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Trophy Whores 342 – We Dream of Crossovers

For at least six months, we shouldn’t have to deal with rumors about the PlayStation 5.  The PlayStation 4 has plenty more to show us, and many great games on the horizon, so let’s chill out with talk of the future and appreciate what we have.  Stop and smell the roses of spring before you inflate your pool raft for that summertime barbecue.  It’s asparagus season — dammit!

This week, we deal with rumors surrounding available PS5 dev kits, as well as September release dates for a returning heroic purple dragon and a beloved web-slinging superhero — who has one of the catchiest theme songs in the history of catchy theme songs.  Let’s just say; September is going to be a hot month for PS4 owners.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Bloodborne, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Extinction.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle!  The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations.  You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Announced – Coming September 14th

Square Enix announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially launching simultaneously on September 14th on PS4, X-Box One and PC. According to the press release “Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be unveiled on April 27, 2018. Fans around the world can visit www.TombRaider.com for a chance to play the game and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events”.

Watch the trailer below:

PG Thoughts: This rebooted series has been one of my favorite to play this gen. It is nice to see that it isn’t stuck on one console for a year, as I am sure that has hurt the sales of Rise of the Tomb Raider. It is a little disheartening that the Nintendo Switch is ignored at this moment, but I guess we shall see about that.

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Trophy Whores 328 – PSX-plosion

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Medievil, From Software, World War Z, Tomb Raider and Mega Man X.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

You can find us on Twitter: @TrophyWhores  and @ProvenGamer

You can also email us at TrophyWhores.

If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 328 – PSX-plosion

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Game Stuff 17 – Video Game Movies… WHY???

Joe can not make it this week, so Kalai and Kory get together to discuss the past, present, and future video game movies. Find out our thoughts on which games are good and which games are duds. Spoiler alert — All of them are duds.

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

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Tomb Raider Claims Two Guinness World Records

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are celebrating Lara Croft’s Guinness World Records win for ‘Most Magazine Covers for a Videogame Character’ and ‘Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft’ alongside a one-of-a-kind feature in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition next year.

The Tomb Raider franchise is a two-decade strong cultural phenomenon which follows the globetrotting action-adventures of celebrated archaeologist Lara Croft.

Since making her video game debut in 1996, Lara Croft has been featured front-and-center on approximately 1,230 magazine covers spanning film, culture, lifestyle, and video game publications such as TIME Digital, Entertainment Weekly, Mad, PlayStation Magazine, and PC Gaming. With new covers from around the world being unearthed every day, that number grows to over 1,400 when factoring in covers that saw Lara alongside a co-star. These covers include portrayals of Lara Croft through official video game artwork, original illustrations, parody cartoons, and real-life photo-shoots with official Lara Croft models and actresses.

Check out our Flickr feed to browse 20 years of Croft covers, as archived by our community. [http://bit.ly/TR20_Mag_Covers]

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hosted a cosplay gathering at Paris Games Week on Saturday, October 29th as part of the ongoing celebration of 20 years of Tomb Raider. During the cosplay gathering, the European Tomb Raider community – spearheaded by passionate French fans – broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most People Dressed as Lara Croft’ in a single venue, drawing a crowd of 270 Tomb Raiders total. Fans could dress as any of the hundreds of official Lara Croft representations from the past 20 years, with participants donning costumes from the games, comics, movies, and even obscure fashion renders.

Check out the official event photos here. [http://bit.ly/PGW_GWR_Gallery]

“Over the past two decades, Lara Croft has established herself as an iconic character in entertainment,” said Rich Briggs, global brand director at Crystal Dynamics. “Her Guinness World Record wins further solidify her continuing influence and relevance in popular culture.”

Lara’s two new Guinness World Records titles are added to an already impressive roster. Lara was awarded six records in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamers Edition, including the Most Successful Video Game Heroine, Most Recognizable Female Character in a Video Game, Most Detailed Video Game Character, Most Official Real Life Stand-Ins, Highest Grossing Computer Game Spin-off, and Most Successful Live-Action Transfer.

