Tagged "Tomb Raider"

InjusticeGAU2
Apr 22

We have to admit that we’re slightly surprised to learn Injustice: Gods Among Us has taken the top spot in the UK chart. It’s the first fighting game to enter at #1 since UFC Undisputed 3, in fact.

Batman and co push Bioshock Infinite down to #2. At #3 it’s a new entry – Fire Emblem: Awakening. With Luigi’s Mansion 2 still in the top ten at #8, the 3DS really is in its stride at the moment.

Tomb Raider falls from #2 to #4 and at #5 Defiance stands bold.

There are no other new entries in the chart, although we do spy Assassin’s Creed III and Gears of War Judgment both leaving the top ten, dropping to #13 and #15 respectively.

It’s fair to say that Dead Island Riptide has a good chance at taking #1 next week, even though the first batch of reviews include 4/10 from both The Official Xbox Magazine and the Metro’s Game Central.

SadKratos
Mar 18

For a second week running there’s lots of activity in the UK chart, with no less than three new entries in the top five alone.

Even with sales down by 72%, Tomb Raider has been able to fend off all newcomers – Square-Enix’s superb reboot remains at the top of the chart.

God of War: Ascension swings into #2, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is in at #3, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 at #4 and at #5 it’s SimCity.

Those last two positions have surprised us – the first Sniper: Ghost Warrior was pretty poor and there were no reviews of this sequel online prior to the game’s release. That’s always a bad sign. We would also have thought that the negativity around SimCity’s launch would have impacted sales, but that’s not the case.

Chart-Track tells us that God of War: Ascension has only sold half of what God of War III did at launch, but it has managed to outperform God of War II’s debut week. In other words, it’s the second fastest selling game in the series so far.

Next week’s chart should also be an interesting one – this week sees the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Gears of War: Judgment and Activision’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.

CrystalD
Mar 15

Crystal Dynamics are a developer who have been around a lot longer than most people realise, having first cut their teeth on the ill-fated 3DO back in 1992.

They were, in fact, responsible for the 3DO’s original pack in-game – Crash ‘n’ Burn. If that name rings a bell it might be because Eidos sneakily re-used the trademark for a generic PS2 and Xbox crash and smash racer in 2004.

Crash ‘n’ Burn was then followed up with Total Eclipse – a game that’s not very well remembered but apparently had Atari execs very flustered when they saw it, as the textured polygons were way beyond what the Atari Jaguar could produce. This too ended up being a 3DO pack-in title, even though it was a bit on the shoddy side.

When the 3DO started to falter, the studio was savvy enough to bring their catalogue to the much rosier looking PlayStation and Sega Saturn, with a few nips and tucks along the way. The 3DO’s Off-World Interceptor became Off-World Interceptor Extreme while Total Eclipse gained the subtitle ‘Turbo’. Another early title was The Horde – an underrated strategy game available on Saturn and PC. Crystal only published this one though – the developer was in fact Toys for Bob, who are now best known for Skylanders.

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TombRaiderReviewT
Mar 13

Lara starts her adventure alone, battered and bruised, doing what she must to survive. Her first kill is not a mercenary or even a mythical creature, but an innocent deer killed for sustenance. There’s a strong emphasis on survival instincts throughout, with Lara having to make do with a primitive bow and a rusty axe for the first hour or so.

“a very smooth and highly entertaining ride”

Once a few more weapons are added to the inventory, Lara doesn’t quite come across as vulnerable as before, especially after yelling “Run you bastards!” upon finding a grenade launcher much later on. With her fellow adventurers held captive, she’s left baying for blood and revenge. Her murderous side is one that we haven’t seen before, and really does take some time to get used to. Make no mistake – Lara is back, and she’s a changed woman.

Four years, if not more, have gone into this franchise reboot and it certainly shows. We can’t begin to imagine how many ideas and levels were left on the scrap-pile in order to deliver us one of the most brilliantly paced and tightly knit experiences of recent times. It looks spectacular too – it’s one of the few games that looks as good in-game as the screenshots. Vistas are often stunning, the lighting effects exemplary and environments packed full of intricate detail.

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TombRaiderWreck
Mar 11

With reports that a million copies were sold within 48 hours, it’s no surprise that Tomb Raider is this week’s new number one.

