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A Geeky Review- Tomb Raider

Every once in a while a game comes along that completely reaffirms my love of gaming. The recent reboot of Tomb Raider is one of those games. I had expected great things from Lara Croft‘s “rebirth” but what I got was quite a lot more awesome than I had planned. Tomb Raider is a near perfect game from start to finish and will leave you wanting more from our heroine, Lara, who finally got the game she deserves.

Through the years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Tomb Raider franchise. Being a female myself I was instantly smitten with the idea of controlling an intelligent female protagonist. Despite her extremely short-shorts and well endowed chest, Lara had credibility as a dual gun wielding action/adventurer who became an icon in the “boys club” of memorable video game characters. Unfortunately for Lara, she was always kind of one-dimensional and through the years lacked character development and was slowly forgotten as her male counterparts progressed and became multi-dimensional.

As we moved into the current generation of consoles I hadn’t given Lara much thought, that is until I started playing Uncharted Drake’s Fortune. Not only did I think, this is the game Tomb Raider should have become, Uncharted finally succeeded in giving me the female video game character I’ve been seeking. While Elena Fisher is not Uncharted’s lead, she has become as beloved as our hero and main man Drake. All of Uncharted’s characters were created with love and depth as was the gripping cinematic quality to the franchises stories. I largely credit this with Naughty Dog’s, Amy Hennig, who is the main creative director and writer to the Uncharted series.

Amy Hennig is a legend in the games industry and previously worked for, Crystal Dynamics. As you may or may not know Crystal Dynamics took over development of the Tomb Raider franchise in 2003 and are also responsible for the current reboot of Tomb Raider. At one point during her time at Crystal Dynamics, Hennig wanted to reboot Tomb Raider but the task was given to someone else. Hennig eventually left Crystal Dynamics and joined Naughty Dog, and a legendary series was born. In a recent interview Hennig has stated that she was disappointed she didn’t get the opportunity to revive Tomb Raider. However, I feel Ms. Hennig is largely responsible for Lara’s growth as its apparent Crystal Dynamics took more than a few pointers from her groundbreaking Uncharted series.

When we first meet the new Lara Croft, we find a young woman and recent archeology graduate about to embark on her first expedition to the Yamatai island in the Dragon’s Triangle which is off the coast of Japan. It’s here that an unsure girl will be forced to overcome a bevy of trials and tribulations that will mold Lara into the iconic heroine the character has earned.

Lara and her crew set off to explore the mysterious Yamatai and the legend of its queen known as Himiko or “Sun Queen”. Legend has it Himiko had shamanistic powers in which she could control the weather. A storm is what sets off events of the adventure which leaves the crew torn apart and stranded on the strange island that is inhabited by the Solari Brotherhood, a dangerous and violent cult. Throughout Tomb Raider’s campaign an interesting and well written story unfolds but I would be doing you a disservice to elaborate on events that are responsible in transforming a young Lara who is unsure of herself into a fledgling hero, poised to take the reigns of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Not only does Lara’s character develop throughout the game, her abilities are honed as well. Early on, when you are required to walk across a narrow beam, Lara is cautious and almost clumsy about it, but later she expertly finds herself able to cross similar scenarios with ease and confidence. When Lara is forced to kill for the first time, it’s an emotional moment you won’t forget and expertly conveyed by Lara’s voice actor, Camilla Ludington.

Initially I played Tomb Raider on the 360, but I recently scored a free PC copy through a promotion with AMD Radeon when I replaced my video card with one of theirs. The graphics of the 360 version looks great but the PC version is stunningly beautiful. AMD created a cool little feature for the PC version called TressFX Hair, and let me tell you Lara’s hair looks fabulous! If you have a rig that will run Tomb Raider on Ultra settings, I highly recommend the PC version. However if you are interested in the multiplayer portion I’d go with a console version as the PC community seems to have less interest in MP for this game than console fans do.

Speaking of MP I’ve mostly enjoyed it, which is a good thing as it was recently announced that for now, any planned DLC for Tomb Raider will be Multiplayer based. I do so hope Crystal Dynamics changes their mind on this because I would love some more single player Tomb Raider even if it’s just a few new tombs to explore.

