Also: tomb exploding
Lara Croft probably has some sort of death wish. Mountain climbing can be good exercise and recreation, but I don't think anybody in her right mind would swing from a grappling hook, launch 30 feet, then catch on a vertical r...
I need to rewatch The Descent
We're in the second half of September and that means fresh Games with Gold.
With an Xbox Live Gold membership, you can nab Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) and Crysis 3 (Xbox 360) at no extra cost. I doubt I ever wo...
Xbox One on top, 360 on bottom
Microsoft's really leaning into this whole "Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive for a little while" thing, so the game's coming out on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. But, last-gen is kind of an afterthought, and it...
Last year, Square Enix Montréal surprised us by distilling the Hitman series into a minimalistic mobile game with a tabletop aesthetic. It was a risky move, but Hitman GO ended up a critical success that show...
September lineup announced
The September lineup for Games with Gold should please folks who prefer bows over guns. On Xbox One, there's Tomb Raider, and on Xbox 360, there's Crysis 3. The former is good!
With an Xbox Live Gold account, you'll be able t...
Just some people
The Rise of the Tomb Raider section of Microsoft's gamescom press conference was filled with knives to the back and arrows to the head. Given the large stage, it's obvious why Crystal Dynamics showed a violent slice of ...
I'm sorry, I only play for sport
Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...
Rise from your tomb!
Brett caught up with (and previewed) Rise of the Tomb Raider at gamescom 2015 and what we saw didn't sound all that different from what I saw at E3 2015. Not too surprising this close to launch of a sequel that already has i...
Antoine Routon grinned. "We have people knocking down our door saying 'Can you do our game too?'" Routon's the lead programmer at Square Enix Montreal -- the publisher's studio that's dedicated to mobile titles. Square Enix h...
At least she might learn something
Lara Croft has never been the best archaeologist. Carefully digging for hours so as to not damage an artifact wouldn't make for a very good video game. Still, there's a disconnect when she knocks over human skulls that are pe...
Also God of War
Look, PlayStation Plus' July free downloads gave us -- well, you, I don't have PS+ -- Rocket League. You aren't going to touch Rocket League.
August is a bit slight, though. Maybe it will finally convince people on a wide sca...
Finally! We now know the exact details on the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal that Microsoft worked out with Square Enix -- it took them long enough. But even with this information, the backlash that began with ...
Xbox console exclusivity lasts one year
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be shedding its Xbox exclusivity next year, coming to PC sometime in early 2016 and PlayStation 4 later on during the holidays, Square Enix just announced.
The title is currently planned for a November 10, 2015 launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360, which gives Microsoft a full year before Lara Croft's latest adventure winds up on a competing console.
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When Steven writes headlines for me
San Diego Comic-Con is a breeding ground for cosplay. You'll find everything from the most amateur of outfits to the best professional-grade costumes. People really like to dress up like the things they really like.
I was beefing a bit with Rise of the Tomb Raider for its heavily scripted sequences in which you hold forward on the analog stick as the game just sort of nonthreateningly happens around you (except for when a brutal cutscen...
Small in scale, but no less impressive
Square Enix Montréal possesses a genuine talent for artfully distilling series down to their essence.
In 2014, the developer released Hitman GO, a turn-based deconstruction of IO Interactive's stealth franchise, w...
Mind that falling ice Lara
Hey everyone, Rise of The Tomb Raider is coming to Xbox One on November 10.
There's also a chunk of gameplay footage which we will have up shortly. The game appears to be both faster and more action packed than the last Tomb Raider, which is pretty cool to see.
Full reveal at Microsoft's E3 briefing
Lara Croft reaches the top of the ice wall after a probably-should-be-dead experience. She has several carabiners attached to her belt. Why didn't she use them on her way up? Granted, it wouldn't have helped if all of her an...
Clearing 8.5M copies
The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was always expected to move a lot of units. That much was clear when Square Enix initially deemed it a "failure" after first-month figures yielded a very respectable (yet not good enough) 3...
Steam key of collection is $15
Green Man Gaming has a slew of Tomb Raider titles on sale, from the classics to the latest Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (only $7.70 after coupon).
Tomb Raider Collection, which includes basically everything except Temple of Osiris, compiles 11 Tomb Raider titles and most of the related DLC. You can also grab any of the games piecemeal.
Everything listed below is a Steam key.
A potential movie reboot of Tomb Raider just came a bit closer to reality with scriptwriter Evan Daugherty being hired to pen the tale of young Lara Croft's first adventure -- not unlike the recent game reboot. Warner Bros. h...
And bonus games in April!
In the recent past, Xbox Live's Games with Gold program has had mostly the same cadence every month: a standout title, an indie game, and a bit of filler. March breaks that mold with three superb games from 2013.
2013 Tomb Raider moved 7.5 million copies
At gamescom 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider caused waves when it was revealed to be an Xbox exclusive. Well, sort of an exclusive. More like a timed exclusive. But, regardless of the confusion surrounding the announce...
But more importantly, this freakin' Sleeping Dogs image
As a "half-baked concoction full of lofty ideas that don't quite mesh well together topped with a fedora," Murdered: Soul Suspect seemed like the kind of game I'd only get around to trying because of a bundle. It's in the Squ...
ZIP UP YOUR GOD DANG COAT
The Microsoft-published, badly named -- unless we're talking dough or erections, let's cool it on all the rising -- Rise of the Tomb Raider is looking far more frigid in these new screenshots than it did at re...
Hurry, hurry, step right up
UPDATE: Due to me having car trouble and not being able to update this till now, the contest has been arbitrarily and retroactively extended to 1:08 PM EST. Any entries before this time now qualify for prizes. Isn't this...
This sale are sick
This weekend's Square Enix Publisher Weekend sale has some ridiculous deals. Some of my childhood favorites that I didn't even know made it to PC are on there, including the whole Legacy of Kain series.
Here's some of the hig...
Square Enix confirms
Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur...
I know the suspense is killing you
Tomb Raider II is by far my favorite Lara Croft adventure. Although the visuals are dated by today's standards, the locales and sense of adventure pretty much have no equal for me. I remember spending roughly 30 hours pl...