Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition – Review

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Last year, Crystal Dynamics created one of my favorite games of the year, Tomb Raider.  A reboot of a franchise that I am very familiar with, since it’s initial release.  The new Tomb Raider looked great, even on the aging hardware of the last console generation.  And though console gamers didn’t get the fancy TressFX and high resolutions that the PC release saw, the gameplay and story showed up in a major way and Lara became fresh again, if naïve and vulnerable.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Tomb Raider last year, I wasn’t thrilled about the announcement of a new and improved “Definitive Edition” on new gen consoles.  Was this just a gussied up rereleased cash-in?  Was there enough here to warrant the infamous “double dip”?

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‘XBOX One’ vs. Playstation 4 System Specifications

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Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One and with it a look at what power the system has to offer. While there is a lot of information to still be gathered here is what we know so far and in parenthesis what the PS4 has advertised as well for comparison:

– Xbox One will have a Blu Ray drive (So will the PS4)

– Xbox One will utilize an 8 Core CPU (The PS4 CPU uses an 8 Core X86 AMD Jaguar
GPU)

– Xbox One will have 8GB of System Memory (The PS4 will have 8GB GDDR5 RAM)

– Xbox One will offer a 500 GB Hard Drive (Sony is only saying that the PS4 will have a ‘very large’ Hard Drive at the time)

– Xbox One will have 802.11 Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct (The PS4 will as well)

– Xbox One utilizes USB 3.0 (It can be assumed the PS4 will as well.)

– Xbox One will have HDMI in/out (As will the PS4)

These are the comparisons that can be made thus far. More info to come as it develops.

‘Thief’ to Return for Next Gen Systems

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Eidos-Montréal®, a part of Square Enix Europe and the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, today unveiled THIEF™ for PC, PlayStation®4, and other next generation consoles. THIEF (THI4F) is a reinvention of a franchise that helped define an entire genre of games.

Time has moved on. Power has shifted. New greed replaces the old.
But to remain free in The City of chains – that is still the greatest prize.
First I stole to survive… then I survived to steal.
I am one man; I hear your secrets, see your hidden truths.
I am the shadows, the dark and deadly, the velvet night. You will not see me coming.

I am Garrett….What’s yours is mine.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Official Announcement and Debut Trailer

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Today, Ubisoft officially announced Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, the next installment in the company’s best-selling franchise. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag introduces an all new hero and setting, and will feature the most diverse and seamless Assassin’s Creed world ever created.

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What is Microsoft and Xbox Up To??!!??

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Well on Wednesday Sony revealed their next gen console in the Playstation 4 and after that most have been wondering how Microsoft and the Xbox would respond.

There has been no immediate word of a set date for the next Xbox announcement or of a ‘counter attack’. I like this. Xbox does not need to compete. Microsoft just needs to put out the best product it can and not use any innovation as a means of comparison.

I watched the Sony press conference. I was not too impressed. It is next gen. Lots of bells and whistles but it does not seem quite what it could or should be and feels more as if it is progression for progression’s sake.

Nothing is set in stone right now as to when we will hear word on the next Xbox but various web-sites have noe been registering that suggest we should be hearing more sometime soon. XboxEvent.com, XboxE312.com and their 2013 Hosting Summit Site have all been locked in and registered. It’s minor news but such things get the ball rolling.

I very much look forward to the press conference Microsoft will put on. They seem to be more in tune with the presentation side than Sony. I’m not hating on them persay I just feel it was an awkward combination of things very blandly displayed. I am interested in Infamous, Killzone and the new Quantic Dream graphics engine. I like the specs and various things to do with the PS4 but that 2 hour livestream just offered me more yawns than jaw dropping awe. Here’s to hoping their showing at E3 is a little more style and substance than what was viewed Wednesday.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is Confirmed for PlayStation 4

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CD Projekt RED’s upcoming story-driven, open world RPG will launch on Sony’s PlayStation 4 once the game is released in 2014. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and triumphant finish to the legend of Geralt of Rivia. While the Witcher 3 is the pinnacle to the Witcher series, it is also a standalone story that players new and old will love as they have another chance to live the dangerous life of a witcher. With the capabilities of PlayStation 4 and the next-gen ready REDengine 3, The Witcher 3 will be a truly amazing RPG.

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Driveclub Announcement Trailer

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Driveclub is a next generation, socially connected racing game that captures the heart and soul of car culture and the passion it creates. Driveclub is a game to play in real clubs. It’s about friendships and rivalries and team-based racing, together in the world’s best supercars on the world’s most breath-taking roads – all rendered in cutting edge next generation graphics. This game from Evolution Studios will debut on Playstation 4 at launch.

Game Creators Provide Sneak Peek into Play Experiences That Will Define PlayStation 4

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has introduced the PlayStation®4 (PS4™), its next-generation gaming platform for the home, alongside the videogame industry’s brightest and most creative minds at PlayStation®Meeting 2013. With unprecedented power, deep social capabilities, and instant accessibility, PS4 allows game creators to unleash their imaginations and deliver new play experiences to gamers that were never before possible. The live audience at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, along with millions of fans streaming the event around the world, were also provided with a sneak peek of some of the games that will ultimately define the PS4 experience.

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