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.
I think I have battered woman syndrome when it comes to Square Enix. Back in the day, Squaresoft consistently released games that I loved. Lately, there have been a bunch of duds and weird statements from Squeenix that make question if they know what they're doing. But clearly that didn't mean any of those bad things now that they're saying good ones, right?
One of the best failures of this year had to be the superb Tomb Raider reboot. Managing to shift 4 million units worldwide, the game fell short of the ludicroustacular expectations of publisher Square Enix. Still, the general consensus was that the game was damn good, and a sequel would be most welcome. We might be getting news of that sequel very soon then.
Are we headed for an always-online, microtransaction-driven, free-to-play future? That’s the sort of thing some publishers and developers are aiming to deliver. Square Enix is not one of those publishers. Maybe.
In news that most likely will not shock anybody ever, Tomb Raider is getting a sequel. More details after the jump once a certain set of switches have been pulled in the ancient ruins of the old Lazygamer server room dungeon that is populated with zombified interns.
Naught Dog’s The Last of Us is an incredible experience, and one of the very best games of this generation. Sony’s now confirmed that they’ve sold 3.4 million copies as of 3 July – making it the fastest selling PlayStation 3 game this year.
[Update: I misread the source, there is no proof that Lawrence is gay but rather he has been created for gay people.. I don't think it changes anything though. I still don't think your average homosexual would like to be seen as this]
The gaming industry is currently being bashed from all sides by the feminists, transgenderists and pretty much every minority group that either isn’t sure of their gender, someone else’s gender or feel that their gender isn’t being treated with as much respect.. and then this happened.