It’s the best selling game of the year so far, selling double what previous top seller Aliens: Colonial Marines managed to, and the fastest selling Tomb Raider since 2006’s Legend.

There are lots other happenings of note in the UK top 40 this week too. In fact, we very nearly had an all new top five, which is something that rarely happens.

At #2 it’s SimCity, the apparently pretty good Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 at #3, The Sims 3: University Life at #4 and rounding off the top 5 is familiar face FIFA 13.

A very good week for EA, then, seeing that they publish three of the top five.

Lara
Mar 07

It’s always a good sign when a publisher sets a review embargo date well before a game is due out. Tomb Raider is perfect example of this – reviews surfaced online eight days prior to its Tuesday release.

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There are perhaps fewer 10/10s around than Square-Enix had hoped for, but reviews on the whole have been glowing, including a 9/10 from Polygon and 8/10s from both GamesTM and EDGE. “Lara is back and bigger and bouncer than ever,” thankfully not one person has said.

A few Tomb Raider diehards have been a bit disgruntled about how violent the game is though, with Lara now seemingly having a dark murderous streak that we haven’t seen before. On the upside, the multiplayer mode isn’t as pointless as many anticipated.

As is usually case with big name games, a price war is currently raging. Tesco and Morrisons are selling it for £32 currently while a few places online such as Zavvi and TheGamesCollection have it for just under £30.

There’s also a collector’s edition with a figurine and a ‘survival edition’ with an art-book, CD and waterproof pouch to consider. These should set you back around £65 and £45 respectively.

Castlevania3DS

Never been a fan of Lara? Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate is whipping it up on 3DS. Reviews have been mixed and it’s easy to see why – a few reviewers have likened it to a side scrolling God of War, so it’s quite the departure from the usual Castlevania fare it would seem. Scores so far include 4.7 from IGN and 7/10 from Eurogamer. “It’s something of a makeweight, as handheld games far too frequently are – but there’s just enough here to satisfy until the true follow-up to Lords of Shadows is ready,” said Eurogamer’s reviewer.

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Oct 26

We’ll kick off this month’s eBay round-up with Dreamcast malarkey, seeing it was 12 years ago this month that the system was released in Europe.

Selling for a fair old whack was a game that has only just been re-released – Resident Evil: Code Veronica. It wasn’t the retail version that sold for £124.99 though but rather a press promo copy.

A collector’s edition of the rare Japan-only shoot ’em up Under Defeat, which came with a CD, poster and sticker, nearly broke £100 too, selling for £99.95 on Buy It Now. Two copies of Samba de Amigo went for £84.95 and £71.99 (2 bids) respectively, complete with the maracas and mat.

Usually it’s the games released late in a system’s life that sell for hefty amounts in years to come. The Dreamcast’s back catalogue is no different – this month saw Evolution 2 sell for £55, Rez for £49.99, dull party game Sonic Shuffle for £39.99 and Capcom’s Cannon Spike for £38 (7 bids). It’s a little known fact Cannon Spike stars Arthur from Ghouls & Ghosts, Cammy from Street Fighter and Mega Man.

Speaking of the blue bomber, as fan’s often call him, an auction for two Mega Man SNES games ended at £489 (17 bids). Mega Man 7 and Mega Man X, if you’re wondering. I used to own Mega Man X when it was first released. I think I traded it in for Stunt Race FX.

Also in the world of Nintendo, a rather nicely looked after Nintendo 64 collection sold for £929 (24 bids), which included 40 boxed games like the desirable Sin & Punishment, Banjo-Tooie, Resident Evil 2 and Paper Mario. If I were the buyer I’d be sticking that copy of Carmageddon 64 straight back on eBay. Or in the bin.

An incredibly rare Zelda III and Metroid III double pack netted one seller £524.42 (38 bids) while a Game & Watch LCD game sold for £797.77 (23 bids). There’s a little bit of history behind the Game & Watch – it was originally known as Helmet, but the distributor changed the name to Headache for the UK market thinking the word helmet was a bit too rude.

Back to Sega now. Think Virtua Racing on the Saturn was the closest to the arcade? Well about having the actual arcade cabinet in your home? Somebody with room to spare paid £360 for a Virtua Racing coin-op after 14 bids. A boxed copy of Tails’ Adventure on Game Gear – which we hope makes it onto the 3DS virtual console some when – sold for £160 (29 bids), and a set of unboxed Sonic Adventure figures sold for £165 (4 bids).

