Square Enix today announced its latest title in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be available for Windows 10 and Steam in Early 2016. The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 in Holiday 2016. Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms.
In the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider, Lara Croft survived a harrowing experience only to be discredited as part of a cover up. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.
Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerrilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will premiere first, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on 10 November 2015.
It is always good to catch up on games you’ve always wanted to play with free titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360 that Xbox’s Games with Gold is offering. Looks like the lineup of Xbox games that Gold members will be receiving in August have apparently leaked. Posts on Reddit and 4chan showcase an image of the leaked games, being Rise: Son of Rome Legendary Edition and Slash Dash on Xbox One, and Catherine and Fallout: New Vegas on Xbox 360.
On the Xbox One, Rise: Son of Rome was lauded as a fantastic game that was light on content but fun to play, and Slash Dash came out recently making a free release feel quite strange. Catherine, an anime style puzzle game, has been placed on several ‘best of last generation’ lists, as well as Fallout: New Vegas, which offers hundreds of hours of content in a dystopian and hostile environment for you to explore to your hearts desire.
I’ll let you decide if you think this leak is real or not, but in my opinion it could go either way: PlayStation Plus regularly has fantastic games release for free, even on launch in the case of smaller, indie titles, but it is rarely the ‘Legendary Edition’ that is handed to consumers.
What do you think? Let us know on twitter at @OXCGN, or comment below.
Electronic Arts today announced that EA SPORTS FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in franchise history when it launches starting on 22 September 2015 in North America. Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America will all represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, as well as Online Friendly Matches. You can find more about the Women’s National Teams in the game at the EA Sports Website. They have also released a trailer for it which you can watch below:
David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA, commented:
Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA SPORTS, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play. We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women’s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.
From all new player movement and likeness, to realistic animations and attributes, the FIFA development team have authentically recreated 12 of the top-ranked teams in the world. Capturing all new player movement was done with meticulous detail and supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from United States Women’s National Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. The players’ movements helped to build new locomotion for women in FIFA 16 including new walks, runs, sprints, and horizontal movement. Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using the 360 degree body scanning rig, the references were then used to develop new player models. Also the mobile headscanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture facial features including hairstyles to ensure players look as realistic as possible in FIFA 16. Players in the game will look and move in game like they do on the pitch when representing their country.
Abby Wambach, world record holder for International goals scored and forward, United States Women’s National Team, has stated:
I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game. We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA SPORTS.
FIFA 16 with Women’s National Teams will be available when the game launches on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Earlier today at an event in Japan, Capcom confirmed Resident Evil 0 which is a remastered version of the popular prequel to the original title in the Resident Evil series, is currently in development. The game is planned for release on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in early 2016.
Original Director Koji Oda and additional staff are returning for the development of this new remastered version. Capcom will be sharing more information on the upcoming release in the coming weeks but you can check out what Producer Tsukasa Takenaka and Director Koji Oda have to say about the project below:
DONTNOD Entertainment has released their first Life is Strange developer diary titled, “A New Beginning”. The films were shot at DONTNOD Entertainment’s studio in Paris with the aim to provide a behind the scenes view of the game and the team working on it. In this first video, the developers introduce to you the origins of the game and describe the story, themes and characters you will encounter as you play through the first chapter of this episodic series. The new developer diary can be viewed below:
In other Life Is Strange news, they have released the system requirements for the PC version:
OS: Windows Vista
Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (not recommended for Intel HD Graphics cards)
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Dual Core 3.0GHz or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI HD 4890)
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Life is Strange will be released on 30 January for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. You can pick up the first episode for US$4.99 or alternatively purchase a season pass for US$19.99.
Activision and Nickelodeon are taking you under the sea by teaming up with SpongeBob SquarePants and his Bikini Bottoms friends in SpongeBob HeroPants, a new video game based on Nickelodeon’s hit-animated TV series. This action platformer is coming to Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV.
All is not well in Bikini Bottom following the events of Paramount Pictures’ The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the new animated/live-action feature film hitting US cinema screens on 6 February. SpongeBob’s dreams are coming to life and altering space and time beneath the waves. SpongeBob must join forces with his friends to unlock their hidden abilities and put back the pieces of his shattered cartoon psyche. Along the way they’ll visit alternate forms of Bikini Bottom as it is warped by SpongeBob’s mind into prehistoric, war zone and candy-coated versions of the town.
SpongeBob HeroPants is an action game with a focus on platforming, exploration and light puzzles and combat. Each of its six playable characters, SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton, can morph into a unique super-powered champion to solve challenges, unlock new areas and defeat SpongeBob’s crazy imagination. The full adventure features boss battles, upgradeable skills and a treasure trove of hidden items to unearth. It also includes four-person local drop-in/drop-out cooperative multiplayer on Xbox 360.
SpongeBob HeroPants is coming to Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV on 3 February.
HyperDevbox announces that the massively popular tactical role-playing game for home video game consoles, Record of Agarest War Zero, is now available on Android TV platform. Already released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Android Phone and Tablet, Record of Agarest War Zero, originally designed by Tokyo studio Idea Factory, is now available on Android TV platform through Google Play.
HyperDevbox founder and CEO, Carlo Perconti, has stated:
After the release of INDY500 Arcade Racing, Record of Agarest War and ExZeus 2 for Android TV, We are glad to pursue strongly our commitment to the latest Google platform with the release, today, of our latest released game Record of Agarest War Zero for your Big TV Screen.
Some of the Record of Agarest War Zero’s features:
Over 100 hours of gameplay packed into 1.9 GB of data
Full 720p HD graphic assets
Fully voice acted in Japanese
Position your forces on the battlefield and wait for the right moment to string together massive combo attacks using multiple party members – both in melee and at range!
Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
Experience “Living Portraits” animated characters breathe, move, and move their lips in sync with the voice acting.
Soul-Breeding System – Once again, the choice of bride at the end of the first generation further determines the skill sets and weapon of the offspring.
Card Skill System – Customize your main character’s weapon choice and skills through this unique character generation system.
Feel Link – unlock and change character costumes based on your relationship level with other heroines. Maid, Shinto Priestess, Nurse and School uniform are available depending on each character.
Over 500 different Magic spells and Battle skills
Over 400 Enemies and Characters
Capture monsters to join your army
Ability to automatically backup your save data to Google Cloud through Google Play Game Services.
Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Google Play Game Services.
Language: English text with Japanese voices.
Extra mode, unlock the original Record of Agarest War maps and characters for you to play with.
Record of Agarest War Zero for Android TV is available now for US$14.99 on Google Play.
Live out your cops and criminal fantasy in Battlefield Hardline, the fastest Battlefield ever. Watch the newly released Battlefield Hardline Karma Gameplay Trailer below. Inspired by great TV crime dramas, Battlefield Hardline gives you a great single player and multiplayer game that allows you to be the law or break the law on foot and on wheels.
Battlefield Hardline will be available in Australia on 19 March 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.