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Rise of the Tomb Raider

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 // 6 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 // 5 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 collectable 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 Edition, ... [Continue Reading]

August 20, 2015 // 7 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

Thoughts on the Rise of the Tomb Raider Gamescom Stage Demo

A brand-new action-heavy Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay demo made its public début during the Xbox briefing at Gamescom 2015 earlier this week and while I managed to churn out a short article that evening expressing the sheer excitement I felt when I saw the montage of tombs and ancient ruins in the closing trailer, I didn’t really give much thought to the rest of the demo. Until now. So consider this a “delayed reaction” piece if you will. 😉 The Gameplay Demo: The ... [Continue Reading]

August 8, 2015 // 9 Comments

Tombs Aplenty in the Gamescom Rise of the Tomb Raider Demo

This time last year, Tomb Raider fans were up in arms when Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a timed exclusive. It was a move that threatened to tear the Tomb Raider fan community to shreds as one of their beloved game series fell victim to the scourge of “console exclusivity”. Petitions were launched, angry tweets were tweeted, and updates on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page turned into “Console Wars” battlefields ... [Continue Reading]

August 5, 2015 // 10 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – July 2015

Over the past couple of weeks, Tomb Raider fans have been treated to a slew of new Rise of the Tomb Raider footage and concept art as part of Crystal Dynamics’ and Xbox’s promotional activities at E3 2015 and the San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s a collection of concept art that was released in July 2015. Crystal Dynamics/Xbox – E3 2015: The following concept art is property of Crystal Dynamics and was released during E3 2015. Entertainment Weekly: The following pieces of ... [Continue Reading]

July 20, 2015 // 6 Comments

Language Proficiency Will Be Part of Lara’s Skill Set in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics have promised that their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will push Lara Croft to her physical and mental limits as she journeys across Syria and Siberia in search of the secrets of immortality. Not only will she need to rely on her wits and outdoor survival skills to accomplish her mission, she will also need to rely on some of the skills she may have acquired during her student days. Creative Director Noah Hughes has confirmed that GPS caches, diary entries, and ... [Continue Reading]

June 22, 2015 // 20 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider “Siberian Wilderness” E3 Demo

Anyone who’s been following E3 this year will be familiar with the Rise of the Tomb Raider “Avalanche” gameplay demo that made its worldwide debut during the Xbox briefing. The screenshots and video footage have been republished on every other gaming site and clips of Lara and Jonah’s doomed mountain expedition have been featured in virtually every interview conducted with the Crystal Dynamics team. I feel I’ve seen this demo so many times that I’ll be able ... [Continue Reading]

June 20, 2015 // 10 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider – E3 Gameplay Reveal Video & Screenshots

After what has felt like centuries of waiting, Tomb Raider fans finally got their first glimpse of Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay at today’s Xbox E3 briefing. It’s been a year since a sequel to the best-selling Tomb Raider 2013 was announced and it’s only in the past few weeks that the Rise of the Tomb Raider marketing campaign has really begun to hit its stride. Pegged for a November 10th release date, I suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more gameplay demos, ... [Continue Reading]

June 15, 2015 // 13 Comments

What to Expect at E3 2015

E3 2015 opens in less than 2 weeks and the Tomb Raider fan community is already buzzing with excitement. Earlier this week, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics released a short CGI teaser trailer to whet the fanbase’s appetite while visitors to the game’s official Xbox page were invited to look for clues hidden across the page. These clues were little tidbits of information about the game’s plot and primary antagonists, narrated by Lara (Camilla Luddington) herself. You can find ... [Continue Reading]

June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Discover the Legend Within – Thoughts & Screenshots

Crystal Dynamics and Xbox have kicked off what will surely be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans by releasing a new teaser trailer for Lara’s next adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The CGI teaser trailer, dubbed “Discover the Legend Within” sees our heroine relying on her wits, quick reflexes, and trusty climbing axes to traverse and survive the treacherous peaks of Siberia and gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect to see at the Xbox E3 Briefing in 2 ... [Continue Reading]

June 1, 2015 // 6 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – Pre-E3 Collection

E3 2015 is just around the corner and with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider creeping ever closer, it’s only a matter of time before we’re treated to some new gameplay footage, screenshots, and possibly even a new trailer. June is going to be an exciting month to be a Tomb Raider fan. For now, here’s a collection of all the Rise concept art that Crystal Dynamics has released to date. If you’re looking for screenshots, click here. Concept Art – Game Informer ... [Continue Reading]

May 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

Noah Hughes on the Mythology of Rise of the Tomb Raider

In episode 28 of Crystal Dynamics’ studio podcast, Tomb Raider Franchise Director Noah Hughes took the opportunity to talk a little about the mythology behind Rise of the Tomb Raider and Lara’s search for the legendary lost city of Kitezh. Here’s a short summary of the key points raised in the podcast: Why Kitezh? – The dev team wanted to choose a myth that hadn’t been explored much in movies or other media and they “liked the idea of a remote Siberian ... [Continue Reading]

March 24, 2015 // 11 Comments

The Book of Secrets: What the Mystery Book in Tomb Raider’s Final Scene Spells for the Future of the Series

Ever since eagle-eyed gamers spotted the word “Croatoan” written in the book seen in Tomb Raider 2013’s closing scene, there has been a lot of speculation as to what this may mean for the future of the Tomb Raider series. Were the development team hinting at the story-line or location for the next game, perhaps a mission to find the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Were there any other clues to Lara’s next adventure scribbled across the pages visible in the closing scene? ... [Continue Reading]

March 4, 2015 // 9 Comments

The February 2015 Tomb Raider Developer Q&A Session

The official Tomb Raider forums have hosted monthly Q&A sessions with the Tomb Raider development team over the past couple of years and this month’s session has shed some light on Crystal Dynamics’ decision to set their upcoming game (or at least part of it) in Siberia as well as highlighted Lara’s capabilities as an explorer, academic…and linguist. Here’s an excerpt from the February 2015 Q&A session with Creative Director Noah Hughes: Q: The legend of ... [Continue Reading]

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to “Rise of the Tomb Raider” Cosplay

Game Informer’s recently-published Rise of the Tomb Raider Gear Guide has undoubtedly put a smile on the faces of countless Tomb Raider cosplayers and presented them with the challenge of finding (or crafting) Lara’s new outfit and gear in time for the next convention or fan meet-up. UPDATE: If you’d like to create your own Rise of the Tomb Raider costume, visit LaraCroftCosplay.Com for cosplay tips and tutorials! The guide was created in collaboration with Crystal ... [Continue Reading]

February 23, 2015 // 9 Comments

Lara Croft & the Quest for Eternal Life

In Game Informer’s latest online feature, Raiders of the Lost City – Lara’s Search for Immortality, we learnt that Lara will be searching for the lost city of Kitezh in her upcoming adventure and that her experiences on Yamatai the previous year have sparked off an almost unhealthy obsession with immortality myths. But what triggered this obsession in Lara? And why did Crystal Dynamics choose to set their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, in Siberia? Here’s an ... [Continue Reading]

February 11, 2015 // 12 Comments

Will the Next Tomb Raider “Rise” to My Expectations?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past week, you will no doubt have heard that Rise of the Tomb Raider is Game Informer’s latest cover story and that the game will see Ms Croft journey to Siberia (and possibly other locations) in search of a lost city and the secrets of immortality. The concept art and officially-released screenshots all look promising and the game’s creative director, Noah Hughes, is clearly passionate about his work on this much-awaited sequel. ... [Continue Reading]

February 8, 2015 // 15 Comments