Rise of The Tomb Raider

Hello faithful readers, I do have some news that may or may not surprise you but I have another Game Review to share! Shocking news!  Frankly even I myself am utterly stumped by this. Remember when I played Dragon Age Inquisition **Cough, Cough* and it took a me an entire year to play. Oops.

Rise of the Tomb Raider  was released on November 10, 2015 for Xbox One. Unfortunately I didn’t pick it up until we went down to Boise to visit a family member.  When the 12th came I was beyond excited, although doing so made me want to go back home from vacation and start playing. No offense to my husbands mom, I just had waited long enough for it to come out, it was definitely my game of the year that had me the most hooked. E3 broke the camels back and made it just that much worse. Thank the maker I am an Xbox Girl through and through, to the moon and back, otherwise I would be sitting waiting a whole other year for PlayStation to get it like so many people I know. I am deeply sorry you have to wait. Well Maybe?

I started playing as soon as I could and I put a lot of my heart and of course time into it until just right before Christmas when everything went crazy. I barely finished it two Saturdays ago. Basically what I did was what I like to call it a dry run, like in most games I play, focusing more on the story/action then the exploration. One of these days when I replay this game I’ll work on exploring and doing all of the optional Tombs and get more achievements that I missed. I am still waiting for that day when I actually complete a game one hundred percent, my closest is one of the Mass Effect games I would have to look to see which game it is.

imagesLara Croft has definitely grown into her tomb raiding skills unlike in the first rebooted game where she was in a fight or flight type of situation. I mean she really wasn’t thrown into the ringer as much, of course she has to go through hell and back to achieve what she wants to accomplish, but not like before. There is one character in all honesty from the previous game that’s not mentioned and I am beyond happy by that, I really didn’t want Sam to be Lara’s anchor again.

My only disappointment was, not sure if this would really be considered a spoiler, but Croft was unable to duel wield pistols AGAIN. One can only hope in the next installment Crystal Dynamics will rectify this issue for me, anyone with me?

As far as graphics go I believe them to be top-notch. My favorite thing to do is watch Lara’s hair move and her pulling her ponytail after getting out of deep water. I am pleased very easily as you might suspect. I am glad that they incorporated what they did in the Definitive Edition of the 2013 game. I couldn’t really think of a negative thing to say about the graphics.

To me the gameplay was pretty much the same but it made it easy to get used to considering the time difference between playing both games. Now don’t get me wrong there are some differences of abilities. Of course some of the bad guys could be a tad bit challenging but overall none were extremely hard that you couldn’t get past them like so many other games I have played in the past. My advice is make sure about halfway towards the end that your weapons and armor/clothing are upgraded because at a certain point you will face some harder foes and I shall leave it at that. I would like to add a small disclaimer I did like I usually do play on easy so I can only speak on that but if your into playing on the harder difficulty settings I sadly have no opinions. I imagine it would be tougher in may ways.

Lara Croft is still a badass and I hope everyone eventually gets to play this masterpiece at some point in time. I really hate these exclusives the gaming industry uses just let the gamer’s game, no matter what console they choose to play. Guess its time for this girl to restart and complete Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare since its been ages since I played and I cannot for the life of me remember what was going on in the campaign.
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Lara Croft: Relic Run 

Square Enix has done it again! They have brought our beloved Tomb Raider into the IOS Google Play world which means you guessed it Phones and Tablets/iPads you name it! Hallelujah! Now Lara croft can come with you on the go! Let the raiding begin

 
Side note: I have a feeling that The Rise of the Tomb Raider will be as epic as its predecessor but that’s a topic for another day, really hope we get more information at E3! 

Back to this awesome mobile game! I have probably played about 2-3 hours tops (not consecutive) so far. As my friend Frank said on my Instagram account its Temple run on Steroids! Of course you run around collecting coins and other various objects BUT you also get to do some crazy parkour stuff, shoot at various creaters and so far I have even got to ride on a four wheeler that was pretty epic until I ran into a tree. Ouch sorry lady!! Hope I come across even more stuff, I could actually see myself spending lots of time with this game and I’m usually not one for mobile games other than Simpsons Tapped out! 

