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‘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 civilisation 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

Unearthing ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Easter Eggs

The Tomb Raider series has always had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, hidden secrets, and amusing references to pop culture icons, and Lara’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is no exception. From references to Lara’s earlier adventures to touching tributes to one of the world’s most-loved fantasy authors, there’s plenty to keep the eagle-eyed fan busy. Here’s my attempt to catalogue some of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s most memorable ... [Continue Reading]

November 26, 2015 // 17 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – November 2015

Crystal Dynamics has released three new pieces of concept art to coincide with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. And since I’ve been a little lazy about posting concept art on the blog (the last such update was back in July), I thought I’d search through my folders and share all of the officially-released artwork from the past few months. Please note that these do not reveal any plot spoilers and some of the concepts did not make it into the final game, so the images should be ... [Continue Reading]

November 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Why You Need ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ in Your Life

It’s been a week since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 here in Europe and what a week it’s been. Not a day has gone by where I haven’t sent Lara back to Syria or Siberia in search of elusive collectibles. And even after a good 30 or so hours of exploring Rise’s vast hubs, I’m still at 96% game completion. If there’s one thing that can said about the game it’s that you’d definitely be getting value for money. ... [Continue Reading]

November 20, 2015 // 24 Comments

6 Siberia Travelogues for the Armchair Adventurer

Lara Croft’s latest adventure takes her to the forests and mountain ranges of Siberia, a vast and often misunderstood region that stretches from Russia’s Ural Mountains to the country’s north Pacific coastline. Commonly viewed as a region of Arctic wastelands and Soviet-era prison camps, Siberia is a land full of stunning natural landscapes and home to numerous indigenous peoples. Many of us may never get the chance to follow in Ms Croft’s footsteps due to ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

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

Meet the Cast of Rise of the Tomb Raider

With less than three weeks to go until the Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox release date, Crystal Dynamics have finally published some short character bios as part of their Instagram Experience. Further details will no doubt follow in the coming weeks but for now, let’s meet the cast of Rise of the Tomb Raider. ** Spoiler Warning: This post contains minor spoilers. Scroll down at your own discretion. ** Lara Croft A lady that really needs no introduction. Our heroine will begin to ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2015 // 6 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Instagram & Online Experiences

The Crystal Dynamics team have launched two new online experiences for Tomb Raider fans to explore ahead of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox release next month. Instagram Experience The Rise of the Tomb Raider Instagram Experience is possibly the best use of the photo- and video-sharing service I’ve seen to date. Divided into 9 different sections and arranged like a virtual pinboard, the Instagram Experience allows fans to learn more about the deadly tombs Lara will visit as well ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 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

Rise of the Tomb Raider Expeditions and Season Pass FAQ

A good many Tomb Raider fans have been eager to learn more about Rise of the Tomb Raider’s new “Expedition” game modes and season pass so the team over at Crystal Dynamics have kindly put together this handy FAQ that should answer most of their questions. This FAQ is *spoiler-free* so feel free to scroll down and keep on reading.. 🙂 Expeditions Q. What are Expeditions? Expeditions are additional modes of gameplay in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Each mode allows you to play ... [Continue Reading]

October 20, 2015 // 9 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Announces Rise of the Tomb Raider Soundtrack Composer, New Game Modes, and Season Pass

Announcements concerning The Rise of the Tomb Raider are coming thick and fast as the Xbox release date approaches. So fast, in fact, that updating this site and staying abreast of all the latest news is becoming quite the challenge… So for those of you who are in the same boat as I am, here’s a quick rundown of the week’s developments. *** Warning: The following may contain some minor spoilers *** Bobby Tahouri Named as Rise of the Tomb Raider Soundtrack Composer Following ... [Continue Reading]

October 9, 2015 // 3 Comments

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Novel Will Hit Stores in November

This article contains release dates that are no longer current. A more up-to-date version can be found over here. November is set to be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans and collectors. The highly-anticipated sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be out on November 10th (or November 13th if you live in Europe), the recently-announced Xbox One bundle will be on sale as from early November, and the second issue of the new comic series, Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen, will be hitting ... [Continue Reading]

October 1, 2015 // 6 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One Bundle Coming this November

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to purchase a current-gen console, you’ll be happy to hear that Microsoft will be releasing a Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle this November for just $399. This special bundle will include: A 1TB Xbox One console, Full-game digital downloads of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Rise of the Tomb Raider, An Xbox One wireless controller with a 3.5mm headset jack, and An exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider Tactical Survival Kit ... [Continue Reading]

October 1, 2015 // 4 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

Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Unveiled

Crystal Dynamics have finally unveiled the Collector’s Edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider and it’s looking a real treat. In addition to a physical retail copy of the game, the Collector’s Edition will also include: A 12-inch statue of Lara Croft modelled on the game’s cover art, A replica of Lara’s jade necklace (her first archaeological discovery as a child) and necklace strap (given to her by her late mentor Conrad Roth), A replica of Lara’s in-game ... [Continue Reading]

August 26, 2015 // 4 Comments