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‘Lara Croft GO’ Gets New Puzzles in ‘Shard of Life’ Expansion

Square Enix Montréal surprised fans on Wednesday 25th November by announcing the release of a brand new (and free!) expansion for their popular and critically-acclaimed mobile puzzler, Lara Croft GO. The new expansion, The Shard of Life, sees our heroine chart a path into the depths of the Cave of Fire in search of a new artefact, the titular Shard of Life, and consists of 26 new puzzles for Raider fans to solve, two new outfits to unlock, and a batch of new cursed critters that will make Lara’s new quest even more challenging than the last. Official screenshots released by Square Enix ... [Continue Reading]

November 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Favourite ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Easter Eggs

The Tomb Raider series has always had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, hidden secrets, and amusing references to pop culture icons, and Lara’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is no exception. From references to Lara’s earlier adventures to touching tributes to one of the world’s most-loved fantasy authors, there’s plenty to keep the eagle-eyed fan busy. Here’s my attempt to catalogue some of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s most memorable “Easter eggs”. This list is a “work in progress” so expect new ... [Continue Reading]

November 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – November 2015

Crystal Dynamics has released three new pieces of concept art to coincide with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. And since I’ve been a little lazy about posting concept art on the blog (the last such update was back in July), I thought I’d search through my folders and share all of the officially-released artwork from the past few months. Please note that these do not reveal any plot spoilers and some of the concepts did not make it into the final game, so the images should be safe for viewing…even if you need to wait a while to play the game. For more concept art and ... [Continue Reading]

November 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why You Need ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ in Your Life

It’s been a week since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 here in Europe and what a week it’s been. Not a day has gone by where I haven’t sent Lara back to Syria or Siberia in search of elusive collectibles. And even after a good 30 or so hours of exploring Rise’s vast hubs, I’m still at 96% game completion. If there’s one thing that can said about the game it’s that you’d definitely be getting value for money. And that’s without taking the game’s various Expedition modes into consideration. Now, I ... [Continue Reading]

November 20, 2015 // 17 Comments

Norwegian Director to Helm’Tomb Raider’ Reboot Film

The long-awaited reboot to the Tomb Raider film franchise has seemingly been stuck in development hell since it was first announced all the way back in 2011. The release of the 2013 game revived interest in a film reboot but details about Lara’s return to the big screen have been sketchy to say the least. Screenwriters have come and gone, leading fans to believe that a new Tomb Raider film would never see the light of day. But it looks like there’s a tiny glimmer of hope as GK Films, MGM and Warner Bros have finally found a director for the new film, Norwegian director Roar ... [Continue Reading]

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Win a Digital Copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider for the Xbox 360

Update: This competition has now ended. Thank you for your interest. If you’re unsure whether or not you want to buy this game for yourself, check out my spoiler-free review! Would you like the chance to win a digital copy of Lara’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, for the Xbox 360? I have a download code to give away to one lucky winner and all you need to do to enter this competition is answer 3 questions correctly and submit your entry using the form below. Please take a moment to read the terms and conditions… Terms & Conditions: There is no entry fee and ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

6 Siberia Travelogues for the Armchair Adventurer

Lara Croft’s latest adventure takes her to the forests and mountain ranges of Siberia, a vast and often misunderstood region that stretches from Russia’s Ural Mountains to the country’s north Pacific coastline. Commonly viewed as a region of Arctic wastelands and Soviet-era prison camps, Siberia is a land full of stunning natural landscapes and home to numerous indigenous peoples. Many of us may never get the chance to follow in Ms Croft’s footsteps due to financial or physical limitations, so here’s a list of books that will allow you to explore the ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Woman Vs Wild – Episode 3: Deadly Tombs – Video & Transcript

The third and last episode of Woman Vs Wild is finally out and it’s by far by favourite. While the first two episodes focused on the game’s harsh environments and Lara’s guerilla combat skills, the final episode turns the spotlight on the other stars of the series: the tombs. Spoiler warning: Please note that the following video contains a number of visual spoilers (e.g. locations and puzzles). I’ve posted a mostly spoiler-free transcript of the voice-over narration of “Deadly Tombs” below for those who’d rather not watch the video. Transcript: By now you’re ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Woman Vs Wild – Episode 2: Guerilla Combat – Video & Transcript

