This might be one of the cheapest prices we've seen for Tomb Raider, although it's worth pointing out that the GOTY / Definitive Editions usually drop to a fiver during sales. Crystal Dynamics crafted a fine return for Lara Croft in this reimagining of her origins. With a well-crafted story that turns her into the heroine we know and love, a huge island to explore with actual tombs to raid, and a combat system that is up there with the genre’s best, it's hard to argue with the price point above. Thanks to Buzz for the heads-up!
Be sure to check out our Tomb Raider review for more details.
Having got hands-on with Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris at Gamescom this year, I'm actually more excited about this puzzle/platformer/shooter hybrid than the next game. Fun co-op and some great set pieces make Tomb Raiding fun again, not angsty and needlessly gritty, while Keeley Hawes retakes her rightful place as the voice of Lara in this gamer's opinion. Anyway, a tenner is a steal thanks to GMG's P65PW6-F9B91D-TW2AG2 voucher code.
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot was brilliant, but it wasn't really Tomb Raider, was it? Our heroine schizophrenically flipped between helpless and murderous at the drop of a cutscene, there was a distinct lack of tombs to raid (not to mention Keeley Hawes) and the whole gritty thing took itself far too seriously to take seriously. Grit. Grit happened.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider may have dominated the Gamescom headlines for all the wrong reasons, so thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics studio are quietly beavering away at a follow-up to Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, which can never be accused of taking anything seriously. Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris may be a puzzly shooty platformy cooperative romp for four players, not a purebred action platformer like its predecessors, but it feels like the Tomb Raider titles of old.
Because, quite simply, it's bringing the fun back to the franchise. Along with a billion spike pits, hot pants, loads of priceless ancient Egyptian superweapons and massive arguments after griefing your mates and stealing their gems. It's ridiculous, frequently stupid and absolutely ruddy brilliant. Tell your butler to fetch your dual pistols and let's take a closer look.Click here to read more...
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot certainly was impressive. And gritty. So very, very gritty.
Thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics team is still making Tomb Raider games based on a confident Lara fighting crazy bad guys, dodging ludicrously silly traps and absolutely loving it; all voiced by the inestimable Keeley Hawes.
In effect, then, Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light feels more like the Tomb Raider games of old, even if it's an isometric puzzly shooter for up to four players. Keen to know more, I interviewed Crystal Dynamics producer Robert Siwiak to learn about the new gameplay elements, economy, story and whether we'd see more ridiculous crossover characters this time around.
You could see the smile dance across Phil Harrison's face as he uttered the word "exclusive" during the Microsoft Gamescom press conference. Exclusives have traditionally been the weapons used by platform holders to wage war against one another. As Nintendo did unto SEGA, so Sony did unto them, and so Microsoft blah blah this has been going on forever blah.
But lately the waters have become muddied. Time was when companies would slap down cash for studios and IPs, it was all or nothing. Platform holders went big or they went home. But the dawn of digital distribution and product updates allowed companies to deliver bits and pieces of games, and suddenly the rights for those were up for sale. These are the DLC times, and frankly it's difficult to know whether or not you're getting the "complete experience" with certain titles these days.
Then, of course, there are timed exclusives, games with timed exclusive DLC, console exclusives, and a whole host of other ways to otherwise baffle and confuse consumers.
Let's look at the facts: Microsoft did not buy a studio and invest in their talent. They did not secure the rights to an exciting new IP or charge a talented outfit to deliver something fresh. They dropped a fat bundle of cash in Square Enix's pocket for a limited period of exclusivity for a sequel to a game that eventually broke even, but needed a generation-jump retooling to do that.
That's pretty much all we know at this point.Click here to read more...
Microsoft announced a number of things and covered plenty of games in their Gamescom Media Briefing this year, but by far the biggest news of all, and pretty much all anyone is talking about right now, is the revelation that Rise of the Tomb Raider will release next winter, exclusive to the Xbox One.
Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb proudly announced this to the world:
Just announced… Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) August 12, 2014
And then the internet went mad.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: Crystal Dynamics explain Xbox One exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider
Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at CD, has elaborated on the decision to make Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One exclusive.
Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.
Check out the full open letter here.
Well, erm, we did not expect this.Click here to read more...
