Rise of the Tomb Raider Timed Exclusive is stupid

rise of the tomb raiderIt was recently announced that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be exclusive to the XBOX One for an entire year. After E3 this year I made the point that console tribalism isn’t good for the industry and that both the XBOX One and PS4 were becoming more distinct platforms with different identities and target audiences. So when a third party title like Tomb Raider continues the timed exclusive nonsense that has made elements of Destiny’s loot infuriating, I’m ready to start calling foul every time this happens. Entrenching loyalty is totally fine if it’s done through perks or free games like Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” program, but keeping a game hostage to your platform for a year? This just isn’t helpful. Continue reading

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Exclusive Titles Aren’t Helping Anyone

Rise of the tomb raiderSince the beginning of the console battle exclusive titles have been central to the differences between them. For the longest time it was Mario vs Sonic, with both characters squarely representing the different choices of available consoles. As time went on, exclusives became less tied to a central character and more tied to a marketing strategy. The most memorable and potentially the most advantageous exclusive probably should be awarded to Halo. It certainly catapulted the Xbox to the forefront of the console war, but has since failed to be enough. Now it seems processing power and graphics have become a bigger marketing tool, which inevitably leads to exclusives that are graphically dependent. The Last of Us is one of the best video games I have ever played, but I only got to play it because my brother lent me a PS3. And it doesn’t always help as the brilliant graphics of The Order 1886 didn’t save it from scathing reviews about a lack of content and short game length. The primary reason some games are exclusive is due to the limitations of the other available consoles, and the same is certainly true for future titles like No Man’s Sky and the next installment of Uncharted. But are gamers benefiting from this practice? Or does everyone lose? Continue reading

Rise of the Tomb Raider Might Break Your Xbox

Rise of the Tomb RaiderThe debate about graphics in video games is an on-going and sometimes confusing discussion. With Microsoft claiming that more processing power is being given to developers and Sony boasting of the strongest and most sold console it can be difficult to parse what really matters. Recently I wrote that graphics aren’t that important if a game focuses on the right things. So I’m somewhat concerned with a recent announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will, “Push the Xbox One to its limit”. Continue reading