Tomb Raider is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It was developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. I can’t recommend this game enough, it is truly an epic experience. Look out The Last Of Us and Bioshock Infinite, a “contender is born”.

Sacred Citadel the side scrolling hack and slash action game is now available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Sacred Citadel offers all of the comforts of the action brawler but kicks it up a notch by incorporating RPG elements. As if that weren’t enough, gameplay includes dual wielding of weapons, combos galore and some pretty stunning graphics.

Play solo or bring a friend or two, as Sacred Citadel offers fun co-op gameplay for up to 3 people.

Download Sacred Citadel on the platform of your choice for the low price of $14.99 on PSN and Steam or 1200 Microsoft points on XBLA. You can also add the DLC pack, Jungle Hunt for $4.99 / 400 Microsoft points.

Sacred Citadel was developed by Southend Studios and is being published by Deep Silver.

Look for my full review of Sacred Citadel coming soon to Don’t Hate The Geek. Check out the launch trailer below.

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Spicy Horse has announced their next project will be a collectible card game/RTS tentatively titled Hell Invaders. Shooting for a fall release, Hell Invaders is being developed for PC, Mac, Linux and tablets.

Hell Invaders will consist of actual card battles, instead of two cards fighting on a table. The creatures of the cards will have 3D representations which will do battle as well as cards that offer upgrades and swappable skills, giving cards with identical characters a completely different experience.

Players can play in a single player campaign or fight in PVP arenas. Trading, card management and other social features will also offer more ways to enjoy your time in hell.

Spicy Horse will be unveiling more details about Hell Invaders in the coming months. Don’t Hate The Geek will relay all the information as it becomes available.

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Title: Hell Invaders

Developer: Spicy Horse Games

Publisher: TBA

Genre: CCG/RTS

Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, tablets

Price: TBA

Release Date: Fall

Plants Vs Zombies was a phenom with the casual and hardcore gamer alike.The game first attacked the PC and Mac crowd before the zombie invasion took over our iOS devices and soon spread to every console and gaming device known to humans. Now PopCap games has finally revealed that a sequel is set to be unleashed in July.

Not much is known about the sequel to the tower defense game but the title even pokes fun about the long wait, Plants Vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time. Hit the break for PopCap’s teaser trailer for Plants Vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time.

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. Call of Mini: Zombies () – This undead action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Hotel Dash Deluxe () – This insanely popular time-management game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Capzule PHR – Your Personal Health Record. () – This healthcare records keeping app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Newsify RSS Reader (Google Reader Client) () – This very popular news app reader has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. Pencil Camera HD () – This photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  4. PhotoPhrase: add amazing typography and text on photos () – This photography app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  5. The Brainstormer () – This brainstorming iPad app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  6. The World Clock () – This very popular world clock app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  7. True HDR () – This very popular HDR photography app is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 8 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. Jewel Frenzy () – This match-3 puzzle game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $1.99.
  2. Jump and Fly () – This fun iPad game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  3. NBA 2K13 () – This very popular hoops game is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $7.99. This app is a whopper, it weighs in at 1.21 GB so be sure that you have enough space on your iPad and that you are on a speedy network before purchasing.
  4. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad – This top racing game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 432 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  5. Nuts! () – This popular arcade game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  6. Toy Physics HD – This fun physics puzzler is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  7. Trainz Simulator – This train simulator has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $3.99 instead of $6.99.
  8. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad – This great fighting game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Big Lens () – This popular photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  2. Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure by Kidoodle – This top rated kids drawing app has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

PadGadget Daily App Deal - 44 iPad Apps on Sale

As they have done previously, Apple has shutdown developer access to iTunes Connect from December 21 – 28. This means developers will be unable to release any new apps or updates to the App Store and they will not be able to change the pricing of their apps. For the next week, all prices in the App Store will remain unchanged.

Since many developers dropped their prices before the shutdown, we’ll be featuring some of the best deals currently available. Be sure to check back each day to discover great savings on top apps.

