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Newscast – Why Tomb Raider’s worth the money

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:17 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The Tomb Raider content embargo’s up, so we’re free to chat Lara. Listen to me talk through Crystal Dynamics’ reboot with Brenna and Dave below. You’ll also get to hear my kids slamming doors and shouting in the background as it’s half-term. Double-win.

Tomb Raider releases on March 5 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Read Dave’s opinion on the final code and check-out all the review scores.

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35 Comments

  1. salarta

    Okay, as I said in comments in a different article both the Aliens: Colonial Marines coverage and Dave Cook’s Doritosgate article made me realize the site isn’t doing anything ethically or journalistically questionable, but seriously? 6 articles in 2 days?

    Combined with how the “get your review scores here” thread STILL isn’t listing the low Machinima review score among all those high numbers, I hope it’s understood why I seriously started to question things about this site.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Yoshi

    I’ve missed the sound of Pat’s head inside a toilet :’)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    CAN’T HEAR YOU FOR ALL THE CHILDREN SCREAMING.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    THAT’S BECAUSE YOU WON’T LET THEM PLAY MINECRAFT!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    @4 :-D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @1 I’ve added the Machinima score. Considering this is a major reboot to one of the biggest core games of all time, and VG247 is a core gaming site, it’s not hard to see why we’re interested in it. Take your tin foil hat off :-D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Question before listening (which I’ll get to after the asking) is: Is our lead in Tomb Raider believable, and is there any kind of progression (ref: turning on a light switch) in the growth of Lara? Or, is this where the points reviews have made about the gameplay and narrative being at odds, most telling?

    On the one hand, they want players to be concerned for, and show an interest in the fate of Lara. On the other, though, the combat…Just doesn’t appear to me to “fit”. (another problem, if accurate, that this game’s DNA strand has yet to be rid of)

    It reminds me so much of the bollocks that Ubisoft pulled in that regard, in presenting Far Cry 3, where for months, they sold the idea of a care-free holiday-maker and his friends, thrown into a nightmare, forced to adapt in the face of peril. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have yet to find evidence that actually materialised in any meaningful way in the final game.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KrazyKraut

    you know I like the site, but sometimes you say this and do that.
    The VG247 Team has give all the review copies and all merchandise back to the publisher. The are not allowed to accept free flights to press events and whatever. But here you say why its worth to buy the game?
    I know its hard to express own opinion without having it look like an advert for a game.
    C’mon…dont get pseudo and lets keep your team all the other stuff.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @7 Dave’s best to answer that. I haven’t played it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    @8 We publish loads of opinion on here. Hopefully the new stuff we’ve put in place means you can better trust us to be independent.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @7 i’d say she feels massive grief after killing her first enemy, but after that she goes a bit mad and becomes desensitised to it. It’s a quick change in that respect, but otherwise it’s handled quite well. She visibly looks worse and worse as the game goes.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    The one part I have seen of this as far as interacting with (attacking) enemies go, that I do find sound, is the part seen at the very start of Rev3 Games’ review video in which Lara emerges from cover, bellowing out a warning and making herself seem impressive in presence, assert a dominance. That has a basis in reality, and I don’t believe that affects cohesion. I’m starting to think this is the equivalent of someone relieving themselves and advising people to fetch brollies.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    Even Tom Chick likes it. He actually says it’s as good as the Batman games.

    I wasn’t expecting to really consider buying it, but damn, that hype train has some steam.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. tmac2011

    i already kno this game is worth the money lol look at all the scores they are giving it

    #14 2 years ago
  15. SplatteredHouse

    @16:45 in the ‘cast just made me groan. What about the appeal of the game being strong enough to where people would return to it simply because they enjoyed playing?
    At the start, there was a lot that amounted to ‘it’s very pretty’ for about 4 mins.

    “Angel of Darkness was bollocks” The game wasn’t where it needed to be in implementation, but there were parts of that game that I didn’t think were awful. Some of the locations were good. At the time, the story they were telling…Having the thought to remove Lara from her tombs, and finding her somewhere else. Having the character bring her skills to a new environment. A completely new situation. I’m not arguing the point that I quoted, it’s surely the weakest of the franchise, but I do find utter condemnation of that particular TR adventure, puzzling.

    and there’s an XP system. Why? Because you can get all sorts of achievements – which relate to the quality and playability of the game how, exactly? As much as I appreciate the free-form discussion here, the title suggests you were going to explain in that fashion, “Why Tomb Raider’s Worth the Money”. And, I just didn’t feel that happened. :(

    #15 2 years ago
  16. salarta

    @6: Thanks for adding the Machinima review.

