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Tomb Raider Crossroads Gameplay Trailer

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Tomb Raider Crossroads Gameplay Trailer

Tomb Raider Crossroads Gameplay Trailer

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have released the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming reboot, Tomb Raider, the game is set to provide no correlation to the entirety of the previous entries in the series franchise. Watch the brutal trailer below and tell us what you think:

Official Synopsis:

A young Lara Croft has already proven herself to be a survivor, but one on the cusp of an extraordinary adventure. Caught in the clutches of an enigmatic island, Lara is captured by hostile natives and faced with a traumatic and character-defining decision. On this island, forces beyond her control leave Lara little alternative but to ruthlessly fight for her life.

New details on Tomb Raider revealed in the latest issue of Game Informer.

– Don’t expect much of the old linear platforming formula. “We’re now giving the player the opportunity to go into a space and choose their own path. Where we take you across the ledge of the B-52 bomber, that’s a tutorial. Once you move away from the plane, everything is basically open, dynamic traversal where the player has the freedom to roam around a jump from location to location with ease…”

– You’ll be able to air steer, direction control, speed her up/down during jumps

– The game has an XP system. You’ll be able to use this for upgrading Lara’s abilities. You’ll also have to scavenge for materials to upgrade Lara’s equipment

– The base camps will allow you to upgrade Lara’s abilities, improve your equipment and fast travel to other base camps that you’ve visited on the island

– Early on you’ll only have a few options to upgrade Lara, such as giving her the ability to carry additional arrows for her bow or increasing the speed that she’s able to shoot the arrows. As you continue the system will open up and allow you to shape her abilities to your playstyle.

– The context-sensitive actions are one-off sequences. For example, the scene with Lara stabbing the wolf is only going to happen once in the game. They say that if you do it right the first time it’ll have an impact.

– “There is linearity to the story – you have to go from point A to point B – but there’s junctions in between where we want the player to feel like they’re real explorers.” These are described as non-linear hub spaces that you can come back to at different times of day.

Lara Croft. Tomb Raider is scheduled to be release on 5 March 2013 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3.

via NeoGAF

Samsung Galaxy S III Officially Announced

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Samsung Galaxy S III Officially Announced

Samsung Galaxy S III Officially Announced

Samsung has finally announced the new Galaxy S III at the Unpacked event today in London. This galaxy line is Apple’s biggest competitor in the smartphone industry.

The device sports a 4.8-inch 720P Super AMOLED HD display, 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE technology, face recognition photo app that enables you to send pictures to your friends appearing in your pictures, as well as  lots of Apple-like features:

  • S-Voice which is obviously (Apple’s Siri)
  • Scan and Match for Music (Apple’s iTunes Match)
  • AllShare Cast (Airplay) for streaming your content to your HDTV through the AllShare Cast Dongle (AppleTV).
  • Music player accessory/companion product (iPod nano) called ‘S-Pebble’ as opposed to iOS kickstater watch by the same name.

Not to mention, Flipboard for Android is making its way into Samsung Galaxy S III for the first time on the platform.

Resident Evil 6 New Details Emerged; Three Distinct Campaigns

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Resident Evil 6 title

Resident Evil 6 title

After the leaked second trailer from Capcom’s Captivate event yesterday, new details emerged on Resident Evil 6. The game will be split into three distinct campaigns that can be played in any order. Leon’s story takes place in the US, Chris’ in China and new man Jake’s in Idonia.

Jake Muller in Resident Evil 6

Jake Mueller in Resident Evil 6

Jake Mueller: son of Albert Wesker and a new character joining the gang, starts off in the fictional Eastern European nation where he was born. Mueller’s blood holds the cure for Resident Evil 6’s new C-Virus and can also make short work of the T, G, or t+G virus too, which makes him a very important figure in the game.

Sherry Birkin in Resident Evil 6

Sherry Birkin in Resident Evil 6

Sherry Birkin: an all grown up, who makes the jump from Resident Evil 2 loaded with her own share of immunities. Sherry has not only managed to avoid being captured by the US government but she’s also managed to keep the G-Virus in check too.

Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 6

Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 6

Chris Redfield: his campaign is closer to Resident Evil 5’s all-action shootouts, except this time he’s swapping the streets of Africa for the fictional city of Lanshiang, which has suffered the full force of a C-Virus attack and now houses a population of mutated civilians. Chris is buddied up with Piers Nivens, who fans of the Resident Evil manga might know as “Beards Nevence”.

C- Virus: The new C strain mixes the worst of the T-Virus, G-Virus, and Las Plagas to create a whole new breed of horrible monsters. The infected enter a Chrysalid state and then emerge in unpredictable new forms. Some are the good old shambling zombies of old while others are a little smarter and can use melee weapons.

The worst of the bunch are transformed into J’Avos and are soldier-like in their behaviour, can repair limbs their damaged limbs much like Resident Evil 4’s Plagas Regenerators, and – terrifyingly – can even use firearms and other complex weapons.

Leon Kennedy and agent Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6

Leon Kennedy and agent Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6

Leon Kennedy: his campaign sounds most promising taking place at the Tall Oaks university campus where a bio-terror attack has mutated the student population and zombified the President of the United States, which leaves floppy-haired Leon with no choice but to put a bullet between the Commander in Chief’s eyes.

This part of the game introduces a more dynamic camera to the series which is said to seamlessly blend gameplay into scripted events.

“We’re really trying to recreate the horrific atmosphere fans remember from the first Resident Evils and going for more gothic horror feel for Leon’s part of the story,” says Sasaki. “But usually we left every big story moment to the big cut-scenes. This time we wanted to bring that home to the player and make that more immediate. We tried to add those elements to the game itself and bring the player closer to those dramatic elements.”

Speaking to NowGamer Eiichiro explained that the complete Resident Evil 6 experience will eat up around 30 hours, making it Capcom’s longest survival horror title to date.

“The three characters each have their own story and you can choose whichever one you want and play that story, experience that character’s story,” he said.

The producer indicated there’s likely to be some shared content within these campaigns by alluding to the fact that each one three stories eventually overlap, with the three main characters eventually all meeting up in China. [via CVG]

The Hobbit Official Movie Synopsis Revealed

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The official synopsis for Peter Jackson‘s highly anticipated movie,The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was revealed today. If you’ve read the book then you already know the story, but, this time prepare yourself for a movie being shot in 3D in 48 fps.

Official Synopsis:

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The full press release:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Ken Kamins, Toby Emmerich and Zane Weiner, with Boyens serving as co-producer.

Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. The costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. The score is being composed by Howard Shore.

Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released beginning December 14, 2012. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, beginning December 13, 2013.

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