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Arte-Factual: Mongolian Tug (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Spoiler warning: This article does not contain any plot or location spoilers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, I leave it entirely up to the reader to decide whether they wish to continue scrolling down or not… In her quest to find Kitezh in the frozen hinterlands of Siberia, Lara Croft stumbles upon the remains of the ancient armies and intrepid explorers who have tried (and failed) to conquer this once-glorious and remote city. One of the artefacts Lara discovers throughout the course of the game is a battle-damaged Mongolian tug, a relic of a failed Mongol invasion in the ... [Continue Reading]

February 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

First Look at Mariko Tamaki’s New ‘Tomb Raider’ Series

Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki’s new Tomb Raider comic series is set to launch later this month and will be picking up where Rise of the Tomb Raider left off. It’s not yet clear whether the events of the game will be referenced in this new series, given that the Dark Horse website describes it as “a perfect jumping-on point for new readers”, but the first issue’s synopsis suggests that our heroine will be continuing her search for the world’s secrets of immortality. Lara Croft is pursuing a lost truth about the world that just might unlock the ... [Continue Reading]

February 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ PC Tech Feature

Anyone who’s had the chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One will no doubt be familiar with the game’s hauntingly beautiful, atmospheric tombs and its scenic sprawling hubs, not to mention its stunning heroine. Countless hours could be spent exploring every nook and cranny and marvelling at the crumbling ruins of a once-glorious city. And if this wasn’t enough, Crystal Dynamics and the Utrecht-based Nixxes Software teamed up with Nvidia to push the PC version to its limits and use ground-breaking techniques to create the most immersive and realistic-looking ... [Continue Reading]

February 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ PC Specs & Screenshots

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider is out for the PC, Crystal Dynamics has released some information concerning the recommended specs for getting the most out of Lara’s latest adventure. OS: Windows 10 64 bit Processer: Intel Core i7-3770K GPU: NVIDIA GTX 980Ti 2560×1440 or NVIDIA GTX 970 1920×1080 Ram: 6GBDirectX: 11 Input: Mouse + Keyboard Please note that these are not the minimum requirements (only the recommended specs) so you should still consider visiting Can You Run It to check if your PC/laptop can actually run the game before ... [Continue Reading]

January 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider Tidbit: Truth Behind Myth

There have been times where I’ve come across an object in a Tomb Raider game that caught my eye but didn’t write an article about it because it didn’t quite fit the scope of my Arte-Factual series. So to remedy this, I’ve decided to launch a new series that will tackle anything that either doesn’t warrant a full in-depth feature or simply doesn’t fit neatly under any of the site’s existing series. The subject of this very first edition of “Tomb Raider Tidbits” is Lord Richard Croft’s book, Truth Behind Myth, which makes a few ... [Continue Reading]

January 17, 2016 // 5 Comments

Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2016

How many times have you wished you could study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances or suitable classes in your area? Well, thanks to the magic of online learning, you needn’t let distance or budgetary concerns stop you from indulging your passion for the past. Web-based MOOCs (or massive open online courses) have helped transform education, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Narrative Designers Talk Tombs, Tomes, & Treasures

Two narrative designers who worked on Rise of the Tomb Raider recently talked with the guys from Spawn on Me podcast and shared their thoughts on working as writers within the game industry as well as some personal stories about the game’s development process (their segment begins at approximately 00:16:50). John Stafford (Lead Narrative Designer) and Cameron Suey (Narrative Designer) are no strangers to the game industry. As they told the podcast’s presenters, they’ve worked on a dozen games throughout their careers and had previously worked together on two major ... [Continue Reading]

January 9, 2016 // 5 Comments

Level Up Your Cosplay With ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Gear Up Guides

Back in December 2015, Crystal Dynamics launched a series of “Gear Up Guides” aimed at cosplayers, fan artists, and other creative types. The guides consist of several high-res shots of Lara’s outfits and gear and include notes from Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Art Director, Brenoch Adams. For the benefit of aspiring cosplayers, I’ve added links to cosplay tutorials and videos where possible. Don’t forget that a wealth of information, reference pictures, and handy tips for crafting many of Lara’s outfits and accessories can be found over at ... [Continue Reading]

January 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Coming to PC on January 28

Good news, PC gamers! The critically-acclaimed Rise of the Tomb Raider (read my spoiler-free review) will be making its way to Steam and Windows 10 Store on 28th January 2016. Earlier today, Crystal Dynamics’ new Heads of Studio, Scot Amos and Ron Rosenburg, announced that the game’s PC release will include a number of new features, including Windows 10 support and 4K resolution, and will be available as a digital download via Steam, the Windows 10 Store, Amazon, the Square Enix store, and other major retailers as from the 28th. “The PC release of Rise of the Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

January 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s Year in Review: 2015

2015 has been an emotional roller coaster of a year for Tomb Raider fans. We’ve had announcements about new spin-off media, seen the release of not one but three new games, and had to deal with the fallout (no pun intended) of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s console exclusivity deal. It’s been a particularly trying time for Tomb Raider fansite admins, who’ve spent the better part of the year feeling torn between promoting a game half of the fan base wouldn’t be able to play until 2016 and doing their duty to keep their readers informed about all the latest news and ... [Continue Reading]

December 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Play Arts Kai Action Figure Available for Pre-Order

Some of you may recall that we got our first glimpse of the prototype Rise of the Tomb Raider Play Arts Kai action figure during this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Months have passed without any further information about the figure but Square Enix have now revealed that it is available for pre-order over at their online store. This highly detailed and articulated figure is modelled on her appearance in her latest adventure and will set you back $139.99 (plus shipping). Due for release on 30 April 2016, the Play Arts Kai figure will come with its own display stand as well as a range of ... [Continue Reading]

December 16, 2015 // 5 Comments

Mariko Tamaki to Pen New ‘Tomb Raider’ Comic Series

Back in October, Dark Horse Comics announced that a new Tomb Raider comic series will be launched in February 2016 and will be penned by Canadian comic writer and artist Mariko Tamaki. Currently titled Tomb Raider II (not to be confused with the immensely popular 1997 game), the series will follow on from the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider and will see our heroine embark a new globe-trekking adventure as she continues to uncover more secrets of immortality, beginning with the search for a rare immortality-granting mushroom. Tamaki, who is best known for her graphic novels Skim and This ... [Continue Reading]

December 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Trinity College Library, Dublin

Since this site was launched in March 2013, my Lara’s Travels feature has explored some of the cities and ancient sites seen in the Tomb Raider games, such as Prague’s Strahov District (Angel of Darkness), Zapadnaya Litsa in western Russia (Chronicles), and the tomb KV5 in Egypt (Last Revelation). And although the locations featured in the games and films are the ones that often stand out in most people’s memories, it would be remiss of me to say that the comics were lacking in memorable venues. Take, for example, the old Trinity College Library in Dublin, which made ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Upcoming ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Add-On Content

Crystal Dynamics and Xbox have released details of all their upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider add-on content, which will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers via the Season Pass or as standalone DLC over the next few months. This includes several new outfits and weapon skins, two new game modes, a range of brand new Expedition cards, and the highly-anticipated story DLC, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. Here’s a quick run-down of what downloadable content we can expect and when: New Story DLC Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch (January 2016) Deep in the wilds of ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

First Look at ‘Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch’ Story DLC

Tomb Raider fans who tuned in to watch The Game Awards on Thursday 3rd December were treated to the world premiere of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s new story DLC, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. The Baba Yaga DLC promises 3 hours of new gameplay and looks set to embrace the franchise’s more supernatural elements. Creepy ghouls, hallucinogenic pollen, new characters, a new outfit and bow, a new puzzle-filled tomb to explore, and a retelling of the classic Russian myth, this story-based DLC will give fans plenty to chew on. Official synopsis: Deep in the wilds of Siberia lies a ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2015 // 5 Comments

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