    I understand why staff of the site would be excited for the game even if the story direction of the reboot is disappointing and tragic for the character and the industry as a whole, but at some point when you’re doing so much coverage of one specific game, it starts to look very slanted, and reaches a point where it starts to look and feel less like coverage and more like advertising.

    I am NOT saying it’s advertising, I’m saying it starts to feel that way. Again, it goes back to my wondering “Would the site give this much coverage to an average game or one that hasn’t been hyped to hell and back?”

    I did a Search for the game just now to see the headlines, and doing so, I realize I actually underestimated the number of articles. Over the past 2 days, there have actually been 8 articles, not 6, specifically about this new Tomb Raider. My original reason for doing that search was to mention how several could have easily been lumped in with existing articles, but that seems like a moot point with the sheer number of articles. My experience has been that usually, a news site will only have 2 or 3 news articles about a specific game around the time of release, then week-long gaps. Here, there’s a flood of them.

    It’s less “tinfoil hat” and more “dear lord this is starting to feel like more saturation than Guitar Hero.” Though in the case of Tomb Raider, it would be very easy for paranoid people to get paranoid; the company has gone crazy with PR and advertising, so a site putting out this much coverage at once starts to feel like an extension of that.

    Then again, I’m obviously biased against this game, as I was with DmC, and I can’t say with certainty that I would react the same way to something I love getting the same treatment even though I would like to think I would be fair-minded enough to do so.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. salarta

    @11: Ugh… it sounds like even the issue of trauma and reaction to it isn’t handled very well here. I’m not saying that as someone against the reboot in this case, I’m saying it as someone that cares about those kind of stories a lot. It looks like I would probably be annoyed by the sudden shift in this story even if it was a brand new IP.

    I won’t linger on it because doing so would lead to lines of discussion I do not want to enter. At least, not with this game anyway. Everyone loves this game as a supposed reboot of Tomb Raider, so any deeper discussion of the subject at least as far as anything I have to say amounts to nothing. I’ll save it for when a brand new IP comes out that focuses on these issues, then the matter can be discussed without all this bias (from all sides including myself) flying around.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @15 the XP is spent on new perks for Lara, such as increased gun accuracy, bonus salvage from caches and more axe combos.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    Sorry, Dave. I forgot about the perks! Caches, yes. I go through the “tomb”, merrily raiding, at the end of which is found a chest containing…the magnificent artifact of LARGE XP-GET!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Gheritt White

    @16 & 17: “I understand why staff of the site would be excited for the game even if the story direction of the reboot is disappointing and tragic for the character and the industry as a whole.

    Buddy, it’s clear that the only person here with an agenda is YOU.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @19 What’s wrong with that dude? It beats pointless collectibles with no purpose :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    @21 It’s the sort of thing that I would not begrudge out of a no-budget, low hype import f2p game. If that level of interest in the game is what I’m being asked to pay for, and there isn’t ample regard for the experience been paid, and if they proceed to sell one thing while delivering another; then, I find that in a premium product to be disheartening, and I consider whether I want to buy “into” more of the same.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. salarta

    @20: Meant to add “at least in my opinion” to the sentence you bolded, forgot to do so, sorry about that.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    @23 Frankly, you really shouldn’t have to. You expressed your opinion while not claiming to speak for anyone else. Let’s keep the “imo”s out of it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Gheritt White

    @23: Well, it doesn’t change anything. You’re essentially admitting that your own preconceived notions about the game have coloured all your opinions, while still insinuating surreptitious bias on behalf of the site.

    Clearly you’re not qualified to make a judgement call in this instance and so your opinion is both invalid and worthless because you’re actively looking for the game to fail.

    If there had been numerous articles slamming the game or saying it’s shit, you’d probably all of them and lapping it up. But Good Game Is Gooood (allegedly) so you’re getting all butthurt about it because that’s not the outcome you wanted.

    I just have a problem with people actively desiring projects like this one fail. I think that’s a weak, pathetic and dishonourable attitude.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @24: I wish that were the case, that I could leave out statements like “in my opinion” when I think it should be obvious, but it seems like everything has to be as explicitly stated as much as possible no matter where you go. I have a bad habit of slipping up and not being explicit enough with that sort of thing.

