bombed badly and with the likes of Uncharted besting it in every way they had to come up with something different. So giving it a Modern Bond-like makeover seems like a very interesting move, making it more gritty and realistic can do wonders for movies or games and i am really excited to see how it turns out.

    The only exception to your examples was RE6, from what i seen it could have done with being more like the original games and less a crappy shooter it became.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. salarta

    @4: There’s a difference between change and “change.” You’re right that change can be for the better. I saw it happen plenty well with Mortal Kombat 9 doing a reboot of a franchise the right way, I was pleased with Resident Evil 4, and I eagerly await Metal Gear Rising.

    Real change in an IP is when you take what has already been established about the IP, everything from backstory to past characterization, and build upon it, paying tribute to what has come before. “Change” is what happens when a company decides it needs to throw away core elements that define the series or character and force in things so alien and inappropriate to the already existing IP that it would be better to just make it into a brand new IP and start over. This is what led to the Devil May Cry series existing, Mikami realizing that his original plans for RE4 were so inappropriate for Resident Evil that they were better off as an entirely new franchise.

    The new “Tomb Raider” is not change. It’s “change.” It’s ripping out everything that defines Lara Croft as a character and trying to change her into something she isn’t. It’s trying to change her from an action hero to a horror film survivor girl.

    You’re right that a company can’t keep sticking to the same formula, but that’s where the GAMEPLAY needs to be changed, NOT what defines Lara Croft as a character.

    Mortal Kombat 9 proves this a hell of a lot better than I can put it into words, but I have to try to do so regardless. Mortal Kombat 9 didn’t turn around and completely redefine the characters and series; Mileena wasn’t suddenly reimagined as a fragile little girl traumatized by bullying over her freakish looks into becoming violent and sexual, nor was Kitana suddenly reimagined into a terrified survivor of child abuse that had to beef up to protect herself from her abusive adopted dad. All it took was completely reworking gameplay, and when it comes to story, RETELLING the original three games with alterations only done to the events, NOT to the (admittedly flimsy) core of each character.

    All Lara needed was reworked gameplay, less emphasis on sex appeal, and a chance to show off how kickass she is naturally as already established by past games. Yet for some reason, Crystal Dynamics decided the last one wasn’t worth a damn.

    You’re defending it for being more “gritty” and “realistic.” Gritty is fine. But if “realistic” means destroying everything Lara Croft ever was and making her into a terrified womanchild at the prospect of facing danger her first time, then I have to say to hell with making Tomb Raider “realistic.” Besides, the real Lara Croft encountered many artifacts with mystical properties, so “realistic” is not entirely appropriate here anyway. It’d be like demanding that Superman fit the upper limits of the human body and lose any abilities that human beings cannot naturally present.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    “Change is only good when I like it.”

    #6 2 years ago
  7. salarta

    “Change is only good when it comes from Dave Thomas.”

    Really though, that’s kind of silly. I understand where you’re coming from, YoungZer0, presenting the idea that saying a change is bad can very easily just be trying to enforce subjective desires. But in reality, how can you ever divorce whether something is a good or bad change from your personal opinion?

    Is it really possible to think “This is the worst change the series has ever undergone, but I loved the hell out of every second of it!” Or conversely, “This is the best change I could have ever dreamed of seeing in a game, too bad it makes the game suck.”

    As for this game specifically, I haven’t played a single Tomb Raider game since Tomb Raider II. It’s not like I’m a hardcore fan of the series here.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    Then stop fucking crying about it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    @8: You’re free to not read the comments I make.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    And you’re free to stop crying about a series you don’t care about, but suddenly do when they change things up.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    Change is only good when its good. I thought that would be obvious theres nothing intrinsically positive about change for changes sake.

    Make something fucking new if you want to make something new. Stop raping everything just to make some easy fucking bucks you fucking cunts.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    If they wanted to make some easy bucks they would’ve made the same game again.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    New Coke.

    I think you can pretty much build a case to lean either way.

    XCOM Enemy Unknown was different from the old X-Com games in most ways, but a lot of people thought it was a stellar game. I’m not sure I agree, but then I’m also infatuated with the old ones.

    Either way it stands in pretty stark contrast to something like Syndicate which really had nothing to justify its existence, let alone its brand.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. PEYJ

    While I have been a long-time TR fan I can see why Crystal Dynamics wanted to change her. She had lots of appearance and attitude but no real personality as her “life” was centered in a James Bond/Indiana Jones like fantasy adventure. Now they are trying to make her more like a real person.

