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Guardian of Light will get free downloadable content photo
Guardian of Light will get free downloadable content
by Colette Bennett

In our recent interview with Crystal Dynamics about Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, we got to find out all kinds of cool info about plans for the title, but there was one we didn't see coming -- new content. 

Crystal Dynamics Global Brand Manager Karl Stewart revealed that not only will new downloadable content be coming, but that Xbox LIVE users will get it for free for the first 30 days after it is released. The content will include "challenge maps" that Stewart describes as being very difficult.

"They're pretty tough levels," he warns, "and they're made of a combination of exploration, combat, and sort of the whole traversal world we've built into Guardian of Light."

Will this content be free for PC and PSN once the game is available on those platforms later this month? Well, we don't know for sure. At least, it is not confirmed yet. Stewart did mention that an announcement is coming in the near future, so we ought to hear something soon.

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Crystal Dynamics: Bringing online to Guardian of Light photo
Crystal Dynamics: Bringing online to Guardian of Light
by Nick Chester

Much like the Xbox Live Arcade version that shipped last month, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light won't support online cooperative play on PlayStation Network and PC when it's released on September 28. But don't worry, it's coming in a game update. When it does, developer Crystal Dynamics is certain the online experience will be as solid as the experience offline.

"Our goal from the very beginning [was] to make sure players had the same abilities that they find in other online co-op games," Crystal Dynamics Global Brand Director Karl Stewart tell us. This means support for online leaderboards, voice chat, as well as drop-in and drop-out support.

Stewart won't commit to a specific date for when the update will hit the PlayStation 3 and PC, instead telling us they're focusing on "guaranteeing that [they] have the experience correct." If all goes as scheduled, the XBLA update should hit by the end of the month, with a bonus -- the first of the game's upcoming downloadable content free of charge for 30 days following its release.

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8:00 AM on 09.21.2010

Rumor: Open world for next Tomb Raider

According to rumors out of the UK edition of PC Gamer, Lara Croft's next tomb raiding adventure may be her biggest yet. According to the magazine, Crystal Dynamic's upcoming Tomb Raider game may be set in an open world. "Set ...

Nick Chester

Review: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light photo
Review: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
by Nick Chester

Writing this is going to make me feel old, but here it goes: Lara Croft has been raiding tombs for some 14 years. In over a decade of adventures she’s seen her highs and she’s seen her lows (Angel of Darkness, anyone?). Over the past few years, developer Crystal Dynamics has done its damnedest to reinvigorate the franchise, with games like Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Underworld gaining generally favorable reviews from gamers and critics alike.

Its latest installment, while not a Tomb Raider game proper, is its biggest departure yet -- an isometric cooperative downloadable title called Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. While sticking true to the Lara Croft character, Crystal Dynamics casts off the “Tomb Raider” moniker in this completely fresh take on the series.

But does taking a chance and ditching a 14-year-old formula pay off, or is this just a temporary and unnecessary distraction while fans wait for the next "real" Tomb Raider title?

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3:00 AM on 08.09.2010

Lara Croft will not have online co-op upon 360 release

While the Summer of Arcade has been impressive thus far, a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Lara Croft on the scene next week. It's an exciting direction for Tomb Raider and I know I'm looking forward to pl...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:20 PM on 08.06.2010

Lara Croft dated for PS3/PC, add-on content confirmed

Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that its upcoming downloadable title, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will come to PlayStation Network and Steam on September 28 for $14.99. The game will hit Xbox LIVE Arcade as a timed-e...

Nick Chester

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