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‘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

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

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

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

‘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’ 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

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 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

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

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

Lara’s Got a License to Kill (or Avoid) in Rise of the Tomb Raider

If you’re a little squeamish about knifing men in the throat with a broken bottle or simply prefer to scurry about undetected, you’ll be happy to know that Lara has evolved into a much stealthier adventurer since her last outing and that she can choose to evade, rather than kill, some of her enemies. As the latest clip released by Crystal Dynamics shows, it’ll be possible to play through certain sections of the game in a non-lethal manner by using bottles and other ... [Continue Reading]

August 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

Prima Games to Publish Official Rise of the Tomb Raider Strategy Guide

If you’re the type of gamer who needs a good strategy guide to help you track down every last collectible item in a game or solve some of the game’s trickier puzzles, Prima Games has got you covered. Earlier this week, Prima Games announced that it will be publishing the official Rise of the Tomb Raider strategy guide, which will be available in stores as from November 10th and guarantees 100% game completion. The guide will be available in 3 formats: an eGuide, a Standard ... [Continue Reading]

August 20, 2015 // 5 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