Rise of the Tomb Raider Review

When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced as an Xbox exclusive, I was fascinated by Square Enix's decision to take a multi-platform franchise and make it a console-exclusive (on the console currently trailing in the competition between PlayStation and Xbox). Microsoft most have spent a pretty penny securing that dear but it made sense that they might find the investment worthwhile. So when it was eventually revealed that this deal was only for a timed-exclusive, the rationality of the deal slipped significantly. And when Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider announced at E3 that they'd be launching on the same day, any benefit of that deal appeared to have fallen away. Microsoft even appears to have been aware of this and tried to hedge their bets by partnering their branding with the Fallout 4 release, as well. of course, none of that actually affects the great game that Crystal Dynamics produced.

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Uncharted vs. Tomb Raider?

When Rise of the Tomb Raider recently launched on Xbox One (and Xbox 360), a common refrain I heard was "Rise of the Tomb Raider is so good, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has a lot to live up to when it comes out next year." The first time I heard this sentiment, I thought, "What does that even mean? They're vastly different games even if they do share the Indiana Jones sense of pulpy action-adventure." So as I kept hearing it, I just grew more and more confused. Maybe it's because I just replayed through the Uncharted games and the differences seem much more clear as a result?

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November Gaming Sales Numbers

As a nerdy, analytical video games enthusiast, some of my (weirdly) favorite days every month are the days when PlayStation reveals their monthly charts of which games sold best on the PlayStation Network and when the NPD Group releases the monthly list of top-selling physical copies of games. Admittedly, the NPD Group numbers seem to be slightly less relevant every month as they don't count hardware bundles or, more notably, the ever-growing number of digital sales. Still, these two reports tend to be our best tools for analyzing sales in the industry. So imagine my surprise when the PlayStation blog and NPD figures were revealed on the same day.

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