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Microsoft's gamescom press conference wasn't as bad as I expected photo
Microsoft's gamescom press conference wasn't as bad as I expected
by Bill Zoeker

Microsoft's press conferences often leave me with cranial damage from head-to-desk impact, but their gamescom 2014 presser felt pretty okay to me. I'm excited to see Microsoft making an attempt to partner with more indies. After their poor policies left them with a bad name among the independent development community, it seemed like the PlayStation 4 had substantially more launch content than its rival in the form of indie ports.

In retrospect, with it becoming clear that Rise of the Tomb Raider is not as exclusive as they made it out to be, I'm quite miffed. During the conference, any games that were only timed exclusives, had clear visual and spoken indication of the stipulation. We've been getting more clarification that Tomb Raider is maybe just a prolonged timed exclusive, but the language used in the presentation was pretty obviously meant to make us think Rise of the Tomb Raider would only be on Xbox. That's messed up.

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10:15 AM on 08.13.2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider is actually only a timed Xbox exclusive

Put down your pitchforks, people. As it turns out, Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't really an Xbox exclusive. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the deal "has a duration." Microsoft didn't say that during its gamescom presenta...

Kyle MacGregor

8:22 AM on 08.12.2014

Crystal Dynamics Head explains why Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the Xbox One as an exclusive in 2015. For how long though? Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher has an answer to that question, and you might not like it. Speaking on the sub...

Chris Carter

7:38 AM on 08.12.2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming exclusively to Xbox platform

Yep. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the latest from Crystal Dynamics, is coming to Xbox only. This was announced today at Microsoft's gamescom press conference. Note that "Xbox" was said, and not a specific console. Maybe it'll come to both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Whatchu think 'bout that?

Dale North

2:30 PM on 08.08.2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives a Gold Edition

Square Enix has just announced a "Gold Edition" of the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris that includes a bevy of extras that Tomb Raider fans will want to pay attention to. The Gold Edition comes rocking a three-in...

Brittany Vincent

12:15 PM on 07.23.2014

Unwrap Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in December

The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will arrive just in time to unite friends and family for festivities at the end of the year. Crystal Dynamics' Lara Croft and the Temple o...

Brett Makedonski





7:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider might be on last-gen consoles too

Lara Croft may have moved onto new and exciting hardware, but that might not mean that she's seen the last of the faithful standbys from yesteryear. It appears as if Rise of the Tomb Raider, the franchise's next installment s...

Brett Makedonski



These were the best trailers of E3 2014 photo
These were the best trailers of E3 2014
by Brett Makedonski

That's another E3 in the books. After months of speculation as to what gaming's most important convention might hold, four quick days clear everything up. In a way, it almost feels criminally short given everything that's on display at the show.

While it's impossible to personally see everything at E3, publishers always put their best foot forward by releasing new trailers for almost the entirety of their portfolio. It's a handy practice, as it's a nice marketing tactic to give the world a controlled glimpse of their games.

It's important to remember that trailers need to be taken with a grain of salt. They might accurately portray the title. Rather, they may eventually completely misrepresent the game entirely. Regardless of what the future holds for each, these were the trailers that best captured our attention last week.

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12:53 PM on 06.09.2014

Lara Croft needs some psychiatric help in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft had a rough time on her last archaeological expedition. It's no wonder that she would suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or experience some other negative psychological effects. During Microsoft's E3 pres...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 06.08.2014

Square Enix might have two Tomb Raider games at E3

Square Enix registered a pair of web domains related to Tomb Raider just days prior to E3. Thanks to the wizardry of the internet, we now know the publisher has staked claims to both riseofthetombraider.com and...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Thief, Tomb Raider, and more half price on Xbox Live

Xbox One deals straight from the console's digital marketplace itself are a welcome sight indeed. This week's Xbox Live sales are available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners alike from March 28 - 30: Thief (50 percent off), Tom...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 03.06.2014

Post PS4, Xbox One release, Tomb Raider sales crossing 6M

The Tomb Raider reboot had series high day one and month one sales, according to studio head Darrell Gallagher. Despite this, Tomb Raider's estimated 3.4 million first month sales were deemed a "slow start" by Square Enix, wh...

Steven Hansen



Impressions: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition photo
Impressions: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
by Chris Carter

Tomb Raider had a rather interesting development cycle. It went from pure hype, to "this looks like an Uncharted clone," to controversy, and back to hype. But all of that dev drama aside, when the game actually came out, I thought it delivered.

As one of my favorite titles of 2013, I really enjoyed Tomb Raider for what it was, and thought it looked pretty gorgeous to boot. Those visuals have been jacked up for the Definitive Edition on the Xbox One and PS4, but that's about all that's been changed. It's still the same great game, for better or worse.

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6:00 PM on 01.21.2014

The next-gen tech behind Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

We saw the comparison video, now developer Crystal Dynamics shows us exactly what went down to making Tomb Raider all next-gen-y. Lara looks more lifelike than ever, especially with her facial expressions as her face was re-...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 01.17.2014

The Tomb Raider reboot is finally profitable

Last year's Tomb Raider reboot has finally reached the land of profitability, despite initially failing to meet the sales targets set by publisher Square Enix. In an interview with Eurogamer, executive producer Scott Amos rev...

Alasdair Duncan

8:00 AM on 01.14.2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition comparison video

Our friends over at IGN just posted a video comparing Tomb Raider to Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, along with an interview with with developer Scot Amos. It's a nice interview, but it's a lot of preaching to the...

Jonathan Holmes