Spectre Dominates US Box Office, Becomes Second-Best Bond Opening Ever

New 007 movie was the top earner at the box office, but couldn’t beat Skyfall’s first weekend.

Following its record-setting debut in the UK, new Bond movieSpectre was released in the US this weekend and it enjoyed a strong debut. Spectre box office receipts totaled $73 million in the US, which is the second strongest domestic opening for a Bond movie of all time, only below 2012’s Skyfall ($88.4 million).

Deadline has a full breakdown of the weekend’s box office numbers.

The site also reports that Spectre may benefit from the fact that there is no major film release until November 20, when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 arrives. By comparison, when Skyfall debuted in November 2012, the final Twlight movie was released during Skyfall‘s second week.

Spectre‘s global cumulative box office performance now stands at close to $300 million.

The top five movies at the US box office this week are listed below. Head to Deadline for more.

  1. Spectre — $73 million
  2. The Peanuts Movie — $45 million
  3. The Martian — $9.3 million
  4. Goosebumps — $7 million
  5. Bridge of Spies — $6.1 million

For more on Spectre, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic’s roundup of reviews.


Rise of the Tomb Raider Review Roundup

Here’s what critics think of Lara’s latest adventure.

Crystal Dynamics’ reboot on Tomb Raider in 2013 is going to be a hard act to follow. Having successfully reinvented a franchise over 15 years old, the studio now faces the task of defining a new era for Lara Croft.

While the first game sparked the fire of adventure in Lara, Rise of the Tomb Raider aims to feed the flames by sending the young archeologist on a quest to seek out the truth behind the events of the first game, and world’s greatest myths.

But how does her second outing fair? We’ve gathered some review scores and editor opinions and put them in a list below. Give them a read and by the time your done you’ll have a good grasp of the critical reception Rise of the Tomb Raider has received.

For a wider view on the game’s critical reception, head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360
  • Release Date: November 10
  • Price: $60/£49.99

GameSpot — 9/10

“Rise of the Tomb Raider’s first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we’ll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara’s journey, after we’ve seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it’s clear that promise was kept.” — Mike Mahardy[Full review]

Polygon — 8.5/10

“In many ways, Rise of the Tomb Raider could be viewed as a fairly modest sequel. It successfully builds off Crystal Dynamics’ excellent reboot, but it doesn’t introduce any massive changes; the scope is greater but still in spitting distance of the previous game. But successfully regaining the feeling created in an extremely good game is no small feat. This is the inauguration of Tomb Raider as a formula once more, but for now, it’s a formula I’m happy revisiting.” — Phil Kollar [Full review]

IGN — 9.3/10

Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun. Once again it’s Lara herself, however, who steals the show, her complex ambitions and hardened resolve showing new sides to a character who has well and truly grown from survivor to the most fascinating action hero in video games today. — Lucy O’Brien [Full review]

Destructoid — 7.5/10

“Rise of the Tomb Raider is better than its predecessor, but only because of its additions; it doesn’t fix any of the things that were wrong with Tomb Raider (2013). The story is smoothed down, much of it hidden away in dull audio logs. It’s not about “survival” as billed, given the ease of mowing down dozens of folks and plenty of resources. But finding tombs wherein to clamber about ancient Rube Goldberg machines, coupled with the gorgeous visual flair and diverse environments, make Rise’s wilderness one worth exploring and elevate Tomb Raider’s otherwise perfunctory take on the third-person action platformer. I still get a strong sinking feeling in my stomach when I’ve misjudged a jump and watch Lara careening towards a splat.” — Steven Hansen [Full review]

Game Informer — 9.5

“Rise of the Tomb Raider captures the thrill of being an adventurer and leaves you thinking about Lara’s next move. You have daredevil sequences, heroic moments, fun exploration, and exciting fights that even Indiana Jones would envy. If Crystal Dynamics keeps raising the bar from here, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Lara.” — Kimberly Wallace [Full review]

