To say that Crystal Dynamics caused a bit of upset at Gamescom would be like saying Keith Richards had a bit of a drug problem. When it was announced that the Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive to the Xbox One, the internet very nearly exploded.
This year’s Gamescom won’t be remembered for surprise reveals or gigantic game showings. Instead it’ll be remembered for the PR storm surrounding Microsoft and Rise of the Tomb Raider. A lot of people are claiming that Microsoft is now trying to buy exclusives, something Sony says they’ll never do. Except, they already do buy some exclusives. Sort of.
It’s just back and forth, back and forth with these types of things, isn’t it? Nearly a full 24 hours ago, Microsoft sent the internet into a frenzy by announcing that Rise of the Tomb Raider would release exclusively on Xbox next year. But as we’ve come to realise lately, there are many ways to dance around the facts.
Microsoft’s conference at Gamescom yesterday was another great showing. They had tons of blockbuster games, focusing primarily on some of the exclusives that are headed to Xbox in the near future. Who would’ve guessed the internet would be in such uproar over one of those titles?
The Tomb Raider reboot from last year was a pretty solid game and earlier this year we found out that a sequel was in the works. What we didn’t know was that Rise of the Tomb Raider is in fact a Xbox exclusive.
Did you play the last Tomb Raider? It was really something quite special, a proper and much needed reboot that put the series back in gamers good books once more. If you played it and want more, you’re in luck, Rise of the Tomb Raider has just been announced!
I loved last year’s reboot of Tomb Raider, giving us a somewhat more realistic take on everyone’s favourite adventuring archaeologist. Despite its critical acclaim, after that game’s original release it was deemed a failure by its own publisher, Square Enix. They said, of it’s 3.4 million first month sales that it had failed to meet expectations. Now, thanks to the higher-definition re-release they finally seem happy.
Most days, you get what your pay for, with few products offering anything extra for your cash. Unless its anything from that dodgy KFC down the road from me, which throws in free food poisoning whether you want it or not. PlayStation Plus however, has always been well worth the annual subscription. Here’s the list of free games coming this March for the service. all of them were previously rumoured, but have now been confirmed.
Ever since Crystal Dynamics got their hands on the Tomb Raider franchise back in the mid-2000s, they’ve been cranking out some solid games in that franchise. Solid, but hardly legendary. 2013 however, resulted in a total reboot of the series that got the formula down perfectly, creating a new foundation for the franchise that was enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated.
What’s new is old again, amirite? Tomb Raider hit shelves last year on various consoles and PC to widespread acclaim. Nearly a year later, and the game is back in action, with some new-gen shine. Here’s what the critics have to say.
Square-Enix had what they believe was a disappointing year in 2013m, despite having some of the year’s best (but not best selling) games. There’s been a bit of a management shuffle at Square recently – but the company’s changing more than just its management structure. Square Enix’s European CEO Phil Rogers says more than job titles have changed.
I’m not a big fan of hosting other gaming sites videos for the obvious reason that we don’t want to lose you to some massive faceless corporation which just posts gaming news because they profit from it. But this comparison video and interview that the real IGN has managed to put together really does showcase what is so special about the new consoles.
Tomb Raider’s getting a new, extra polished definitive edition in the way of a next-gen console version. PC Gamers will happily tell you that they’ve been playing the definitive version of the new(ish) Tomb Raider reboot since the game first came out. they’re wrong – and they won’t be getting the extra shiny version either.
Sony changed the face of online networks when they released PlayStation Plus onto the gaming world and taking everyone by surprise by giving all their subscribers free games every month. What’s more is that these games were pretty new and generally very good.
If 2013 left one lasting impression on me, it was that this was the year that several remakes of popular games finally got the formula right. DmC: Devil May Cry tops my remake list, but Tomb Raider deserved and won plenty of love as well. And now the remake is getting a remake for next-gen consoles.