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Tomb Raider gets first review

GamesMaster has high praise for Tomb Raider, reveals game length, and more. (PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360)

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Namikaze_Minato  +   543d ago
1st review... high praise.

Nothing to see here.
aviator189  +   543d ago
"nothing to see here"

Namikaze_Minato  +   543d ago
Possibly biased.
aviator189  +   543d ago | Intelligent

JP1369  +   543d ago | Well said
People often imply that the first reviews are biased because they assume that the establishment getting somewhat preferential treatment from the publisher will engender feelings of good will toward them. The result is a higher review score. And others will assert that bribery has taken place. I have to say, the scores do seem higher during the first wave, just as the later reviews seem to be abysmally low to generate hits. I usually read and watch reviews from people I trust and I also like reviews that don't give scores, instead relying on letting the reader or viewer make up their own mind given the reviewer's comments.
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The Killer  +   543d ago
out of topic i know.

but what happened to FF vs 13? will it come on ps3 or ps4? its been 7 year or so and the talk is still on it.
jetlian  +   543d ago
its from a magazine so they played it first do to it being print media there's no other reason!

the game looks badass anyway. watch episode 3 http://www.youtube.com/watc...
-Alpha  +   543d ago
The review is actually unbiased. It says so right on the cover:

Root  +   543d ago

Very well said

Look at RE6...the first bunch of reviews were very positive...then the truth comes out

I'm not denying TR isn't a good game or doesn't look it BUT I'm really getting sick of reviews taking a well known franchise which seems to of moved away from it's roots, basicaly what made the game what is was, then give it a near perfect score despite the game not being once what it was. Look at dmc...high scores yet non of the reviews gave evidence to why they give it that score and why it was better then the previous instalments, when, lets be honest, the new dmc is inferior .

New IPs...fair enough give them the benefit of the doubt, it's a new game with nothing to match up to but an old franchise which looks more like Uncharted then Tomb Raider...come on.
vitorizzo  +   542d ago
i remember when homefront came out and most of the first reviews that were "leaked" or just came out before the embargo was lifted were good it was getting a few 8s and alot of 9s....
NonApplicable  +   542d ago
I'm sure this game will be worth getting. We have good reason to believe Tomb Raider will be a great game.
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aiBreeze  +   542d ago
It's a sad state of affairs that people see a first review high score and ultimately pass it off as them being overly generous for having the privilege of being the first reviewer. Sadly though,with the amount of money involved in the games industry and it's not hard to see why publishers would want to stoop this low. I've seen it in the consultancy industry, where people who are looking for exposure offer free services and expect their clients to post reviews and they'll demand the clients email them the reviews before posting them.

Sadly it probably is best to take first reviews with a grain of salt and wait until more come in for a more accurate general opinion on the game.
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Temporary  +   542d ago
FFvs13 will never come out. Just pretend it doesnt exist, I find it helps.
ajax17  +   542d ago
Aren't the first reviews of any game always generally really high? I can't remember a game getting a terrible first review. If someone can cite an example, please do. Excluding Duke Nukem Forever lol.
Hazadess1  +   542d ago

There was nothing wrong with RE6. Best laugh ive had playing a game in ages. Yeah it has probs (mostly fixed in patches) but so does new Dead Space and I'm loving it.

DMC is a reboot and while not my thing I still found it fun.
Eyeco  +   542d ago
I agree with you, Now while I do enjoy the reviews from Gamespot, pre 2006 IGN, 1up etc the problem I have with them is their use of numerical scores the problem is it crestes a system of what should defines a 10/9/8/7 game, the problem is how should you define a 10, or a 9 ?

I remember a game came out on the Wii years ago called The Conduit, Jeff Gerstman from Giant Bomb reviewed it he brought up the saying "pretty good for a wii game" The Conduit was an FPS on a console that had hardly any, or any worth mentioning to say the least. In the case of that game considering the platform it's on it's a pretty good game but compared to the shooters on the ps3/360/PC it was pretty mediocre.

The problem was do you judge it for a Wii game in that case it would be great (9-8), or for an overall game in that case it would be mediocre (5-7), this also goes back to how do you define a quality game ? do you have to factor in the console platform, as well ? that's nonsensical because Super Mario Galaxy would be a 10 if it was on the 360/PS3/PC as well as the Wii, to call that game pretty good for a Wii game is just unfair, and it undermines the qualaties of that game that would be outstanding on any platform.