    While Toby Guard tried to pull her in that direction and never really achieved what he wanted, it seems that CD now have taken the next step. Whether they’ll be successfull or not remains to be seen but to sit and cry after realizing that she is stuck on a remote island and apparantly fucked, seems fair and real enough to me. If that draws a picture of her “performance” in the rest of the story, they have succeeded in making her more real so to speak. And that is pulling her away from what she WAS and not IS. The only thing she really is, is a fictitious person and an IP.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. salarta

    I care about how Lara Croft is being needlessly changed in this manner because I care about seeing video game franchises and their history being treated with due respect. Of course, I know that’s not good enough to many people who will try to find any way to spin a dissenting opinion into being “invalid.”

    If they’re a big fan of a series, the consumer’s voice somehow doesn’t count because they’re supposedly too obsessed with the past to accept change. If they’re not a big fan, the consumer’s voice somehow doesn’t count because they haven’t supported past attempts enough to “deserve” to be heard. Kind of like how a fan that doesn’t like a game is told to shut up with their complaints and vote with their wallets, but when voting with their wallets means the game bombs, suddenly the fans are “entitled” and “selfish” for daring to not spend their money on something they don’t want and never asked for.

    However, I think I should add that if Tomb Raider was done the right way, and if I wasn’t already boycotting all things Squeenix due to 3rd Birthday, then I would have bought a new Tomb Raider game. Just like I hadn’t bought a Mortal Kombat game since Deadly Alliance, but immediately bought and loved Mortal Kombat 9.

    And no, it’s not possible to make easy bucks by making the same game again. If that was possible, we’d be playing Guitar Hero 50 by now. What companies are doing instead is forcing ideas that SHOULD have been new IPs onto existing IPs. They know that they have to present something that looks like change if they want to keep selling games in a franchise, and they also have very little faith in brand new IPs compared to existing ones. So rather than make the new IP idea into an actual new IP while make respectful advancements with existing IPs, they shoehorn new IP ideas where they don’t belong, expecting people are so stupid and care so little about what really makes an IP what it is that they’ll buy the game in droves at the promise of “change.”

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CaptPierce

    Wow. Just wow. People complained that Lara’s character was pretty much a relic and had no place in games, and now that people are actually drawing her as an actual human being rather than a talking blow up doll with guns and a posh accent, everyone decides that they’re ruining the franchise. I loved the games as a child and even I could tell it held a bad image for women, regardless of how smart of strong Lara was.

    In survival situations, people are critically injured and can die from the things they put themselves through to live an extra hour for help that may or may not come. Nathan Drake hopped onto a moving train, was shot, passed out for a few minutes, climbed out of a train ON A FUCKING CLIFF, climbed some more, shot some dudes and then finally passed out again, and was able to live and go right back to kicking ass. People see Lara getting ONE splinter, and automatically it’s red flagged for some reason.

    When in a situation you’re stranded from civilization and everyone you know is dead and have no way of escaping, and the only people that are capable of surviving are trying to kill you, there is not a single human being that WOULDN’T be scared in this situation. It’s not much of a remake if you still draw Lara as a killing machine and can snap necks like Kit Kat bars; a real person is going to be scared out of their fucking minds and learn to be strong on their own.

    People preached and begged for the game to change and for Lara to change to, and the story and the way they carry Lara in this game is excellent. You are actually focused on playing the game (a really well made and gorgeous game) rather than the ass that’s in front of the camera.

    Little secret for you all too: THE WORLD IS A LITTLE DARK SOMETIMES. Taking things seriously is not by any means bad. They’re bringing life into a character that was an outdated boy fantasy and making her into a strong likable, believable character, and one worthy of being looked at as a role model to some. Smart, attractive and tough never hurt anyone.

    So if you want to preach that a game needs changing fine; but don’t let nostalgia blind you from actual progress.

    I’m hungry now. I want cookies.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    @15 I’m gonna withhold judgement until I see the game, but while it may be needless to you, I don’t think the same goes for the majority.

    Square Enix gave this chart to Kotaku: Tomb Raider sales

    It looks like that cow had been milked for just about all it could take. No pun intended.