Merry Christmas! For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 44 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 25 productivity / entertainment apps and 19 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 86% off so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. 2K Sports NHL 2K11 for iPad – This hockey game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  2. Alpha Zero () – This top rated space blaster has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99. This app weighs in at 272 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  3. Back to the Future Ep 1 HD – This fun game based on the classic 80′s movie has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 366 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  4. Bridge Constructor () – This fun building game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  5. Civilization Revolution for iPad – This great strategy game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99.
  6. Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale HD (Full) – This very popular adventure game has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $6.99. This app weighs in at 392 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  7. F-Sim Space Shuttle () – This very popular space shuttle flight simulator has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  8. Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots HD – This cool fruit-slasher game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  9. Hanging With Friends HD – This puzzle game is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  10. Iron Man 2 for iPad – This great Iron Man iPad game is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  11. Jet Set Radio () – This fun action game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99. This app weighs in at 523 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  12. Ms. PAC-MAN for iPad – This classic arcade game is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  13. Puzzle Agent HD – This iPad game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  14. San Juan () – This strategy game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $7.99.
  15. Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad – This very popular adventure game from Sid Meier has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99. This app weighs in at 436 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  16. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II () – This fun Sega game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99. This app weighs in at 415 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  17. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP () – This very popular role playing game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  18. The Dark Knight Rises () – This action-packed Batman game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 86% off the apps’ normal price of $6.99. This app weighs in at 820 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  19. The World Ends with You: Solo Remix for iPad – This popular anime-styled action game from Square Enix has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $13.99 instead of $19.99. This app weighs in at 625 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. 100 Cameras in 1 HD – This popular photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  2. Audubon Mammals – A Field Guide to North American Mammals () – This handy reference app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
  3. Bobbleshop – Bobble Head Avatar Maker () – This convenient entertainment app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 319 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  4. Coach’s Eye () – This coaching app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  5. Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds () – This kids education app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  6. Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words HD – This Dora app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  7. Dora’s Ballet Adventure HD – This fun storybook app is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $3.99.
  8. EasyBeats 2 Pro Drum Machine – Beat or Program Drums! () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $4.99.
  9. Even Monsters Get Sick – This storybook app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  10. Filtatron () – This audio effects app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $4.99 instead of $7.99.
  11. Horton Hears a Who! – Dr. Seuss () – This Dr. Seuss book app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99.
  12. Jack and the Beanstalk Children’s Interactive Storybook () – This kids book app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  13. Maps + Street View () – This mapping and navigation app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  14. Midnight HD – This iPad app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  15. Money Smart HD – This personal finance app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  16. My Measures & Dimensions () – This useful measuring app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $5.99.
  17. SkySafari 3 () – This very popular star-watching app has a 5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  18. SoundPrism Pro () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $9.99 instead of $15.99.
  19. The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss () – This Dr. Seuss storybook app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99.
  20. The Sneetches – Dr. Seuss () – This fun storybook app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  21. The Tale of the Missing Acorns HD – Mystery Theme Studybook – This app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $4.99. This app weighs in at 353 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
  22. Track 8 () – This music app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
  23. xPlan – This timeline app is now available for $4.99. That’s a savings of 83% off the apps’ normal price of $29.99.
  24. Yertle the Turtle – Dr. Seuss () – This playful story has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
  25. Zoo Train – by Busy Bee Studios () – This popular education app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 1 productivity / entertainment apps and 8 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Game Apps

  1. BANG! [HD] the Official Video Game – This fun game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  2. BATTLESHIP for iPad – This classic naval board game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for $0.99. That’s a savings of 80% off the apps’ normal price of $4.99.
  3. Enigmo 2 () – This very popular game is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  4. Enigmo Deluxe – This puzzle game is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  5. Lunar Racer () – This fun racing game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
  6. Max and the Magic Marker for iPad – This great drawing adventure game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
  7. Megaplex Madness – Now Playing HD – This popular arcade game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $2.99 instead of $3.99.
  8. Train Conductor () – This extremely popular strategy game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.

Productivity and Entertainment Apps

  1. Contacts Journal – Professional CRM (iPad Edition) – This practical business app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $5.99 instead of $9.99.

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.

= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.

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