This is why i love Classic Game Room like JP1369 said "I also like reviews that don't give scores, instead relying on letting the reader or viewer make up their own mind " look at their review of Timesplitters 2 what kind of game does that look like to you ?

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Old McGroin  +   543d ago
"1st review... high praise.

Nothing to see here."

What a lovely tinfoil hat you're wearing!
CryofSilence  +   543d ago
I think he's commenting on possibly ulterior motives or possible fraud of the review.

I really hope the game turns out well. Then they can make another Legacy of Kain. ^^
NonApplicable  +   543d ago
First reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. It has become common knowledge that early ratings are commonly inaccurate.

Dead Space 3 is a recent example. The first review(game informer) it received was 10/10. On Metacritic today, the game has a 76 average without any other perfect scores.
haymoza  +   543d ago
tinfoil hat? I'm sorry, Squeenix has a history of crooked behavior with early reviews. Remember Dues Ex? Squeenix basically said the following, "If you want early access to our game for reviewing them, you have to give us a 90% or higher." I kid you not. Go read up on it.
Old McGroin  +   543d ago
"First reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. It has become common knowledge that early ratings are commonly inaccurate."

Commonly inaccurate? According to who? How can someone's opinion be inaccurate?

Who's to say that the person who reviewed Dead Space 3 and gave it 10/10 actually thought it was good enough to warrant a 10/10 score? Is that so hard to believe? Not every game gets perfect scores, in order to back up the conspiracy theories EVERY first review for EVERY game would need to receive a 9 or a 10.

No, I think the commonly known thing is that tinfoil hat wearing folk believe that everything positive is the result of a large bag of cash and that everything negative is someone just being honest. Please.
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NonApplicable  +   542d ago
@Old McGroin

Yes maybe Game Informer thought it was a perfect game. The point was, to take early reviews with a grain of salt because of how often games are originally overrated. There are countless occurrences where the first scores on games are substantially higher than what their averages become. The Dead space example was to show how often it happens, because that game was JUST RELEASED. WE KNOW that some publishers will green light early reviews only if the content is overwhelmingly positive.

I never suggested "everything positive is the result of a large bag of cash". You put words in my mouth. Your Pie in the Sky ideals sound good, but their formed around Naivety.
DragonKnight  +   542d ago
It's been shown that early reviews can be "bought." Eidos did when they told reviewers that the only way they could get their review (I believe it was for Deus Ex: HR) on the box cover was if they scored the game high. It was also said that Tameem Antoniades thanked a site for giving DmC a 9 on twitter even before the review went out.

There is justification for suspicion as publishers have tried many methods to buy favourable scores.
admiralvic  +   542d ago
@ Old McGroin

Believe it or not, an opinion can in fact be inaccurate. It's just a matter of how the opinion is formed and more importantly how is it backed up.

There are countless examples, but it all comes down to whither or not your fact is actually factual. Like Metal Gear Rising has Wigs, but you're not made aware of their existence till you collect 10 officer hands. If someone was to look at Rising and not work at this collectible, then they would probably think there aren't any wigs.

Another example would be the hidden raid boss in Borderlands 2. A lot of people didn't know Verm existed till a week after release, so if someone complained that there was only 1 raid boss was lame, then they would be incorrect. On the other hand, sometimes people make a gross assumption that leads to an incorrect perception. Like Shin Hokuto Musou (Ken's Rage 2) has roughly 5 unlockable costumes, so if you played 2 characters and unlocked 2 costumes, then you might view costumes as favorable without knowing they're actually limited.

Ultimately any event that can lead to a misconception could lead to an inaccurate opinion. Not every reviewer is going to have time / desire to do every aspect in the game and sometimes people aren't going to bother with something they think is pointless. While I don't hold anything against these people (or reviewers as long as they have a respectable time in / completed the title in question), any opinion based off an incorrect assumption can be deemed as inaccurate. So long story short, yes an opinion can be inaccurate / wrong if it's based off something that is inaccurate or wrong.
DigitalSmoke  +   542d ago
No he's right, and it clearly happens more then you're aware of, tin foil my ass.
-Superman-  +   543d ago
Because first reviews always gives high score to games. Same thing with movies.

Those magazines gives 9/10 last 2 years almost for every populary game.
WarThunder  +   543d ago
Don't believe reviews these days. There are so many ways to test a game before buying it...

Btw i never liked TR games...
WitWolfy  +   540d ago
Trust me dude this game is like Uncharted, very story driven and well worth the price of admission!
Mounce  +   543d ago
I'd expect better judgment from a wise Hokage....

Guess you're just a BIG FAT PHONY!!!

