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Rise of the Tomb Raider

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Wins “Soul of Vitruvius” Award

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” ... [Continue Reading]

January 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

Rhianna Pratchett Bids a Fond Farewell to the ‘Tomb Raider’ Franchise

In their first major announcement of 2017, Crystal Dynamics announced that Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the best-selling games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be parting ways with the Tomb Raider franchise to focus on new projects. The team thanked Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on both games and wrote that she was “instrumental in helping [them] find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story” and shaping Lara Croft “into the ... [Continue Reading]

January 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Secrets of Croft Manor: ‘Blood Ties’ Easter Eggs

Tracking down Easter eggs in video games is one of the joys of gaming and the ‘Blood Ties’ DLC is rife with references and amusing nods to Lara’s past adventures, making it a real treat for long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series. Whether it’s a familiar object or a subtle nod to Lara’s original backstory, I’ve tried to track down and list as many of the ‘Blood Ties’ Easter eggs as I could find. Please note that this might not be a complete list ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2016 // 7 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

October 18, 2016 // 12 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 ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

July 20, 2016 // 5 Comments

8 Things I Missed While on Hiatus

As you probably know by now, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has just returned from a 3-month hiatus. Granted, I didn’t physically go anywhere but I gave myself a much-needed break from monitoring and relaying Tomb Raider franchise news to my readers and social media followers. Time and tide wait for no Croft and, as a result, I’m now feeling a little out of the proverbial loop… So what did I miss during the site’s downtime? Oscar-Winning Actress Lands Role as the New ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

February 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 17, 2016 // 7 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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 9, 2016 // 7 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, ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 6, 2016 // 5 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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

December 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2015 // 5 Comments

Piecing Together a Fictional History of Kitezh

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft sets off to redeem her father’s reputation as an academic and get to grips with the concept of an immortal soul. Her journey takes her to a long-forgotten tomb in northern Syria and a remote settlement in Siberia, where she encounters the remnants of a once-great civilization and gathers clues concerning the whereabouts of a mystical artefact known as the Divine Source, thought to be buried deep in the heart of the mythical lost city of ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2015 // 6 Comments