Lara Croft encounters the villagers of Paititi

10 Things I’d Like to See in the Next ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

Many moons ago, I put together a wish list for a sequel to Tomb Raider (2013) and, oddly enough, most of the items on that list ended up being gameplay features in Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, or both. And while a new Tomb Raider game has yet to be confirmed, …

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Burial doll replica from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Arte-Factual: Burial Doll Replica

In the previous edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at Mexican sugar skulls, a folk art tradition that combines Christian religious practices with ancient Mesoamerican beliefs. This time around, I thought I'd turn my attention to the burial doll replica Lara Croft comes across in the remote town of Kuwaq Yaku in the jungles of Peru. …

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Screenshot from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Taste Raider: Poc Chuc

During one of her many optional side quests in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft comes across the recently-widowed Xoco, a resident of the Hidden City whose husband Sumaq had been murdered under suspicious circumstances. While Lara conducts her investigation into Sumaq's murder, Xoco tells the inquisitive adventurer that she had been planning to …

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Decorative skulls seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider's Cozumel level (Image credit: Tomb Raider Horizons)

Arte-Factual: Mexican Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a multi-day festival in which Mexican families honour and remember their dead, celebrating their lives, building colourful altars for them, and welcoming their spirits back to Earth for an all-too-brief but deeply cherished reunion with their loved ones.  Preparations normally begin in October and culminate …

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition art

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ Announced

Square Enix has announced that a definitive edition of Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on November 5, 2019, and will contain all available content to date (e.g. outfits and challenge tombs) as well as some brand new content and gameplay features. Those who already own a copy of the Croft Edition and …

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Christophe Croft's Lara Croft Tonner Doll

Christophe Croft’s ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Tonner Doll Collection

Mattel may have released a Lara Croft Barbie doll to celebrate the release of the 2018 film but Tomb Raider fans have been collecting and creating custom clothing for their Tonner Doll Lara Croft dolls long before Alicia Vikander stepped into the intrepid adventurer's boots. One of these devoted fans is Christophe Croft, who has …

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Ch'arki and chuños, as seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Taste Raider: Ch’arki and Chuños (Part 2)

Whenever we think of culture or cultural identity, we may be tempted to think of arts and crafts, mythology, literature, clothing, rituals. But food and culinary traditions are also forms of cultural expression and can give us a deeper insight into that culture’s history, development, and values. In this edition of Tomb Raider Horizon's food-centric …

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The jade burial mask unearthed by Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Screenshot by Tomb Raider Horizons)

Arte-Factual: Jade Burial Mask (Shadow of the Tomb Raider)

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the ever-intrepid Lara Croft finds herself doing a spot of treasure-hunting while in Paititi, a hidden city deep in the Peruvian jungles and home to an isolated society which has its roots in Inca, Maya, and even Aztec cultural traditions and beliefs. A jade burial mask is among the …

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC: The Forge

Eidos-Montreal Discuss ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ DLC Adventures – Video Archive

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be getting seven months' worth of post-launch content starting from November 2018 and below you will find an archive of "New Adventures" episodes, in which the developers at Eidos-Montréal discuss the new challenge tombs and gameplay features that Tomb Raider fans can look forward to over the next few …

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC: The Forge

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ DLC Pack 1: The Forge

During his interview with Inside Xbox in September 2018, Crystal Dynamics' Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs talked about Shadow of the Tomb Raider's monthly DLC packs, which will kick off with the first DLC adventure, titled "The Forge". "We want to make sure that we continue to tell stories in Lara's world. And so we …

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