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Lara Croft: Relic Run – First Impressions and Screenshots

The upcoming mobile adventure-runner game Lara Croft: Relic Run was soft-launched in the Netherlands today and, honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. My day started off on the wrong foot, with every form of Dutch public transport conspiring to make me wish I had never moved to this country. Pangs of homesickness hit me while I tried to make it through another stressful work day with my sanity intact. So when I got home and ... [Continue Reading]

14/04/2015 // 5 Comments

15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs

One of the greatest pleasures in video gaming is the discovery (intentional or otherwise) of “Easter eggs”, those little jokes, secret levels, or hidden messages that game developers insert in their games for the players’ amusement. With a back catalogue spanning almost two decades and across multiple platforms, the Tomb Raider series has had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, ranging from humourous references to fan ... [Continue Reading]

13/04/2015 // 7 Comments

Tomb Raider 2013 Crosses 8.5 Million Mark, Crystal Dynamics Releases Concept Art

Earlier this month, Crystal Dynamics reported that Tomb Raider 2013 has officially sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, thereby making it the best-selling title of the series. Although the company has yet to publish a breakdown of sales by platform, it’s safe to say that the game has ended up surpassing Square Enix’s initial sales target and revived interest in the series. To celebrate this major milestone, Crystal Dynamics ... [Continue Reading]

09/04/2015 // 0 Comments

Noah Hughes on the Mythology of Rise of the Tomb Raider

In episode 28 of Crystal Dynamics’ studio podcast, Tomb Raider Franchise Director Noah Hughes took the opportunity to talk a little about the mythology behind The Rise of the Tomb Raider and Lara’s search for the legendary lost city of Kitezh. Here’s a short summary of the key points raised in the podcast: Why Kitezh? – The dev team wanted to choose a myth that hadn’t been explored much in movies or other media ... [Continue Reading]

24/03/2015 // 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Fernanda

It’s been a few months since our last fan interview. So let’s kick off spring (or autumn, if you’re reading this in the southern hemisphere) by seeing what Fernanda, our first interviewee from Mexico, has to say about Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise! So, tell us a little about yourself. Well, my name is Fernanda but I’m also known as Menmaatra Sethy Merenptah or Iset Merit-Amon on social media (*cough* ... [Continue Reading]

22/03/2015 // 3 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #13

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Tomb Raider comic. The last one I wrote was for Tomb Raider #8 back in October and that story arc concluded in January. I only have my own laziness to blame, I’m afraid.. Since so many months have passed and most people who are interested in the comics have probably read issues 9 to 12 by now, I thought I’d skip a few issues and pick up from issue 13, “The Watchers”, which marked ... [Continue Reading]

15/03/2015 // 1 Comment

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider 2nd Anniversary Q&A

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I launched The Archaeology of Tomb Raider. It seemed like only yesterday that I posted the blog’s first article, a news item on the real-life search for Queen Himiko’s tomb, but here we are, some 260+ blog posts later. :) I want to thank everyone who’s been following this blog and its related social media accounts for helping make The Archaeology of Tomb Raider the ... [Continue Reading]

10/03/2015 // 3 Comments

The Book of Secrets: What the Mystery Book in Tomb Raider’s Final Scene Spells for the Future of the Series

Ever since eagle-eyed gamers spotted the word “Croatoan” written in the book seen in Tomb Raider 2013’s closing scene, there has been a lot of speculation as to what this may mean for the future of the Tomb Raider series. Were the development team hinting at the storyline or location for the next game, perhaps a mission to find the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Were there any other clues to Lara’s next adventure scribbled ... [Continue Reading]

04/03/2015 // 5 Comments

The Tomb Raider Movie Franchise Hits the Reboot Button

Rumours of a new Tomb Raider film have been floating about the Internet ever since the release of the critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider 2013 and there appeared to be some glimmer of hope when GK Films and MGM announced that Marti Noxon, a screenwriter best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, had been hired to work on the script. Everything was falling into place. Or so we thought. Months went by without an update and Noxon’s ... [Continue Reading]

02/03/2015 // 9 Comments

The February 2015 Tomb Raider Developer Q&A Session

The official Tomb Raider forums have hosted monthly Q&A sessions with the Tomb Raider development team over the past couple of years and this month’s session has shed some light on Crystal Dynamics’ decision to set their upcoming game (or at least part of it) in Siberia as well as highlighted Lara’s capabilities as an explorer, academic…and linguist. Here’s an excerpt from the February 2015 Q&A session ... [Continue Reading]

25/02/2015 // 0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to “Rise of the Tomb Raider” Cosplay

Game Informer’s recently-published Rise of the Tomb Raider Gear Guide has undoubtedly put a smile on the faces of countless Tomb Raider cosplayers and presented them with the challenge of finding (or crafting) Lara’s new outfit and equipment in time for the next convention or fan meet-up. The guide was created in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics’ Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, who is herself an avid cosplayer, and ... [Continue Reading]

23/02/2015 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Zapadnaya Litsa

Lara Croft will soon be heading off to Siberia for her next adventure but long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series will know that this will certainly not be her first visit to the Russian Federation. In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, our heroine travelled to an ancient settlement in Siberia (though actually filmed in Iceland) in search of one half of the mystic Triangle of Light. And fans of the Core Design games may remember that Ms Croft once ... [Continue Reading]

22/02/2015 // 0 Comments

Square Enix Announce New Project – Lara Croft: Relic Run

After weeks of complaining about the lack of Tomb Raider news, we were suddenly deluged by a flood of information about the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider. And now it seems there may be another Lara Croft-branded game on the horizon: Lara Croft: Relic Run. News about Lara Croft: Relic Run hit Twitter after some sharp-eyed fans noticed that Square Enix had registered a trademark and domain name for this mysterious product, fueling ... [Continue Reading]

13/02/2015 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft & the Quest for Eternal Life

In Game Informer’s latest online feature, Raiders of the Lost City – Lara’s Search for Immortality, we learnt that Lara will be searching for the lost city of Kitezh in her upcoming adventure and that her experiences on Yamatai the previous year have sparked off an almost unhealthy obsession with immortality myths. But what triggered this obsession in Lara? And why did Crystal Dynamics choose to set their latest game, ... [Continue Reading]

11/02/2015 // 9 Comments

Will the Next Tomb Raider “Rise” to My Expectations?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past week, you will no doubt have heard that Rise of the Tomb Raider is Game Informer’s latest cover story and that the game will see Ms Croft journey to Siberia (and possibly other locations) in search of a lost city and the secrets of immortality. The concept art and officially-released screenshots all look promising and the game’s creative director, Noah Hughes, is clearly ... [Continue Reading]

08/02/2015 // 11 Comments

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