Hope I could persuade you to go download Lara Croft Relic Run free on the Apple and Google Play Store! 

Video Game Movies

Welcome to another movie adventure with myself and my friend Robyn! I know that it has been a while since we have posted any movie reviews but due to life getting in the way and such I haven’t posted anything but that changes today! This Month of November we picked the theme of Video Games, rather fitting since we both are avid gamers! Now there is very few good movies in this film most were made a long time ago such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and such and they usually weren’t that impressive but we have picked a couple to share with you today so let’s get into this weeks pick and then later in the month you’ll get two more! Stay tuned for the end of this post there will be an honorable mention from the year Robyn Graduated that I didn’t quite get posted on time but nonetheless its a great review!

Courtney’s Pick
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2011)
images136A3APNI could never get enough of  the Tomb Raider franchise, and when I first found out that Angelina Jolie was going to play the iconic character Lara Croft I was a bit skeptical but she did a bang up job of playing Lara, and she rather looks like her if you think about it. I remember before the 2013 remake of Tomb Raider came out I decided that morning before going to pick up my game I would watch both Tomb Raider movies and I believe at the time that they were on Netflix *not positive but I’m pretty sure they were on there* anyways. For being a video game movie, I thought that it was a very good, it was far better than some of its predecessors that I have seen. I really enjoyed Jolie far more than I first expected and I even enjoyed the second movie as well.

Lara Croft is THE Tomb Raider, she actually makes me want to be a treasure hunter! Alas I could do without having a villain trying to beat me to the treasure ha-ha. If you have never watched this movie I suggest that you do I know I enjoyed it and would like to see if they make another film! But I don’t really see that happening!


Robyn’s Pick
Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
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Even though I have never finished Final Fantasy VII, I know quite a bit about Sephiroth and Cloud and all of the other characters. The CGI in this movie is absolutely amazing. Everything looks so real and beautiful. All the details, from the outfits to the fight scenes are so well done. It screams Japanese and I don’t think anyone else could have done it better. There are numerous fight scenes, my favorite being when Cloud faces off with Loz and Yazoo. It is all intense and shows how skillful the characters are. The best thing about this movie is the music done by Nobuo Uematsu. The music he created is always spectacular, fitting every scene, and I do not think there is a person who dislikes “One-Winged Angel”. I am not too pleased they changed the music a bit in certain scenes when they redid the movie. It just does not seem to fit any longer. I think this movie can be enjoyed even without having played any of the games and I think everyone who is a fan of Final Fantasy should watch it.

As promised, here is a pick from a while back when we chose the theme of Graduation year. The reason this pick never made it up was because I had decided to change the amount of movies we would watch. I believe we had 4 picks and I cut it down to 2 picks due to time restraints on my end. So without further a due.

Honorable Mention!
Robyn’s Pick: Graduation Year
Serenity (2005)
Serenity-movie-posterGiven that the TV show, Firefly, was canceled long before it should have been, this movie was our last bit of enjoyment from that world. I like that they continued River and Simon’s story, even with a bit of background. We learn how they escaped and some of what had been done to River at that “school” she attended. As usual, there is great banter between all of the characters that has me giggling every five minutes, even when the scene is not so funny. There is not a single bad actor, everyone brings something to the show that we all walk away with. The Reavers were an interesting aspect to the movie. I’ve never come across that type of people in a mostly friendly TV show. They’re a primitive, evil group of people whom seem to mostly go on instinct, yet they are smart and capable enough to fly ships and strategize. Between get flashbacks from River, her going slightly crazy, running from the Reavers, they are also running from an assassin who came for River. Of course they defeat him, but surprisingly leave him alive. More proof that they might be criminals, but they have morals. The only thing I dislike about this movie is the death of one of the greatest characters ever. That was the biggest disappointment I have ever experienced. Still, it is great to have the movie and something that cannot be skipped after watching the series.

