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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 // 2 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 // 0 Comments

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 // 1 Comment

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 // 6 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

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 flavour, and will see our heroine navigate an in-game world full of deadly traps, dangerous enemies, and ... [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 // 5 Comments

In the Spotlight: Eric

It’s been a while since we’ve had any new fan interviews on the blog so it’s about time we rectified that. Say “hola” to Eric, a Tomb Raider fan from the Canary Islands! Please note that the following interview has been edited and adapted for publication on this blog. So, tell us a little about yourself. Well, I’m Eric and I’m 14 years old (almost 15!). I’m from Spain but live in Tenerife in the Canary ... [Continue Reading]

02/08/2015 // 0 Comments

Square Enix Confirms PC and PS4 Release for Rise of the Tomb Raider

Months of anger, rumours, and speculation have been put to rest as Square Enix has finally announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be coming to Windows 10 PC, Steam, and Playstation 4 next year. No exact dates have been released at this stage but according to Square Enix, the game will be released on Steam and Windows 10 PC in early 2016 while Playstation 4 gamers will have to wait until “Holiday 2016”. This means Rise of the ... [Continue Reading]

24/07/2015 // 11 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – July 2015

Over the past couple of weeks, Tomb Raider fans have been treated to a slew of new Rise of the Tomb Raider footage and concept art as part of Crystal Dynamics’ and Xbox’s promotional activities at E3 2015 and the San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s a collection of concept art that was released in July 2015. Crystal Dynamics/Xbox – E3 2015: The following concept art is property of Crystal Dynamics and was released during E3 ... [Continue Reading]

20/07/2015 // 3 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Art Book and Play Arts KAI Figure Announced

The Crystal Dynamics team are in San Diego for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and they’ve kicked off the weekend’s festivities by announcing two new collectibles Tomb Raider fans may want to add to their collections. The first is an official art book for Rise of the Tomb Raider, which will be published by Titan Books and will feature hundreds of unreleased pieces of concept art, sketches, character models, and 3D renders as ... [Continue Reading]

10/07/2015 // 6 Comments

The E3 Ambassadors Talk Tomb Raider and Lara Croft

In June 2015, Crystal Dynamics and Xbox invited a group of Tomb Raider fan site admins to represent the TR fanbase at E3. During their stay in Los Angeles, the ambassadors were treated to some press-only demo footage (i.e. the Syria demo mentioned elsewhere on this site) and got the chance to interview some of the Rise of the Tomb Raider development team to learn more about the upcoming game. Now that the E3 dust has settled, let’s see ... [Continue Reading]

07/07/2015 // 0 Comments

5 Female Explorers Who Made Their Marks in Siberia

Based on what we’ve seen of Rise of the Tomb Raider so far, a good portion of the game will take place in Siberia, a region in the Russian Federation that is commonly (and incorrectly) viewed as little more than an icy wilderness, a place where political undesirables were sent away to languish in Soviet labour camps. But this expansive region is actually home to dozens of indigenous peoples and a wide variety of ... [Continue Reading]

05/07/2015 // 7 Comments

Dark Horse Announces New Comic Series, Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen

Fans of the more light-hearted fare of the pre-reboot Tomb Raider games can look forward to a brand-new comic series this autumn: Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen. In an article published on Polygon earlier today, Dark Horse Comics announced that they will be publishing a series based in the Lara Croft universe that will be written by Corinna Bechko and drawn by Randy Green, whose name will be familiar to fans of the Top Cow Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

29/06/2015 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider Fun at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Update: Crystal Dynamics have posted a full event guide on the official Tomb Raider blog. Head on over there to find out what Comic-Con attendees can look forward to and how you can win a Rise of the Tomb Raider-branded Xbox One (open to US residents only). Planning on attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con? If so, make sure you jot down 11th July 2015 in your diary as it’s going to be one heck of a Tomb Raider extravaganza! ... [Continue Reading]

28/06/2015 // 2 Comments

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