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Hah, remember Gex? It's back on

Wonder if any of the jokes have aged well
Oct 16
// Jordan Devore
Couple of things about Gex. First and foremost, the PC version of the original is now available on It's priced at $5.99 and should be quite the nostalgia trip for some of you. That's the main reason I'm writing this ...
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Lara Croft

This happens when you play Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris with a jerk

Oct 08
// Brett Makedonski
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is shaping up to be a good time as a four-player venture. I played it at gamescom 2014, and it was a lot of fun. However, maybe that's because I didn't have a jerkface in my group tha...
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Rise of The Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ explains that developer 'didn't intend any confusion'

Haha, yeah right
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
A Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ has popped up on the official Tomb Raider tumblr account, and it answers some of the questions you've had since the fateful "holiday 2015 Xbox exclusive" announcement. It clarifies that...

Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris

Aug 16 // Brett Makedonski
Perhaps the biggest alteration that Temple of Osiris employs is simply the number of people that are in on the action. Whereas the first game in the series featured two-player co-op, Temple of Osiris drops up to four into the fray. The characters pair off into two groups with unique capabilities. Lara and fellow treasure hunter Carter Bell can grapple to distant locations, while Egyptian gods Horus and Isis are equipped with light staffs. Each proves essential for clearing certain sections, but no characters feel more powerful than others. In the event that there's only a single player, Lara is given a staff to assist with certain sections. On the surface, Temple of Osiris is all about teamwork. Traversing across several tombs in an Egyptian setting in an effort to stop the god Osiris' evil brother Set is technically the reason for this dangerous endeavor. Your partners will feel invaluable as you fight monsters, solve puzzles, and wander off into intriguing nooks. Don't be naive -- they have an ulterior motive just like you. Underscoring the entirety of Temple of Osiris is a sense of competition. The game ranks players after each level, elevating the top performer on a pedestal where they're showered with gems. These gems act as the game's currency, so it's easy to get caught up in wanting more than your compadres. Before long, you're scrambling to pick up the point bonuses, get the final blow on enemies, and find that secret area first. It gives you that one-up that isn't necessary, but you just want so badly. [embed]279606:55317:0[/embed] The pursuit of gems is how the game accentuates its light RPG system. A treasure room that's available in between levels features a wealth of chests that all have random gear to equip. Chests vary in cost to open -- the higher the cost, the better the chance that it'll hold rare items. Crystal Dynamics isn't too willing to talk about the economy of Temple of Osiris yet, so it's unknown whether you'll be able to just buy specific items. Regardless, it's a certainty that gems are something you'll want lots of. Temple of Osiris offers the ability to go back to previous sections and grind out gems if you so wish. After each level, an elevator option is available, which takes the team back to an overworld hub where everything's replayable. It'll end up being a great help when seeking to clear side challenges or set high scores, especially considering that doing so is how some of the game's best gear is unlocked. These challenges won't be a cakewalk. In our demo, gameplay wasn't overly difficult, but it also gave the impression that it'd be tough to do consistently well. Dying resets a point multiplier along with a deduction in points, meaning that consistency is absolutely key. Compounding matters are the typical flaws associated with this style of game. Depth of field and precision platforming aren't Osiris' strengths, but it's likely that familiarity will eventually mitigate most frustrations that arise as a result. It may not be perfect but it works, and it'll probably work really well. It brings with it a sense of exploration and adventure that'll be welcome by those who grew up with Lara. Crystal Dynamics may have taken divergent paths with her character, but Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris proves that it hasn't forgotten the series' roots.
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She likes shootin' and lootin'
Which Lara Croft do you prefer? Crystal Dynamics has two versions of her, splitting the iconic character into distinctly different properties. The recent Tomb Raider reboot and the scheduled follow-up Rise of t...

Except for that Tomb Raider thing
Microsoft's press conferences often leave me with cranial damage from head-to-desk impact, but their gamescom 2014 presser felt pretty okay to me. I'm excited to see Microsoft making an attempt to partner with more indies. A...


Rise of the Tomb Raider coming exclusively to Xbox platform

Aug 12
// Dale North
Yep. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the latest from Crystal Dynamics, is coming to Xbox only. This was announced today at Microsoft's gamescom press conference. Note that "Xbox" was said, and not a specific console. Maybe it'll come to both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Whatchu think 'bout that?
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Lara Croft

Unwrap Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in December

Bring some friends
Jul 23
// Brett Makedonski
The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will arrive just in time to unite friends and family for festivities at the end of the year. Crystal Dynamics' Lara Croft and the Temple o...
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Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider might be on last-gen consoles too

According to an Amazon UK listing
Jun 16
// Brett Makedonski
Lara Croft may have moved onto new and exciting hardware, but that might not mean that she's seen the last of the faithful standbys from yesteryear. It appears as if Rise of the Tomb Raider, the franchise's next installment s...
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Lara Croft

The new Lara Croft adventure is all sorts of fun with four players

But you can still play it by yourself if you want
Jun 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was pretty fun for what it was: a new take on the beloved character where you're running and gunning with a friend through all sorts of dangers.  Now, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is bringing that same formula over to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with the major addition being four-player co-op. Quadruple the fun! 

