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First Tomb Raider Review out in the wild - Embargo up on Monday 02/25

Isn't it considerably easier to rip 360 games(to put them up) and then play those pirated versions without much modification? Thought that with the PS3 you had to do a bunch of crazy stuff in comparison.
 

Htown

STOP SHITTING ON MY MOTHER'S HEADSTONE
I don't know a lot about piracy on the hd consoles, but if it requires a burned disc or something I'd imagine more people have dvd burners than blu-ray burners
 

saunderez

Member
I don't know a lot about piracy on the hd consoles, but if it requires a burned disc or something I'd imagine more people have dvd burners than blu-ray burners

It doesn't require discs at all on the PS3. There are discless methods for the 360 too though custom firmware on the DVD drive still seems to be the most popular method.
 

saunderez

Member
IS there a blu ray hack on PS3? If so, worrying for the PS4

The disc drive has been reverse engineered yes. There's a device called 3Key that emulates it. I believe you need a console running custom firmware in order to get the key you need to emulate the disc drive though.
 

Ahasverus

Member
The disc drive has been reverse engineered yes. There's a device called 3Key that emulates it. I believe you need a console running custom firmware in order to get the key you need to emulate the disc drive though.

Well that's new for me. I hoped there were emulators on PS3, as they were on Xbox 1, my machine was an awesome retro gaming companion where I put all my old old oold games. But you know, SD and all that :p
 
Well, saw playthrough/stream.

Whoever said there isn't much QTE, they are probably only right if it doesn't involve like the first few hours of the game.

I am disappoint yo
 

JaseC

gave away the keys to the kingdom.
Isn't it considerably easier to rip 360 games(to put them up) and then play those pirated versions without much modification? Thought that with the PS3 you had to do a bunch of crazy stuff in comparison.

Installing custom firmware on the PS3 is quite easy; unless you need to downgrade, it's no different to installing an official firmware manually. Ripping discs and uploading ripped data is then as simple as connecting to the PS3 via FTP.
 
Installing custom firmware on the PS3 is quite easy; unless you need to downgrade, it's no different to installing an official firmware manually. Ripping discs and uploading ripped data is then as simple as connecting to the PS3 via FTP.

Downgrading was the main thing that was coming to mind, will be honest and say the last time I paid any attention to the process was during the big geohot thing years ago. It's like the PSP, until recently I was still of the pandora battery mindset :D
 



Edit: Was reading the esrb description and it mentions (potential story spoiler)
"Demonic Soldiers" and their lair filled with dismembered body parts and the like. Wonder if it's a supernatural element or if they just meant demonic in reference to their actions. With them actually being more like cannibals or something of that nature.
 

RagnarokX

Member
It's all very linear and scripted. All of that footage and nothing remotely Tomb Raider about it.

Also Penny Arcade or someone needs to do a comic about the bad guys painting everything that's interactive with glowing white paint.
 

BluWacky

Member
It's all very linear and scripted. All of that footage and nothing remotely Tomb Raider about it.

To be fair, it's not like the earlier Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider games were particularly non-linear. They did have more expansive environments than what I've seen from the early gameplay footage of this one, though - and there's no denying this is a very different beast from the old games.

Looking forward to reviews!
 

haikira

Member
This makes me want to protect Tricky against reviews that say the game is bad.
this is not even a joke, I'm serious.

Will they have the feel of 60 reviews a.....oh shit, wrong thread.

Metal Gear Rising isn't mediocre at all. It's bloody good.

As a very easy to please game, I've been very happy with this year thus far. Though objectively, if there's one game to stand out from the pile, you're definitely right in saying it's Metal Gear Rising. The ludicrous story may not be for everyone, but the game itself is fantastic.
 

OwlyKnees

Member
Okei, played a few hours of the PS3 version yesterday at my university, so here are some quick impressions (this will be messy):

(I'll preface this by my tastes on similar games - I loved the original Tomb Raider trilogy back in the day, particularly 2. Didn't enjoy 4, Chronicles, AoD or Legend. Enjoyed Anniversary and Underworld. Liked Uncharted 1, adore Uncharted 2, disappointed in Uncharted 3).


It looks wonderful. Like, really. I'm playing on the PS3 version, so I'm not sure about the Xbox version, but it runs well (few framerate dips here and there, minor). I'm honestly extremely impressed with the graphical quality. The island is extremely atmospheric. Rain soaks the environments, thunderstorms and lightning strikes illuminate dank alcoves and caves, and Lara's model herself is extremely detailed. I'm excited to see this game on the PC.

It's Uncharted. I don't like to redact it as such, but I mean it as a compliment. Will individuals who enjoy the early Tomb Raider's a lot be disappointed? Hard to say. I love them, yet I can accept this is a different type of game now. Regardless, it's not 'Uncharted-lite'. It is of equal quality (surpassing Uncharted 3 for myself, as I was greatly disappointed in that after the second game). Early game focuses on survival - finding shelter and camp, learning to use your equipment and bow, etc. Each section you enter is more like a large hub. They are all connected, however, and hide secret treasures, diaries (voiced) and tombs (yay!). You will go off the beaten path, more so than you ever did in the Uncharted series.

The gun(bow)play is smooth. Extremely smooth. The scramble motion (circle button) is a great feature which adds to the sense of tension and uncertainty. There is cover, but it's not sticky, you merely approach some form of cover and Lara will align herself correctly. Very easy to move in and out without getting stuck like in Gears or Uncharted.

There are upgrade paths. You can reinforce your bow strings for faster shooting speed, create stronger axe's, etc. There are also skill points, which allow you to upgrade either your survival instincts (scavenging for food, supplies), your hunter abilities (combat abilities) and personal or strength or such (health, etc).

The story is engaging so far. As I said, I'm only about 4 hours in, but so far there has been ample amounts of mystery and intrigue about the island, it's inhabitants and the supporting cast. The music and sound effects are phenomenal. I'm a bit of a sound freak, so I'm usually greatly disappointed in games that don't take full advantage of these areas. Not so with this. I advise anyone to play with headphones, as little details such as dripping stalactites in caves add so much to the atmosphere.

That's all. Apologies for the info dump, it's the best I could do right now. Any questions about the early hours and I'll try my best to answer.
 
That's all. Apologies for the info dump, it's the best I could do right now. Any questions about the early hours and I'll try my best to answer.

How frequent are the "cinematic" moments. This ranges from standard cutscenes, to forced walking, to "interactive storytelling" where you're forced to listen to people drone on, to QTE style scenes, etc. etc. Basically, how often is NORMAL CONTROL OF LARA taken away from you to service the narrative? And do you know how much of it, if any, is able to be skipped?
 
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