It's time for some great savings on both Tomb Raider and Lara Croft titles at Greenman Gaming with some massive savings across the entire catalogue:
I'm slightly concerned regarding the guys over at Greenman Gaming with them still rocking out their birthday celebrations. I feel a massive gaming hangover (the worst type) coming along sometime soon!
Today has a handful of new titles added to their flash sale with some great titles at even better prices:
Obviously at these prices stock is limited so you will need to be quick to grab a bargain.Click here to read more...
You'll get a Steam code directly from Square Enix' official shopfront. Though I've occasionally seen this game cheaper before with limited-time vouchers, this is still a great price for a great cooperative puzzler. Thanks to mixmixi @ HUKD!
By using the voucher code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE you can get hold of this highly enjoyable co-op title for under £2. It's rarely gone this low, so if you have yet to enjoy this download-only adventure of Lara Croft you should consider giving it a go.
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Crystal Dynamics have already got a great Tomb Raider game under their belt in the form of Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light. Unwieldy title aside, this great co-op platformer has some nifty puzzles and enjoyable combat.
This isn't the cheapest we've ever seen it - GamersGate and GMG sometimes knock an extra few pence off - but the current price is still a serious saving.
Alongside the almost ludicrously low price for Just Cause 2, GamerGate have knocked the price down for a bunch of other Squeenix titles as well, including this little isometric gem. It might not bear the Tomb Raider name, but there's still just as much exploration, puzzle solving, acrobatic platforming, and strange creature battling than ever before.
I'm actually pretty excited for Lara Croft's next outing. As much as I despise the current trend of prequelising everything, Crystal Dynamics bold reinvention of the character - and the game - sounds mouthwatering. In the meantime, why not tide yourself over with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the surprisingly good little co-op retro throwback? Green Man Gaming have slashed the price to a mere £2.98, saving you about seven quid! That's a bargain for a very good little game, I might add.
A round of applause for Misterel over at HUKD, please!
This week's Gold-member exclusive Xbox Live deal sees Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light reduced to a pocket money price point, along with its expansion and character DLC packs. We gave Crystal Dynamics' cooperative caper a 9/10 in our full review, and if you missed its major deal last Christmas, this is the perfect time to get involved. Especially now that online multiplayer has been patched in!
Click the links to hit the marketplace and queue up the downloads... and remember to sign in!
Oh, and just in case you want to spend good money on a useless avatar item instead of one of our Xbox Live Indie Games Of The Week...
We've still got a few hours to take advantage of yesterday's Steam sale that brings us massive bargains on the whole range of next-gen Tomb Raider games. Underworld, Legend and the excellent Anniversary edition are all down to pocket money prices, along with the excellent cooperative Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light. Click the links to hit up the deals!
The debate is still raging as to whether or not 2010 was an outstanding year for mainstream titles, with some pointing to a lack of originality in the year's roster, but such accusations can hardly be levelled at the indie crowd or indeed the arcade marketplaces, which were stuffed with outstanding games of all shapes and sizes. Jon's already given us the lowdown on his finest XBLIG titles of 2010 and rustled up five of the best that slipped under the radar, and this category pays recognition to the fact that some of the year's finest gaming experiences could be had for only a couple of quid (or free in the case of Privates). We managed to whittle down a shortlist which you can see after the jump, but for this one we've opened it up a little bit for the public vote. Smaller games sometimes don't get the recognition they deserve, so if there's a title you want to shout about that's not on the list...stick it there yourself!
Click here to vote for your favourite marketplace game of 2010 and see who topped our list!
Let's be clear. we don't necessarily mean dedicated multiplayer games here, but rather the game that offered the best multiplayer experience this year. Unsurprisingly, a good number of nominees came from the FPS side of the room, though it should be noted that Red Dead Redemption and Kane and Lynch 2 came close to making the shortlist. Business as usual for Bungie and Activision, though Ubisoft threw us a curve ball by introducing multiplayer into Assassin's Creed....and making it awesome. Vote for your favourite below...
Click here to see our own shortlist and best multiplayer game of 2010...
Even though I seem to have caught every single bug under the sun this Christmas, it's still been a pretty good one. Steam have turned around with a bunch of really good deals for starters, and this is one of them. Well under half price, it's well worth snaffling a copy of Lara's latest adventure because, in spite of the isometric viewpoint and non-canonical title, it's still as much about exploration, treasure hunting and death trap-defying as any of the usual instalments. It's also really good fun with a friend but, with carefully balanced SP and MP modes, it really does offer something for the lone player too. It's also possibly the best anything to feature Lara Croft in years.
On the next day of Christmas, Major Nelson gave to me... a heads-up about another deal. The current daily saving allows us to snag Crystal Dynamic's excellent cooperative platformer for 600 MSP- a reduction of 50%. We reckon that it's actually one of Lara's best adventures to date, which is a worthy and impressive achievement for a downloadable title.
