Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – Not So Much ‘Rising’ As Cautiously Moving Up a Step

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Platforms: PC (reviewed), Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 (not yet released)
Date of play: 29/01/16 – 8/02/16
Play time: 16 hours

As a franchise, Tomb Raider faded from most gamers’ memories in the last console generation. Sure, games released on those consoles, but nobody really cared. And then the 2013 reboot happened and brought Lara Croft back to the forefront of gaming. While controversial for a number of reasons, such as an increased focus on combat over platforming and a grittier story, I liked it. It was pretty, it was fun, it was engaging, and had high production values. Basically Uncharted for those of us who don’t play UnchartedRise of the Tomb Raider is more of the same. While it’s not an outright sophomore slump, I don’t get the feeling Crystal Dynamics are giving it their all after they aced their first year. Continue reading “Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – Not So Much ‘Rising’ As Cautiously Moving Up a Step”

Life Is Strange, Episode 1 Review – Like, Totes Great Beginning, like OMG!

Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Platforms: PC (reviewed), Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Finished? Yes
Date of play: 9/12/15
Play time: 3 hours

A year ago, I wrote a piece about why I hated Life Is Strange. Well, since then, I got into PC gaming, and it was on sale, so I got the entire season. And I’ve since played through the entire first episode, and it’s better than I gave it credit for. Yes, the first half-hour or so is kinda unbearable, but once you get into the swing of things and get nostalgic for teen dramas, it’s a great story, with some slight hiccups in the game area. Continue reading “Life Is Strange, Episode 1 Review – Like, Totes Great Beginning, like OMG!”