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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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    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]