Oh, and you can also get an avatar monkey for a meagre (?) 120 MSP.
The Elder Scrolls series cemented Bethesda's reputation as the undisputed kings of the open-world RPG... but since the barnstorming success of Oblivion, fans have been languishing in anticipation of the next title in the series. It has been a long and arduous wait, but a new report from Eurogamer Denmark states that the Elder Scrolls V is indeed in development... and will be a direct sequel to Oblivion.
[Our Bethesda source] confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is the latest game in the now 16-years-old Elder Scrolls saga and by itself one of the better RPGs for PC and consoles.
The sequel to Oblivion is coming, we can hereby confirm without hesitation. It's been a while since 2006, hasn't it?
We've long suspected that TES5 has been taking shape in the Bethsda skunkworks for some time... but with rumours of an MMO slant doing the rounds every now and again, we're glad of any confirmation that a direct canonical sequel to Oblivion is on the cards. It's been too long. We're so ready for this. [Eurogamer Denmark via EG]
We absolutely adored Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light when it hit the downloadable marketplaces this summer, but the lack of online cooperative play was absolutely exasperating. GOL was designed from the ground up to be played with a friend, after all. The Xbox 360 version received a cooperative patch last month, but a tweet from Crystal Dynamics has now confirmed PS3 owners can finally take their game online via a software update.
Apparently the PC patch is "coming soon." We'll let you know when it hits. [via VG247]
After myriad delays, rampant rumours and hundreds of apologetic twitter updates, the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 will be releasing tomorrow. Note, however, that it will require an immediate and mandatory 133Mb patch to enable online play. Over the last few months, critics have been quick to point out that tastes have changed since Gran Turismo's last outing (notably the advent of cinematic racers like Burnout and Need For Speed)- so SCE UK Boss Ray Maguire has stepped up to the plate to state that we, as gamers, are still interested in the Gran Turismo experience. Just in case the overloaded forums and massive media exposure aren't enough proof.
We have to understand that the gaming landscape has changed and recognise that, but at the end of the day, I want it all. I don’t just want Angry Birds and Doodle Jump, I want Gran Turismo as well. Consumers will decide what they want to entertain themselves with at a certain point in time.
What’s interesting is that there’s been nothing until now on GT. That’s because the hardware that we have now allows for so much more freedom. The passion and the drive for excellence that Kazunori has is taking him all the way through to try and push the technology we have now. - SCE Ray Maguire To EG
In my Gamescom preview, I did note that GT5 doesn't provide the flashy and cinematic experience that many of its peers deliver. At the end of the day it comes down to personal taste.
So, here we go. Are you still interested? Can't wait for tomorrow? Or have you moved on to new pastures over the last few years? Have your say in the comments!
It seems like forever ago, that Matt reviewed the 360 version, but PS3 and PC gamers have been left waiting for Lara arrive for a while. So it's a good thing that Gamespot are giving away free PS3 (EU/US) and PC codes for early access to the demo that isn't available anywhere else at the moment. All you need to do is sign in or register (for free) to the site. This offer will expire on the 28th of September or when they run out of codes so get on it now! Lara's new adventure is completely different to the older games as it sports a new isometric viewpoint like Diablo and features co-operative play with new partner Totec who Lara must work with to navigate the levels. The rest of the action features compelling twin-stick shooting, platforming and puzzles making this well worth a look.
Platforms: X360 (Reviewed) | PS3 | PC|
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
I think Crystal Dynamics got a little bit bored to be honest. They've been deeply concerned with shaking up the Tomb Raider franchise since being handed the reins back in 2003 and this, finally, might just mark the massive departure that they've been looking for. You can forget about stealthily picking your way through archaeological ruins, this is all about pace, action and puzzle platforming.
Forget too about enjoying some T&A as you pick your way through the game. This is a new look for Lara. She's still romping around in the Underworld engine, so expect dynamic lighting in this game, ferns that waft in the breeze and puzzles that take the laws of physics into consideration, but this time it's zoomed out to an isometric view and handles like a twin stick shooter.
The game's augmented by RPG-lite elements too, there's an array of weapons, your four favourites can be mapped to face buttons for quick and easy access, not to mention a whole bunch of hidden artefacts and basic health/ammo upgrades to be found by looking in every nook and cranny, ticking off the side quests and extra objectives for each level, and also by occasionally indulging in a spot of actual tomb raiding.
Lara Croft's adventures have traditionally been fraught with danger, peppered with generally disgruntled wild beasts, traps that would scare the pants off of Indy and mercenaries who generally wait for Lara to do all of the hard work before pinching whatever artefact she's been swinging, climbing and swimming her way towards outside afterwards at gunpoint. If these are the markers by which a Tomb Raider game might be determined and identified, then Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light might well be the most Tomb Raider-y game of the last decade.
