Fresh Tomb Raider Trailer, Release For March 5th 2013

By Jim Rossignol on June 1st, 2012 at 5:00 pm.


Tomb Raider‘s latest resurrection is scheduled for March 5, 2013. So there’s a while to wait, but it could be worth that extra six months wait, if the latest trailer is anything to go by. There’s some spectacular scenery and ugly violence. Oof, yes, it’s all looking a bit Uncharted to me. Go take a look.

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  1. Rii says:

    Good film, would see again.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      I gotta get out of this place! Where am I? What is this place? Why am I talking with myself ?

      Is this theater ? Am I on stage ?

      • db1331 says:

        I love when she yelled at the wolf to get off of her. Were I in that situation, and I was somehow able to overcome my primal fear enough to utter any semblance of human speech, I think it would sound something more like “Aaeeeeegghhhhee” than “Get the hell off me!”

      • Enso says:

        Classic woman, bloody nattering on all the time.

  2. Dominic White says:

    Just something to keep in mind here: E3 trailers are designed for maximum spectacle and appeasement of meatheads, and minimum actual representation of the game. Just look at the Dishonoured trailer – previews of the game have repeated that you can play the whole thing without killing anyone, and that stealth is important. Half the trailer is taken up by non-stealthy dudes getting stabbed in the face.

    The more solid previews of this new Tomb Raider actually suggest that it’s an open-world game, to a degree. Metroid-like progression where new tools, weapons and skills open up more areas. There’s even a fast-travel system to get you around the island faster. There’s a hint of this in the trailer where Lara has to hunt for food.

    • Rii says:

      “Just something to keep in mind here: E3 trailers are designed for maximum spectacle and appeasement of meatheads, and minimum actual representation of the game.”

      You mean that they’re unethical exercises in wilful deception?

    • Benny says:

      This is what i’m hoping for. While that trailer showed off Uncharted style set pieces, that small segment with the hunting and a few other glimpses gave me hope this is something with a bit more breathing space between all those big explosions.

      Guess we’ve got 9/10 months to wait and see.

    • Xocrates says:

      Yeah, it between this trailer and last year E3 gameplay footage, hoping this to be completely unrepresentative of the game is the only way to keep my interest.

      Because right now, this seems more like a “screw you” to fans of the previous games (“I hate tombs”? That’s seriously how you’re ending the trailer?)

      Don’t get me wrong, it can be a great game, but by all accounts so is Diablo 3 and Max Payne 3, but they’re not the games I wanted from those franchises.

      • Dominic White says:

        I’m thinking of this as Tomb Raider’s take on Batman Begins. The rise of Lara Croft from studious nobody to reluctant ninja assassin to the Dark Knight of Gotham. Only with less batarangs and vinyl bat-nipples. And probably fewer ninjas. And less Gotham. And more pain. Ouch.

        In a perverse sorta way, I want to see how Lara grows from apologizing to the animal she’s about to eat, to gleefully pushing entire species to extinction. Re-extinction, in the case of dinosaurs.

        • Xocrates says:

          I fully understand that, and if it works, great.

          However, in the same way that the Batman Begins isn’t fully embraced by comic fans, so far they have failed to captivate me.

        • Acorino says:

          I really hope we’re going to see some character progression in this game and that we will see her grow into the stoic cold-hearted homicidal bitch we know her to be!
          I really wish they would’ve toned the stylistic excesses in this trailer. The flickering sound and visual effect annoyed. Oh, and the slo-mo and woomph sound. Could do without it. Rather predictable and cliched.

          Edit: Actually, thinking about it, considering what kind of person Lara will become later on I don’t find it believable how she is portrayed here in her earlier years. I doubt that this cold-hearted killing machine was so “vulnerable” in her teenage years. Well, maybe she was hit on the head at some point, maybe a bullet shot right through her cranium, that could explain thing, but otherwise…I don’t think humans can change THAT much, especially regarding their emotions. Undoubtedly they can change, through experiences and circumstances, but turning from an emphatic, caring, vulnerable human being to basically Terminator? Hrm…
          Well, admittedly I haven’t played any of the Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider games, so I’m not sure how she was portrayed in them. I’m just basing this on my experience with Tomb Raider II, III and IV.