VideoGamer — 9/10

“Having enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot I expected good things from Rise of the Tomb Raider, but those have been exceeded to a degree I didn’t imagine. Crystal Dynamics has made a game that expertly rekindles memories of the series’ triumphant past and yet still feels incredibly modern. In an era when triple-A blockbuster games often drown beneath a desire to make things more explosive or complex than before, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows how it should be done. This is captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern gaming icon.” — Tom Orry [Full review]

GamesRadar+ — 4.5/5

“While Rise of the Tomb Raider is a comparatively safe sequel in that it changes very little of an existing, winning formula, this is an adventure game that takes full advantage of new-gen technology… and it’s magnificent. Intelligent, beautiful, varied and huge, this is a very classy video game, and one that’s surprisingly malleable. Just watch out for all the stuff on the floor.” — Justin Towell [Full review]

Xbox Achievements — 80/100

“Rise of the Tomb Raider is a strong sequel to 2013’s reboot, building upon the potential of its predecessor while adding to the sense of wonder and exploration-based aspects more in keeping with Ms. Croft’s roots. Of course, more tombs and puzzles to solve would always be welcome, but Rise is nonetheless a fantastic blend of entertaining combat encounters, traversal and open-world exploration, and arguably a cut above the previous game in gameplay terms, if not necessarily in story terms.” — Richard Walker [Full review}


Black Ops 3 Is Seventh Fastest-Selling Call of Duty in UK

UK sales chart: Need For Speed enters at third, while Halo 5 falls to fourth.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been ranked as the seventh-fastest selling game in the series so far, according to data collected by sales monitor Chart-Track.

While such a result would add to suggestions that Activision’s tent-pole shooter series is facing a long-term sales decline, Chart-Track notes that Black Ops 3 shipped on a Friday in the UK, as opposed to the series’ traditional release falling on a Tuesday. That gives other games in the series a three-day sales advantage.

Six of the previous Call of Duty games had released on a Tuesday; Advanced Warfare, Ghosts, Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 2. The Treyarch-developed World At War, and the first Modern Warfare, released in 2008 and 2007 respectively, were the last two games in the series to ship on a Friday.

The situation is complicated further because Chart-Track’s data does not include digital download sales. Due to the increasing popularity of console downloads, a growing number of Call of Duty game sales are not measured.

Nevertheless, Black Ops 3 has landed at the top of the all-format charts, and becomes the UK’s 14th fastest-selling game in week one since records began. More than 90 percent of sales for the game were for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions (with a market share of 48 percent and 43 percent respectively).

Elsewhere in the charts, Need For Speed enters at number three, with Electronic Arts’ flagship sports game FIFA 16 climbing to second despite a seven percent drop in sales. The remainder of the chart is dominated by franchises that are more than ten years old. Halo 5: Guardians drops to fourth, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate falls to third, Grand Theft Auto 5 holds at eighth.

The full top ten follows below. This chart does not include digital sales data, and thus should not be considered fully representative of all UK game sales.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  2. FIFA 16
  3. Need For Speed
  4. Halo 5
  5. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  6. Minecraft Story Mode
  7. WWE 2K16
  8. Grand Theft Auto 5
  9. LEGO Dimensions
  10. Call of Duty: Ghosts


Star Wars Battlefront Trophies/Achievements Revealed, See Them All Here

Revealed the Trophies, EA has.

Star Wars Battlefront lacks a traditional campaign mode, but that doesn’t mean the sci-fi FPS is hurting for Trophies/Achievements to unlock. Electronic Arts has now published the full list of Trophies for the PlayStation 4 game, which we would guess are the same as the Xbox One and PC Achievements.

There are 43 Trophies/Achievements to unlock. As you’ll seen in the list below, many of their names are references to Original Trilogy quotes and plot points such as “Don’t get cocky,” “Not bad for a little furball,” and “Do… or do not. There is no try,” among others.

Battlefront launches on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Xbox One owners who have an EA Access membership can start playing this Thursday, November 12.

It is the first new Star Wars console game from EA in the company’s 10-year publishing deal with Disney. Dead Space andBattlefield Hardline studio Visceral Games is also working on a new Star Wars game, rumored to be an RPG. Former Uncharted writer Amy Hennig and ex-Ubisoft studio manager Jade Raymond are working on that game, though EA has yet to officially announce any details about it.

