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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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    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 […]