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Rise of the Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox 

I’m shocked. I loved last years Tomb Raider. It was widely considered one of the best games of last year, selling about 6 Million copies on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, something that Square considered to be underperforming.

I don’t know what Microsoft did to keep this exclusive to the Xbox One, but I bet it cost them quite a bit of money.

I’m into “second place” Microsoft (Sony is widely outselling them). They’re making me feel great about my Xbox One purchase.

UPDATE: Geoff Keighley is saying on twitter that “Official line is that the game is ‘exclusive on Xbox for holiday 2015’”

Meanwhile Joystiq updated their original article to include part of a post from Darrell Gallagher, the Head of Product Development at Crystal Dynamics. He says this:

Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.

I’m really not sure what’s happening, but it certainly sounds less like this is a platform exclusive and more like an “exclusive-ish”… which is very similar to a conversation I was having on twitter.

UPDATE 2: Eurogamer has confirmed that the Tomb Raider deal “has a duration” and is a timed exclusive.

Why multiplayer games are better in person 

But the advent of the online first-person shooter means that games like Goldeneye 007 and Halo are no longer the preserve of late-night sessions in the dorm room. Why play for nothing with your friends when you could be fighting against the world for new perks in Call of Duty? Major developers have all but ignored local multiplayer games in recent years, and now it’s up to the indie scene to pick up the slack.

Everything Sam Byford says here is completely true. Luckily, so far Halo has stuck to its local multiplayer roots, but it’s getting harder and harder to find games like this.

My favorite gaming memories come when playing local multiplayer. It’s the reason I own multiple Xbox 360s.  A contingent of friends used to come over and play 6-8 player Bomberman and Halo in my old apartment. There is really nothing more satisfying than killing your friends sitting in another room.

Personally, I hope there is more local multiplayer coming. Even if it’s not from the AAA devs.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection brings four Halo games, Halo 5 beta to Xbox One Nov. 11 

This is exactly what it sounds like. I approve.

Crackdown - Trailer

Very excited about Crackdown for Xbox One. I logged a LOT of hours in the first Crackdown and this game looks like it has all the fun and open world super hero cop you could ask for.

Dead Rising 3 Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX plus Alpha - DLC Trailer

This was an awesome trailer for an awesome franchise. Man, I love how Dead Rising is always, kind of in on the joke. They clearly get how insane their game is, and they make no consessions. Really this was the best thing out of the Microsoft press conference.

Kinect Cut Could Lead To Two Interesting Xbox One Developments 

An interesting theory from Stephen Totilo.

Kinect-free Xbox One coming June 9 for $399 

Backtracking. The Xbox One Story.

This coupled with the announcement that Microsoft was dropping the Gold requirement for non gaming applications (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are two huge moves for Microsoft.

I had two reactions here. First, it’s good that Microsoft is seeing what consumers want and adapting. Second, whatever they were doing wasn’t working. They made a huge misstep when they released the console only six months ago, and now they’re trying to gain traction in the market by gutting their core values. Chris Grant, the Editor in Chief at Polygon says it well:

The NPD numbers showed that Sony is currently “winning” this console war, (though, with only one holiday passed that’s hardly fair since this will be another long cycle). Microsoft was obviously scared by the trends they saw and acted accordingly. Yet this is just another in the long list of things Microsoft has gone back on with the Xbox One. From the outside they look like they’re scrambling. There is no way this was the plan from the start.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Leaked Trailer

Destructoid has the launch trailer for this years Call of Duty game. This is something I normally don’t post, but wow this game looks fun. Because it’s set in the near future you get cool abilities like to leaping high into the air, invisibility, scaling buildings. Honestly it looks pretty cool.

Oh and Kevin Spacey is the voice of the villain. From Destructoid:

Through a trusted source, Destructoid has learned the new Call of Duty, subtitled Advanced Warfare, revolves around a soldier of fortune group run by Spacey’s character that has turned on the United States government.

[via Destructoid]

[Update: Activision has confirmed everything. I swapped out the Destructoid trailer for the official YouTube version]

The Great Ace Attorney - trailer

A trailer for a new Ace Attorney game. Joystiq reports that, “the game’s protagonist is Ryuichi Naruhodo, an ancestor of the series primary hero Phoenix Wright.

Oh boy. 19th Centruy Japan here we come! It goes without saying but I will absolutely be picking this up whenever it comes across the Pacific.

[via Joystiq]

From Game Boy to skyscraper: Playing the world’s largest game of Tetris

I don’t know how I missed this video from Ars Technica earlier this month but I did. And I’m sorry. And I’m making up for it right now.

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