We normally start with me moaning that there is no news but not today, Snatch is fair bursting at the seams with gaming news and assorted waffle about robots taking over the Earth, in fact there is so much news this is a special edition two page Snatch! Strap yourself in Matron, here we go.
Lara Croft has proven herself to be an able swimmer in previous games but apparently not in the forthcoming reboot. A fan asked the official Tomb Raider Twitter feed if our plucky heroine would be getting wet to which they replied ‘Lara can swim, but just not in this game.’
As the main story tells of Lara being shipwrecked on a strange island it must be the driest shipwreck ever but the 2011 E3 trailer (above) seems to indicate otherwise; and other videos (like this one) also show her floundering about in water. The Twitter feed is obviously wrong and should have tweeted ‘Lara can swim but only in cut scenes when it is required by the narrative or for dramatic impact’.
The developers also revealed the main story will clock in somewhere between 12-15 hours in length and Lara will have that most modern of inventions, regenerative health.
Hey, Battlefield 3, remember that? Was bit dodgy on PS3, input lag and wonky audio? Well EA have finally got round to fixing those problems and it’s only taken precisely one year and one month to sort it out. The ‘essential multi player update’ goes live today, for full patch notes click here. Well done EA, better late than never that’s what they say (especially over at Bethesda).
The Futurlab chappies have been dropping hints about their latest PlayStation Mobile game, the latest being the theme tune which you can hear by tickling this link.
Curiosity: What’s Inside The Cube Update: It’s still a cube.
Staying with Minecraft, check out the rather clever augmented reality app that lets you view your Minecraft creations in the real world. ‘Minecraft Reality’ is available now from the App Store.
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) in Cambridge is to begin a study of the risks of robots destroying the human race , they have described the potential mechanical uprising as “dangerous”. We suggest they start by investigating the millions of Kinect sensors in living rooms: they study humans every day, building up a database of our strengths and weaknesses. You may think Dance Central 3 is a fun party game but no, your Xbox 360 is watching you and when the time is right… IT WILL STRIKE.
Standby for a DLC news spurt: Capcom have announced a new hard mode and a time attack challenge DLC for Dragon’s Dogma, Forza Horizon is to get a full blown Rally mode and the German Xbox dashboard has accidently outed 3 maps packs for Halo 4. The Crimson Map Pack (Wreckage, Harvest, Shatter) will be out on December 10th, the Majestic Map Pack (Landfall, Monolith, Skyline) is out on February 25th and the Castle Map Pack (Daybreak, Outcast, Perdition) arrives on April 1st.
The Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC launches this week and we also have news of new DLC for Max Payne 3. Entitled ‘Painful Memories’ it includes four new multi player maps, Roscoe Street Subway, Marty’s Bar, Shoot First and Canal de Panamá and a couple of new guns.