Insomniac recently announced that they were working on a new PS3 exclusive (and set for a Gamescom announcement)- and as we mentioned when we first brought you the story, the smart money was on Resistance 3. Retailer listings, whispered rumours and even a billboard spotted on a movie set all pointed towards a sequel to Insomniac's FPS series. However, Insomniac voice actor David Kaye (who voiced Nathan Hale, the protagonist of the Resistance series) has officially thrown a spanner into the works.
When asked about whether Insomniac were working on Resistance 3, Kaye replied:
“Don’t know about Nate. There are some interesting developments always coming from Insomniac Games. We’re working on more R & C currently.”
Ah. Okay then. This doesn't necessarily mean that Resistance 3 isn't in the pipeline (as the game could well be in the early development stages ), but it does throw a strong new contender into the ring. Could Ratchet & Clank be Insomniac's mysterious PS3 exclusive? Could this even have something to do with Insomniac's implicit support of an HD collection? We'll be at Gamescom to bring you the latest. [VG247]
Privates, the new hilarious sex-themed shooter from the esteemed Zombie Cow studios, is now free to download from E4. Taking control of a 'crack' team of commandos, you'll shoot your way through the interior of various private parts and rid them of oozes, critters and some genuinely disturbing genital denizens.
Zombie Cow have a history of producing hilarious and thoroughly gauche titles- so as you'd expect, Privates is fun, hectic, sidesplittingly-funny and absolutely NSFW. [E4]
We're just under two weeks away from the timed exclusive XBLA release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light; and after our hands-on preview, we're pretty excited about it. However, a couple of recent news stories suggest that it won't quite be a finished article. In fact, a fair chunk of it will be missing.
First of all, Guardian will ship without any online cooperative functionality. According to Crystal Dynamics, the game will release on time, but we'll have to wait until September 28th for the ability to play with our friends. [Joystiq]
"We made a decision recently because we were focusing on how we can deliver the best possible experience to the players. If we had launched with online co-op, we wouldn't feel comfortable that it was the best possible experience for the player," Karl Stewart, Crystal Dynamics global brand director
Crystal Dynamics have also already set their sights on downloadable content. Apparently some forthcoming character packs will replace Lara and Totec with other adventurers; including well-known characters from other videogame franchises.
It's been a month since Xbox 360 and DS owners got their fix of Puzzle Quest 2, the addictive sequel to the original hybrid RPG puzzler. Luckily, you PC owners will be finally able to calm the shakes on August 12th. Steam are currently offering a slight preorder deal in case you're interested, though it's still slightly more expensive than the XBLA version.
Having to go gold turkey from the original Puzzle Quest was one of the hardest things any gamer has to do... and it's time to chase the dragon all over again. Why not check out our full review of Puzzle Quest 2 to see what you're in for?
So I've been sat down in this little room within the vaults of the Square-Enix and Eidos offices in South London and what's on the screen in front of me, a screen which threatens to devour most of the room, is worrying me slightly. I can see Lara Croft in front of me, still sporting her turquoise vest and dusty shorts and with her trusty dual pistols by her side, but she's much smaller and further away than usual. I rub my eyes and wonder if I've accidentally stepped into a screening of Diablo III showcasing some wacky guest characters. Lara's joined by a bare chested man who appears to have stolen Mary Poppins' TARDIS-esque handbag and filled it with an infinite number of spears. He chucks several at a bunch of spiders before throwing a few into a wall and allowing Lara to use them to skip across a spike-filled chasm. She then returns the favour by throwing her grappling hook at him from the other side, and impressively takes his weight as he swings across and clambers up the other side.
This doesn't look like the Tomb Raider I remember. But, then again, it's not supposed to.
A quick glance at the title of Lara's latest adventure tells you all you really need to know: this is no Tomb Raider sequel. Forget canon, ignore overarching narrative for the moment, Crystal Dynamics wanted to try something new. Don't worry, there'll be a new 'proper' game coming soon, but in the interim we've got this to tide us over. As CD's creative director, Daniel Neuburger, explained back in March, 'We have these big pillar releases for Tomb Raider and there's never anything in between'. But this isn't just some knock off that the studio has come up with, they've been a part of Lara's story for half a decade now with a trilogy of games to their name. This is something new and exciting: a digital download for PC, PSN and XBLA that will no doubt retail in the region of £10-15 (we got told 12oo Microsoft Points), due out in the next couple of months and part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade programme.
The first thing you notice is the aesthetic difference. No more staring at Lara's bum, everything's done from an isometric viewpoint this time around. But the game looks absolutely fantastic. As Epic showed with Shadow Complex, there's room in the DLC market for titles with high production values, and people will pay more for them too. Guardian of Light utilises the same engine that poweredTomb Raider: Underworld meaning that ferns will rustle and sway as you brush past them, dynamic lighting casts shadows everywhere and, most importantly, there's a real-time physics engine that's smooth, accurate and highly impressive.