My heart sank a little when it was announced that Square Enix will be delaying Tomb Raider until early 2013. A few more months is not long to wait I know and will most likely be beneficial to the game as a whole. But it’s been such a long time since the last Tomb Raider that I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms and find myself hanging out windows and swinging from ropes just to get that sense of adventure again… well, maybe not.
If your adventurous side has been lacking somewhat of late then just wait until you check out the new E3 gameplay video for Tomb Raider, I was literally tingling with excitement. Premiered by IGN last night the video shows Lara in a much darker and more painful world than we are used to seeing. The game is meant to explore the gritty origins of Lara and the Tomb Raider story and it’s clear to see from the footage that Lara has lost a lot of her abilities and physical know how. Also fairly unusual to the Tomb Raider series seemed to be the appearance of many NPC’s who want to work along side the conventionally go-it-alone character.
The trailer, which you can view below, certainly seems to have an Uncharted look about it in places. Let’s hope we hear a lot more about this during E3.
Sadly things like this happen every once in a while. A supposed video or document is ‘leaked’ containing information about an unreleased or unannounced game, which is then jumped on by major fans of the game whilst everyone else is left in confusion about whether it’s real or not and madness ensues. This time the supposed leak is a video from the oh so reliable source of Youtube, concerns Final Fantasy XV and an announcement at next weeks E3.
The video shows a small lecture hall containing only around five visible people and projected footage of a Final Fantasy game at the front of the room. In case you’re unaware, the footage shown in the video is that of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and not XV as the title suggests. The FFXV and CERO logo at the end of the video are also fake and the fact that it is to be released on PS3 and Wii U but not 360 is more than suspect. FFXV was also reportedly moved to the Luminous Engine months ago yet the video still shows the Crystal Tools logo, the engine used for FFXIII among others.
It’s fair to say that the fan reaction to this video has not been friendly and whilst I would personally love for a Final Fantasy announcement at E3, I’m not getting my hopes up based on a single shaky video. If none of this is enough to put your mind at rest then take a look at the video below and decide for yourself.
Final Fantasy XIII split fans and critics down the middle, while many loved the change in direction for the series some hated it just as much. Reviewers were scoring the game at around 8 or 9 out of 10, praising the combat system and the production of the game while fans were upset by the lack of freedom and the slog to get through the first third of the game. Die hard fans of Final Fantasy will never like change, and yes from the days of FFVII -IX which was a personal favourite time for me, the game has changed and advanced a lot, but it wouldn’t it be somewhat foolish for a company to bring out thirteen or so games that were near exactly the same.
As a long term fan of the Final Fantasy games I can see just how much they have changed over the years bringing in all kinds of new aspects and abilities for each new game and revisiting and improving the parts we know and love. Square Enix has promised that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be an huge improvement on its predecessor and it’s clear to see that they are determined to make some major developments, so much so that it has all become a little overwhelming. But just what have they changed for the new game and will it be for the better? Decide for yourselves after reading my hands on impressions from the demo and all the inside facts. …
Square Enix have revealed that a Final Fantasy XIII-2 cross platform demo will be released this week. It’s not entirely sure what will be available in the demo but details on that have been promised to follow according to a members blog. The demo will be available first for PS3 owners in America on January 10th and then on January 11th for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners in Europe. Hopefully we will be able to see use of the many changes and new gameplay elements that have been worked on for this game.
With Deus Ex Human Revolution out of the door and the team behind it presumably enjoying a little rest in between lighter DLC work, all eyes should rightly be on Eidos Montreal’s second team and their big project: Thief 4. Doing the rounds in the last couple of days have been 12 storyboard illustrations apparently from the game, posted on the portfolio of Vancouver-based artist Marlon Deane.
Two months on from Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the dust has settled. Wisely pre-empting the ‘every man for himself’ nature of the autumn shooter season, Human Revolution is now a game rapidly depreciating in price that is still very much worthy of its Reticule Red Mist review. And it wouldn’t be a modern action game if there wasn’t a healthy dose of DLC to make up the ‘then and now’ difference in retail price. To wit: The Missing Link.
Reviewing a game like Deus Ex: Human Revolution is tricky. How exactly do you review a game in which your experience can differ wildly from that of other people? Is it even possible to give a definitive answer on how you felt about the game when even somebody playing in the same room might make completely different decisions, and react entirely in their own way to those? Of course, I’m just being facetious but what’s obvious from the outset of the long awaited three-quel to one of the most loved PC games of all time is that it’s a game that’s not purely about the choice of your actions, but dealing with the consequences.