Root  +   543d ago
" there aren’t many quick time events. "

Really....see that's suspicious to me because everything we've seen for it so far...and I mean EVERYTHING, there's been a ton of quick time events

I like the look of the game, it looks playable but it reminds me too much of Uncharted

Oh and I getting sick of this

"See how see became a legend crap"

THIS LARA....ISN'T THE REAL LARA...the one we grew up with. She's a totally different Lara

If they stuck with the original Laras backstory then fair enough

Oh by the way N4G readers, have you seen the first comment on the article by "N4GSucks" apparently we are all PS3 fan boys ¬¬
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Jockamo  +   542d ago
that guy rules
Hazadess1  +   542d ago
The real Lara would be what? 16 years old now.
Most people buying the new Tomb raider will be about that age as well, so they did'nt grow up with her.

On a happier note, at least she nearly legal:)
Kingdom Come  +   542d ago
GamesMaster aren't bias, nor are they bought. Their scores have often been the first released, yet have been absolute, acting as a true indication of the games quality:

Batman Arkham Asylum: http://m.computerandvideoga...

Nintendo Land/New Super Mario Bros. U: http://m.computerandvideoga...

DmC: http://m.computerandvideoga...
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ritsuka666  +   542d ago
I really don't care about reviews...
This game could get 0 scores across the board and I still buy this game day 1.
DarkFireHawk  +   542d ago
Sadly the game got leaked:

I guess we will eventually know how true the review is in the following days.
Theyellowflash30  +   542d ago
Nice Avatar Minato, but we all know who the real YellowFlash is... LOL

Yeah I'm always weary of first game reviews, but you never know.
Jason143  +   542d ago
you have no idea do you
wastedcells  +   543d ago
I have High hopes for this game. Tomb raider 1 on ps one was such a trip at the time.
Dark11  +   543d ago
"Sitting back exhausted we were left with just one question dribbling forth from our gaping jaws. How on earth are they going to top this in the sequel? Because of one thing there can be no doubt. Lara is back"

Can't freaking wait!
i have been waiting for this game for so long!
Walker  +   543d ago
GotY Contender .
stage88  +   542d ago
Contender but not winner.
Remember we have The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls and GTA V.
peowpeow  +   542d ago
Yes? And how are you so sure?
Gamesgbkiller  +   543d ago
Like every other first review games.
Really excited .. Hope the multiplayer is GOOD.
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Dfooster  +   543d ago
Will n4g please quit with these new intrusive ad banners, they are ruining this site.

Right rant over I'm really looking forward to this game, it sounds like something to get really lost into for a few days.
Heisenburger  +   543d ago
Yeah the ads are ridiculous on the mobile site, which I use.

It's very difficult to close the advertisement without actually just opening it up. Though I'm sure that was *done* intentionally.

Not only do I now enjoy my time here less, I also spend less time here. It's not worth the constant agitation.

Ot: I love games that have games that can't be beaten in a single normal sitting.

I'll get it new, just not full price. Looks good!
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MikeMyers  +   543d ago
Totally agree. On my computer it's not bad but on mobile it's ridiculous.

Good to see a good Tomb Raider game come out again.
Pintheshadows  +   543d ago
Glad i'm not the only one who is sick of the stupid ads on the mobile site. 'Oh you want to click that article do you, well you can't because i'm just going to float here in your way.'
e3kehoe  +   543d ago
Its getting to the point where i want to go to another site. They are ruining the experience on this one :-(
stage88  +   542d ago
These ads are driving me INSANE!
squarecircle  +   542d ago
Why don't you guys just download Adblock? I haven't seen adverts for like 3 years.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   543d ago
Very excited for this game. Lara's triumphant return!
20 glorious hours!!
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supraking951  +   543d ago
yay Uncharted with backtracking
Old McGroin  +   543d ago
Uncharted is the original Tomb Raider with cover based shooting and some melee attacks, this Tomb Raider is gonna take back the the copy cats crown!
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dafegamer  +   543d ago
nope uncharted is more indiana jones than tomb raider. tomb raider was special for its dungeon puzzles
Studio-YaMi  +   543d ago
You don't dare call Naughty Dogs copy cats,or maybe you'd rather call Tomb rider a copy of Indian Jones & Pitfall !?

