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‘Tomb Raider’ Fan Recreates Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds

There may not be a LEGO game set in the Tomb Raider universe (yet) but I’m sure many of us would sell our souls for a LEGO Tomb Raider game after seeing this fan-made recreation of Croft Manor. Die-hard Tomb Raider fan and LEGO aficionado Ross Kearney created a spectacular mash-up of Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds, a feat that took him over 80 hours to complete. From the obstacle course and garden maze first seen in Tomb Raider 2 to the treasure vault (and T-rex head) seen in Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Square Enix Presents the Top Tombs of Tomb Raider

Another E3 has come and gone and while we’re still waiting for news of a PS4 release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, we got a little sneak peek of the upcoming commemorative book, 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future, and learnt that a new series of statues has been commissioned to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The Crystal Dynamics crew also took part in a number of live events throughout the week, most notably the Square Enix Presents show, ... [Continue Reading]

June 18, 2016 // 2 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 ... [Continue Reading]

February 1, 2016 // 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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

October 21, 2015 // 5 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 turns the spotlight on some of the ancient locales ... [Continue Reading]

September 22, 2015 // 4 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 non-lethal manner by using bottles and other ... [Continue Reading]

August 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider – E3 Gameplay Reveal Video & Screenshots

After what has felt like centuries of waiting, Tomb Raider fans finally got their first glimpse of Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay at today’s Xbox E3 briefing. It’s been a year since a sequel to the best-selling Tomb Raider 2013 was announced and it’s only in the past few weeks that the Rise of the Tomb Raider marketing campaign has really begun to hit its stride. Pegged for a November 10th release date, I suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more gameplay demos, ... [Continue Reading]

June 15, 2015 // 9 Comments

Subscribe to The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s Youtube Channel!

Did you know that The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has its own Youtube channel? Well, if this was news to you, consider yourself informed. 🙂 The channel was launched as part of my Extra Life 2014 charity marathon but, until now, I hadn’t really done much with it. Nowadays, you can find a variety of gameplay videos, including my playthrough of Life is Strange Episode 2 and random antics in Grand Theft Auto Online. Tomb Raider fans might want to check out my playlist of Lara Croft: Relic ... [Continue Reading]

May 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Game Informer: Five Ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider Is Improving Upon The Reboot (Plus Screenshots)

As part of their month-long online coverage of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Game Informer have published a video in which Creative Director Noah Hughes talks about some of the game’s new gameplay and combat features. Click on the image below to watch this exclusive video interview! Short on time? Here’s a summary of some of the new gameplay features we can expect to see in Rise of the Tomb Raider: Lara will once again be able to swim underwater (hooray!) as well as climb trees or hide ... [Continue Reading]

February 5, 2015 // 12 Comments

5 TED Talks on Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

The Tomb Raider games may have whet your appetite for all things ancient but if you really want to indulge your inner archaeologist, you should put down your game controller and find out what the experts have to say about this exciting field of study. From the use of 3D laser scanning in site preservation to the ongoing search for the origins of our species, these five TED talks offer unique insights into how 21st century archaeology and anthropology are conducted.** 1) Sarah Parcak: ... [Continue Reading]

April 15, 2014 // 4 Comments

Croft (2013)

Most of you have probably heard about this by now but for those of you who haven’t, a brand new Tomb Raider fan film was released online during the Christmas holidays and it’s already made quite an impression both online and off. Croft is a non-profit short film that was inspired by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and was produced by a team of independent filmmakers and actors as a way to showcase their talents. This 20-minute film follows the ... [Continue Reading]

December 28, 2013 // 11 Comments

Video: Lara Croft, Expert Archaeologist

Ever wondered if you have what it takes to become an expert archaeologist? Overbored Gaming’s Dagwood and Brawli found out that it’s not always as easy as it seems. You can follow OverBoard Gaming on Twitter (@OverBoredGaming) and Facebook or watch their live stream over on Twitch. Related Articles: 15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs The 5 Best Archaeological Pranks and ... [Continue Reading]

May 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Chinese Civilization TV Series

Chinese archaeology isn’t just Great Walls, dragon emperors, and fictional Daggers of Xi’an. If you’d like to learn more about real Chinese history and archaeology, you should check out China Central Television’s 20-part documentary series, “Chinese Civilization“. This series, which can be found in its entirety on its official CCTV page and on Youtube, covers a period of over 5,000 years of the country’s history, starting with the Neolithic ... [Continue Reading]

May 8, 2013 // 2 Comments