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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.

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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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    Rock Band 4 has been a long time coming, and Harmonix is as excited as we are. Or it would be, if that were possible. Harmonix announced Rock Band 4 overnight to massive excitement, especially in the vicinity of me. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for, but no less has Harmonix been waiting for […]

  • Destiny Weekly Update – what’s coming in the pre-House of Wolves patch?

    Destiny guru Arekkz Gaming runs down what Bungie’s mysterious update means – and could mean. This week’s Destiny Weekly Update was kind of light on information, but sometimes even saying nothing is really saying something. What are your theories for what’s coming soon to Destiny?

  • Ashes of the Singularity is “the most advanced RTS ever”, says Stardock

    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

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  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]