Rise of the Tomb Raider may have been released over two years ago but the best-selling game is still winning awards for its gameplay and graphics. The 2015 game recently earned another accolade, Steam’s “Soul of Vitruvius” Award, for its beautifully rendered protagonist.
In late 2017, the Valve Corporation called on Steam users to vote for games in any (or all) of its thirteen quirky award categories over a two-week period. Forget the usual generic “Best Game” award categories. “Haunts My Dreams” and “Mom’s Spaghetti” were just two of the thirteen accolades up for grabs in the 2017 Steam Awards.
Voting took place between December 20, 2017, and January 2, 2018, and the winning titles were announced through the Steam digital platform on January 3. Rise of the Tomb Raider fended off fierce competition from Bayonetta, NieR: Automata, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and cult classic I Am Bread to scoop up the coveted “Soul of Vitruvius” Award.
The award’s name is a nod to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic fifteenth-century drawing, Vitruvian Man. According to the Steam Awards Selection Committee (SASC), “The Vitruvian Man was Leonardo’s celebration of the ideal form. And in that spirit, the SASC looks to celebrate the game with the most lovingly rendered character, be it human, alien, anthropomorphic cat people, or even a piece of produce”.
And there’s no denying that Rise of the Tomb Raider’s leading lady is a work of art. Brought to life through the use of MOVA motion-capture technology and state-of-the-art animation techniques, Lara Croft has never looked better. Truly a modern-day masterpiece.