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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review | IGN News | Scoop.it

This week, Joe @IGN had the job of testing and reviewing Tomb raider on PS3 and then the Definitive Edition, on Xbox One. The comparison of the two can be found here as well, as on our recent posts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUX2rG_u8w

 

IGN Joe's Review on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

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Overall Rating from Joe: 9.0/10

Overall IGN Rating: 9.1/10

 

Hey guys, this is Joe @IGN, today I will be reviewing the above title, Tomb Raider. I put myself forward to review this one just because it means allot to me. Tomb Raider was the first game I got on the PS2 which was the first console I owned just for myself.

 

What should you expect from the definitive edition? Tomb Raider like it should be! Smooth, satisfying, genuinely thrilling action game, held together by an iconic, sympathetically written main character, fast-paced and varied combat, and some breathtaking action set-pieces. The linear story pulls you through at breakneck speed, taking Lara from frightened castaway to hardened survivor. The opening hours still feel self-indulgent, relying a little heavily on carefully planned cinematic moments, but it’s all for the sake of setting up Lara’s character. This is done so well that the forced linearity is easy to forgive. Tomb Raider reconnected me with Lara Croft, adding a new emotional dimension to one of gaming’s great heroines.

 

Realistic mud and sweat is not the next-gen revolution that gaming has been waiting for - but happily Tomb Raider doesn't need extra special effects to make it worth playing. It’s still an excellent cinematic action game, up with Uncharted at the peak of the genre. The question for you, then, will be whether you fancy playing through it again and marveling at a 1080p version of its stunning setting and resilient, likable heroine. (Assuming you haven’t already played on the great-looking PC version, that is.)The Definitive Edition comes with all the DLC of the original game.

 

More interestingly, the Definitive Edition employs voice and gesture control on Xbox One and PS4 (if you have the camera add-on). You can say “show map” to pinpoint your location or name a weapon to equip it. I did actually start using that last feature via Kinect on Xbox One. Kinect comes with the xbox initially, so there's no need to purchase it like with the 360, another bonus. This is the same with the PS4 camera.

 

The last new addition is the ability to use Kinect (or PS4 Camera)  to physically grab and rotate the artifacts that Lara finds, or lean left and right at cinematic moments to change the camera angle.

 

VERDICT:

It’s a much improved version, well-realised, action reboot for Lara Croft that came as such a pleasant surprise last year. It’s still well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful, and just incredibly well-made.

 

-REVIEW APPROVED BY IGN-

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February Xbox One update will add hard drive management - Neowin

February Xbox One update will add hard drive management - Neowin | IGN News | Scoop.it
When the Xbox One launched in November, many owners were not happy about the fact that the console did not offer a way to view and manage how much on-board storage was available on its 500GB hard drive. At the time, Microsoft said that storage management for the console was "automatic" and added, "By being smart about how storage is managed, Xbox One keeps everyone playing, watching, and sharing their entertainment content rather than worry about limitations."
Via Shabbir Jadliwala, IGN
IGN's insight:
Feb hard drive management update. We expect it will be on the 11th because there's the first scheduled update for the xbox one.
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Microsoft buys rights to Gears of War franchise, new game in development

Microsoft buys rights to Gears of War franchise, new game in development | IGN News | Scoop.it
In its quest to get more major game franchises for its Xbox One console, Microsoft has bought one of the biggest game series that helped boost sales of its previous console, the Xbox 360. Today, the company announced it has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from its creators, Epic Games. Today's announcement, which did not disclose financial terms, gives Microsoft the rights to the past Gears of War games, all of which were console exclusives for the Xbox 360 platform (the original "Gears of War" was also ported to the PC). Microsoft said the series has sold more than 22 million copies and has generated over $1 billion in sales. Today's deal also covers any "entertainment experiences and merchandise" based on Gears of War, along with all future game releases. In fact, Microsoft's Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios is now at work on a new Gears of War game, presumably for the Xbox One console. Rod Fergusson, who previously worked as director of production at Epic Games on the Gears of War franchise, has joined Microsoft and Black Tusk to help develop the new game, which will use the latest version of Epic's Unreal Engine. More information on that game will be announced later this year.
Via Shabbir Jadliwala
IGN's insight:
Hope Microsoft don't let us down after the previous quality of gears of war, one of the main selling points for the xbox 360.
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Xbox One VS PS4 : Record/Stream features

Xbox One VS PS4 : Record/Stream features | IGN News | Scoop.it

Sony has created the PS4 with the ability to record the last 15 minutes of gameplay, also you can livestream to twitch which isn't currently possible on Xbox One. The xbox cannot currently use twitch, but this feature will be accessible in the future. February 11th is the date of the next xbox one update. The record feature on xbox alows the player to say "xbox, record that" and instantly record the last 30 seconds of gameplay for those amazing moments you want to share. Alternatively you can open the DVR before loading a game, which will record from then on for 5 minutes. Although the xbox only allows a third of the recording time that of ps4, the xbox "record that" feature is really cool. Recording in 5 minute sessions then linking them into one video can be done through the editing software available to download on both ps4 and xbox. I recommend you install it and if your xbox, pin it for snapping easily later. For the recording feature, PS4 has won the vote from IGN, due to the early twitch accessibility and longer recording time.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - PS4/PS3 Comparison and Analysis

A side-by-side comparison of Lara's PS4 and PS3 adventures, showcasing the updated character model, added effects, and 1080p resolution.
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Hey guys this is Joe from IGN, this is a comparison of graphics between Tomb Raider and the definitive edition. The difference is that the definitive edition is a remake of the PS3/Xbox 360 version, but has been "recreated" and "rebuilt" for the next gen consoles. The graphical enhancement really makes a difference when playing the game. This week I had the liberty of completing the game for PS3 and then PS4. I can tell you that although the exact same plot and story line, characters are at your disposal, it is definitive worth the extra money for this version. The video above shows clearly how the game is changed and we have a side-by-side review/analysis of the game. Tomb raider 2 is lined up to be released (TBC) most likely end of 2014 or in 2015. This game is definitely on my top 20 playlist as I honestly always enjoyed playing tomb raider anyway. My opinion: Get it!

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Xbox One System update to add controller battery monitor

Xbox One System update to add controller battery monitor | IGN News | Scoop.it
“ Xbox One System update to add controller battery monitor - Xbox One Microsoft has announced that Xbox One will be getting system update on February 11.”
Via MyProffs News, IGN
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Feb 11th, the first update will be coming shortly to Xbox One - how exiting.
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