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Our Policy on ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Spoilers

Although there is still a month to go until Rise of the Tomb Raider is released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, plot spoilers and gameplay videos are appearing on Youtube and in Tomb Raider discussion forums on an almost daily basis. The situation will undoubtedly get worse once the game is out and will make the long wait for the PC and PS4 versions all the more unbearable. And while I firmly believe the onus of avoiding spoilers lies with each ... [Continue Reading]

03/10/2015 // 1 Comment

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Novel Will Hit Stores in November

November is set to be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans and collectors. The highly-anticipated sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be out on November 10th (or November 13th if you live in Europe), the recently-announced Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle will be on sale as from early November, and the second issue of the new comic series, Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen, will be hitting stores on November 4th. But wait, there’s ... [Continue Reading]

01/10/2015 // 1 Comment

Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One Bundle Coming this November

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to purchase a current-gen console, you’ll be happy to hear that Microsoft will be releasing a Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle this November for just $399. This special bundle will include: A 1TB Xbox One console, Full-game digital downloads of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Rise of the Tomb Raider, An Xbox One wireless controller with a 3.5mm headset jack, and An ... [Continue Reading]

01/10/2015 // 1 Comment

Thoughts on Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Descent into Legend

Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox release date is drawing ever closer and, as a few Tomb Raider fans have put it, the “hype train has left the station”. And with just seven weeks to go until the game is out, the train is certainly picking up speed as it races towards the finishing line. The latest gameplay trailer, Descent into Legend, gives us a few brief glimpses of some of the game’s intricate environmental puzzles and ... [Continue Reading]

22/09/2015 // 3 Comments

Preview: Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen #1

Dark Horse Comics has published a 6-page preview of Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen #1 and, quite frankly, 7th October can’t come soon enough. I need this new comic series in my life, like, now. :) First announced back in June, Frozen Omen is a 5-part mini-series set in the Lara Croft universe and is penned by Corinna Bechko, best known for her work on Star Wars: Legacy Volume II and Image Comics’ sci-fi series, Invisible ... [Continue Reading]

20/09/2015 // 2 Comments

10 Ways to Entertain Yourselves While I’m on Holiday

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the rumours of my upcoming absence are true! I’ll be journeying to the other side of the world for a real-life adventure of my own and will be away for the next three weeks or so. No new blog posts will be published during that time but, fear not, there’s always plenty to read here at The Archaeology of Tomb Raider and there’s a plethora of fun activities to keep you entertained during my ... [Continue Reading]

28/08/2015 // 3 Comments

Review: Lara Croft GO

Square Enix Montréal’s latest mobile game, the nostalgia-inducing Lara Croft GO, was perhaps one of the most pleasantly surprising announcements of this year’s E3. Few fans had expected a brand-new mobile game to be announced so soon after the worldwide release of Relic Run and with all the excitement and hype surrounding the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft GO could easily have slipped under the radar.  But it ... [Continue Reading]

28/08/2015 // 4 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Unveiled

Crystal Dynamics have finally unveiled the Collector’s Edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider and it’s looking a real treat. In addition to a physical retail copy of the game, the Collector’s Edition will also include: A 12-inch statue of Lara Croft modelled on the game’s cover art, A replica of Lara’s jade necklace (her first archaeological discovery as a child) and necklace strap (given to her by her late mentor ... [Continue Reading]

26/08/2015 // 1 Comment

Arte-Factual: Golden Trident (Relic Run)

In the mobile adventure Lara Croft: Relic Run, gamers have the chance to collect a number of South-East Asian artefacts in the game’s Jungle Temple level. One of these is the Golden Trident, a religious symbol commonly associated with the Hindu god Shiva. The Golden Trident is better known by its Sanskrit name trishula, which means “three spears” or “three blades”, and can often be seen wielded by the Hindu god ... [Continue Reading]

26/08/2015 // 0 Comments

Lara’s Got a License to Kill (or Avoid) in Rise of the Tomb Raider

If you’re a little squeamish about knifing men in the throat with a broken bottle or simply prefer to scurry about undetected, you’ll be happy to know that Lara has evolved into a much stealthier adventurer since her last outing and that she can choose to evade, rather than kill, some of her enemies. As the latest clip released by Crystal Dynamics shows, it’ll be possible to play through certain sections of the game in a ... [Continue Reading]

23/08/2015 // 0 Comments

Prima Games to Publish Official Rise of the Tomb Raider Strategy Guide

If you’re the type of gamer who needs a good strategy guide to help you track down every last collectible item in a game or solve some of the game’s trickier puzzles, Prima Games has got you covered. Earlier this week, Prima Games announced that it will be publishing the official Rise of the Tomb Raider strategy guide, which will be available in stores as from November 10th and guarantees 100% game completion. The guide will be ... [Continue Reading]

20/08/2015 // 2 Comments

Book Review: Samantha Sutton and the Temple of Traitors

Last November, archaeologist and author Jordan Jacobs approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the first two novels in his Samantha Sutton archaeology adventure series and very kindly sent me review copies shortly after our initial chat. While I don’t really fall under the series’ target demographic, I quickly became engrossed in its first two volumes, which, thankfully, managed to avoid most (if not all) of the ... [Continue Reading]

19/08/2015 // 2 Comments

10 Things I Love About the Rise of the Tomb Raider Syria Demo

The long-awaited Syria gameplay demo has finally been released to the public and it has reaffirmed my belief that Rise of the Tomb Raider may turn out to be the best Tomb Raider game of recent years. Aside from a few minor gripes (which I will touch upon later), the demo was a 13-minute homage to the TR games of yesteryear and a welcome change from the combat-heavy demos we’ve seen so far. There’s a lot to love about this new ... [Continue Reading]

16/08/2015 // 8 Comments

Guest Blog: A Survivor Is Born, or How the Tomb Raider Reboot Rebooted My Life (Part 1)

Guest Blog by Rurik. It has been my experience that gamers are regularly type-cast as a sedentary lot who prefer to live out lives full of danger and excitement through the various characters of their games of choice rather than making the more difficult choice to step outside and build an exciting life of their own. Whether or not that remains the entirety of the truth, I do think you would be doing the wonder of existence a disservice to ... [Continue Reading]

10/08/2015 // 3 Comments

Thoughts on the Rise of the Tomb Raider Gamescom Stage Demo

A brand-new action-heavy Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay demo made its public début during the Xbox briefing at Gamescom 2015 earlier this week and while I managed to churn out a short article that evening expressing the sheer excitement I felt when I saw the montage of tombs and ancient ruins in the closing trailer, I didn’t really give much thought to the rest of the demo. Until now. So consider this a “delayed reaction” ... [Continue Reading]

08/08/2015 // 4 Comments

Lara Croft GO is Ready and Set for a Late August Release Date

Update: Lara Croft GO is now available to purchase for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone . Read my review here! Earlier this week, Square Enix Montréal announced that their latest mobile puzzle game, Lara Croft GO, will be released on 27th August 2015. Created by the same team behind the critically-acclaimed Hitman GO, this turn-based puzzle game will offer a similar gaming experience as its predecessor, albeit with a classic Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

07/08/2015 // 1 Comment

Tombs Aplenty in the Gamescom Rise of the Tomb Raider Demo

This time last year, Tomb Raider fans were up in arms when Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a timed exclusive. It was a move that threatened to tear the Tomb Raider fan community to shreds as one of their beloved game series fell victim to the scourge of “console exclusivity”. Petitions were launched, angry tweets were tweeted, and updates on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page turned ... [Continue Reading]

05/08/2015 // 6 Comments

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