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            Jackablade says:

            Was her personality actually defined in any of those games beyond “woman with a penchant for climbing on rocks and shooting pistols at things”?

          • Acorino says:

            I think her personality was mostly defined through the actions the player has to perform, kinda like with Samus Aran.
            And she always said this cold, abrasive “no” in Tomb Raider II. She talked in cutscenes I think. And then there is the following observation from John Walker’s Tomb Raider IV retrospective:

            But of course this possession is entirely Lara’s fault. Lara is, let’s not forget, a truly dreadful person. Much has already been written about how she’s a grave-robbing thief, uncaring about either history or wildlife. And despite her having encountered dinosaurs, dragons and giant killer statues, she’s utterly blase about ignoring ancient texts warning of terrible plagues being unleashed upon the Earth if she takes one trinket or another. Screw Earth! She wants the shiny thing!

  3. doeke says:

    Had to pause halfway through because it felt like I was watching a summary of the entire plot. : /

    • Shadowcat says:

      Good move. I watched the whole thing and concluded that quite a considerable percentage of the game had just been spoiled for me.

      • hemmer says:

        I didn’t watch the trailer at all, skimming over the comments first to see if it was worth the trouble. Thanks guys!

  4. jagardner says:

    It looks great, but I sure would like to see more actual gameplay. I suppose that’s too much to expect from an E3 trailer…

    • Grargh says:

      Yeah, they could have left the [Press X to perform next animation step] prompts in for us to better understand the gameplay.

  5. Guiscard says:

    Screw Uncharted, its feeling like Lost.

  6. sneetch says:

    A bit Uncharted? Hmmm… not sure.

    A bit QTE-tastic? Yeah.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I was more along the lines of Far Cry with boobs, or maybe Skyrim with walkie talkies and guns… and boobs

    • Ett_1762 says:

      I dunno. Of corse this is not actucal gameplay, but I seems to me that they got rid of a lot of the QTEs I don’t like (a la telltale Jurassic Park) and put in some QTEs I do like (a la Uncharted). I seems to be the kind of game where you have to press left to really make Lara dodge left, avoiding a boulder, as seen in uncharted and not the kind of QTEs where you have to quickly press “A” repeatedly to sprint or something. I might be reading a lot to much into this video, but that’s a least what i would like to see.
      And an overhaul like that would explain why they pushed it back so much.

      BTW: I like the intense and “serious” violence and the overall dark mood.

      • Prokroustis says:

        No one likes QTE’s. You’re either lying or trolling (or a robot??)..

  7. MistyMike says:

    “Aaah… oooh…. ahhh!!! *heavy panting* Oooo-aaah! *grunt*”

    I’ll have to play this on headphones, otherwise the members of my household will be giving me concerned looks.

  8. airtekh says:

    I’m really liking the look of this. Very gritty.

    Last three Tomb Raiders were pretty solid, so I’m trusting Crystal Dynamics will deliver with this one too.

  9. TT says:

    lost track with Lara years ago.. i remember being about acrobatically searching lost treasury’s, not getting beaten up Rambo style
    PS: She lost a few pounds, on the wrong places…

  10. Mallgoth says:

    Why are Lara’s bangs not affected by gravity? Only her ponytail is hanging down at the beginning of the video. NITPICKS.

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      liquidsoap89 says:

      I came down here to make that exact same comment!

    • dazman76 says:

      I think that’s because Lara’s bangs are made from AWESOME, as opposed to the usual fat-based substance we’re used to :)

      • wodin says:

        Bangs is a slang word for fringe I believe not boobies..so your comment makes little sense..fat hair….

