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No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo

Karl Stewart tweets the announcement that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will not include a prerelease demo, because they "don't want to spoil the story" (or maybe they don't want to take any more flack over it). Word is: "For all those @tombraider fans asking. There are no plans to release a demo of the game pre-launch. We don't want to spoil the story........" Thanks GamesRadar.

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21. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 18, 2013, 14:09 Ant
 
Meh.  
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20. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 18, 2013, 00:50 Jerykk
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 13:55:
Creston wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 11:31:
PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."
The previous games had QTEs as well, so it's to be expected. I'm not a great fan of them, as I feel they break immersion, but I'm not hugely bothered by them either. Saying that, I can understand why people object to them.

The issue here is that the QTEs are replacing the biggest thing that the series was once known for: platforming. Lara's traversal move set has been significantly reduced. No more player-controlled wall-running, balancing, swinging, rappelling, rolling, etc. Now everything is done automatically or through QTEs.

Everything I've seen of the new TR reminds me of Uncharted. Rudimentary platforming and puzzle-solving, heavy focus on combat, cinematics and set-pieces. Basically, the exact opposite of what I look for in a TR game (or any game, really).
 
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19. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 20:24 Prez
 
Before it was called Impulse it was called something like Stardock Central, and GalCiv was the first game I ever downloaded some time around 2003 IIRC.  
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18. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 20:04 jdreyer
 
I didn't think you could even download games before 2005.  
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17. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 19:41 Prez
 
What did you do between 2000 and about 2008 when Steam and D2D really picked up, uh, steam? I have all my disks from that era, like Sup Com, Dawn of War, Neverwinter Nights, UT2004, Oblivion, etc.

I embraced Steam first, but there was also Stardock Impulse, which gave me Galactic Civilizations (and kept me occupied for a LOOONG time). Supreme Commander and Dawn of War also released on Impulse long before they did so on Steam. I used to love Direct 2 Drive, which is where I bought Oblivion and Fallout 3. Toss in GOG, through which I have accumulated over 350 games and I have been overloaded with digital gaming bliss. I have pretty much thrown my lot in with Steam since, so with the exception of a few outliers (like Starcraft 2 obtained via Bnet) I use them as my gaming platform almost exclusively.

I think I actually bought a retail CD of Guild Wars when it first released so I may have actually bought retail more recently than 2000, but that's the only exception I can think of.
 
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16. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 15:41 Verno
 
Re-re-reboot? I've lost track.  
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15. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 15:40 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 11:31:
Prez wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 10:59:
Just how bad are the QTE's? It's all I hear about in regards to this game anymore.

And on the subject of digital-only, I never would have noticed. I haven't bought a retail game disc since 2000.

PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."

Lara will be climbing a cliff, and will slip and scramble for a hand-hold and have to fight to regain her balance, until she finally managed to somehow pull herself up to the top of the cliff, and your interaction throughout all that was to "hold forward."

That's not a game. That's a developer jerking off all over themselves and imagining they're making a movie.

Creston

I didn't mind the QTEs in the MW2 single player, but they were an extremely small part of the game.
 
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14. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 15:39 jdreyer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 10:59:

And on the subject of digital-only, I never would have noticed. I haven't bought a retail game disc since 2000.

What did you do between 2000 and about 2008 when Steam and D2D really picked up, uh, steam? I have all my disks from that era, like Sup Com, Dawn of War, Neverwinter Nights, UT2004, Oblivion, etc.
 
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13. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 15:01 SectorEffector
 
Creston wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 11:31:
Prez wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 10:59:
Just how bad are the QTE's? It's all I hear about in regards to this game anymore.

And on the subject of digital-only, I never would have noticed. I haven't bought a retail game disc since 2000.

PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."

Lara will be climbing a cliff, and will slip and scramble for a hand-hold and have to fight to regain her balance, until she finally managed to somehow pull herself up to the top of the cliff, and your interaction throughout all that was to "hold forward."

That's not a game. That's a developer jerking off all over themselves and imagining they're making a movie.

Creston

Bringo.

Anytime in a game and that happens I get sorta angry, surprisingly its not so bad when its a game mechanic that is non-linear.

In Farcry 3, tapping X to knock off a tiger then hitting Y to cut it is not so bad because it can happen anytime by surprise etc.

Having a set of cutscenes that you control and they only happen ONCE is sorta drab, esp cus its completely linear.

+1 Agree

 
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12. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 14:26 Cutter
 
Pewp Raider.  
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11. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 13:55 theyarecomingforyou
 
Creston wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 11:31:
PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."
The previous games had QTEs as well, so it's to be expected. I'm not a great fan of them, as I feel they break immersion, but I'm not hugely bothered by them either. Saying that, I can understand why people object to them.
 
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10. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 13:46 Kedyn
 
PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."

Lara will be climbing a cliff, and will slip and scramble for a hand-hold and have to fight to regain her balance, until she finally managed to somehow pull herself up to the top of the cliff, and your interaction throughout all that was to "hold forward."

That's not a game. That's a developer jerking off all over themselves and imagining they're making a movie.

I'm going to buy it and play it just because it makes all of you tenderhearts rage.
 
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9. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 12:30 PropheT
 
necrosis wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 08:48:
I love how no one has reported that in the US the only way to get the new Tomb Raider is digital download. There will be no physical copies.

Maybe no one noticed...

I would swear I'd seen a story here on Blue's about it already, though.
 
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8. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 11:31 Creston
 
Prez wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 10:59:
Just how bad are the QTE's? It's all I hear about in regards to this game anymore.

And on the subject of digital-only, I never would have noticed. I haven't bought a retail game disc since 2000.

PC Gamer (so take it for what it's worth) said the first few hours of the game are basically "Watch Lara Get Tortured" porn, and your interactions are limited to "hold forward" and occasionally "press the button that the QTE wants you to press."

Lara will be climbing a cliff, and will slip and scramble for a hand-hold and have to fight to regain her balance, until she finally managed to somehow pull herself up to the top of the cliff, and your interaction throughout all that was to "hold forward."

That's not a game. That's a developer jerking off all over themselves and imagining they're making a movie.

Creston
 
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7. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 10:59 Prez
 
Just how bad are the QTE's? It's all I hear about in regards to this game anymore.

And on the subject of digital-only, I never would have noticed. I haven't bought a retail game disc since 2000.
 
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6. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 10:48 Creston
 
It's more likely they don't want people to see that the first few hours of the game is "press and hold 'W' to watch the game continue."

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5. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 10:01 theyarecomingforyou
 
I was a huge fan of the previous Tomb Raider games, so I was interested in this from the start. When I saw it offered on GMG for £17.55 / $28 I couldn't resist.

As for physical distribution, it's completely irrelevant in this day and age. And regarding the lack of a demo, obviously that will put some people off but it's not a deal breaker for me - I can usually tell from the preview media whether I'm going to enjoy it and what price I'm willing to pay. I tend to only grab demos for indie games I'm not sure about.
 
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4. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 09:53 Optional nickname
 
I am in favor of abolishing demos, just make games people will want to play. I'll be buying this, Tomb Raider is an integral part of PC Gaming history since the days of Voodoo 3DFX, and though their replayability may suffer, Tomb Raider is one of the few, if any games, that offer good fun sequels. Lara Croft evolves well, she ages like fine wine.  
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3. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 09:00 aesir05
 
I don't care for physical copies, I however do care about a demo since Angel of Darkness, so will wait for reviews  
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2. Re: No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo Jan 17, 2013, 08:48 necrosis
 
I love how no one has reported that in the US the only way to get the new Tomb Raider is digital download. There will be no physical copies.  
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