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6:00 PM on 03.12.2013

PC Port Report: Tomb Raider

[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...

Joshua Derocher



Lara Croft is more than a survivor photo
Lara Croft is more than a survivor
by Taylor Stein

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 been a complete roller coaster ride from beginning to end. With cut scenes as dramatic as any action movie, epic battles against religious crazies, and sprawling environments ripe for exploring, I could barely tear myself away from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix's masterpiece.

Such enthusiasm comes at a cost however, completing the game far too quickly is the price I pay. I just recently beat Tomb Raider's main story and while it was one crazy ride that I thoroughly enjoyed, I was a bit troubled by the concluding sentiments. Players are left with a simple phrase, "A survivor is born." Upon reading those words, I became upset. After all Lara Croft has been through, all that she has accomplished in order to save her friends and escape the ill-fated island, the label that she is granted is survivor? In my mind, Lara's exploits present her in a different light, as a hero.

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8:30 AM on 03.07.2013

Lara Croft time-lapse painting makes you feel empowered

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 ...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 03.06.2013

Tomb Raider's multiplayer DLC hits Xbox 360 first

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 ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 03.06.2013

No plans for more Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 03.06.2013

Tomb Raider on PSN comes with Quantum Conundrum

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 03.05.2013

Watch Lara Croft die over and over again in Tomb Raider

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 03.05.2013

Lara's big day: Tomb Raider launch trailer

As you likely noticed, Tomb Raider released throughout much of the world today. This reboot has been talked about at length, both in terms of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' marketing push and its fair share of controversi...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 03.05.2013

Next Tomb Raider film will be based on latest reboot

We've known for a little while now that Tomb Raider would be making it back to the big screen, and now we know it will be based on the new reboot of the game series thanks to a Variety interview. This won't be a repeat of the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Tomb Raider photo
Review: Tomb Raider
by Jim Sterling

Tomb Raider has struggled to find its place in the world over the past few years. Games like Prince of Persia and Uncharted surpassed its sense of exploration and adventure, while the sex appeal that contributed to Lara's early fame could only go so far, especially with the audience growing increasingly critical of such vapid tactics. Developers and publishers have struggled to know what, exactly, to do with Lara Croft. 

The answer, as it always seems to be, is a reboot. 

Crystal Dynamics' latest effort courted controversy with its new take on Tomb Raider -- a take that involves putting Lara Croft through physical and emotional hell in a bid to explain her origin and mold her into the daring heroine we've come to know and love. It was a risk, and it's already caused trouble, but I have to admit ...

The gamble paid off. 

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7:00 PM on 02.26.2013

AMD shows off the new tech behind Lara Croft's hair

AMD showed off a new rendering technology dubbed TRESSFX that focuses on trying to make hair look better in games. It's an interesting problem that a lot of people probably don't think about, but AMD is trying to pu...

Joshua Derocher



Conan O'Brien is pervy for LAURA Croft photo
Conan O'Brien is pervy for LAURA Croft
by Tony Ponce

I agree with Conan on this one. I don't care how it's supposed to be pronounced; everyone has always spoken her name aloud as "Laura."

Conan O'Brien is on top of the new Tomb Raider this week. Naturally, he makes all the obvious horndog jokes -- up until someone from management or whatever tells him to tone it down. Oooooooh! Someone got in trooooooubllllllllllle!

And his reactions when Lara dies (repeatedly) are golden.

Clueless Gamer: Conan O'Brien Reviews "Tomb Raider" [Team Coco]

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5:30 PM on 02.25.2013

Tomb Raider original soundtrack is wonderful

Tomb Raider doesn't release until next week, but reviews for the highly anticipated series reboot have already started to wash across the web. Initial reports are overwhelmingly positive, lauding virtually every aspect o...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 02.25.2013

Reviews Elsewhere: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider reviews spilled their juicy guts all over the Internet today, and it seems Square Enix was right to confidently lift embargo a week early. Reviews across the board have been almost universally positive, with Lara ...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 02.22.2013

See how Lara fights back in the new Tomb Raider

I have to say, it's quite wonderful to see Lara just mangle enemies in so many messed up ways. Pickaxes to the back of the head, shotgun blasts in the face, machine gun bursts in close range -- the new Tomb Raider is so viol...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 02.22.2013

Tomb Raider will be able to run on low end PCs

The upcoming Tomb Raider reboot is out to prove you don't need a decadent God Box to run the latest computer games, planning a PC launch that will be able to run on even the humblest of contraptions. Yay affordable gaming! Al...

Jim Sterling