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11:00 AM on 07.24.2010

Avatar sexy time: Lara Croft items and theme coming

Ah, Lara. I can't count the amount of times I've put on your outfit and hung around in bars (I'm a lumberjack). But on the days when I'm feeling like hanging out in booty shorts, a shirt that simply refuses to cover my entire...

Matthew Razak





2:00 AM on 07.20.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has a new trailer

As a fan of what Crystal Dynamics was doing with the Tomb Raider series, I must say I was a bit miffed when I first read about Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. To tell the truth, I am still a bit concerned about it, but...

Matthew Razak

1:00 AM on 07.18.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light lands early on 360

Good news for those who wanted to play Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on the 360. It turns out it will be coming out 4 weeks earlier on Microsoft's console and then on the PS3 and PC. This is evidently because Microsoft...

Matthew Razak

11:40 AM on 07.12.2010

Destination Arcade release for 360 pushed back a week

Microsoft's fancy new Xbox LIVE Arcade dashboard, Destination Arcade, has been delayed. No worries, it's only a week -- expect it to hit your Xbox 360 console on July 21. Why the delay? It's a decent reason I'd say, as that's...

Nick Chester

7:30 PM on 07.06.2010

Limbo, other 'Summer of Arcade' games dated

We reported on the release date for Castlevania: Harmony of Despair earlier today, and now we have dates for the remaining 2010 "Summer of Arcade" titles. They put Limbo first in line! Hooray! July 21: Limbo (preview) July 2...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 06.05.2010

Is Kim Kardashian Hollywood's next Lara Croft?

According to Showbiz Spy, "Hollywood insiders" are revealing that Kim Kardashian is in talks to star as Lara Croft in a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series. We've already heard early info on the film, which is said to be a ...

Nick Chester

8:00 AM on 05.20.2010

Lara Croft heading to Steam because of piracy

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is coming to Steam and Crystal Dynamics has assumed we're all going to be angry. After all, by using Steam, Lara Croft is using DRM, and that's evil. Of course, considering that most peopl...

Jim Sterling



Lara Croft GoL: Relic and Artifact system explained photo
Lara Croft GoL: Relic and Artifact system explained
by Dale North

Eidos has held back on explaining a couple of features of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light until yesterday at a showing in Santa Monica. We saw that the item-based power up system uses both Artifacts and Relics, found items that can be applied to your characters to enhance their abilities and stats.

All of the Artifacts are assigned to different statistics, and some can combine more than one. You can equip them and use them to boost your character, giving them different powers than their co-op partner. For example, one artifact could add +2 to your speed, making your character move around faster. Another could be both additive and subtractive, adding to speed, but taking away from something like defense. You can equip two at a time, affecting up to four stats at once.

Relics are like Artifacts, but relate to abilities rather than stats. Relics can give you more powerful shots, larger bombs, ammo regeneration, health regeneration and more. Unlike Artifacts, you'll only have access to your Relic powers by having your power meter charged. Something to note is that you'll only have access to your Relic powers and your power bar as long as you do not take damage. In other words, you'll really have to watch your ass if you want to do some real damage.

Check out Hamza's recent preview for more on Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

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Same Lara, new quest: Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a new adventure for Lara, but it's important to note that this is not a new Tomb Raider game. Guardian of Light is about giving fans of the franchise something to hold them over until the next major Tomb Raider is released by offering a new feel, play style and more importantly, two-player co-op.

I was weary at first with where Eidos was taking Lara, but I can easily say now that I'm really looking forward to the new game after getting my hands on it. It feels a lot like Gauntlet Legends thanks to the isometric top down perspective and the extremely fast paced action. Waves of enemies will rush you from all angles and while the game is totally playable by yourself, the real fun is had in the co-op.

Lara and new comer Totec need to work together to take on the evil forces and solve the wide assortment of puzzles. One example of a puzzle saw the duo needing to cross a large gap filled with spikes. In order to get over the gap, Lara will first create a tightrope with her grappling hook for Totec to cross with. Once on the other side, Totec needs to throw his spears at the nearby wall for Lara to use as platforms.

Eidos really wants players to explore the game and just have fun so there is no real penalty for dying. A good thing as I can see a lot of people wanting to seek revenge when their partner is racking up all the points. Working together feels very smooth and aside from those instances where you purposely want to be a jerk to your partner, I can't imagine any frustration will come from the core co-op gameplay. The controls and interaction between the characters just felt extremely smooth and fluid.

Guardian of Light is going to be must for Tomb Raider fans when it's released this Summer on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. This is a full-fledged adventure that doesn't sully the name of the big chested heroine. Check out Nick Chester's preview of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for a more detailed look and stay tuned for an upcoming video interview too.

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3:20 PM on 05.17.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light official trailer

Here's the big debut trailer for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Eidos and Square Enix's long overdue series reboot. As we all know by now, Lara is ditching her classic adventure roots for an isometric perspective and ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 04.29.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has a long title

Some days I'm tasked with writing stories about screenshots, and I have to admit, those days are the worst. Because really, I could just be all, "Hey, here are some new screenshots. Have a nice day." But what fun is that? Ins...

Nick Chester

8:30 AM on 04.08.2010

Lara Croft bundles up for awesome, pricey statue

Despite the fact that Tomb Raider Underworld was released back in 2008, Sideshow Collectibles is still planning on releasing a polystone statue of that game's version of Lara Croft. And if I do say so myself, it's pretty awes...

Nick Chester







Checking out Lara Croft with her top down... shooter, that is! photo
Checking out Lara Croft with her top down... shooter, that is!
by Nick Chester

Bad story headlines aside, you should know that -- after having gotten a nice look at the game at GDC -- I'm pretty pumped about Lara Croft's upcoming adventure.

Called Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, this isn't your typical tomb-raiding adventure. Crystal Dynamics first download-only title, Guardian of Light is an isometric top down shooter, designed for intense action and cooperative puzzle solving. But one thing it's not is a Tomb Raider game.

"At a high level, I built it for our fans to live in between our major Tomb Raider releases," Creative Director Daniel Neuburger tells me. "It's definitely through and through a Lara Croft adventure, but a different style of gameplay, just to give [fans] something different to do between those major releases."

Hit the jump for eyes-on details, which includes spiders. Big spiders. Giant even.

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8:00 PM on 03.10.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light coming this Summer

New details have surfaced for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The latest Lara Croft adventure will be out this Summer for the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC. The new game offers about six hours of gameplay...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 03.06.2010

So, Lara Croft is an isometric arcade co-op platformer

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an isometric arcade platformer. How about that? Didn't see that one coming, did you? Tomb Raider may be responsible for helping to craft the third-person action/adventure, but it seems ...

Jim Sterling

7:02 AM on 03.04.2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light officially announced

Crystal Dynamics has officially revealed its new Tomb Raider game today, except it's kind of not. The studio has eschewed the Tomb Raider name for this series reboot, instead calling it Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. E...

Jim Sterling