“Lara Croft is one of the most vital and iconic characters in gaming, with a powerful legacy and a string of great games under her belt,” said Stephen Daultrey, Editor, Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. It’s fantastic to see so many cosplayers celebrate her in this unique way. Along with her covers record, these are already two of my favorite new GWR titles of the year. I look forward to seeing them in next year’s Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition annual.”

Lara has made an indelible mark on every facet of entertainment including video games, motion pictures, theme parks, lifestyle cosplay, and comic books. With over 30 video game titles released, selling over 46 million copies worldwide, winning hundreds of awards, and becoming an ambassador for scientific excellence to appearing live on tour with U2, Lara Croft continues to inspire and entertain millions around the world.

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New Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Trailer Showcases Stunning 4K PS4 Pro Footage

Since it’s timed release over a year ago on the Xbox One, fans have eagerly awaited Rise of the Tomb Raider to land on Sony’s home console; Home to the previous installments in the series.  The PS4 Pro was announced at the PlayStation Meeting in New York back in early September, and with it’s announcement of it’s 4K capabilities, there were a list of games that have been announced that will launch with the 4K supported graphics.  Among the games mentioned, Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of them.  Today, Square Enix launched a new gameplay trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider showcasing it’s stunning 4K visuals in preparation for the games’ release on the PlayStation 4 on October 11th of this year.

View the Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K PS4 Pro Footage below!

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Don’t Forget That Rise of the Tomb Raider Was Released Too

Destined to Rise From the Ashes

November 1oth, 2015 will go down as one of the most fascinating days in gaming history. The day that Fallout 4 was unleashed on the world, ready to dive into the post-apocalyptic wasteland. And the day that Rise of the Tomb Raider rested firmly in its shadow. Back in 2013, Tomb Raider was released with somewhat low expectations, and turned out to bethe spark the franchise so desperately needed. Taking a cue from newer adventure titles, most obviously the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider shocked many be being much better than expected and an under the radar success. Fast forward two years, and you find the franchise once again surprising the masses but for all the wrong reasons. Mostly, how such a good game was left to die on store shelves.

As of this writing, Rise of the Tomb Raider hasn’t even cracked the top ten of NPD sales (November). In the same amount of time, Fallout 4 is #2. Nestled right in between the yearly juggernauts Call of Duty and Madden. While the sales numbers are sure to pickup once holiday sales in December are factored in, Microsoft is already in a bit of panic mode. Going so far as to offer a free trial AFTER the initial release date. A move which is surely being made to bolster sales.

I personally hope the move works. Rise of the Tomb Raider has been one of the most rewarding and unabashedly “game” experiences i’ve had in quite a while. Everything I loved about the 2013 version is back, and improved upon. Better visuals, more actual tombs, diverse gameplay, and a fully fleshed out character. Lara is no longer learning to be the hero, she just is. That doesn’t mean there isn’t character development. Quite the opposite. Lara is just shoulder to shoulder with her virtual peers in a way that her origin story didn’t truly allow.

What’s worse about the low sales, and peculiar release date, is that there probably wasn’t any better alternative. Fallout may have been the “safest” bet without having to go any earlier, and with Star Wars: Battlefront Just Cause and a closing holiday window, there were no safe bets after. Compounding matters is the times exclusivity. Microsoft has the sole rights until sometime late next year, when Sony has their turn to sell the highly rated sequel. Though, there’s very little chance Sony will put the marketing muscle behind it that Microsoft has so far, and by then our collective attention will be elsewhere.

I say all of that to say, Rise of the Tomb Raider is an excellent game that deserves your attention. With just over 8.5 million Xbox Ones out there, there’s no reason this game shouldn’t be a huge hit for the console. I just hope it happens while we can all appreciate it, and not as a greatest hit 2 or 3 years later.