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Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

The recently-released Blood Ties DLC gave Tomb Raider fans a glimpse into Lara Croft’s childhood and her family history. Not only did we get to learn a little more about her enigmatic parents, we also got to find out what the younger Croft used to do in her spare time. One of the collectible documents found within Croft Manor is Lara’s old hieroglyphics worksheet, which proved useful for deciphering one of the manor’s safe combination codes. As a child, Lara apparently spent hours tracing Egyptian hieroglyphs from one of the old books in the Croft family library and, by ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

Croft Manor DLC Delves Deep Into Croft Family History

In the recently released Croft Manor DLC, “Blood Ties”, Tomb Raider fans get the chance to take some time out from pillaging ancient sites to delve deep into Croft family history and learn more about Lara Croft’s enigmatic parents and childhood, one aging document at a time. When Lara’s maternal uncle Atlas de Mornay contests the ownership of Croft Manor, she’s left with no choice but to search the derelict manor for a copy of her father’s last will and testament to validate her claim to the Croft estate. In doing so, Lara is forced to confront her ... [Continue Reading]

October 18, 2016 // 4 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Releases New Screenshots, Trophy List For ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is out for the PS4, Crystal Dynamics has released a bunch of new screenshots from the game as well as a comprehensive list of all the trophies up for grabs. The new screenshots give us a good idea of how visually stunning the long-awaited PS4 edition promises to be when the game hits the shelves on October 11, 2016. Eagle-eyed gamers will no doubt have noticed that Ms Croft is wearing the new orange winter gear (inspired by the Antarctica outfit from Tomb Raider 3) in a couple of these screenshots. Screenshots ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

’20 Years of Tomb Raider’ Book Due Out in Late October 2016

As part of their year-long celebration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics and Prima Games will be publishing a special commemorative book this October titled 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future. Due out on October 25, 2016, and written by Crystal Dynamics’ own Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this 360-page hardcover book will explore the ground-breaking and diverse history of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise and discuss their impact on popular culture over the past two decades. 20 Years of Tomb Raider will cover the entire breadth ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

Lara Croft Fan Builds Model of ‘Tomb Raider 2013’ Mountain Shrine

Long-time visitors to this site will probably be familiar with Tomb Raider fan Jean Michel Thery’s stunning hand-made dioramas. Over the years, he’s made models of Egyptian tombs and Mesoamerican pyramids, created an amazingly detailed diorama of an Angkorian temple similar to those seen in The Last Revelation and the first Tomb Raider film, and won an award for his replica of the “Well of Tears” challenge tomb from Tomb Raider 2013. And now Jean Michel has been kind enough to share some photos of his latest creation with us! His latest model is based on the ... [Continue Reading]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Set For September 2016 Release

Remember how we were going to get a new novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever, last November? And how it was pushed back to January 2016? And how things went a little quiet after that? Well, it appears that fans’ patience will soon be rewarded as Dan Abnett’s novel will finally be released on September 13, 2016. Some fans will already be familiar with Abnett’s work; he previously worked on the Tomb Raider novel, The Ten Thousand Immortals, which was released back in October 2014. His latest offering, Blade of Gwynnever, was written in conjunction with the game ... [Continue Reading]

August 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali

In the 2006 game Tomb Raider: Legend, Lara Croft travels across the globe in search of pieces of the mythical Excalibur, visiting such places as a military base in Kazakhstan, the ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, an ancient temple in the Ghanaian rainforest, and an abandoned monastery in Nepal. But did you know that the West African nation of Mali was almost a stop on Lara’s grand tour? Perusing my archive of Legend concept art recently, I spotted two pieces of artwork that seemed to depict a small alley and market place around what appeared to be the Great Mosque of Djenné in central ... [Continue Reading]

August 25, 2016 // 2 Comments

‘Blood Ties’ Croft Manor DLC Makes Debut at Gamescom 2016

Crystal Dynamics treated Tomb Raider fans to their first look at the upcoming ‘Blood Ties’ DLC at Gamescom 2016, which was held in Cologne, Germany, earlier this week. This highly-anticipated story-driven DLC, which will allow gamers to explore a dust-ridden, run-down Croft Manor in search for clues that will legitimize Lara’s claim to the Croft estate, was first announced back in July. This week, Crystal Dynamics released a selection of screenshots over on the official Tomb Raider blog and some lucky convention-goers even got the chance to try out the new DLC for ... [Continue Reading]

August 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art Book

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft explores a hidden oasis in Syria and a centuries-old settlement in Siberia in her quest to uncover the lost city of Kitezh and the secrets that lie within. Along the way, you. the gamer, will come across countless Byzantine murals, awe-inspiring ruins, and a wealth of ancient artefacts, not to mention wild animals, mercenary soldiers, and troubled villagers. And if you’d like to take a closer look at the characters and locations that appear in the game, Titan Books’ art book may be the book for you. Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art ... [Continue Reading]

August 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Landing on PS4 This October

If you’ve been wondering when Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released for the PS4, wonder no more! Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have confirmed that the game *will* be coming to the PS4 and that it’ll be released worldwide on October 11, 2016, as part of their ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will not just include the game and all existing DLC; it’ll also include a co-op expansion for Endurance Mode as well as a brand-new story-based DLC, “Blood Ties”. “Blood Ties” will allow players to explore Croft ... [Continue Reading]

July 20, 2016 // 5 Comments

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