Recent Posts

Crystal Dynamics Announces Rise of the Tomb Raider Soundtrack Composer, New Game Modes, and Season Pass

Announcements concerning The Rise of the Tomb Raider are coming thick and fast as the Xbox release date approaches. So fast, in fact, that updating this site and staying abreast of all the latest news is becoming quite the challenge… So for those of you who are in the same boat as I am, here’s a quick rundown of the week’s developments. *** Warning: The following may contain some minor spoilers *** Bobby Tahouri Named as Rise ... [Continue Reading]

October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Pilgrimage to Himiko’s Tomb

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yamatai or take a leisurely stroll around Himiko’s tomb. But one hot (and thankfully not too humid) day in September, my husband and I got the chance to do just that when we took some time off from our regular sightseeing and boarded a train bound for Nara, a former capital city not far from Osaka that’s renowned for its ancient temples, giant Buddha statue, and free-roaming ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

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]

October 3, 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 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 more… A new ... [Continue Reading]

October 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

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]

October 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

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]

September 22, 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]

September 20, 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]

August 28, 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]

August 28, 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]

August 26, 2015 // 2 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]

August 26, 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]

August 23, 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]

August 20, 2015 // 3 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]

August 19, 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]

August 16, 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]

August 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

1 2 3 21

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,564 other followers