Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition – Review

Game Reviews, Games

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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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Tomb Raider – The Caves and Cliffs Map Pack Out Now for Xbox 360

Games

Square Enix® has today released three all-new multiplayer maps for the critically-acclaimed TOMB RAIDER™ in the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack, coming first, exclusively to Xbox 360® players.

Tomb Raider fans will be able to purchase the DLC from Xbox Marketplace today for 400 Microsoft points.

Each of the three maps are playable on all four multiplayer game modes and see the island’s indigenous Scavengers pitted against the crew members from the shipwrecked Endurance.

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A Tomb Raider Reboot Movie??

Games, Movies/TV

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It looks like a new Tomb Raider movie may be in the works. This time around it will be a reboot in the same way the new game has been. It would focus on a younger Lara Croft in experiencing the things that mold her into the future ‘Tomb Raider’. Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the game reboot, are working closely with GK Films to create this new film project. This cohesion between game and film could lead to a lot of interesting things in the future. To have a universe tied togeather like what is being done with Defiance for SyFy shows more attention being given to detail and the possibility of both media forms to help elevate each other.

New Media Releases for Feb. 5th

Deals, Games, Movies/TV, Music

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Red Dawn

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Lara Croft has a Good Hair Day with Tress FX

Games, Tech

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Since the dawn of the 3D era, realistic hair has been one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately reproduce in real-time. Convincingly recreating a head of lively hair involves drawing tens of thousands of tiny and individual semi-transparent strands, each of which casts complex shadows and requires anti-aliasing. Even more challengingly, these calculations must be updated dozens of times per second to synchronize with the motion of a character.

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Crystal Dynamics Announces PC Specs for Tomb Raider

Games, Tech

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Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics, has released the system requirements for the PC version of the eagerly anticipated game; scheduled for release on March 5th 2013, in line with Xbox 360 and PS3.

The PC version of Tomb Raider has been developed in tandem between Crystal Dynamics and long-time partner Nixxes; a collaboration that has spanned over a dozen PC titles and dates back fifteen years.

Jurjen Katsman, Director of Nixxes stated that: “The team at Crystal intended to make the game of their careers and we are extremely proud of the part we have played in the project’s development.”

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