As brilliant as it was, the Tomb Raider reboot was as much about Lara killing her way through a small army as it was about surviving the harsh, supernatural island she was stranded on. It served as a fantastic setup for the continuation of the series, but Crystal Dynamics was aware that there needed to be a bit more emphasis on the environments Lara would be exploring, and how they could be just as harsh as a loaded gun. Rise of the Tomb Raider has already learnt a lot over the past two years, making the open-world the greatest enemy.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is out this year, and we haven’t seen or heard a thing about the title since its controversial reveal last year. The Tomb Raider reboot was a stunning game, with some equally stellar gameplay, so you’d expect Crystal Dynamics to stick to the same formula that worked so well the first time. You’d only be half right.
The holiday season is still prime shopping time, which means that it's peak sales time for consoles. The PS4 managed an impressive 4.1 million units sold to consumers in that period, and Xbox has a higher number - but they're continuing to obfuscate the facts.
We’re in a new age of sharing gameplay experiences. Specifically, an age where we flood video streaming services with terrible videos comprised of pure anti-comedy as some folks try to cash in on being a YouTube star. Yes, I still don’t get it. Thing is, producing those videos using the assets of a game company has led to the thorny issue of who deserves the revenue cash generated. Some companies are obtuse on who gets what. And now Microsoft is laying down the rules for YouTubers. And it’s not all bad news.
What's old is new. At least, that's the saying. While some people have already jumped into the new generation, and others (like Darryn) have even abandoned the old generation consoles, many people are still playing the newest games on PS3 and Xbox 360. Our best game for old consoles certainly makes them feel new once more.
2014 is most likely the final year for any cross-console games. It’s a transition that we’ve gone through before, from the PlayStation 1 and N64 days, all the way up to the latest devices as players hop from PS3 to PS4 and Xbox 360 to Xbox One. As you might imagine, there’s always going to be a gap between games released across generations. But right now, that divide is simply massive.
In the US, Black Friday is easily the most important single sales day for platform holders. With insane specials, consumers rush to stores (or shop online like smart people) and pick up games and consoles for cheap, ready to sit under Christmas trees for nearly a month. It’s usually a pretty good indicator of which platform holder “wins” the important holiday period in the US. According to analysts, it was very likely the Xbox One that was this year’s Black Friday champion.
Aren’t we just the luckiest bunch this year. We’re getting not one, but two different Assassin’s Creed titles launching within a week of each other. The one kicks off a new era for the franchise, with revamped gameplay and a brand new time period. But before all of that there was the American saga, and this launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue sets up the conclusion beautifully.
If I have to be honest, Destiny has been a massive let down for me. I've grown bored of Bungie's MMO-like shooter very quickly, and I know I'm not the only one. But that doesn't mean no one is playing Destiny. In fact, a lot of people still are - who are all looking forward to the first expansion which now has a release date.
I’M AFRAID I’VE GOT SOME BAAAAAAAAAD NEWS FOR YOU! WWE 2K15 is promising to revitalise the sports entertainment genre with rivalries, updated rosters and visuals that you can most definitely see. Provided that you’re getting a current-gen version that is. But if you’re stuck with an older console (A running theme today it seems), then you might be in for a WWE game that’s about to lay some Sweet Chin Music on your moderate expectations.
We’re in a transitional phase right now when it comes to old consoles. What’s new is current-gen and what was current-gen is now rickety and about attractive as getting a gummy kiss from your great grandmother in that dodgy old age home. We’re seeing fewer and fewer games announced for older consoles, with 2015 most likely the death knell for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. And don’t expect Dying Light to rise from the dead on those platforms either, as those versions have been canned.
San Andreas is still a pretty big deal to most Grand Theft Auto fans. It's the ten year anniversary of the PS2 classic this year, prompting Rockstar to re-release the game on Xbox 360. Higher resolution, larger draw distance and a few other features have been added, but how much of a difference do they actually make?
We’re entering that time of year where all the biggest and blockbusteriest games are on their way. While money doesn’t always guarantee success, it certainly does help and you’ll most likely be hard-pressed to find a game that actually gets downright slammed by all the critics. That doesn’t mean that 2014 hasn’t had some bad games so far. Hell, it’s had some of the very worst games ever released actually. Here’s a look at the games that smelt like Batman Forever.
It's now more rare for a game to launch without a Season Pass than with one. Sometimes the post launch content on offer justifies the extra little cash injection, as is the case with Far Cry 4. You're getting single-player, co-op and multiplayer content, as well as a little trip into a Yeti's den. I highly doubt he'll be as cuddly as I hope.