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris announced

The OTHER Tomb Raider title
Jun 09
// Dale North
Crystal Dynamics has another Lara Croft game. Square Enix just announced another: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, a four-player cooperative follow-up to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It is coming to PS...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft needs some psychiatric help in Rise of the Tomb Raider

'We become who we're meant to be'
Jun 09
// Darren Nakamura
Lara Croft had a rough time on her last archaeological expedition. It's no wonder that she would suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or experience some other negative psychological effects. During Microsoft's E3 pres...
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Tomb Raider

The next-gen tech behind Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

See what's new
Jan 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We saw the comparison video, now developer Crystal Dynamics shows us exactly what went down to making Tomb Raider all next-gen-y. Lara looks more lifelike than ever, especially with her facial expressions as her face was re-...
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Tom Raider

The Tomb Raider reboot is finally profitable

Square Enix initially expected to sell 5-6 million units
Jan 17
// Alasdair Duncan
Last year's Tomb Raider reboot has finally reached the land of profitability, despite initially failing to meet the sales targets set by publisher Square Enix. In an interview with Eurogamer, executive producer Scott Amos rev...
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Lara Croft

Guardian of Light's free now for Xbox Live Gold members

You have two weeks
Jan 16
// Brett Makedonski
It's time for another predictable but helpful bi-weekly reminder that a new game is free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. This time, it's 2010's Summer of Arcade title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Of course, this offe...
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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition comparison video

With blow-by-blow commentary from my wife
Jan 14
// Jonathan Holmes
Our friends over at IGN just posted a video comparing Tomb Raider to Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, along with an interview with with developer Scot Amos. It's a nice interview, but it's a lot of preaching to the...

Tomb Raider fan film captures the brutality perfectly

A 20-minute film well worth your time
Dec 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Lots of fan films are great, but this Tomb Raider is above and beyond the average homage you'd normally see. The team at CanCinema did an amazing job, and it captures the brutality that the new Tomb Raider brought to the series.

Tomb Raider's creative director now with Halo dev team

Meanwhile, former 343 creative director gets promoted
Dec 09
// Harry Monogenis
Timothy Longo, creative director behind the Tomb Raider reboot, has made the switch from Crystal Dynamics to 343 Industries. As shown on his LinkedIn profile, Longo is now the new creative director at 343; the studi...
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Tomb Raider announcement

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition coming to PS4, Xbox One

'Fully re-built' for next gen consoles
Dec 07
// Steven Hansen
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on January 28, 2014. The Definitive Edition has been "custom built" for the next gen consoles and includes all of the original DLC, digital versions of the Dark Ho...
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Tomb Raider

Next Tomb Raider is Lara's next chapter of development

The story continues
Nov 21
// Joshua Derocher
Brian Horton, the Senior Art Director at Crystal Dynamics, is really excited that the next Tomb Raider has been announced so he can talk about it. Horton explained the direction of the sequel's story, saying that "The Tomb Ra...
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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition listed for next gen

Yeah, I'd play it again
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
On Amazon's Italian site, there is a PlayStation 4 listing for something called Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition that's said to be releasing on January 24 for €59.99. According to the description, this re-release includes...

Tomb Raider comes to Mac later this year

Which means soon
Oct 09
// Dale North
While we're a bit light on details, we do know that Feral Interactive are bringing Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider to Mac later this year. They say to expect a mini-site soon for the game, which likely means that they're almost done with it.  I assume this trailer is Mac footage.
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Square Enix

Persistent online experiences: The future of Square Enix?

Strategy 'wouldn't apply to every game'
Aug 23
// Jordan Devore
Industry change is the topic of a candid Gamasutra blog post by Darrell Gallagher, the former Crystal Dynamics studio head and current head of studios at Square Enix. "Overall as a games business -- studios and publishing -- ...
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Tomb Raider sequel

Square Enix confirms next-gen Tomb Raider is in the works

Because of course there is!
Aug 01
// Kyle MacGregor
A next-gen sequel to Tomb Raider is "well into development," Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe Phil Rogers confirmed today. The announcement follows word that writer Gail Simone is working with Dark Horse Comic...
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Tomb Raider

Upcoming Tomb Raider comic to 'lead directly' into sequel

The story continues next year
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Having only recently finished up my first and only Lara Croft adventure outside of Guardian of Light, it was heartbreaking to remember that at 3.4 million copies sold as of March, Tomb Raider didn't live up to publisher Squar...

Crystal Dynamics new announcement likely coming soon

A new IP?
May 02
// Dale North
I don't go looking around at others' resumes, but Superannuation does, and they found that Crystal Dynamics' level artist Matt McCulloch is currently working on "wildly cool environments for a soon to be announced t...
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Tomb Raider PC patch

Tomb Raider PC patch brings fixes, GPU performance

NVIDIA crash issues are still being investigated
Apr 19
// Chris Carter
The PC version of Tomb Raider has been patched recently, resolving an issue with a basecamp UI glitch, and bringing in some appreciated GPU performance improvements. Eidos states that if you just want to test this patch, ther...
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Lara in a jacket!

Three Tomb Raider DLC costumes have leaked

You too can buy exciting oufits such as 'Jacket Lara'
Apr 16
// Chris Carter
When Crystal Dynamics said they weren't going to support the new Tomb Raider with "expansions," gamers let out a sigh of relief -- for once, feeling like they bought a complete game at launch. But that doesn't mean some form ...
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Tomb Raider

Japanese language pack for Tomb Raider costs another $30

Applies to the Steam edition only
Apr 12
// Brett Makedonski
It's no secret that the gaming industry can be prone to some pretty deplorable business practices. Square Enix announced one today that's just another drop in an ever-growing ocean. Beginning on April 25, Tomb Raider on ...

No plans for single-player Tomb Raider DLC

Crystal Dynamics is all about the multiplayer
Mar 20
// Jim Sterling
Those hoping for additional secret tomb challenges or other single-player content in Tomb Raider are due a disappointment. According to global brand director Karl Stewart, Crystal Dynamics will only be expanding multipla...
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Tomb Raider on PC

PC Port Report: Tomb Raider

Better graphics and nicer hair
Mar 12
// Joshua Derocher
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] Over the weekend, I had a chance to play the magnificent Tomb Raider. It's every bit as good as J...

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