Crystal Dynamics has dropped a brand new gameplay video for their Tomb Raider sequel. The video picks up where the E3 gameplay left off and we find Lara trekking through the snowy wilderness of Siberia.
Lara has new ways of dispatching bad guys, from stealthy bow kills involving poison arrows, to the ever popular “death from above” stealth kill. The crafting system introduced in the 2013 reboot makes a return as we see Lara craft herself the aforementioned poison arrows. Ms Croft doesn’t just have to contend with humans in the wild but highly dangerous animals as well, including a very big, very pissed off Bear.
How will Lara overcome this ferocious beasts? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10, 2015 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is a timed exclusive.
It’s 2015 and the legend of Final Fantasy 7 lives on strong. Far and wide fans have been requesting Square Enix bring the classic Turn-Based RPG which represents an era in which the core features of the FF franchise were at their best. A seemingly open world with many interesting towns, deep backstory, variety of playable characters with different approaches to combat, endless side-content to self-discover, many types of gameplay including snowboarding, gambling, mini-games, arena combat scenarios, real time action sequences such as the motorcycle video game in the Golden Saucer arcade, and a lot more are expected to remain intact with this remake.
Final Fantasy VII was way ahead of its time, but the controls and graphics have certainly aged since the original PlayStation 1 days. Here’s to hoping that Square Enix does the original justice and manages to re-capture the feeling and the scope of one of the most epic FF tales ever told. At E3 2015 it was announced that Final Fantasy VII will be given the FULL REMAKE treatment, and not just the Remaster / Re-Release originally announced by Square Enix to fans’ dismay. It is unclear at this time how far along development already is and how long this will take, but live on stage at E3 FF7 Remake has been confirmed for PlayStation 4 and the following teaser was shown below:
In honor of the FF7 Remake being announced, Nerdcore Hip Hop Artist Mega Ran has made Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII free or pay what you want for a limited time, this album is a homage to the game which brings its characters and world to life in a new way re-telling the story with remixed music using the original composition and lyrics that pierce the heart and soul of what FF7 is all about. If you’ve never heard of it, you owe it to yourself to check it out and you can now for free. Enjoy a preview, quick listen below and feel free to jump around and find your favorite characters mentioned in the album.
The sequel to an all-time classic role playing title FF4 has released today for the first time on Windows PC via Steam as publisher Square Enix delivers on fan requests to the platform. Already rising in the sales charts for the day, FFIV: The After Years and FF4 can be purchased as a bundle for $22.99 or FFIV: The After Years can be bought by itself for $15.99 giving a deeper look into the advanced lore of the classic Final Fantasy series. The game now comes with 3D modelled characters, Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards, Xbox ONE Controller Support, Steam Cloud, and Square Enix Membership service all built-in.
The publisher of the Final Fantasy franchise has released the following Tech Demo showing off the quality computer generated graphics they are able to produce within DirectX 12. They are calling this Tech Demo “The WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry]”.
If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Just Cause 3’s rise from the abyss then you might be surprised to know that the hype has already been slowly building for the third entry in this long-thought-lost franchise. When screenshots first leaked for the game’s existence, the crowd went wild as Internet sources scrambled to get confirmation. The quality of the shots made it pretty obvious that this was the real deal though, and we were later rewarded with a Firestarter Trailer. Looking back, we always had a feeling there would be a third Just Cause game and Avalanche Studios planted that seed of belief themselves a long time ago.
Today we have received another trailer of Just Cause 3 from Avalanche and Square Enix who have revealed the release date window for the game to be Holiday 2015. The platforms, unsurprisingly, are indeed Xbox ONE, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC still thankfully not including the older systems so hopefully the game will not be held back by bad design choices and instead will be free to grow and evolve into a larger experience than previously possible. While many are calling this “Gameplay” it’s obviously not but rather a cinematic trailer made using bits and pieces of footage likely captured in-game on the PC version’s engine with camera angles you can’t actually get by playing and then spliced together carefully in Adobe Premiere Pro by talented trailer editors over the course of several weeks. That being said, it’s still pretty cool to watch, if you don’t mind being marketed at. Check it out below.
Dontnod is back with more and we’re out of time in Life Is Strange Episode 2 as the following Video provides everything you need to know before considering to continue pledging your purchase to Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment. Enjoy.
Presentation: Life is Strange is a modern day story of time travel, teenage angst, and the high school story wrapped up into one. In gameplay terms this is an episodic, cinematic, interactive drama adventure game, with point and click elements. As we all know time travel is sticky business. Throughout the course of the game you can see how simply rewinding time and changing a choice can alter something, for better, or for worse.
Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The game uses modern band music that women would like as Max’s favorite songs. The score is usually a nice piano theme that resembles the introduction and new day theme of the first episode. Voice acting is pretty well done. Teenagers sound like teenagers for once in a game, or movie. Saying words such as “chill” and “hella” which is very authentic.
Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: The graphics are not the best you could argue, but look sort of like a painting come to life in some aspects. In its simplicity it looks great to someone such as myself though sometimes lip syncing does not always add up, which draws you out of the cinematic experience from time to time. I experienced one crash within the game when it could not transition through cut scenes during a load time. That’s to be expected though with many episodic games since the budget is usually lower and they take less time to produce.
Controls / Gameplay: At least you do not find yourself pressing triangle all the time. You can walk around the campus, and other small locations you go to, look at certain people or objects, and even take pictures of those things when allowed. Talking and making choices is one of the biggest gameplay elements in this game. Choices seems to be a recurring theme in our modern society, teenage years are where a lot of big ones are made. But imagine if you could just rewind time and simply choose something else? You can only see the short term consequences not the long term, but it would be nice to have multiple options that you could change right away. That is what you can do in this game, time travel and choices, simply rewind time if you wanted to choose something else. Rewinding time can even help you find objects when you need to do simple puzzles or something of the sort.
Story: You play as a young girl named Max. She is the shy girl in school that never really talks. But one day everything changes. She has a vision, or maybe she even jumped into the future, she sees destruction, then bam! she’s back in the class room. As her story continues throughout the day she realizes her true power of being able to rewind time to her favor. How you choose to rewind time is your choice, you can help others, or simply not. As you meet more and more characters you can get a sense of who they are. Though this is like a TV show pilot we are merely introduced, but I am looking forward to the character development that will occur very soon.
Replay Ability: Average – I imagine the replay value will increase as the other episodes release.
Life Is Strange seems like the perfect modern day telling of the coming of age story. With interesting characters, great design, authenticity, and a plot coming to form, I look forward to what Dontnod Entertainment has to come. This studios’ first IP since Remember Me has all the uniqueness and charm that went into that game, despite being way different. I give Life Is Strange – Episode 1: Chrysalis an 8 out of 10 making it one of RGN’s Silver Games, be sure to check out my Video Review above as well.
Overall Score: 8 / 10 RGN Rating: Silver Game Developer: Dontnod Entertainment Publisher: Square Enix
Do you believe in time travel?
Available On: PS4 | XO | PS3 | 360 | Windows PC
Played On: Sony PlayStation 4
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.
This year 20th Century Fox will bring Hitman back to the Sliver Screen in “Agent 47” the sequel to the 2007 original film based off the hit IO Interactive series. Check out the trailer below and be sure to check out Hitman: Agent 47 when it arrives in theaters this summer.