    If people wanted old Lara, they should’ve supported old Lara.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. salarta

    @16: I can’t speak for every person of course, but I believe that most of the claims that Lara’s character was a relic and had no place in games came from the (false) opinion that she had no personality, and that many thought she was mainly about having boobs to show off. Do you see anyone calling for any of the many, many male protagonists out there to be rewritten as starting out weak and absolutely terrified of combat as supposedly full-grown men in their 20s, on the verge of tears at the prospect of combat? No, you don’t. The one example I can give you where this happens with a playable male character, Edward from FF4, is one of the most hated characters in the entire game if not the entire franchise specifically because of his not acting like one of the fearless tough dudes.

    Yet somehow it’s decided that Lara Croft acting weak and terrified of combat is absolutely necessary, because it’s “more realistic.” I don’t care how “realistic” the reactions of “Lara” in this game are, if it’s not being done to iconic male protagonists across the industry too, then it shouldn’t happen. Until I see these people start shouting from the rooftops for every male protagonist from Master Chief to Kratos to Solid Snake and beyond to be rewritten exactly the same way as Lara is getting rewritten here, I’m not going to take the suggestion that Lara “needs” to be rewritten this way seriously. The industry, including Crystal Dynamics, implying that only women behave in this way by doing it only to female protagonists makes the industry and companies involved sexist, even as they try to claim such writing is somehow defeating sexism.

    Either all sexes get treated this way or no sexes get treated this way. To do otherwise is sexist.

    EDIT: I’d still have a problem with Lara Croft being rewritten this way even if male protagonists were getting the same treatment, because it still wouldn’t be appropriate for who she’s supposed to be as a character. But noting the inherent sexism of this and other recent “reimaginings” of strong female protagonists shows just how asinine and unnecessary all this is.

    @17: As I’ve said before, some kind of change is required, but when it comes to what they’re doing to Lara’s personality with this game, THIS kind of change is not at all necessary. I don’t think anyone could claim this franchise didn’t need to be revitalized, that’s more than obvious, but revitalizing the series does not require ripping out the soul of the main character and Frankensteining in one that’s not right for her. Mortal Kombat 9 did an excellent job with their form of a reboot without turning any of their women into scared little girls in adult bodies.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Vice

    #18 Mortal Kombat isn’t a reboot. It’s just a changing of some events in same old universe. And tbh Sonya did look like a damsel in distress to me few times…
    Tomb Raider is a reboot. Hell, I heard her parents still alive even! It’s NOT original Lara, it’s a new one. And as much as I loved strong Lara from Legend and Underworld, I don’t see any problems with this one. She’s 21, she never been in a situation like this before, she’s slowly getting used to it and we don’t even know how she’s gonna act even in the middle of a game after killing many people and surviving many dangers.
    I’m sure in a sequel she’ll be older and more resembling our original Lara.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. salarta

    @19: In using the word “reboot,” I was going by the broader definition of trying to provide several significant changes to revitalize the brand, but I think that was a poor choice of words on my part (as your post suggests) and I need to be more conscious of the normal and commonly expected uses.

    The problem is that Lara was intended to be an action star kind of character. One of the guys behind her creation has even said she was created to counter the commonly held stereotypes for women in video games of bimbo or dominatrix. She was intended to be strong, strong-willed and brave from the outset by her very nature. Saying she has to start off weak and terrified of danger for her first outing when that first outing is as a fully grown woman goes completely against her identity. Lara being tough and brave is no longer something she exhibits because she’s naturally inclined that way as a woman, it’s now suddenly Lara being that way because a bunch of men tormented or trained her to become something contrary to her true nature.

    No matter how tough she may look in future games, as long as this is her origin story, that toughness is unnatural and superficial. It’s not the woman she ever wanted to be, it’s the woman she was forced to become against her will.

    She’s no longer presenting empowerment as a woman that deliberately chose to face life-threatening situations head-on because it’s in her nature; she’s presenting empowerment as a terrified victim that took the only option she had available to her that didn’t involve her living a horrible remaining life or dying a horrible death.

    While that kind of story can be good, it’s not the kind of story that Lara Croft should have forced onto her identity. If she’s an adult, then she shouldn’t have to get used to it in the manner this game presents. Getting used to it in that she has to come to terms with having killed a man, or that she learns how to maneuver and fight, sure, but not this approach of her being a sheltered innocent flower of a girl at the outset.

    #20 2 years ago

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    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]