Post-Launch Review Tomb Raider (2013, PC) Developer: Crystal Dynamics Released: March 2013 Played: story 100% complete in 14 hours
In this reboot of the classic series, Lara Croft is a young archaeologist on her first expedition, searching for the lost empire of Yamatai. The ship is struck by a powerful storm and trapped on a mysterious island, where Lara and her friends find themselves hunted by a dangerous cult of an ancient queen...
If you're a regular reader you may have noticed that I didn't post a review this Wednesday like I usually do. That's because I got a new job - and a pretty cool one too, working at a major tabletop game store. But this job allows me less free time for video games than my last one did, and it's already throwing off my review schedule. Plus I've been getting back into Guild Wars 2 a lot more recently, so that also cuts my time for new old games.
That doesn't mean I'm giving up video games - it just means I'll have less time to work on reviews. I'll try to post something as often as I can, but I probably won't manage a full review per week anymore. To compensate, maybe I'll post small updates as I play through a game, and then do a full review when I finish.
Actually, I'm now finally starting a game I've been excited for since it came out two whole years ago - Tomb Raider. So if it really hooks me I'll have a review sooner than later.
Guide your civilization through thousands of years from the stone age past the modern era. Expand your influence through exploration, research, conquest, diplomacy, religion, espionage, economics, and culture.
A trainer in the Hoenn region sets out to be the very best, accompanied by their neighbour. Along the way, you'll encounter Team Aqua and Team Magma, who want to improve the world, but bite off more than they can chew when they awaken powerful ancient legendary Pokémon...
Released: November 2005 (XBox 360) / April 2006 (PC)
Played: complete in 7h:22min
FBI agent Ethan Thomas is in pursuit of a serial killer known as the Match Maker when the situation starts to get out of control. A strange force is killing the areas birds and driving people to violent crime, while a new threat hunts the same murderers as Ethan.
Experience a day in the life of an average dad... who happens to secretly be an octopus. Make coffee, do your chores, shop for groceries, and take your family to the aquarium while maintaining your cover and the angry chef dedicated to exposing you.
It's time once again for a look back at another year of gaming!
I went through a period early this year where maintaining the weekly review schedule felt like a chore instead of fun. But I got over it - especially when I picked up my fancy top-of-the-line laptop in September, when you may have noticed increased quality in my screenshots and some experimentation with video reviews (now that I have a PC that can handle running a game and capture software at the same time).
As always, this is a list of my favourite ten games I played this year, not a list of the best games that released this year. Well, actually, this year it's eleven, because I just couldn't bring myself to cut any of those games off the list. So here we go - top ten eleven games, in (I think) the order I played them.
After a Russian nationalist group seizes control of a space colony and repurposes its microwave power transmitter to boil San Francisco alive, an American military force launches an all-out assault to reclaim the station. Joining the squad is Sam Gideon, outfitted with the DARPA Augmented Reaction Suit, which enhances his reflexes and allows for high-speed jet boosts. Sam and Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Burns are tasked with retaking the station before it fires again on New York City.
During the zombie apocalypse in London, the Prepper pulls survivors off the street, instructing and preparing them for the difficult days ahead. As you scavenge supplies, the Prepper and a few other factions compete for your attention as they advance their agendas. To have any hope you'll have to make sure you're prepared and avoid getting cornered... but if you die, the next survivor will push forward.
When a stranger appears in Hyrule and kidnaps the Sages by turning them into paintings, a hero named Link sets out to rescue them. With a fragment of the Triforce stolen, cracks begin to appear in the kingdom of Hyrule, linking it to the dark mirror world of Lorule. Link will have to master a new skill to travel between worlds and save Hyrule and Princess Zelda.