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Tomb Raider (2013) has become the best-selling game in the series


Clearing 8.5M copies
Apr 06
// Brett Makedonski
The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was always expected to move a lot of units. That much was clear when Square Enix initially deemed it a "failure" after first-month figures yielded a very respectable (yet not good enough) 3...
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Deals

All things Tomb Raider on sale for PC (including Temple of Osiris)


Steam key of collection is $15
Mar 09
// Dealzon
Green Man Gaming has a slew of Tomb Raider titles on sale, from the classics to the latest Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (only $7.70 after coupon). Tomb Raider Collection, which includes basically everything except Temple of Osiris, compiles 11 Tomb Raider titles and most of the related DLC. You can also grab any of the games piecemeal. Everything listed below is a Steam key.
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Tomb Raider movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer tied to Tomb Raider film reboot


Bad
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
A potential movie reboot of Tomb Raider just came a bit closer to reality with scriptwriter Evan Daugherty being hired to pen the tale of young Lara Croft's first adventure -- not unlike the recent game reboot. Warner Bros. h...
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Games with Gold

March's Games with Gold are some of the best games


And bonus games in April!
Feb 25
// Brett Makedonski
In the recent past, Xbox Live's Games with Gold program has had mostly the same cadence every month: a standout title, an indie game, and a bit of filler. March breaks that mold with three superb games from 2013. March's Xbo...
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Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider partnership with Microsoft began in 2008


2013 Tomb Raider moved 7.5 million copies
Feb 24
// Brett Makedonski
At gamescom 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider caused waves when it was revealed to be an Xbox exclusive. Well, sort of an exclusive. More like a timed exclusive. But, regardless of the confusion surrounding the announce...
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Square Enix bundle

Square Enix is back for another Humble Bundle


But more importantly, this freakin' Sleeping Dogs image
Feb 17
// Jordan Devore
As a "half-baked concoction full of lofty ideas that don't quite mesh well together topped with a fedora," Murdered: Soul Suspect seemed like the kind of game I'd only get around to trying because of a bundle. It's in the Squ...
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Tomb Raider screens

Lara looks cold in Rise of the Tomb Raider


ZIP UP YOUR GOD DANG COAT
Feb 17
// Steven Hansen
The Microsoft-published, badly named -- unless we're talking dough or erections, let's cool it on all the rising -- Rise of the Tomb Raider is looking far more frigid in these new screenshots than it did at re...
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Hurry, hurry, step right up
UPDATE: Due to me having car trouble and not being able to update this till now, the contest has been arbitrarily and retroactively extended to 1:08 PM EST. Any entries before this time now qualify for prizes. Isn't this...

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Square Enix Steam sale

Raid Square Enix's tomb with this weekend's Steam sale


This sale are sick
Feb 07
// Jason Faulkner
This weekend's Square Enix Publisher Weekend sale has some ridiculous deals. Some of my childhood favorites that I didn't even know made it to PC are on there, including the whole Legacy of Kain series. Here's some of the hig...
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Tomb Raider

Microsoft is the publisher of Rise of the Tomb Raider


Square Enix confirms
Dec 09
// Brett Makedonski
Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur...
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Tomb Raider II

My favorite Tomb Raider game is out now on iOS for $1.99


I know the suspense is killing you
Dec 05
// Chris Carter
Tomb Raider II is by far my favorite Lara Croft adventure. Although the visuals are dated by today's standards, the locales and sense of adventure pretty much have no equal for me. I remember spending roughly 30 hours pl...
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Deals with Gold

This week's Xbox Live deals are a treasure trove of tombs to raid


Enslaved is the true hidden gem here
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
Lara Croft's gearing up for another grandiose adventure -- this time in the Temple of Osiris -- and before that happens, Microsoft's giving you the opportunity to brush up on your tomb raiding and loot thieving. This wee...
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Lara Croft

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


Coopetition
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...
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Sony

Sony boss says he 'hopes' Tomb Raider can come to PS4, talks Vita gamescom no-show


He also briefly talks about EA Access
Aug 21
// Chris Carter
President of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida is a pretty candid dude, and I respect that. Eurogamer recently sat down with the Sony boss to talk shop, mostly about gamescom announcements and a few other developme...
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Tomb Raider exclusivity

Tomb Raider deal 'doesn't come from an evil space'


It's more of a response to Uncharted than anything
Aug 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Inking an exclusivity deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider may have made Microsoft look like a villain, but that certainly wasn't the company's intention. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer attempted to d...

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...

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Tomb Raider Xbox

Does Tomb Raider's timed exclusivity make you want an Xbox One?


Maybe you would rather wait
Aug 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches next fall as a timed Xbox exclusive, and it will be fascinating to see how that affects Microsoft's fortunes. There are millions of folks around the world keen on experiencing Lara Croft's nex...
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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...