Please leave us comments down below on your favorite video game movie honorable mentions! I would love to see what movies didn’t pop into my head when I was thinking about what video game movies are out there.

VGC: Storyline! Storyline! Storyline!

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Day 21 of Video Game Challenge
6:45p.m.
Best storyline.

So this one isn’t going to get quite a straight answer because well how am I yet AGAIN supposed to pick just one? Seriously whoever put this list together, must really like to make people angry and well by people I really mean me!

What constitutes as a good storyline you say? Well in this gamers eyes a good storyline has to keep me emotionally involved. I am a big cry baby so if you can make your game hit me on that level then I will love it. I attach myself to certain characters as well.
Storylines must be well written. Nothing can kill a game more than a dreary story or characters that feels like they are dead in the water.
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Now I have an example of a storyline where I didn’t quite care for the characters. FarCry 3 is a fun game however I didn’t really feel connected to your character Brody. He seems to go from one extreme to another fairly quickly. one moment he’s afraid for his life wondering what’s going to happen to him then BAM he is a lean mean killing machine. To be truthful, I didn’t give a rats behind what happened to him I even went out of my way to have him be attacked by sharks! Muaha I am mean! I hope the story for FarCry4 is more compelling and I hope I feel what the main character feels! Now with that being said I still enjoyed the game even though it did test me a few times.
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A example of a great game with a great storyline is the new Rebooted Tomb Raider game that came out in the year 2013! I felt Lara’s struggles, if she was sad I was sad, if she was afraid I was afraid. I wanted to see her succeed the island and wanted to see her character develop into the Tomb Raider we all know and love.

There are so many different tales to play and enjoy when it comes to Video Games. Its all about your preference. Some play for online entertainment while some like me play for the story, no matter how you play games are fun. Lets hope these creators can keep the great stories coming! I have faith in them.

This is the Game Huntress signing off, remember wherever there is XP or achievements I will always be on the hunt!

until tomorrow,
Getcha Game on!

Anyone care to help me write a few sentences for my promo to give to the GeekCastNetwork? Okay, Okay I will do it myself!

 

VGC: Lets take a screen shot!

This answer is going to be simple one, might not even be very long. I am tired from a long day of work and I don’t really know how much my brain can process at the moment but I can’t miss a day! I am still on a roll! Take that Haters just kidding I don’t have any haters, that I know of at least.

Day 14: Current Gaming wallpaper
I do not have one on my computer however I do have a gaming one on my phone. I got it off an app called Zedge in the Android Market. I had to take this image from Google because the screenshot I took on my phone won’t download on this here page for some dumb reason.
images3FTRCYRPHello Lara Croft from the Reboot 2013 Game Tomb Raider.

Until tomorrow,
Getcha Game on

This is the game huntress signing off and remember wherever there is XP or achievements I will be on the hunt!

VGC: Day 5

HI welcome to day fives hurdle I ahem mean challenge. Todays topic is a Character that I am most like, which is none that’s the great thing about video games I can become any character as I please! I love being sucked into a storyline where I get to be extraordinary not just ordinary plan me. That’s why I game. Enough said.

imagesDZ5GOMTOInstead I picked one of my favorite characters that I would like to be more like, and the one person that instantly popped into my skull was Lara Croft from Tomb Raider! There is a badass woman who can kick some serious donkey tail when she has too. She is adventurous and is always up for trying new things, She is strong-willed and I admire her for that. I wouldn’t want to go through some of the things like she does in the reboot of 2013, No thank you! Way too painful. But come on now who wouldn’t want to be a treasure hunter! Am I Right??

I know this wasn’t exactly what the challenge was but hey I cannot lie and say that there is a character that’s relatable to me when I haven’t came a crossed one. Maybe someday.

Until tomorrow,
Remember this is the game huntress signing off, wherever there is xp or achievements I will always be on the hunt!
Getcha Game on!