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! 

VGC: I Like Graphics I cannot lie!

Tuesday, October 7 2014
3:53 P.M.
Day 23 Best Graphics or Art Style.

THE FLASH PREMIERE IS TONIGHT HALLELUJAH! Oh hey there reoccurring and new readers you’ll have to ignore my excitement. Not one hundred percent sure why I am that excited for a show I can’t even watch tonight. Guess the geek in me is too excited, please put it online somewhere I can watch it CW here’s looking at you kid!
Please pardon the interruption! Now back to your normal scheduled challenge post!

Oh dear! Another tough question to answer considering how each game incorporates a new style of graphics! Can I plead the fifth? I know I have done it a few times but if you think its easy you go right ahead! No, no I tease. Probably should pick other games other than my normal Mass Effect answer or Dragon Age. Let me think…..

Okay so here are some of the games that are my favorites, I am so not good at narrowing things down to a single game as has become abundantly obvious. Ask me for a favorite show/movie I couldn’t give you a straight answer!

-Red Dead Redemption
-Dues Ex Human Revelations
-Sleeping Dogs
-Watch Dogs
-Call of Duty Ghosts
-Mass Effect Series
-Dragon Age series
-Tomb Raider

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!

So looking back at the challenge picture from day one I have a question. Where did Day 30 go? Anyone know!

 

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!