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title="Permanent Link to Why we haven’t reviewed Tomb Raider yet">Yes, this is dog.







The scores for Squeenix's reboot of Tomb Raider are pouring in like live snakes into an overly-elaborate trap set by a long-dead civilisation. Generally, people seem to be quite upbeat about this beat-up new Lara. But how does the young adventuress perform on PC? We can't tell you alas, nor give you our opinion of the game at large, as we've not yet been issued PC code. Sob.



Hopefully, we'll be getting code later today as promised and have someone ready to raid tombs in all their graphically-enhanced glory the moment the opportunity presents itself. Square Enix have had excellent form with their PC ports of late, so we'll be sure to let you know if their latest effort matches the standards set by Sleeping Dogs' lustrous PC-specific sheen.
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title="Permanent Link to Tomb Raider trailer shows combat moves, resulting blood-’splosions">Tomb Raider splat







The spry Lara Croft tumbles onto PCs on March 5, but Square Enix is taking a machete to the wait with another look at Tomb Raider's combat, which apparently involves the good Ms. Croft's natural skill at wanton slaughter. Stealth takedowns, melee slug-outs, and shooting sprees all show up, though the common result throws a lot of blood everywhere and turns the young adventurer into a rather brutal killer.



You're also shown how upgrading at campfires and discovering tombs to raid improves your arsenal and unlocks secondary combat abilities such as a rather messy pickaxe backstab and the option to stab bandits in the face with an arrow. In fact, there's lots of stabbing going on in this trailer. Also, exploding barrels! Even a desolate tropical island is the perfect home for those classic, illogical game cylinders.



Square Enix says you'll encounter "rare opportunities to cause larger explosions," a fine plus for bloodthirsty survivalists but also another way of saying, "Prepare to run into the scripted-event monster." Still, Tomb Raider's various scraps look interesting enough, if only diluted somewhat by the linear impression of it all. I'm still hopeful for an engaging action-platformer on March 5.
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title="Permanent Link to Tomb Raider’s system specs released – will your PC survive?">Tomb Raider featured







The usual rule of thumb for news writing is that any headline that ends with a question mark can be answered with a no. Here, though, it's an emphatic yes. Looking over the announced system specifications for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, your PC will almost certainly be fine. That is, unless your PC is a cardboard box with some string and wire stuffed inside it. You do realise that isn't a PC, right?



Here's what budding survivalists will need:



Minimum system requirements for PC



Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)

DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM:

- AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT

- nVidia 8600



Dual core CPU:

- AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+)

- Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)



1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)



Recommended system requirements for PC



Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM:

- AMD Radeon HD 4870

- nVidia GTX 480



Quad core CPU:

- AMD Phenom II X2 565

- Intel Core i5-750



4GB Memory





Let's see what you'll get with those affordable mid-range components:



Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of data

Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in the game

Higher quality shadows

High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur

Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry

Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter effects.

LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end machines.



Tomb Raider also launches with Steamworks integration, so expect cloud saving, Steam server matchmaking and full Big Picture support. Reasonable requirements aside, Square Enix's PC porting efforts have been relatively strong of late, so chances are there's no cause for concern here. All that remains to be seen is whether the game is any good. Rich's hands-on preview will give you an idea of what to expect.
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title="Permanent Link to Tomb Raider video shows 11 minute murder corridor">Tomb Raider







Tomb Raider's less than a month away (out on March 5, to be precise). In case you're not sold on the idea of a youthful Lara making a rough-and-tumble entrance into the hard world of adventuring, Square Enix have put out 11 minutes of narrated in-game footage showing her killing her way out of a crumbling monastery complex.



I'm a bit worried. Most of the footage they've put out has funneled Lara down a continuous narrow corridor broken up by scripted tumbles, wobbly AI moments, a persistent smattering of quick-time events and stretches of non-interactivity. There may yet be surprises beyond the small sections that have been shown so far, or so I hope. The island is structured around hubs, and is populated by bonus tombs that Lara can, y'know, raid, for shiny bits. That'll be the subject of the next video, apparently. Take a look at the latest one below.



Announcement - Valve
Day 1 of the Square-Enix Publisher Weekend has kicked off today. The Daily Deal for today is the Tomb Raider Series at 75% off! Be sure to check back each day for new deals.

During the weekend, titles in the *Square-Enix catalog are on sale for 50%. In addition, pre-purchase the new Tomb-Raider and receive 25% off of the Square-Enix Hit Collection!

Hitman Absolution is 33% off (discount does not apply to all territories)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Cara Ellison)

June 2003: a remote jungle clearing outside Moshi, Tanzania. I am seventeen. It is sometime after midnight. >

My skin is sticky with pesticide and sweat. In the treacle dark, my friend Rachael’s face presses hot against my shoulder. The hiss of the jungle soars into the sky in a cacophonous, unbearable symphony.

I need to pee. (more…)

Product Release - Valve
The first five games in the Tomb Raider series are now available on Steam!

Jump into the role of iconic adventurer Lara Croft as she travels the globe to recover ancient relics and lost treasures in these classic titles!











Announcement - Valve
Pre-Purchase Tomb Raider now on Steam, receive 10% off, and help unlock special rewards! Possible rewards include a free copy of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the Challenge Tomb DLC, and the Endurance DLC Pack. Check out the store page for more details.

Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. Download the Turning Point trailer to see the beginning of Lara’s epic adventure.

Announcement - Valve
Save 75% on Tomb Raider titles as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Follow the iconic Lara Croft as she explores exotic and dangerous locations as she hunts for ancient artifacts and long lost treasures!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Square Enix is launching a new Web-based gaming portal that offers some of the company's back catalog for free. The "CoreOnline" service lets you play Hitman: Blood Money or Mini Ninjas by either watching advertisements between chunks of the games, or paying a fee to bypass them.

The CoreOnline site (via GI.biz) only boasts those two games so far, but promises others on the way like Tomb Raider Underworld and Gyromancer. Save data is also stored on the cloud, so you can pick up from a different computer or browser at any time.

This isn't the first time the publisher has experimented with cloud gaming. During the launch of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the publisher included a free OnLive version of the game with every retail copy, leading to a scuffle with GameStop. It appears Square Enix is now more interested in pursuing its own platform, instead of partnering with the beleaguered streaming company.

"Square Enix is at the forefront of experimentation of new business and services models in the game industry," said Square CEO Yoichi Wada. "Through our CoreOnline technology service, users can access our content easily through the browser."

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