We got a big kick out of the Tomb Raider reboot, and Crystal Dynamics' Definitive Edition of the next-gen consoles is a perfect way to get into the game if you didn't own it on PS3/Xbox 360. I'm still not necessarily sold on buying it again on next-gen consoles if you already own it (I'm yet to get the game on PS4), but it's the lowest it's been at under £20 and well worth snapping up if you've been teetering on the brink.
You will need an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription to get it at this price, mind.
Crystal Dynamics took to the Microsoft stage to reveal the next chapter of their Tomb Raider reboot: Rise Of The Tomb Raider. "Obsessed by what she has seen, Lara is now threatened by a shadow organization intent on killing her for what she knows. She is pushed to her physical and mental limits as she seeks the truth buried deep within the tombs of an ancient world," all while growing into the implacable action heroine we know and love.
We'll doubtlessly see more over the next few days, but I daresay that plenty of gamers are excited about the sequel that should hopefully build on the excellent mechanics of its predecessor. Mind you, it's a bit gritty - no dinosaurs yet?
One of the finest reboots in recent memory, Crystal Dynamics' fresh take on Lara's adventuring is a brilliant, action-packed affair. The Definitive Edition doesn't do much apart from scrub up the visuals, but it does look rather special on PS4, and if you didn't play it last-gen (hell, even if you did) it's a title that shoulkd probably be in your next-gen libray.
The flash deal on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition runs until midnight over at The Game Collection, and you'll nab double reward points too!
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot deservedly sold like hot cakes when it released this time last year, shifting nearly five million copies. You'd have expected the corporate overloads at Square Enix to throw a massive party, perhaps lighting up a few wads of tightly-rolled banknotes in a rooftop hot tub, but the massive development costs and lavish marketing campaign led to the game being deemed as a financial failure; unable to live up to Square's insanely inflated profit estimations.
However, the recent Definitive Edition has finally pushed Tomb Raider into the black and beyond - putting it "on course" to become the most successful game in the series' history.Click here to read more...
It was only a few weeks ago that The Game Collection provided a good deal for this one, but they've lowered the price even more in today's Flash Deal. Overall it will save you around £7.50 over the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
Admittedly, with the exception of an additional tomb to raid, the GOTY edition mainly provides skins and characters for the game's rather lacklustre multiplayer suite, but if you have yet to experience Lara Croft's re imagined origin story, this is definitely a good chance to do so (providing you aren't tempted to go with the Definitive Edition should you have a currrent-gen console.) Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
I wasn't so sure the price of this one could get any lower, but here we are with a sub-£4 deal for Tomb Raider, made even sweeter by the voucher code above, direct from publisher Square Enix. A saving of over £6 awaits those who have yet to pick up a copy. Please note that you'll be given a Steam code to redeem on the service upon purchase.
In the end, Crystal Dynamics crafted a fine return for Lara Croft in this reimagining of her origins. With a well-crafted story that turns her into the heroine we know and love, a huge island to explore with actual tombs to raid, and a combat system that is up there with the genre’s best, it's hard to argue with the price point above. Thanks to bandwidthbob @ HUKD!
Another day, another flash deal from The Game Collection. Today's offering allows last-gen consoles to get the complete Tomb Raider experience for £13, with this listing meaning you can save around a fiver over the next deal elsewhere.
Admittedly, with the exception of an additional tomb to raid, the GOTY edition mainly provides skins and characters for the game's rather lacklustre multiplayer suite, but if you have yet to experience Lara Croft's re imagined origin story, this is definitely a good chance to do so (providing you aren't tempted to go with the Definitive Edition should you have a currrent-gen console.) Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Right. Well then.
Just when the bickering surrounding the disparity between PS4 and Xbox One performance (called Resolutiongate by idiots with no imagination) was starting to subside, another major third party release has revealed markedly superior numbers on Sony's machine. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition's PS4 version has been confirmed to run at double the frame rate of the Xbox One port, and more interestingly, both versions appear to have been developed by different studios.Click here to read more...
Here's yet another chance to get Tomb Raider for a bargain price from GameFly thanks to the voucher code above. Overall you'll be able to save yourself almost £6 compared to the next best offer at Amazon.
In the end, Crystal Dynamics crafted a fine return for Lara Croft in this reimagining of her origins. With a well-crafted story that turns her into the heroine we know and love, a huge island to explore with actual tombs to raid, and a combat system that is up there with the genre’s best, it’ll be in many a GOTY list for 2013. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!