In the previous episode of Woman Vs Wild, Harsh Environments, we learnt about Rise of the Tomb Raider’s massive explorable hubs and some of the enemies that lie in wait of our heroine. The second episode, Guerilla Combat, turns the spotlight on Lara’s combat skills and the various weapon and skill upgrades available to the gamer. Spoiler warning: Please note that the following video contains a number of visual spoilers (e.g. locations and secondary characters). I’ve posted a mostly spoiler-free transcript of the voice-over narration of “Guerilla Combat” below for those ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

5 Reasons Why You Should Make a Donation to Extra Life

For the last couple of years, I’ve joined thousands of other gamers in their quest to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by taking part in Extra Life, an annual charity gaming event that was launched back in 2008. Since its inception, gamers have raised a massive $20 million (and counting) for sick children and their families across North America and abroad. How amazing is that? It’s easy to be cynical about charity fundraisers or suffer from “charity fatigue” when so much is going wrong in the world but I sincerely hope this article will help ... [Continue Reading]

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

What Do Archaeologists Think of ‘Tomb Raider’?

It’s fair to say that many archaeologists have a love-hate relationship with their fictional counterparts and with the way their profession is portrayed in popular culture. On the one hand, films and other works of fiction help perpetuate the trope of the “adventurer-archaeologist”, those Indiana Jones-types who spend their lives sniffing out lost cities and ancient treasures with little (or no) regard for proper archaeological procedure. Not only do such tropes give the public a poor idea of what archaeologists actually do for a living; in the most extreme cases, they ... [Continue Reading]

October 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Meet the Cast of Rise of the Tomb Raider

With less than 3 weeks to go until the Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox release date, Crystal Dynamics have finally published some short character bios as part of their Instagram Experience. Further details will no doubt follow in the coming weeks but for now, let’s meet the cast of Rise of the Tomb Raider. ** Spoiler Warning: This post contains minor spoilers. Scroll down at your own discretion. ** Lara Croft A lady that really needs no introduction. Our heroine will begin to embrace her destiny and attempt to finish what her father, Richard Croft, started. Armed with her ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2015 // 5 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Instagram & Online Experiences

The Crystal Dynamics team have launched two new online experiences for Tomb Raider fans to explore ahead of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox release next month. Instagram Experience The Rise of the Tomb Raider Instagram Experience is possibly the best use of the photo- and video-sharing service I’ve seen to date. Divided into 9 different sections and arranged like a virtual pinboard, the Instagram Experience allows fans to learn more about the deadly tombs Lara will visit as well as get a closer look at some of the gear, weapons, and guerilla combat skills Lara will have at her ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Woman Vs Wild – Episode 1: Harsh Environments – Video & Transcript

Crystal Dynamics have published the first in a three-part series that will explore the game mechanics central to Rise of the Tomb Raider. In the first episode of Woman Versus Wild, we learn a little more about the game’s crafting system and explorable hubs as well as find out how Lara’s latest adventure can be customized to suit individual gamers’ needs and play styles. Spoiler warning: Please note that the following video contains a number of visual spoilers (e.g. locations and secondary characters). I’ve posted a mostly spoiler-free transcript of the voice-over ... [Continue Reading]

October 21, 2015 // 4 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Expeditions and Season Pass FAQ

A good many Tomb Raider fans have been eager to learn more about Rise of the Tomb Raider’s new “Expedition” game modes and season pass so the team over at Crystal Dynamics have kindly put together this handy FAQ that should answer most of their questions. This FAQ is *spoiler-free* so feel free to scroll down and keep on reading.. :) Expeditions Q. What are Expeditions? Expeditions are additional modes of gameplay in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Each mode allows you to play “Expedition Cards” to modify your experience and complete challenges for credits, which can be then ... [Continue Reading]

October 20, 2015 // 5 Comments

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