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From Raven's Stealthy Bond Game To Retail's 'Bigger Advantages'

Matt Gardner
Blizzard, Gran Turismo 5, News, Raven, Tomb Raider
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Footage Leaked For Raven's Stealthy Bond Title

Apparently placed on hiatus back in 2005 as MGM struggled to deal with its mountain of debt, with word from James Bond fansite MI6 suggesting a kind of 007-meets-Splinter Cell vibe, Raven's mashup between Messrs. Bond and Fisher is allegedly back on the cards.

Furthermore, a video showreel for Raven animator Hanjin Song appears to contain some rather interesting footage of the potential title.

In amongst the Singularity footage, there's definitely something with a whiff of Casino Royale about it. It looks pretty cool too. What do you reckon? Sam Fisher meets Bond? Would it work? Are Raven the guys to do it? Frankly considering just how fun Singularity was I'd fully support giving them a shot.

Give us a shout below with your thoughts. [via Eurogamer]

Gran Turismo Gets A Damage Update...But Only Online

From Raven's Stealthy Bond Game To Retail's 'Bigger Advantages'

We've been merrily ragging on Gran Turismo 5 for having released after a six year wait seemingly unfinished for a little while now, but wait! Here comes update 1.03 to make everything better. The damage modelling in the game - with realistic damage unlockable at Level 40 - has been the subject of some criticism, criticism of the criticism, criticism of the criticism of the....oh you get the picture.

But overnight Polyphony updated the game to allow players to access three different levels of mechanical damage: none, light or heavy:

  • None – No mechanical damage.
  • Light – Mechanical parts can be damaged, but will “automatically be repaired after a short time has passed.”
  • Heavy – Mechanical damage will be more severe, and can only be repaired by making a pit stop. Damaged parts will be indicated with on-screen icons.

Before you start celebrating, though, there's a small catch: you can only access these options from the multiplayer lounge, with no easy optional modelling available in singleplayer as yet, although Polyphony do say that it's coming in later patches and updates, of which there will be many. Polyphony are looking long term with this one, with plenty of bells and whistles to come in the future hopefully. Unfinished product or basis for expansion? Let us know what you think. [Kotaku]

Blizzard: Retail Offers Things 'That We Can't Offer Digitally'

From Raven's Stealthy Bond Game To Retail's 'Bigger Advantages'

Talking to Gamasutra, Blizzard boss Frank Pearce suggested that releasing hard copies of games through retailers still has an advantage over a purely digital distribution service, particularly with regard to fans.

'Retail has things to offer that we can’t offer digitally – like the collector’s edition, which is always popular with our very passionate fans,' he says. 'We’re also planning midnight launches for the game at retail around the globe with our developers in attendance and signing autographs. You can’t get that experience through the digital purchase.'

This comes a couple of months after Blizzard's Rob Pardo maintained that we were moving away from bricks and mortar retail at Blizzcon. I still buy CDs and DVDs, and speaking purely as a gamer for a moment, I'd honestly hate to see digital distribution take over completely, but fear that convenience and commerce might well win out over character.

What about you guys and girls? let us know what you think below. [VG247]

Lara's Back Tomb Raiding Again!

From Raven's Stealthy Bond Game To Retail's 'Bigger Advantages'

Crystal Dynamics are back with another Tomb Raider game, although it'll star lara as you've never seen her before.

'After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive.

'Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.'

Intriguing. with Ninja Theory exploring Dante's origin story, and CD now appearing to turn back the clock a bit for Ms. Croft too, we can't wait to see what they have in store.

'Forget everything you know about TOMB RAIDER, we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game,' said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio, Crystal Dynamics. 'This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.'

Considering how good Guardian of Light was, we're pretty psyched for this one.

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Phil  Dec. 7, 2010 at 17:22

Bricks and Mortar are dead for PC. Long live steam/amazon/play! Saying that I still get the odd preowned xbox game from stores but probably not for much long -play trade is always cheaper!


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