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'Exclusive'

Rise of the Tomb Raider is actually only a timed Xbox exclusive


Why couldn't you just say that yesterday, Microsoft?
Aug 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Put down your pitchforks, people. As it turns out, Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't really an Xbox exclusive. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the deal "has a duration." Microsoft didn't say that during its gamescom presenta...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics Head explains why Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive


It sounds like it's not timed
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the Xbox One as an exclusive in 2015. For how long though? Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher has an answer to that question, and you might not like it. Speaking on the sub...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider coming exclusively to Xbox platform


Exclusive
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

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives a Gold Edition


Plenty of extras and retailer-specific DLC
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
Square Enix has just announced a "Gold Edition" of the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris that includes a bevy of extras that Tomb Raider fans will want to pay attention to. The Gold Edition comes rocking a three-in...
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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...

These were the best trailers of E3 2014

Jun 16 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]276289:54359:0[/embed] Dead Island 2 has followed in its predecessor's footsteps with a highly memorable trailer, albeit with a severely different tone. Many would argue that the caliber of Dead Island's cinematic trailer outshone the actual game. Only time will tell what the legacy of this one is. [embed]276647:54463:0[/embed] Cuphead took a lot of people by surprise when its trailer was showed on Monday morning. "What the hell is this, and why do I want it now?," many probably correctly thought. It's gorgeous, it's wacky, and it doesn't look like else out there. It's Cuphead. [embed]276284:54356:0[/embed] Maybe the most intriguing of all E3 trailers was the one for From Software's Bloodborne. It's dark and creepy, and because it's From Software, we can expect it's good stuff. While a fine trailer in its own right, it didn't do anything to let us know how Bloodborne plays. Luckily, Dale was around to do that for us. [embed]276260:54338:0[/embed] If this trailer is any indication, Far Cry 4 will thrive partially because of a strong and insanely evil villain. That was part of the charm of Far Cry 3, and it wouldn't be particularly surprising if Ubisoft went that route again. However, it probably would be particularly enjoyable. This trailer showed Pagan Min doing what he does best, and it made for fine entertainment. [embed]276341:54380:0[/embed] Nintendo had a few interesting things to show at its E3 Digital Event. One of the definite standouts was Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which was inspired by levels from Super Mario 3D World. That's right, an entire game based on those intermission-style sections. No running, no jumping, just puzzle-solving and collectible-collecting. And it looks truly wonderful. [embed]276310:54368:0[/embed] Sony capped off its press conference with the reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Its accompanying trailer did exactly what trailers are supposed to do -- get people excited for the game. One more adventure, you say? Sure, we'll happily go along with you, Drake. [embed]276220:54318:0[/embed] Lara Croft had a rough time in Tomb Raider. It's not surprising that she needs some psychiatric care to work through her trauma. Conveniently for us, that directly translates to getting a glimpse at our next experience with her in Rise of the Tomb Raider. [embed]276229:54296:0[/embed] What can you say about this trailer for Dead Rising 3's DLC? It was Capcom having fun with things, and that alone is worthy of a mention. Oh yeah, and apparently the DLC was pretty good, too. [embed]276207:54293:0[/embed] Sunset Overdrive made good use of its time in the limelight. Its trailer managed to act as an FAQ of sorts, show off some gameplay, and even make fun of conventional game mechanics. It's hard to imagine someone watching this and not thinking that all of that bouncing and sliding around looks really fun. [embed]276261:54343:0[/embed] Valiant Hearts kind of went the other way with its E3 trailer. Rather than get the crowd all excited, it brought the room down. Armed with a puppy and a voiceover, Valiant Hearts made sure everyone knows that this one's going to be a real tear-jerker. [embed]276297:54362:0[/embed] The world's a big place. The trailer for Hello Games' No Man's Sky makes sure to point that out. Starting in a dinosaur-laden swampland, it's not long before it jettisons off into space. It really drives home that No Man's Sky is a game of infinite exploration and endless possibilities. [embed]276462:54426:0[/embed] We said that these trailers are in no particular order, but that was a half lie. The truth is, we saved the best for last -- Metal Gear Solid V. Anything said here won't do it justice, so just watch it yourself.
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In no particular order
That's another E3 in the books. After months of speculation as to what gaming's most important convention might hold, four quick days clear everything up. In a way, it almost feels criminally short given everything that's on ...

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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 domains

Square Enix might have two Tomb Raider games at E3


Publisher registers two new domains this weekend
Jun 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix registered a pair of web domains related to Tomb Raider just days prior to E3. Thanks to the wizardry of the internet, we now know the publisher has staked claims to both riseofthetombraider.com and...
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Deals

Thief, Tomb Raider, and more half price on Xbox Live


Deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Xbox One deals straight from the console's digital marketplace itself are a welcome sight indeed. This week's Xbox Live sales are available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners alike from March 28 - 30: Thief (50 percent off), Tom...






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