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1:15 PM on 01.16.2014

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

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...

Brett Makedonski


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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





4:30 PM on 07.11.2012

Meet Lara Croft's actress in new Tomb Raider documentary

In anticipation of next year's Tomb Raider release, Crystal Dynamics has partnered with games journalist Geoff Keighley to bring us a new installment in his Final Hours series. Presented as both an app for PC, iPad, and...

Holly Green



When gamer guilt goes awry: Why I still love Tomb Raider photo
When gamer guilt goes awry: Why I still love Tomb Raider
by Holly Green

You guys. You're ruining Tomb Raider for me. Seriously.

Never in my life did I think there would come a day that I would defend Lara Croft. You see, I am a woman who isn't particularly preoccupied with whether or not guys want to bone me. Ms. Croft was created primarily to make boners. Were she a real person, we probably wouldn't hang out.

Or at least, that was what I used to think. Then one day I saw her new character design on the cover of Game Informer. Raw, tough, with a take-no-sh*t look on her face. She looked like she'd gone through hell and back. Something made me like her then. From that point on, she was a Lara I could look forward to.

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E3: The new Tomb Raider is a terrifying thrill ride photo
E3: The new Tomb Raider is a terrifying thrill ride
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

One game we've barely seen much of over the past year is the new Tomb Raider. Our first, and really last, look at the new adventure was way back at last E3. The only piece of news to pop up since then was the delay announcement, pushing the game into a 2013 release window.

Thankfully, just because they're pushing the game back a little isn't going to hold Crystal Dynamics back from finally showing off more of Tomb Raider. This latest look takes place early on in the adventure, placed somewhere in between the two sections we got to see last E3.

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1:05 AM on 06.01.2012

Tomb Raider now arriving March 5, 2013

Tomb Raider may be down but it ain't out. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have confirmed the new launch date, March 5, 2013 on Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Along with that news comes this new gameplay trailer. To t...

Holly Green



E3: Discover the new Lara Croft in Tomb Raider photo
E3: Discover the new Lara Croft in Tomb Raider
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Yes, the Tomb Raider franchise is receiving yet another reboot. I think the general reaction when everyone first learned about another revamp was a giant eye-roll. Again, really? Especially considering that the series was getting good again? Come on! After seeing Tomb Raider in action, though, I believe the new game will cause eyes to pop out of heads with excitement. 

The new game follows Lara Croft on her first adventure and this is grittier and bloodier than anything we've ever seen in a Tomb Raider game. The inexperienced 21-year-old Lara is fighting for her life on an island set on seeing her dead. 

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