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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...

Lara Croft is more than a survivor

Mar 11 // Taylor Stein
Survivor is too passive of a word to describe Lara's feats This Tomb Raider reboot serves a unique purpose: not to further the image of a gaming icon, but to explore the origins of how she became a legend. A theme is carried throughout the narrative as a transition from innocence to maturity. Naivety fades in the midst of hardship, and she is forced to bear a burden of life or death proportions. It was Lara's idea to enter the Dragon's Triangle in pursuit of archeological discovery, an area infamous for sinking ships, and it is her responsibility to save her crewmates from certain disaster.  The game hits the nail on the head in this regard, showcasing a completely different Lara before and after the experience; one driven by blind ambition and the other hardened by the weight of survival. Despite successfully presenting a thematic rite of passage, I would argue that the Lara Croft who emerges from the catastrophe is beyond a survivor. She is a warrior, a leader, and a hero. Lara actively pursues her foes from forest to mountain to hidden temple and successfully discovers the secrets of the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Even when seemingly perfect plans of escape crumble under misfortune, she remains determined and adapts to the circumstances whether it requires her to climb atop a frozen radio tower or traverse the depths of a derelict ship. For those who have yet to experience the game for yourself, let me grant you a brief preview. Lara Croft goes through absolute hell. Pushed to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion, the once inexperienced explorer is tested under the most extreme conditions. Impaled, strangled, stabbed, burnt, shot, pistol-whipped, and sliced are just a few of the inflictions that Lara endures. The physical wounds will heal as scars of remembrance, but the psychological toll is undoubtedly a harder pill to swallow. Lara is forced to make sacrifices for the greater good, to select choices when no appealing option is present. She is the picture of fortitude but her resilience is not the only aspect that makes her noteworthy. She doesn't just survive the ordeal; she charges it head-on and shoots it in the face. Channeling the anguish from the journey, Lara evolves into a true fighter. Any who cross her path are incapacitated without a second thought. Despite what seems like a constant flow of hindrances, challenges, and confrontations, she tackles each trial and thwarts almost certain death time and time again. Lara Croft has always exemplified the badass category, but now she owns it. Ferocity becomes second nature in a landscape riddled with danger in the form of wild animals, samurai warriors, and unpredictable terrain.  As heroes often represent the perfect models of humanity, the best and the brightest of us all, Lara Croft adheres to the standard perfectly. She is amazingly resourceful, fashioning life-saving devices out of discarded remains, determined, physically and mentally strong, adaptable, and intelligent; not to mention notably attractive. While her initial goal may begin as a primal urge to live, it evolves into a much more complicated objective; one driven by altruism and duty. Escaping isn't enough, the madness surrounding the resurrection of the omnipotent Sun Queen must be ended. Being a survivor is just the tip of the iceberg for Lara. While the term in question is technically applicable to the protagonist, it only scrapes the surface of her newfound strength. The transformation from ambitious explorer into the self-reliant, powerful Lara Croft is a revolution on every level. Rescue from this particular adventure is only the beginning of her story. Returning home to live as a regular woman, is not the life that Lara Croft will pursue and fittingly so. After facing such adversity, normalcy is a luxury that she can no longer find solace in and as we know from the franchise, she'll continue to co-mingle with danger for years to come.  Lara Croft is a survivor, but she is also a savior, a warrior, a leader, and a hero. Tomb Raider serves as an origin story but she has never been a damsel in distress. Staying alive was not the gift of coincidence or happenstance. Lady luck was undoubtedly on her side, but Lara continued to proactively fight throughout the entire ordeal. Perhaps this is a connotative dilemma spurred by personal meanings associated with the word, my definition of survivor may be different to yours for example, but I wholeheartedly believe that the, "A survivor is born" slogan does not do the game or Lara Croft as a character justice. Image sources [1][2]
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More like epic hero
For the past 48 hours, I have been completely enthralled in the world of Tomb Raider. Explosions, gun-fights, stealthy takedowns, weapon upgrading, and shooting defenseless bunnies has characterized my adventure, one that has...

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Lara Croft

Lara Croft time-lapse painting makes you feel empowered

Seven minutes in artsy Tomb Raider heaven
Mar 07
// Tony Ponce
Our speed-painter pal Josh Summana is back with another lovely, lovely sippy cup of art juice. This time, he has set his sights on Lara Croft from the new Tomb Raider. It's definitely a lot more tasteful than the sick filth ...
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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider's multiplayer DLC hits Xbox 360 first

Timed exclusive on multiplayer maps
Mar 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tomb Raider's first downloadable content, the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack, will be coming first to Xbox 360 owners of the game. The pack will include three new maps (Scavenger Caverns, Cliff Shantytown, The Burning ...
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Guardian of Light

No plans for more Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

You're breaking my heart, Crystal Dynamics
Mar 06
// Jordan Devore
Crystal Dynamics creative director Noah Hughes was asked by OXM if there are any plans to continue the rather terrific Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Here's what he had to say: "Guardian was a great opportunity to expl...
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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider on PSN comes with Quantum Conundrum

Plus a bunch of other extras all for $59.99
Mar 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You're in luck if you've held out on buying Tomb Raider on the PlayStation 3, as there's a killer deal available for the new action-adventure title. For $59.99, you can buy the "Digital Edition" of Tomb Raider on the PlaySta...
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Tomb Raider

Watch Lara Croft die over and over again in Tomb Raider

These death scenes are more brutal than Dead Space!
Mar 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The new Tomb Raider is out in stores today and marks the beginning of a fresh new take on the series. One of the things Crystal Dynamics wasn't afraid to do was let Lara get brutally killed time and time again. Like, serious...

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