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Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals Review

Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals by bestselling British novelist and comic book writer, Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent, is a novel continuing Lara Croft’s adventure and takes place between the events on Yamatai in the Tomb Raider reboot and the next to be released game title. This tale is considered cannon and acknowledge as such by developer Crystal Dynamics.

The story starts off with Lara being thrown into a panic attack by the startling and loud backfire of a neighbor’s car engine. As she takes to the streets of London, for a therapeutic walk to soothe her nerves, she receives a call informing her that Sam (best friend, roommate and designated damsel in distress), has been admitted into a hospital. Upon her arrival, Lara discovers her friend is in a coma suspected to be induced by a drug overdose.  However, having both recently survived supernatural events, Lara has her own suspicions about the cause of Sam’s condition. Therein, begins the quest to find an artifact of legend with healing capabilities able to restore her friend to health.

Lara travels to several locations around Europe in search of information and leads, meeting with professors, antique collectors and shady business men with auras of danger. In her pursuit of the relic, she finds there are others who would kill without hesitation to gain possession of it and Lara must fight for her life in order to save Sam’s. Savvy as she is, Lara is able to gain the trust and employ the help of hastily made acquaintances, using their skills and knowledge to advance her progress or escape danger as necessary.

Story line aside, the delivery left more to be desired. Everything was over simplified, there were no puzzles or need for in depth thinking, answers were basically thrown at her and the vocabulary and descriptions were basic. The action scenes were fun, but the majority of the down time was spent giving trivial descriptions of Lara navigating city streets and public transportation; if only to display her observation skills and paranoia, to then watch them fail her miserably on more than one occasion. Having seen and experienced the trials of Yamatai alongside reboot Lara, there are certain things she should definitely be able to handle. Not so, in this novel. It’s as if she’s starting over in skill level. Retaining the memory of her previous adventure, but none of the character development.

Final Verdict:

I will not claim to not have enjoyed the book at all, but my expectations for a Tomb Raider title were not met and often times I found myself bored and actually making an effort to continue reading. I would recommend this novel to a younger audience, not formally acquainted to classic Lara or reboot Lara for that matter. Large font, basic vocabulary and simple writing earned this novel a 7.2 rating.

Overall Score: 7.2/10

RGN Rating: Bronze Novel

Authors: Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent

Publisher(s): BradyGames

Pages: 343

Available Now at: Amazon | Amazon UK | GameStop | Barnes and Noble | BAM

Price(s): $12.99 USA | $13.99 CAN | £8.99 UK

Review copy info: A physical copy of the book was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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[Updated] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Strategy Guides Inbound

In just a few weeks Activision and Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch across multiple platforms. To help turn players into advanced (Pun intended) soldiers, BradyGames will be releasing two guides alongside the game; the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Signature Series Guide and the Limited Edition Guide. These 400 page guides will cover the latest singleplayer, co-op and multiplayer modes with new tactics, strategies and all kinds of crazy stats.

Signature Series Guide:

  • In-depth coverage of all the new innovations, latest game modes, cutting-edge arsenal additions, and much more. Including powerful exoskeletons, specialized drones, futuristic vehicles, directed energy weapons, unprecedented player mobility—learn everything that’s new to CoD and gain the edge over your competition!
  • Exclusive, highly detailed single-player and multiplayer maps depict every level. We reveal weapon and ammo positions, collectible locations, objectives, and more!
  • Complete campaign walkthrough leads you step-by-step through the entire game from start to finish.
  • Comprehensive multiplayer coverage: expert tactics for solo and team-based play, every game mode, ranking up, all the weapons, attachments, challenges, pointstreaks, and winning create-a-class advice!
  • Plus, achievement and trophy rosters, unlockables, extensive weapon and equipment stats and much more!

Limited Edition Guide: (Updated with Final Cover Art)

This hardcover guide will cover everything listed above but also include:

  • Three amazing embroidered fabric patches recreate the Atlas, AW, and Sentinel Task Force insignia. Represent your faction in the real world with these authentic replicas of in-game artifacts. These unique patches are available exclusively in the Limited Edition guide, nowhere else!
  • Special hardbound cover features unique artwork and deluxe print treatments, creating a must-have collectible for every Call of Duty player.

The Signature Series Guide is available now for pre-order at Gamestop, Amazon, BAM! and Barnes and Noble. While the Limited Edition will only be available at Amazon and Gamestop. Gamestop will be releasing both on November 3, 2014 the same day as the ‘Day Zero Edition’ of the game is available, while the other retailers have a Nov. 4 release. If you want to get it a day early you will have to pay the full $24.99 price for the Signature Series, instead of the discounted $18.61, or $34.99 for the LE instead of the discounted $24.91.

Source: BradyGames

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New Halo Novel Coming This November

Halo fans looking to delve even deeper into the popular franchise’s mythology will be happy to know that a brand new novel is on its way. From award winning Author John Shirley (Demons, Borderlands: The Fallen) comes Halo: Broken Circle, an “untold chapter in Halo lore” that transports readers to the beginning of the Covenant and the “fateful” deal, first stuck between the Prophets and the Elites.

Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2.

Halo: Broken Circle is being published by Gallery Books and will release on November 4, 2014 in paperback form. You can pre-order now from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and BAM! for a discounted price.

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New Tomb Raider Novel Coming This Fall

Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals is a paperback novel from NY Times Bestselling Author Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent coming out on October 20, 2014. It continues Lara’s adventure right after the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise game’s ending.

Traumatized by the events on Yamatai, Lara tries to put the memories behind her, but is thrown into yet another adventure to once again save the ever helpless Sam from mortal danger. As is custom, cryptic puzzles, daring stunts and the threat of death at the hands of hired henchmen ensues, threatening Lara’s goal of finding a mysterious artifact that could save Sam and shed light on some of the occurrences on Yamatai.

Paperback and digital copies are selling for $10.30 and $9.99 respectively on Amazon and are also available for pre-order on Bam, Barnes & Noble and GameStop. You can head over to BradyGames website to choose where you want to pre-order. Stay tuned for a gripping review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Augustus Bel on 20140803 and was last modified on 20140803 .