    I’m also used to having things I say twisted into completely different, horrible and insulting implications. I’ve even had a couple cases where people sincerely said they wished I was dead, including one gem where the guy said he wished my family had been in Nazi Germany and killed during the Holocaust. That one was because at the time, I was complaining a lot about FF13 straying too far from the soul of the Final Fantasy series. That’s not happening here, people on this site have actually been very civil, and you generally don’t have to worry that some psycho is going to trace your IP and try to hurt you over an opinion on the internet when you’re behind a pseudonym.

    I guess what I’m getting at there is that what you say and how you say it, including whether or not you include words that seem like they should be understood without being spoken, can be a big deal on the internet where you have only text to go by. I’m just bad at doing it right in a lot of cases.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gnosis

    @26: You know, I’m pretty sure nobody would mind your opinion, if it wasn’t that obtrusive. You don’t like it. It’s fine. We got it.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. salarta

    @27: I think that’s the main reason those people I referred to had the reactions I mentioned; not that I said something they didn’t like, but that I said something they didn’t like as much as I did. If you simply say something people disagree with only once, they’re fine, and if you constantly say something they agree with completely, they’re fine then too. It’s when they see statements they dislike constantly that they get agitated.

    And I guess I’m really no better at the moment, since I’ve been reacting the same way to this game plastered everywhere the eye can see. You can’t go anywhere having anything even remotely to do with any form of media without running into huge ads for this game. I went to IMDB just this morning while talking about films with someone, and there was an ad for this game, covering the whole background of the site.

    I hope some people here can understand at least a little bit why I would become so obtrusive about my views on this game when I literally cannot escape having it thrust in my face everywhere I turn, while all they have to put up with is one guy’s comments in a few articles of only one website. They only have to see me disliking the game in the comments section here; I have to see everyone praising and promoting it to the heavens everywhere I go all day for months. There’s a disparity in how a loved game can have everyone talking up its supposed greatness and hated games can have nonstop bashing, and it’s perfectly fine for those people to constantly and repeatedly harp on the status quo opinion, but the dissenter is required to stay silent because “We’ve heard it already, we got it, go away.”

    #28 2 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    Its a universal truth, that the less a nerd likes something , the more they’ll talk about it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gnosis

    @28: Aaaaand this is surprising because?.. ~ Srsly, the math is quite simple: if many ppl like a game, then the chances are good that there’s an actual reason why they like it. Same goes if many ppl don’t like a game and bash it. If it’s only one person… yeah, the credibility drops. Especially if this person hasn’t even tried this game yet and dislikes it apparently only because of his personal preferences. See where I’m coming from?

    And besides, even if a game sucks and everyone’s bashing it… at some point it just gets annoying. Because of the same reasons. Yeah, it’s bad. We got it.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @30: I haven’t said that the game on its own merits is bad, I’ve said that I felt it’s bad for the IP and character and would have been much more appropriate as a brand new IP. I might have liked it if it wasn’t hijacking Tomb Raider and Lara Croft to tell a story that I feel doesn’t fit.

    However, I’ve also said that I’m trying to make myself come to terms with the future of the industry and how the perception of women has changed as demonstrated by this game. I’ve been trying to force myself into changing my views to being as sexist as this game looks to me (not that the team intends it to be that way), but it’s not really taking a firm hold because it goes against my nature. I feel like I’m beating myself up when I try to be that way. It’s more confusing for me because I had just a few weeks back complained to someone else about his making formerly strong female protagonists out to be scared, fragile sluts (the nature of his work + his own terms for them) in stuff he’s done due to the rebooted versions of those characters, and now I’m left feeling like I had no right to complain because he was just going by what people want these days.

    I think I’m going to shut up now, these are getting increasingly personal to where I’m starting to regret making the comments.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    “that I feel doesn’t fit.”

    But haven’t you said that the last Tomb Raider you played was the first one? So who are you to say that it doesn’t fit?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. manamana

    Who’s reading all those long comments? Buy it, rent it or leave it. Is you videogamerz or what? ;-)

    #33 2 years ago
  34. mikaroni

    I disagree! Even the commercials couldn’t make this horrible game look interesting and non-buggy.

    -designing websites for you at msProwebsites.com, amazing web designer

    #34 2 years ago
  35. manamana

    F*ck off!

    #35 2 years ago

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  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

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  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

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  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

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  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

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  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

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  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

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  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

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  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

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  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

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  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

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  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

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  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

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  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

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  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

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  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

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  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

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  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]