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Review: Tomb Raider #8

Picking up where issue 7 left off, Tomb Raider #8 sees Lara continue on her quest to find Kaz, Alex’s sister, who is hiding out in the derelict (and radioactive) city of Pripyat, Ukraine. But it soon becomes clear that Lara is not alone in her quest and that there’s a mad killer closing in on her. Featuring some gorgeous artwork from Derlis Santacruz, this is the second comic to be co-written by Gail Simone and Rhianna ... [Continue Reading]

23/10/2014 // 3 Comments

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 3: Apsaras, the Celestial Dancers of Hindu Myth

It recently came to my attention that, despite having launched this blog almost two years ago, I still hadn’t written any articles on the Core Design classic Tomb Raider 3. So it’s time to set that right. Introducing new vehicles and a less linear globe-trotting adventure, Tomb Raider 3 also featured some stunning artwork from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, such as the dancers motif seen in the screenshot below and ... [Continue Reading]

15/10/2014 // 1 Comment

Interview with Andy Sandham of Core Design

If, like me, you’ve ever wondered what inspired the level design and art of Core Design’s Tomb Raider games, you should check out Ash Kapriélov’s interview with level designer, artist, and scriptwriter Andy Sandham. Over the course of this two-part interview, Andy explains why he set a level in the abandoned Aldwych Tube station, talks about the team’s decision to try and kill off Lara Croft at the end of Tomb Raider: ... [Continue Reading]

05/10/2014 // 0 Comments

Extra Life 2014: Donor Perks & Prize Draws

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have had to bring my Extra Life marathon forward by a week. The live stream and gaming extravaganza will now kick off at 22:00 CET on Friday 17th October. Please note that the deadline for entry into my “Early Bird” prize draw has been adjusted accordingly but the deadline for entry into my Steam Tomb Raider giveaway remains unaffected. Extra Life 2014 is less than a month away and The ... [Continue Reading]

30/09/2014 // 1 Comment

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organizations, video games are responsible for many of modern-day’s social ills. They glorify violence, promote sexism, and can turn us into dangerous loners who can go off on a murderous rampage at the drop of a hat. Not only are these absurd claims completely unfounded, they do a real disservice to the gaming industry as a whole. Like the film and television industries, games ... [Continue Reading]

28/09/2014 // 7 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #7

After a somewhat disappointing first story arc, Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider comic series kicked off a brand new story arc in August 2014 with Tomb Raider #7. Co-written by comic writer Gail Simone and acclaimed game writer and long-time Tomb Raider afficionada Rhianna Pratchett, “Losing Her Grip!” (or is it “In Memoriam”?) is the first part of a new story arc that promises a return to the globe-trotting ... [Continue Reading]

23/09/2014 // 9 Comments

Extra Life 2014: September Update

With just over a month until this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon, I thought it was time for a quick update on my and Team Tomb Raider Community’s fundraising efforts. Thanks to several generous donors, I’ve moved a few steps closer to reaching my target. Furthermore, a few new faces have joined the team in the past few weeks, including Survivor Reborn co-admin AJ Rich and avid gamer Circe W. It’s going ... [Continue Reading]

20/09/2014 // 0 Comments

Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far. So here’s an introduction to the Temple of ... [Continue Reading]

17/09/2014 // 1 Comment

Wedding Bells…

UPDATE: Achievement Unlocked! Tied the knot. Thanks for all the well wishes, folks! I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. :-) Well, folks, I’m not normally one to write about my private life but let me indulge myself this one time… After almost 13 happy years together, my partner and I will finally be tying the knot on Monday 1st September so, needless to say, I’ll be taking a little break from blogging for the ... [Continue Reading]

30/08/2014 // 7 Comments

The Rise of the Console Exclusive Raider?

Pretty much anyone who has been following this week’s gaming industry news already knows about the “Great Tomb Raider PR Blunder of 2014″. When Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher posted his special announcement on the official Tomb Raider Blog on Tuesday, there was a great disturbance in the TR fan community, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in anger and yelled “Oh, hell no!” And ... [Continue Reading]

16/08/2014 // 5 Comments

Photo Gallery: Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Demo Screencaps

Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately due to my upcoming wedding. It’s tough to sit down and write a full article while juggling a full-time job and wedding planning (seriously, I don’t recommend it). So, instead, I thought I’d share some screencaps I made of PlayStation Blog’s Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris demo gameplay video, which aired on their Twitch channel a couple of days ago. For ... [Continue Reading]

10/08/2014 // 9 Comments

Hunted: A Fan Film Based on Tomb Raider

When rumours of a new Tomb Raider film failed to come to fruition, fans wasted no time filling in the void in their fandom. Last year, we were treated to Croft, a 20-minute film shot in British Columbia, Canada, and starring Cassandra Ebner. And now there’s another fan-produced film on the horizon: Hunted. Hunted is the brainchild of a group of talented actors, artists, and writers and is based on the hugely successful Tomb Raider 2013. ... [Continue Reading]

08/08/2014 // 0 Comments

In the Spotlight: Eldin M

So, tell us a little about yourself. My name is Eldin and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country in the heart of the Europe. I am 21 years old and a gamer from the heart, but, most of all, I am a big fan of Tomb Raider. In my free time, I like to write all kind of stories and, of course, play games. When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series? I remember that I was in 6th grade of elementary school. Back then, we had PlayStation ... [Continue Reading]

02/08/2014 // 1 Comment

Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much ... [Continue Reading]

27/07/2014 // 2 Comments

Extra Life 2014

UPDATE: I’ve created a dedicated page for my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts over here. Go there to find out what perks donors are eligible for & how to take part in my “Early Bird” prize draw! This year, I will be joining the Team Tomb Raider Community and the hundreds of other gamers who have signed up to take part in Extra Life 2014, the largest charitable fundraising event in the gaming world! I wrote a short ... [Continue Reading]

26/07/2014 // 8 Comments

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