Naughty Dog took a Genre to a HEAVY new level,take notes son!
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Old McGroin  +   543d ago
Tomb Raider took it's inspiration from Indiana Jones and was originally meant to have a male protagonist but was changed to attract a larger chunk of the target audience, teenage to mid twenties males. Most people think Uncharted is completely different to Tomb Raider just because the one is a man and the other is a woman. In actual fact, Uncharted was just the natural progression in evolution for Tomb Raider, and as Studio-YaMi rightly pointed out, Tomb Raider was the natural progression in evolution of the Pitfall formula.

Seriously Uncharted fans (of which I am one), stop deflecting the fact that Uncharted borrowed heavily from Tomb Raider, it's so obvious that the very fact that you argue it is embarrassing.
Imalwaysright  +   542d ago
In case you haven't noticed Uncharted is a game. A game that follows the template that was set by TR in 1996. Like it or not TR is one of the most influential games this industry has seen and inspired many games. Uncharted is one of those games.

@ yami Uncharted was heavily inspired TR, MGS, RE4 and killswitch. There isn't an ounce of originality in that game.
clintagious650  +   543d ago
Glad shez back to being awesome like she was in the ps1 days. Good to see her back & more badazz.
whiteyjuice  +   543d ago
Um.. if it sucked, no way Sqaure would be ending the embargo a week before the game comes out.
maximus1985  +   543d ago
EXACTLY! the embargo ends this monday. You dont do that unless your confident or foolish.
firelogic  +   543d ago
So far MGR is the GotY for sheer spectacle.
isa_scout  +   543d ago
One thing is for sure, with them lifting the embargo a week before the game releases they are showing a lot of confidence in the game. Looking forward to getting my hands on it the 5th.
GiantFriendlyCrab  +   543d ago
how much of the game is action and how much is puzzle solving?
squarecircle  +   542d ago
I have a feeling this game is going to be a lot more action oriented, which I'm worried about as a massive Tomb Raider fan.
GiantFriendlyCrab  +   543d ago
im waiting for the user reviews first, i have doubts in this game
whiteyjuice  +   543d ago
By the way, you can pick it up on PC for $36 from Green Man.
aliengmr  +   543d ago
Says $44.99

Not sure where you got $36 from. Clarify?
Dmd  +   543d ago
"How on earth are they going to top this in the sequel? Because of one thing there can be no doubt. Lara is back.”

So freaking glad to read this!
maximus1985  +   543d ago
i was thinking the same. the sequel to this would no longer be a scared girl slowly becoming a badass it would be an experienced Lara Croft. Thats the main appeal of this game, you feel the vulnarabilty and fear because your controling an uncofident inexperienced Lara.
despair  +   543d ago
Glad the QTEs are few, I like them in some games (naruto uns series and GOW games come to mind) but the are unnecessary and poorly done in others.
Y_5150  +   543d ago
I forgot this game is coming out soon. I stoped being interested since they nnounce that horrendous looking multiplayer. Someday I'll play the Single player though. :)
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   543d ago
ive never played a tomb raider game.
maximus1985  +   543d ago
good youll be able to play this unbaised
BLAKHOODe  +   543d ago
I've never finished a Tomb Raider game.
Rampaged Death  +   543d ago
Not many QTE's
Thank goodness. Glad there are some extra things to do on the side as well. Day one for sure !
Kratos_1986  +   543d ago
i love the uncharted games and this one looks like its similar to them so ill buy it
MontyQ  +   543d ago
I luv croft and her pixel parts since ps1 lol cant wait for pc version ooot ooot whos yo daddy lady croft
MichaelLito79  +   543d ago
I have been keeping this game on my radar. Hope it turns out to be a good game.
SlyFamous02  +   543d ago
Iv been a huge TR fan since the PS1 days, I really hope this game does well. Off to a good start.
level 360  +   543d ago
Got the chance to play the demo over here in EXPO 2012 Australia and have to say first impressions - definite positive high marks, it is a damn fine game indeed!
duplissi  +   543d ago
Yay, cant wait for it to release.
ame22  +   543d ago
If ever learned anything from this generation, it's to never trust magazine reviews.
PersonMan  +   543d ago
By the way... what's wrong with more games being like Uncharted. I would be flattered if I were Naughty Dog.
okmrman  +   542d ago
typical idiot that thinks uncharted is original
PersonMan  +   542d ago
I'm not an idiot.

The old Tomb Raider games were nothing like Uncharted.

First of all, Tomb Raider was not a shooter. Tomb Raider focused more puzzles than combat. Tomb Raider did not have a cinematic feel.
Quadraxis  +   543d ago
It looke like an extremely average game.
Pieman523  +   543d ago
Really excited for this game. I can't wait to check it out.
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