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12:00 PM on 11.02.2014

Gaming and Misbehaving: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak shares a bit of fun he and a friend had at poor Lara's expense. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Tomb Raider has always been a rela...

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2:45 PM on 10.08.2014

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

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...

Brett Makedonski



Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris photo
Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris
by Brett Makedonski

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 the Tomb Raider paint Lara in a survivalist light -- someone that's fighting for her life more than anything else. That's all well and good, but you can't fault anyone that favors the other Lara; they're probably just used to her.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris continues what 2010's Guardian of Light began -- getting back to the Tomb Raider roots with a star that had no problem mowing down anything in her path to find more treasure. She’s brash, she’s ruthless, and, (ideally) she has a few friends helping her.

Guardian of Light is highly regarded by most -- an isometric, top-down twin-stick shooter that was a delight to play. With few complaints from the fans, Crystal Dynamics knew that Temple of Osiris wasn’t an effort that it’d necessarily want to revamp, but rather just improve. The two levels that we played at gamescom 2014 indicate that it's certainly poised to do just that.

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2:30 PM on 08.08.2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives a Gold Edition

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...

Brittany Vincent

12:15 PM on 07.23.2014

Unwrap Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in December

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...

Brett Makedonski



Guardian of Light's free now for Xbox Live Gold members photo
Guardian of Light's free now for Xbox Live Gold members
by 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 offer won't be on the table once February rolls around.

The twin-stick shooter is held in high regard by most, especially fans of co-op play. Go ahead and give this one a download if you meet that whole "don't already own it and an Xbox Live Gold member" criteria. The worst that can happen is that you just feel the need to hit that delete button.

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Games with Gold: Sleeping Dogs, Guardian of Light photo
Games with Gold: Sleeping Dogs, Guardian of Light
by Jordan Devore

Before Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was my go-to game in the franchise. In many ways, this twin-stick co-op shooter still is. It's joining United Front Games' open-world action title Sleeping Dogs in Microsoft's Games with Gold this month.

Gold subscribers will be able to download both games for free, starting with Sleeping Dogs from January 1 - 15, and then Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light from Jan. 16 - 31.

As continues to be the case with these promotions, both are worth downloading -- if you haven't already acquired them in the past either here or on a different platform.

January Games with Gold: Sleeping Dogs, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light [Xbox]

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7:00 PM on 12.20.2013

It's never a good idea to steal Mario's power-ups

Three iconic videogame heroes try to take on Mario with his own weapons. They should have known better than to cross the master.

Hamza CTZ Aziz



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

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 02.28.2013

DeviantArt hosts Tomb Raider art contest

DeviantArt is hosting a Tomb Raider-themed art contest and prizes include Xbox 360s and up to $6,000 in cash. The goal is create an image that captures your personal interpretation of Lara Croft. All the official rules are a...

Joshua Derocher

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



James Gunn: Some sexism controversies are 'silly'  photo
James Gunn: Some sexism controversies are 'silly'
by Jim Sterling

The videogame industry has had a fair few controversies pertaining to gender equality lately, with both Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider coming under heavy criticism for the way women have been used in their marketing. According to Lollipop Chainsaw writer James Gunn, while sexism is certainly an issue, sometimes the scandals go too far. 

"Yeah, I've been following the conversation to some degree," Gunn told Destructoid. "I think, in the Tomb Raider case, it's all a little bit silly. I mean, yes, it seems like a weird plot point to have Lara Croft be raped -- I don't know who came up with that. But the outcry that rape should never be a part of video games (and, I would imagine, by extension, all storytelling), seems even more silly. I mean, we're talking about a medium in which we regularly blow people's heads off -- we do this in the first person, as a seemingly benevolent protagonist. And yet rape as a plot-point should never, as a rule, happen?

"Come on.  And, yes, I realize an executive producer said the gamer should want to 'protect' Lara, and that was a bad choice of word, but he's an EP, and those guys say dumber things to me every day. I think it's common for something really bad to happen to a character in a video game or a movie, and then we really want that person to seek vengeance. I think it's ridiculous to say that somehow skinning that character's best friend alive is okay, but raping that character is not."

According to Gunn, one major problem is that people are too busy trying to be "right" on the Internet, rather than make any meaningful contribution to the discussion. 

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3:30 PM on 07.17.2012

The EU Playstation Plus program nets two extra games

The EU Playstation Plus instant game collection is adding a few games this week -- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Saints Row 2. For those who are unaware, the program is running in different regions across the worl...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 07.15.2012

SDCC: Play Arts Kai figures from Tekken, Halo, and more

Square Enix's Play Arts Kai line has produced some fascinating pieces from various game series like Metal Gear Solid and of course SE's own Final Fantasy. Not braking for anyone, the company is marching right along with a fre...

Tony Ponce