A bundle of eight Master System games almost hit £200 too. The high price is down to the fact that the bundle contained Masters of Combat, a 2D fighting game that was a very late release. If you read the seller’s notes he explains that people were offering him as little as £20 for it outside of the auction.

There hasn’t been much going on in the PlayStation collecting scene apart from the usual likes of Suikoden and Castlevania selling for loads. We did though think that it was odd that this sealed copy of Tomb Raider sold for £60. A copy of the often forgotten Squaresoft 3D brawler Ehrgeiz went for £62.99 too, still sealed. It’s not a very good game but it features Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, which makes it desirable to collectors.

We rarely feature Atari in these round-ups, so here’s some Atari stuff that’s been selling for significant amounts. The toilet-shaped Atari Jaguar CD had very few games and even fewer good ones, but that didn’t stop somebody acquiring one for £147 after 13 bids. A sealed copy of Atari Karts on Jaguar sold for £89 on Buy It Now, while a prototype Atari 2600 cartridge of the bizarrely named Rabbit Transit went for $250 (£156) attracting just one bidder. Nobody wanted these new Atari bed sheets though, and at £69 a set it’s not surprising.

Back in the world of the modern, a Crackdown 2 Xbox 360 – of which only five were made – sold for an eyebrow raising £1,320 after 4 bids. Let’s hope it doesn’t red ring, eh?

Jun 05

E3 doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped publishers showing off several shiny new games prematurely. It’s hard to imagine that the PR people were worried about them being ignored at the show – some quite big name titles have been bandied about over the past few days.

A handful of journalist have already been treated to first play on the NGP, or whatever Sony ends up calling it. Those lucky people include T3 Magazine, who were kind enough to drop a hands-on video into our inbox. We now know that the handheld plays PSP games through emulation; visuals will be improved and in some instances (such as Resistance: Retribution) support for the NGP’s second analogue stick will feature. Amongst the first wave of titles will be augmented reality brawler Reality Fighters (from the developers behind Invizimals), Wipeout 2048 (set four years before the PSone original and features cross format play with PlayStation 3 owners) and Uncharted Golden Abyss. There’s also Sound Shapes – a rhythmical platformer that supports user-generated levels – pool sim Hustle Kings, the WarioWare-alike Little Deviants, Super Stardust Delta and Everybody’s Golf. As you can see over on Eurogamer, Wipeout 2048 is looking quite lovely.

Sony haven’t forgotten about the PlayStation 3 either as a duo of new PSN titles have been revealed. Papo & Yo – due out in 2012 – is the most interesting of the two, starring a boy named Quico who lives in a South American slum with a pink monster. Sony’s Pub Fund helped the game get the green light. The trailer shows some ICO-style teamwork and also a slightly worrying amount of block pushing. The second title is Payday: The Heist from new Swedish studio Overkill, headed by the former boss of GRIN. It’s a four-player co-op shooter featuring six different heists such as bank jobs and prison breaks. We’ll just ignore the fact that GRIN made the rubbish Terminator: Salvation tie-in, shall we?

Over in the world of multi-format a big surprise came in the form of a co-op Star Trek shooter from Digital Extremes starring Kirk and Spock. Digital Extreme are also hard at work on The Darkness II so don’t be surprised if it uses the same engine and whatnot. US publication Game Informer has an exclusive on it this month; the screenshots are very…citrusy.

Then there was a new Tomb Raider trailer which managed to get Twitter in a tizzy on Friday. As you can see for yourself above, the incredibly detailed trailer shows Lara taking a journey on a large navy ship, which then gets ripped in half during a storm. Lara finds herself waking up on an island surrounded by wrecked sea vessels. No in-game footage has been shown but if you’re egar for more information EDGE magazine has an exclusive on it this month. It should be good; Lara lovers Crystal Dynamics are behind it.

And because we’re not ones to ignore the smaller publishers and developers out there, Deep Silver has revealed the snow-covered sports package Winter Stars for Kinect and PlayStation Move. The Wii version meanwhile is compatible with the balance board. Up to four players can partake in 11 different sports online including “curling”.

We’ll be covering the E3 conferences in full tomorrow and Tuesday. If you don’t follow us on Twitter already, now is as good as time as any.

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