Star Wars Battlefront Trophies/Achievements

  • A New Hope – Play every Multiplayer game mode
  • In a galaxy far, far away… – Win one match in each Multiplayer game mode
  • Never tell me the odds! – Successfully perform Cooling Flush 10 times (Multiplayer)
  • I suggest a new strategy – Use a partner’s Star Card hand 10 times (Multiplayer)
  • Shoot first – Be the first in a match to earn a kill (Multiplayer)
  • Great shot, kid! – Kill an enemy who is using a Jump Pack (Multiplayer)
  • A cunning warrior – Reach level 3 once with any Trait (Multiplayer)
  • Don’t underestimate the Force – Earn a total of 100 kills while playing as a hero (Multiplayer)
  • Crush them with one swift stroke… – Trample 25 soldiers with an AT-ST (Multiplayer)
  • That got him! – Use a tow cable to destroy an enemy AT-AT in Walker Assault
  • Hold the line! – Kill 10 enemies while attacking or defending a control point in Supremacy
  • Stay on target – Kill 10 enemies in a match of Fighter Squadron
  • What’s the cargo? – Kill 10 enemies carrying the cargo in Cargo
  • Playing the objective – Have the most kills in a match of Blast
  • The Force is strong with this one – Earn 10 kills in a match as any hero on Hero Hunt
  • I’ve been waiting for you – Kill 10 enemies trying to claim your team’s pod in Drop Zone
  • “Gonk? Gonk!” – Capture three droids in a match of Droid Run
  • The power of the Force – Defeat a hero while playing as any hero on Heroes vs Villains
  • When 900 years old you reach… – -Reach Rank 50
  • Collector – Earn any diorama figurine in the game
  • Tell Jabba that I’ve got his money – Earn a total of 25,000 credits (Multiplayer)
  • Distinguished – Earn 100 Accomplishments
  • Determined – Complete 25 Challenges
  • Don’t get cocky – Defeat both the Millennium Falcon and the Slave I
  • A tremor in the Force – Play once as all of the different heroes (Multiplayer)
  • Together we can rule the galaxy – Complete any mission with a friend
  • Your journey has only started – Complete all missions
  • Master – Earn all mission stars on Master difficulty
  • On the ball – Complete any Survival mission on Master difficulty within 35 minutes
  • Precision shot – Get 10 headshots with the Cycler Rifle (Multiplayer)
  • Scrap collector – Earn any collectible Star
  • All right, I’ll give it a try – Earn a star on all training missions
  • Safety ain’t the point of a joyride – Take no damage in the Endor Chase mission
  • Best star pilot in the galaxy – Destroy 10 TIE fighters within 2 minutes on the Beggar’s Canyon mission
  • New Recruit – Complete any mission
  • Impressive. Most impressive. – Earn a total of 5 stars from Battle missions
  • Off to a good start – Win any Battle mission on Normal difficulty against the AI
  • Survivor – Earn a total of 5 stars from Survival missions
  • Ackbar’s Elite – Complete any Survival mission on Master difficulty without dying
  • Do… or do not. There is no try – Complete the Tutorial
  • Judge me by my size, do you? – Reach Rank 25
  • Not bad for a little furball – Get hit in the head by a rock from an Ewok on Endor
  • Walker defender – Destroy a Y-wing in Walker Assault


Beat Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Campaign to Unlock This Secret Mode

“It’s part of our studio’s DNA to launch a game with a few surprises.”

As it turns out, Call of Duty: Black Ops III has yet another game mode. Once you beat the campaign, you’ll have the option to play it again, but this time with zombies. This new mode is, appropriately enough, called “Nightmares” and features something of a new storyline and of course zombies to kill.

You can watch a trailer for Nightmares mode above. It features the song “Nightmare” by frequent Treyarch collaborator Avenged Sevenfold, which also wrote an original song for Black Ops III.

“It’s part of our studio’s DNA to launch a game with a few surprises,” Treyarch said.

Nightmares is Black Ops III’s fourth main mode, following regular campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies. It also features a secret mini-game called Dead Ops Arcade 2.

For more on Black Ops III–which launched on Friday, November 6–check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying.