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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 customised 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 // 9 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 // 13 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 // 5 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 // 6 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 // 14 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

Crystal Dynamics Launches Revamped Website

E3 2015 is now just a few days away and the Crystal Dynamics team have chosen to celebrate the occasion by launching their newly-revamped studio website and company branding. The dark, weathered wood and metal textures are perfectly in tune with the gritty reinvention of the Tomb Raider franchise, though, thankfully they spared us the pools of blood and detached limbs of the reboot… Site navigation is a breeze. Fans of the Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain games can learn more about ... [Continue Reading]

June 13, 2015 // 5 Comments

Gaming Heads Limited Edition “Temple of Osiris” Lara Croft Statue

High-end collectables and replicas manufacturer Gaming Heads is now accepting pre-orders for their latest limited edition Lara Croft statue, which will be available in Q1 2016 and on offer for $339.99 a piece. Modelled after the Lara Croft seen in  Temple of Osiris, this awesome 1/4 scale polystone resin statue was crafted by 3D modeller and sculptor Kaushik Manna and will be limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide. Description: World-renowned archaeologist Lara Croft set off on an expedition ... [Continue Reading]

April 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs

One of the greatest pleasures in video gaming is the discovery (intentional or otherwise) of “Easter eggs”, those little jokes, secret levels, or hidden messages that game developers insert in their games for the players’ amusement. With a back catalogue spanning almost two decades and across multiple platforms, the Tomb Raider series has had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, ranging from humourous references to fan community in-jokes to visual gags that may be ... [Continue Reading]

April 13, 2015 // 16 Comments

15 Things to Look Forward to in 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, 2014 was a fairly epic year for Tomb Raider fans and I have no doubt that 2015 will try its best to top the successes of the past year. As a fan community, what should we get excited about and what can we expect to see in 2015? Well, here are 15 things we Tomb Raider fans can look forward to next year: 1) The Rise of the Tomb Raider – This one’s a no-brainer. The highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s reboot will be coming to the Xbox One ... [Continue Reading]

December 31, 2014 // 6 Comments

In the Spotlight: Steve (aka Rident)

We’re ending this year’s batch of fan interviews by turning the spotlight on Steve, known to many within the community by his online alias, Rident. Here’s what he has to say about Tomb Raider, the fan community, and his SpecialEffect fundraising efforts. So, tell us a little about yourself. Hi, my name is Steve, known in the gaming community as Rident, which was a random name generated for an MMO I was playing. I’m 30 years young and live in sunny (or not so) England, the ... [Continue Reading]

December 19, 2014 // 2 Comments

In the Spotlight: Savannah

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, what with all the news of an iOS release for Tomb Raider II and the launch of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a new fan interview! This time, it’s Savannah’s turn in the spotlight. Find out what she has to say about her favourite Tomb Raider game and how the Tomb Raider series has helped shape her life. So, tell us a little about yourself. Hi! I’m Savannah, I’m 19 and ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tomb Raider II Now Available on iOS

Following the success of last year’s Tomb Raider I release for iOS, Square Enix announced today that Apple fans can now enjoy Lara’s second adventure on their iPads and iPhones. Considered by many (including myself) to be the best Tomb Raider game ever made, the iOS release of Tomb Raider II is packed with over 50 unlockable achievements and includes the popular mini-adventure, The Golden Mask. All screenshots above are copyright of Square Enix Ltd. All rights reserved. The game is ... [Continue Reading]

December 3, 2014 // 7 Comments

Extra Life Update: Highlights & Prize Winners

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Extra Life charity livestream so I thought it was time to share my fundraising experience and favourite moments with you! Thanking the Donors: First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who made a donation and/or helped spread the word about my fundraising efforts on their blogs and social media. You guys rock! And I’d like to give a special shout-out to the following people for their support and ... [Continue Reading]

November 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #8

UPDATE: Tomb Raider #8 is now available to purchase on Amazon or Amazon UK. Picking up where issue 7 left off, Tomb Raider #8 sees Lara continue on her quest to find Kaz, Alex’s sister, who is hiding out in the derelict (and radioactive) city of Pripyat, Ukraine. But it soon becomes clear that Lara is not alone in her quest and that there’s a mad killer closing in on her. Featuring some gorgeous artwork from Derlis Santacruz, this is the second comic to be co-written by Gail ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2014 // 6 Comments

Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far. So here’s an introduction to the Temple of Osiris’ four playable characters! LARA ... [Continue Reading]

September 17, 2014 // 8 Comments

Extra Life 2014

UPDATE: I’ve created a dedicated page for my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts over here. Go there to find out what perks donors are eligible for & how to take part in my “Early Bird” prize draw! This year, I will be joining the Team Tomb Raider Community and the hundreds of other gamers who have signed up to take part in Extra Life 2014, the largest charitable fundraising event in the gaming world! I wrote a short piece about Extra Life last year but for those of you ... [Continue Reading]

July 26, 2014 // 8 Comments

In the Spotlight: Dominic C

So, tell us a little about yourself. I’m a freelance writer in my early 20s, spending too much money on comics, vinyl, games, movies, and milkshakes. When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series? Growing up in the 90s, it was inevitable that I’d come across Lara. It first started by watching my friends play, and watching other people play games was my introduction into the pixel land. It was a great bonding experience, one that I feel online multiplayer has detracted from. ... [Continue Reading]

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments