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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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    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 […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]