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Review: Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever

In our latest guest article, South Africa-based writer, cosplayer, and Tomb Raider fan Noelle A (aka Pfangirl) shares her thoughts on Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent’s recent novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever. Please note that the following review may contain some very minor spoilers. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is the second Tomb Raider novel from the husband-wife writing team of Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. This follows 2014’s Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals. ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2017 // 1 Comment

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

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Lara Croft, Guinness World Record Breaker

October 2016 was an insanely busy month for Ms Croft. Not only did Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration finally land on Playstation 4, it was also the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider (1996), the game that launched Lara Croft into superstardom. And if that wasn’t enough, our fictional heroine was also awarded two new Guinness World Records: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft” and “Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”. ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

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

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

‘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

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

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

‘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

‘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

‘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

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

5 Reasons Why You Should Make a Donation to Extra Life

For the last couple of years, I’ve joined thousands of other gamers in their quest to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by taking part in Extra Life, an annual charity gaming event that was launched back in 2008. Since its inception, gamers have raised a massive $20 million (and counting) for sick children and their families across North America and abroad. How amazing is that? It’s easy to be cynical about charity fundraisers or suffer from “charity ... [Continue Reading]

November 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Meet the Cast of Rise of the Tomb Raider

With less than 3 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

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

10 Things I Love About the Rise of the Tomb Raider Syria Demo

The long-awaited Syria gameplay demo has finally been released to the public and it has reaffirmed my belief that Rise of the Tomb Raider may turn out to be the best Tomb Raider game of recent years. Aside from a few minor gripes (which I will touch upon later), the demo was a 13-minute homage to the TR games of yesteryear and a welcome change from the combat-heavy demos we’ve seen so far. There’s a lot to love about this new demo. Here are my 10 favourite things in no particular ... [Continue Reading]

August 16, 2015 // 10 Comments

In the Spotlight: Eric

It’s been a while since we’ve had any new fan interviews on the blog so it’s about time we rectified that. Say “hola” to Eric, a Tomb Raider fan from the Canary Islands! Please note that the following interview has been edited and adapted for publication on this blog. So, tell us a little about yourself. Well, I’m Eric and I’m 14 years old (almost 15!). I’m from Spain but live in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I love the English language and want to ... [Continue Reading]

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments