Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

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Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves today, finally giving Xbox One and Xbox 360 players the chance to dive into Lara's latest adventure in Siberia. You can read our review here. The good news is you can play the game however you want. You can power straight through the story or take your time and explore for hours on end in its quasi-open world. Even so, there are still a few tips to keep in mind when starting your journey to maximize your potential for enjoyment.

Pick The Right Skill Upgrades

Rise of the Tomb Raider features three different skill categories (Brawler, Hunter, and Survivor).  First off, I recommend you read our feature on the best upgrades. In short, you want to grab every skill that gives you bonus experience, natural crafting resources, ammo, etc. Grab the Finesse and Avid Learner upgrades as soon as possible. Avid Learner will give you additional XP for your discoveries (relics, documents, survival caches, etc), and Finesse gives you bonus XP for chaining headshots, stealth skills, and death from above. In addition, longer chains increase bonus multipliers. Other than that, focus the rest of the upgrades on your playstyle. I recommend putting everything you can into skills that cater to the bow since it's a powerful and fun way to eliminate enemies.

The Essential Skills (And The Ones To Avoid) In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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The Tomb Raider reboot provided a glimpse into the events that forged Lara Croft into the adventurer we know and admire today. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, players continue that journey as Lara becomes an even more hardened survivalist. Along the way, she acquires new skills and abilities at a steady pace. There are dozens of different skills to choose from, and they can be overwhelming – especially when you’re first starting out. While you can’t completely screw yourself by grabbing skills that sound cool, that’s definitely not the most efficient way to go. We’ve compiled a guide that shows what’s available and provides some guidance on what you should prioritize as you search for the mysterious Source.

Lara’s skills are divided into three disciplines: Brawler, Hunter, and Survivalist. Each one offers bonuses and abilities that are generally tailored toward a specific aspect of the character: durability and melee combat, ranged combat, and crafting, respectively. That’s the idea, however: There’s a large amount of overlap in those three schools, so going all-in on one might not make sense even if a tree seems specifically designed for your playstyle.

Greatest Historical Head-To-Heads

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Greatest Historical Head-To-Heads

The calendar is full of days that all blur together, but every once and a while a normal release-day Tuesday becomes something special. We've updated our list of some of the more famous release-day showdowns in video history.

Publishers usually get out of each others' way when it comes to choosing a release date, preferring not to risk losing sales by making gamers pick between multiple must-have titles. But sometimes an immovable object meets up with an unstoppable force, triggering a showdown.

We've updated our list originally published early last year (excluding launch lineups, of course), which you can read here.

25 Fallout 4 Tips To Help You Conquer The Commonwealth

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Hello, fellow Vault dweller! Whether you have already toured through the remnants of Capital Wasteland and the New California Republic or you’re a greenhorn venturing into the irradiated ruins for the first time, these tips will boost your chances for survival and even give you a leg up on the dangerous encounters you’re bound to find yourself in.

Explore, Explore, ExploreThe critical path isn’t everything in Fallout 4. In fact, the game is most enjoyable when you forget about your lengthy list of quests and simply venture into the great unknown, taking in the sights and investigating those new markers showing up on your compass. 

Hack SmartPlayers are given four tries to hack a computer terminal. If you fail out, you have to wait a handful of seconds before attempting again. If you’re on your fourth attempt and still don’t have a lead on cracking the code, we recommend simply backing out and starting over to avoid temporarily locking yourself out.

Where To Start With Quantum Break's Narrative

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Remedy has always told ambitious stories. The studio's newest title, Quantum Break, is full of time travel, evil corporations, quantum time stutters, and men who age 17 years in five minutes. It might sound confusing, but it's actually a pretty cool concept. So pull up a chair and listen while we give you the ultimate Quantum Break story primer.

Sure, I guess. I'm trying to procrastinate so I don't have to do any real work.

Great, so here's the quick lowdown. Quantum Break is the next game from Remedy Entertainment – the game studio that brought us Alan Wake and the first two Max Payne games. It's set around the fictional East Coast university town of Riverport, and revolves around a science experiment that goes horribly wrong, causing the flow of time to break down and eventually stop altogether.

Fallout 4 Live Stream

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Fallout 4 is isn't out until tomorrow, but you can tide yourself over with a final sneak peek of the game by tuning into our live stream from 3-6pm CST! Andrew Reiner and a host of rotating GI editors will be on hand to answer your questions, as they navigate the treacherous wastelands and uncover the mysteries of this post-apocalyptic world.

The stream will run from 3-6pm CST on Game Informer's Twitch and YouTube channels, so tune in and join the fun!

Seen At BlizzCon 2015

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Seen At BlizzCon 2015

BlizzCon is one of the best places to check out amazing cosplay, incredible statues, and enchanting artwork and designs from all of the Blizzard titles. BlizzCon 2015 was no exception, with incredible sights around every corner of the show floor. While we can't even attempt to showcase all the insanely cool spectacles, we've got a handful of them to look at.

Overwatch's Tracer is a true show-stealer. Cheers, love!

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The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

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The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

Earlier today, Microsoft announced the first 104 Xbox 360 games that will be part of the Xbox One backward compatibility program. While the list is filled with classics, there are some notable omissions that have fans buzzing.

Players have been able to vote on titles they want to see as part of the program since June. While voting gives Microsoft and third-party publishers direction, there are no guarantees that content owners are going to commit immediately.

We’ve decided to round up the current top 25 vote-winners to see where things stand.

Guitar Hero Is A Decade Old Today – Here Are All Of Our Reviews

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Guitar Hero Is A Decade Old Today – Here Are All Of Our Reviews

Guitar Hero celebrates a decade today. The original Guitar Hero bundled with its plastic guitar peripheral released today in 2005. In honor of the occasion, we've gathered review scores and excerpts, where available, for every  Guitar Hero game we have a review for.

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"I desperately hope that this game garners enough attention to afford some sequels, if for no other reason than I’d like to see the team experiment with some other genres. With great music, steady challenge for hours and hours, and style to burn, Guitar Hero may not be for everyone, but for my money it doesn’t get much more fun." – Matt Miller