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'Rise of the Tomb Raider' and 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' compared by Microsoft

'Rise of the Tomb Raider'
'Rise of the Tomb Raider'
Photo courtesy of Square Enix, used with permission

Phil Spencer has further commented on the Xbox exclusive deal that was recently made for "Rise of the Tomb Raider." According to a report from Gameranx on Aug. 18, the head of the Xbox division first admitted that he is a big fan of the "Uncharted" series. Although Microsoft Studios started projects that are from the same action-adventure genre as the Playstation-exclusive franchise over the past several years, none of the titles have measured up in terms of quality. As a result, the company decided to approach Square Enix to form a partnership.

At GamesCom, Microsoft announced that "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is only coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One during the holiday season of next year. However, Phil Spencer stated that he does not know if the same game would be ported to other systems, such as the PS3 and PS4, later on. The announcement have been heavily criticized by many in the gaming community.

Even so, Phil Spencer believes that the deal is going to benefit the lineup for the two Xbox systems, especially the Xbox One. He revealed that Microsoft already have games from other genres such as "Halo" for a first-person shooting sci-fi game, "Gears of War" for a third-person shooter as well as "Forza" for racing. "Rise of the Tomb Raider" should help fill in a hole in the first-party lineup from the company. An artwork featuring the latest "Tomb Raider" installment can be viewed near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Facebook of the franchise).

At around the same time, Sony Computer Entertainment is expected to also release "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End." The third-person shooting action-adventure title is expected to be one of the biggest games to come out for the PS4. Aside from several teaser trailers, one of which shown off the real-time cinematic graphics, Sony Computer Entertainment has remained relative quiet about the upcoming sequel.