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Tomb Raider handed a 90/100 by GamesMaster

Saturday, 23 February 2013 21:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The first review for Tomb Raider has come to light, courtesy of the latest issue of GamesMaster magazine.

According to the monthly: “Sitting back exhausted we were left with just one question dribbling forth from our gaping jaws. How on earth are they going to top this in the sequel? Because of one thing there can be no doubt. Lara is back.”

The magazine said it will take 10-15 hours to finish the main campaign, but if you want to explore the entire island, prepare to mark 20 hours off your schedule.

It was awarded a 90/100.

Tomb Raider is due on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 March 5.

Via:GamesMaster Twitter, Gaming Everything.

Thanks, Hives.

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32 Comments

  1. Night Hunter

    Is it weird that I expected a higher number than 90/100, this being a world exclusive review and all … ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Part of me thinks it looks good, and part of me thinks it looks very mediocre. I can’t totally reconcile myself with that.

    Regardless, a review that sneaks under an embargo isn’t the most trustworthy source in the world.

    @1 It’s probably just enough to publish it early without being sued or blacklisted. Convenient, no?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Night Hunter

    Well, they do advertise it as a world exclusive. So I’m thinking maybe they were allowed to publish this early

    http://www.abload.de/img/tomb_raider_gamesmastuos5n.jpg

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    I think it’s going to be like Deus Ex:HR

    It will recieve good scores and will be packed with goods, but it’s going to be mediocre in every aspect of the gameplay.

    I’m not sold on Tomb Raider because I still believe it’s an Uncharted Rip off.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @3 That just makes it even dirtier though. You best believe Squeenix isn’t gonna give that right to someone who scores it 5/10 :P

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Abdo shniba

    @#4 you now that this so called “uncharted” ripoff existed since 1996, more than a decade ago ;).

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Takeshi

    @4: It’s going to be way more open-world/exploring~ish, you can upgrade different stuff and there is multiple ways to go about an encounter. Sure, they may have taken notes from Naughty Dog’s franchise, but IMO, they’re doing so many things correctly that it doesn’t bother me. It would have been way worse if they just did an Uncharted~ish game with Lara as the main character instead of Nathan Drake.

    I hope it gets similar scores when other sites go live with their reviews. I definitely have a good feeling about this game which is why I already dared pre-order it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Edo

    The review embargo ends up this Monday…a whole week before the games’s release which is a balsy move from Square Enix, and I for one can’t wait for this game.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Jerykk

    @4 Not sure what you’re talking about. DX:HR was great and most DX fans thought it was a worthy entry to the series. Conversely, I highly doubt that any fans will consider the new TR to be a worthy entry to the series. It looks like it’s being designed to appeal to people who never liked TR in the first place (hence the emphasis on combat and streamlined puzzle and traversal elements), whereas DX:HR was clearly catered to fans of the series.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    Not really much of a shocker. 3rd Birthday got a little under half of its scores above 75 (Metacritic re-scaling), DmC got 58 out of 61 reviews at a score above 75, and Resident Evil 6 also had just under half of its reviews above 75 as well. In addition, most of the reviews for 3rd Birthday prove that reviewers are almost entirely focused on the gameplay, and the perception of Tomb Raider as a dead franchise means just about any kind of change is guaranteed to blow people away.

    That, and the new Lara as she starts out fits how both men and women think adult women should behave in their natural element, and fitting modern cultural assumptions is par for the course. It’s why older films get remakes instead of re-releases, because companies know people can’t appreciate the past, but need to have it redefined through modern day ideas.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    @8 I didn’t know that, good info. That is definitely admirable.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ninjanutta

    Its already leaked on p2p sites for x360 so no doubt we will hear lots more in coming days…Sounds good so far anyway and an uncharted rip off is fine by me,in fact anything close to uncharted is very welcome in my book.Im gutted that my jtag 360 is not here at the moment but im waiting to get the pc version anyway…end of the gen is looking great so far

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    You guys forgot to mention pretty much the best news of all!!!

    The magazine also enjoyed the “vivid” hubs and final third of the game “with its spectacular bombast”. GamesMaster wished Tomb Raider included more side tombs, but the ones present in the game are a joy to discover. For those wondering: there aren’t many quick time events.

    NOT MANY QTE!

    Something a lot of people complained about and expected lots of them.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. manamana

    I guess I’ll decide to order Lara’s reboot on monday then.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Zana

    I like that “Lara is back” bit. Did she go anywhere? Because the last Tomb Raider game, Underworld, was very good. I’m really not into this whole reboot thing. They should have kept TR as an adventure game first and foremost, not an Uncharted clone.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Uncharted was just a Re4 plus Gears of War plus shitty platforming, so anyway..

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    I wonder if they’ve included any Indiana Jones or Uncharted easter eggs?

    It’d be cool to get to use the classic bullwhip, or find Nate’s corpse.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. salarta

    It’s kind of sad that the real Lara Croft is no longer appreciated, but it’s just the way times change. One generation appreciates superheroes like Superman that are symbols of virtue, the next generation wants to see them broken and destroyed and considers characters like Batman to be the only good heroes because they’re morally questionable. Likewise, women used to want to be seen as just as capable of being strong and brave as men and men were eager to support that, but this generation of women want to be known as inherently weak and cowardly and men agree with that assessment.

    Which I guess I don’t really have a right to complain, each generation can decide how they want to have their culture, gender, race, etc perceived and defined. If they want every single video game starring a female character to show her acting weak and pathetic when she’s introduced while men continue to be depicted as naturally strong and brave as the superior sex, that’s their deal, they just have to be prepared for it just like they had to be prepared for seeing all the survival horror franchises turned into action/FPS ones in the wake of Gears of War and Call of Duty.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    ^ what? You realise that by the end of the game you’ll have slaughtered hordes of big strong men, right?

    Oh and that starting weak & becoming strong is a kind of standard for male superheroes too? Captain America, Spiderman and Green Arrow for example.

    In fact Lara’s origin story here, is almost identical to Green Arrows.

    Before riding in on your noble steed White Knight, you maybe want to check your facts.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. salarta

    @20: I’ve checked my facts. The script was written by Rihanna Pratchett who in the cases people mention her they usually emphasize she’s a woman rather than that she wrote games like Mirror’s Edge. Last I saw of Green Arrow’s origin, he didn’t start out on the verge of tears and utterly terrified, nor did he require a mix of female aggression and tutoring by a woman (the flip side of this game) to learn how to become tough. Green Arrow is comic books whereas Lara Croft is video games, and lastly, Green Arrow isn’t in a medium where most protagonists are female and depicted as naturally strong and brave while men are hardly depicted, and if they are, hardly depicted in such a way. Lara Croft is in a medium where almost all protagonists are male and depicted as strong, smart, tough and brave naturally, whereas all the iconic women have been either demoted to damsel in distress and support (Jill and Claire of RE), or redefined as overly emotional, weak, scared little girls at heart (Samus Aran and Aya Brea).

    I don’t think it can really be called “White Knighting” when this is what women want. It’s like calling someone a White Knight for “rescuing” a woman from a BDSM club she voluntarily and happily entered. Rihanna wants it, Brenna wants it, several female commenters want it, so it’s clear this is how women want their whole sex to be defined: that while men can be naturally strong and brave, women need training and trauma to learn how to be the way men already are when they reach adulthood.

    No, that’s not realistic, but it’s the message being sent, and they seem happy about it, so all power to them. It’s just going to take me some time to adjust to the new way for gender relations, so sorry that you may have to bear with me while I set my mind straight; I have a couple decades of seeing women as equals to reconcile. I try to remind myself that all the coming hentai of scared fragile Lara will help me change my attitude faster, and that I don’t really have to worry about anything I make being considered sexist since women will see themselves as needing men to define them into something greater.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Get a life ffs..

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OrbitMonkey

    @21, oh-kay… Though having your 2 decades of treating women as equals, overturned by what you’ve read about a videogame depiction of Lara Croft, doesn’t portray you as someone of principle… Or intelligence…

    “Wait, all these years I’ve been giving my cat tinned food, when actually he’s wanted lasagne?!”

    Fictions just fiction, like, y’know?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. salarta

    @23: Well, there are a couple things I have to say there.

    First, it’s not entirely just this reboot and how it treats Lara Croft, it’s the whole industry and how women react to depiction of their sex within it. I saw almost no women complain about 3rd Birthday, Other M, or how Jill and Claire were treated in RE5 and RE:Degeneration. In fact, I see women praising those games, and cosplaying as those redefined versions of the characters, not their original depictions. The guaranteed success of this game just made me realize I was ignorantly defending the interests and values of the previous generation, and as a man at that. I’m male, it’s not my “duty” to “defend” or decide how women should be depicted and treated in society, that’s up to women.

    In the face of women neither complaining about these recent depictions, nor of women or anyone complaining that male protagonists in the industry aren’t also portrayed in the “realistic” way that this game is pursuing, there aren’t many explanations available. I’m trying to force myself to accept the one that makes the most sense to me. We already know from recent studies that women see their gender as objects, after all.

    Fiction is a tricky subject. I don’t think it’s worth killing or seriously hurting someone over, but it has more power than people are willing to admit. You can tell that just by looking at how crazy fanboys can get, and it’s not because they have mental problems (though many do), it’s because fiction can both reflect the culture and shape how people see the world. It’s why book burnings happen, knowledge is knowledge whether it’s facts in an encyclopedia or perspectives in a work of fiction. Kids look up to superheroes despite it being fiction.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    “Fictions just fiction, like, y’know?”

    Nobody expects the feminist inquisition.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. salarta

    @25: Or snakes.

    Really though, I don’t fit the criteria of a feminist for several reasons.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    ^ oh I was thinking you were making an issue of women being depicted in a negatory light, turns out your just another guy, justifying why women ain’t equal.

    “they don’t complain enough, they wear sexy clothes!”

    Eesh… Take #22′s advice.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. salarta

    @27: There are a lot of reasons I don’t think I can be considered a feminist, and I think that calling me one is unfair to actual feminists. I don’t want to potentially hurt the way some people perceive feminists by people associating me with them.

    I don’t have a problem with women wearing sexy clothes, I loved and own both Bayonetta and Lollipop Chainsaw, you’re jumping to your own conclusions.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. partchimp

    Sorry, a lot of people are getting very uptight, emotional and argumentative over…. Tomb raider??!

    From what I’ve seen it looks of acceptable quality, i frankly couldn’t care less if it’s an appropriate representation of “THE” lara croft or a modern woman or whatever.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Rafa_L

    @19 salarta. I see your point, and I agree that many people think like that, but I don’t think it’s a general tought. I don’t like superheroes like superman, symbols of virtue because it’s unrealistic to me. “Really, you are talking about realism in superheroes?” Yes, every universe has its rules, the creator can choose to create something like our society with tweaks, or create a world of pure imagination, but it will always follow rules. I think something our generation is seeing is the humanization of heroes, sometimes they lose, they suffer, they bleed and they struggle. I really like that, and that’s not really dependent on the morals of the character.

    On that line of thought, I 100% agree with a Tomb Raider reboot, I wanted to live Laras traumatic experience, I want to see her in danger and I want to help her overcome it.

    On the other hand, I have serious criticism on the Lara we were introduced, first, I hate her voice so much. Sounds to me like a scared teen brat. I expect her to cry and fear, but in the line of what we saw in Kill Bill, Beatrix was a mother crying and fighting for her baby, struggling with love for a man and her child, things that are part of women universe, but not once she stopped being badass, not because of her “superpowers” but because of her attitude in front of fear and loss, we see her desperately crying, but she is not a victim. I don’t see that in Lara, and when I see videos of her defeating various strong man, it becomes unbelievable not because she’s so fragile and a woman, but it’s incoherent with the Lara we see in trailers. If only they gave her a strong womans voice, or an actress that could express attitude even in desperation.

    @20 I love the idea of seeing a character going from weak to strong, but remember captain america before becoming strong? What changed was his skills, not his personality. Spiderman faced choices, wrong decisions, doubt, and was immature, but has he ever acted as fragile as we see Lara in trailers?

    @23 Fiction is not just fiction, it has great power, it can expose our society and influence it. You really think movies, books and fiction haven’t defined generations, behaviors, public opinion… Fiction is life.

    @27 I don’t think that’s Salarta way of thinking, actually, what I sense from his speech is he kind of mourning “girl power” because of some disappointments. On the point that it’s up to woman to decide how they wanna be seen, I agree with Salarta. Many woman would rather be a porn star rather than president, a housewife instead of a CEO, all should be respected, but society will judge, it depends on them to define wich behavior will be judged.

    @29 We can’t care about everything, but if you like video games, you are on a site like this, if you are going to play this game, give a thought to it. Kids will play it, the same kids that will one day interact with your daughter. I’m not saying you have to agree with me or whoever, but just care.

    Anyway, I played all tomb raiders, it was the first game I loved and it will take a lot for me to give up on the franchise.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. tmac2011

    i really cant wait for this tomb raider looks like they put alot of work into it, some people cant understand its the begining of lara croft

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @30: I don’t like the “I want to see Lara’s traumatic experience and help her overcome it” line of thinking. I’m not saying you “can’t” think that way, only that I disagree with it. I feel like this whole business of “You’re protecting Lara,” “You’re helping Lara,” is antithetical to the whole idea of woman as self-sufficient person. You don’t really see people say “I want to protect Kratos” or “I want to help Solid Snake complete his mission.” I found that the more irksome part of comments made by the misinformed producer that talked about rape.

    I’m just going to miss strong, capable women in video games. Lara Croft was THE icon of female empowerment, and now we’re going to see every single female video game character that ever had a video game treated the same way. That’s not paranoia, that’s reality, it’s what happened to survival horror when the action/FPS genre took over. We have precedent, we have example, and I’m a little depressed because I thought women wanted to be seen as equals and now they don’t, they want men and the next generation of girls to think women can’t be strong, smart, resourceful or courageous unless a man introduces those concepts to them. When the woman that played Uhura got on Star Trek, she was praised and considered such an icon because she was a black woman placed in a position of equality and an inspiration for breaking barriers, but today we have even women spurning the whole concept of woman as equal to man.

    I don’t think any of the people that made the game or are supporting it understand what they’re doing. In the effort to make Lara “more realistic,” I think they’re setting perception of women back by decades. We had the concept of emotional breaking from fragile creature to badass in I Spit On Your Grave back in the 70s, Lara Croft didn’t need to be turned into a lesser offshoot of that.

    I don’t like the way society is changing here, and I’m trying to make sense of why women would devalue themselves and love doing so after decades of trying to prove they can be just as naturally capable as men. Everyone else sees just one game in one franchise, I see one icon changing how all icons are viewed and treated for a whole generation and possibly every generation to come. Even if Crystal Dynamics rushes the scared little girl phase and never refers back to her origin story in future games, the success of this game is going to make every single publisher turn every single strong female protagonist into women just like her. Little girls are going to grow up thinking their gender is defined by cowardice and weakness and they need to pursue a man to teach them to break past their natural shortcomings.

    And I’m not really getting anything out of this except getting my disappointments out. This game is going to sell millions, probably more than Resident Evil 6, I knew this months ago. They could say or do anything right now no matter how terrible it is and they’ll still rake in the money, and it’s because they’ve successfully hit on what society wants. Society doesn’t want strong women or women as equals, it wants women as victims and objects, and that makes me the bad guy for not wanting that to happen.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Vice

    Good. 9/10 is what I expected really. About 15 hrs is also what I expected. No let downs so far.
    And how would they top it in sequel? They’ll just change locations and upgrade graphics. That’s how.

    #32 2 years ago

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  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]