Shadow of the Tomb Raider: DVDfever gives it Zero out of 10

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is out now and we were really looking forward to reviewing it, but while I know the UK PR team have been trying to get answers out of Square Enix in its week of release, the only thing forthcoming has been radio silence.

It appears to be a case of – If you get one, it’ll just come in an email… but how do you know if you’re NOT going to get one? You don’t.

Square Enix – I know you’ve been busy, but one of the key things in any sort of ‘customer service’ is in keeping people informed, and I’m quite sure you could’ve taken five minutes out of your day to respond to requests for information, even if it’s to say “Yes, we still have review codes, so bear with us.”

That said, the embargo broke on Monday September 10th, and a lot of big site reviews were released online, so they must’ve had the codes for around two weeks prior to that, so this isn’t just dealing with things a bit late in the day, as this week has dragged on, it just smacks of ineptitude, and it couldn’t have been worse handled by Square Enix in-house if they’d left it to the Marx Brothers to distribute the review codes, since in the end, and since they really dragged things out, it was only today that I heard… there’s none left.

How are you meant to support a company who has no regard for its consumers? I can’t be doing with that sort of a headache.

Going by most of those reviews, it looks like another game which promised a lot but then was full of graphical disappointments, like Sony’s recent Spider-Man game, as per #puddlegate

Previously on DVDfever:

June 11th:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Louder than Words Gameplay and Full Reveal Trailers

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was at Microsoft’s E3 2018 presentation, and this first gameplay trailer showcases the high-octane action, inner conflict, and challenges that will lead to Lara Croft’s defining moment.

As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour before being forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

In addition, Square Enix did a Full Reveal with a lot more info about the new game, and that’s also below.

The game is released on PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 14th.

Check out the new trailers below:

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition on PS4 – The DVDfever Review

Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition is out now and I absolutely love the Divinity series, my favourite titles being Divine Divinity, which is very similar to the original Diablo with it’s play-style and a map which is a whole lot bigger; Divinity 2 (The Dragon Knight Saga), which seen the series become a third-person semi-open-world RPG, to then going back to its roots with Divinity: Original Sin, albeit with turn-based combat.

This is a series that has stood the test of time with the first game coming out 2002 and new titles every few years, not forgetting that Divinity 2 and Original Sin 1 & 2 have had Definitive Editions (Developer’s Cut in the case of Divinity 2) released around a year after an initial release of a title, and this is free for owners of the original version of the game.

Salvador: Masters Of Cinema Series on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Salvador features James Woods at his manic best was waring tensions between different factions heat up, and everythings about to reach a tipping point where even if you’re a resident and you don’t have a cedula, your grave situation may actually lead you into one. In other to avoid that, Woods, as journalist Richard Boyle, wants to obtain one each for his girlfriend Maria and her children.

James Bond 25 to be directed by Cary Fukunaga

James Bond 25
James Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Fukunaga (above-left), sometimes credited as Cary Joji Fukunaga, who also brought us the lacklustre Sin Nombre, the forthcoming The American – starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Netflix’s forthcoming series with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone (above-right), Maniac, which is released on Friday next week.

Other work of note includes directing the first season of True Detective, as well as Idris Elba’s Beasts Of No Nation. I haven’t seen either of those, personally, but I’ve only heard good things about them.

The Woman Who Fell To Earth – Doctor Who Series 11 Episode 1 – Trailer 2

The Woman Who Fell To Earth
The Woman Who Fell To Earth is the first new Doctor Who episode to feature Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor, and a new trailer has been released.

The series begins on Sunday October 7th.

Iceman on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Iceman states at the start:

“The characters in the following film speak an early version of the Rhaetic language.
Translation is not required to comprehend the story…

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Red Dead Online announcement

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is just over a month away and today, Rockstar have announced Red Dead Online, a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of the game’s enormous open world.

This is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways. Using the gameplay of the upcoming RDR2 as a foundation, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players.

It will launch in November 2018, initially as a public beta, and more news will come soon. Rockstar state that “as with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch. We look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative.”

Access to Red Dead Online is free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Pre-order the game ahead of its release on PS4 and Xbox One on October 26th at the links above.

Also available to pre-order is The Complete Official Guide in Hardback and Paperback.

Previously on DVDfever:

September 17th:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is due out next month and today, Rockstar have unveiled a look at some of the towns and areas spread across the vast and varied landscape, from the forests of West Elizabeth to the mountains of Ambarino to the plains of New Hanover to the swamps of Lemoyne.

My Arcade – New Namco table-top and handheld gaming machines

My Arcade
My Arcade is a new series of officially-licenced Namco table-top arcade machines and portable handhelds which are being released in Europe.

These machines will feature real, working arcade sticks and action buttons, long-lasting battery operation and authentic arcade marque artwork, making the range a must for any and all arcade and gadget fans.

First up are the Micro Player arcades (below), with fantastic titles such as Pac-Man, Galaga and the wonderful Dig Dug, all of which are enduring classics that are sure to appeal to gamers of all ages. These will include artwork inspired by the original cabinets, large full-colored screens, backlit coin traps, plus a removable joystick for those who prefer to use a D-pad to play.

Playstation Classic – Sony’s PS1 Mini with 20 games

Playstation Classic
Playstation Classic sees Sony getting into the retro craze as 20 games from the PS1, or PSone, or PS One, or PSX… as we used to call it back in the day, see the light of day once again.

Naturally, the mini console – at 45% of the original size – resembles the original 1995 unit, with the ‘open’ button allowing you to change from one game to another, while ‘reset’ pauses the game, but how to add extra ones? You can’t – officially – it seems. Someone’s bound to find a way round that, though.

The Circle Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review – Reality TV show

The Circle
The Circle comes just as Big Brother is finally dying off after Channel 5 aquired it from Channel 4 in 2010, with their first series airing in 2011. Little changed and it was still the same sorts of idiots entering the house and shouting at each other. Since 2011, there’s been a new broom at the channel, and so with no more Richard Desmond to plug the dross in his dire ‘newspapers’, they’ve clearly had enough.

Big Brother has also been superceded by the idiots on Love Island on ITV2, who are prompted to have discussions on things like Brexit, which are then captured and edited and played out in the media as if it was an off-the-cuff conversation.


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