      • wodin says:

        Personally I like the fact their doing a how Lara became Tomb Raider game..also I like the fact they aren’t just doing the same things over and over again. We moan about innovation and sequels etc and yet along come a couple of games trying to do things a touch differently and everyone is up in arms it isn’t like all the others…we want the same..

  11. povu says:

    God I hope it won’t be a QTE-fest.

  12. McDan says:

    Well in my opinion it looks great, and if this is what it looks like now then another wait until march shouldn’t do it any harm. Very much looking forward to it.

  13. empyrion says:

    I didn’t used to like female protagonists because of the heavy stereotyping in games, but this looks more like how a real woman reacts to these kind of events. Come to think of it, most male characters are also not very believable. Of course a player wants to play as a tough guy, but like they say, heroes are made, not born. Hopefully, that message will come through in this game.

    • Acorino says:

      Yet, we could’ve done without the talking while she’s being attacked, right? Who would do that? I’m not sure you would be able to articulate anything in such a situation. Heck, I have problems articulating in any situation…

  14. Calabi says:

    Are they going to have a rape mini game or something, press x to prevent. Torture porn, I dont like those sorts of films so I doubt I will be playing this.

    • Nehacoo says:

      I found this and the first trailer quite disgusting, actually. I don’t know why anyone would like to watch someone going through so much pain over and over depicted in such an almost pornographic manner.

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        Drew says:

        Yeah… For all of the comparisons to Uncharted, it’s worth noting that Nathan Drake spends very little time looking terrified and narrowly avoiding sexual assault. Is that seriously the only origin story a “strong” female protagonist can ever get ever?

        • Grargh says:

          Well, it is a solid explanation for the extensive combat training she seems to aquire between this and the previous, later set games.

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            Drew says:

            Sure. But it’s an explanation that (1) has hugely problematic gender politics attached to it and (2) has already been done to death. At best it’s lazy, uninventive character development. At worst it’s part of a pervasive pop cultural tendency to both normalize and eroticize violence against women.

  15. ohfouroneone says:

    At first I thought she was too, well, girly. Then she killed a fucking deer and, I presume, ate it later on.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      it wasn’t fucking at the moment. It just run freely, hopping fawningly over brook when her arrow claimed its life.

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    liquidsoap89 says:

    I was really interested up until the “switch” where she starts killing people. Going from the “vulnerable girl” to “beating a guy with an ice pick” didn’t seem to be a very proper transition to me…

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      liquidsoap89 says:

      Although I do like that CD don’t seem to be afraid of hurting Lara just because she’s a female (not that I think females SHOULD be injured for any particular reason). Actually I want to give them a lot of credit for this character. From what I’ve gathered from the trailers (and preview last year) she really seems to be an improvement over the regular females we get in games, such as the OLD Lara Croft.

      • Ultra Superior says:

        This is the story about the journey from the ice pick to the dual wielding desert eagles.

        It all began when Tom raped her…

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          lowprices says:

          Ok. Yes. ‘Raider’ sort of rhymes with ‘rape her’. We get it, thank you.

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          liquidsoap89 says:

          I understand that this is going to be her “evolution” so to speak. And I actually really liked the bit where she first shoots the dude. But it was right after that, where she’s suddenly running around shooting stuff and smacking people in the face with an ice pick that dragged the trailer down for me. I think it was just done too quickly.

          I think I would have preferred for her to have shot the guy at the end of the trailer, leaving the idea that she’s all grown up in your mind, instead of it just being shown to you like you couldn’t have put two and two together.

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    Andy says:

    Is that Keeley Hawes doing the VO for Lara? It doesn’t sound like it (presumably because she’s supposed to be much younger this time around). It’d be a shame not to have her doing it because I thought she was great in Legend and Underworld.

    Still, I rather enjoyed that trailer… Definitely interested although every game in the world is coming out in the first few months of next year so it might get smothered in the crowd a bit.

    • westyfield says:

      I had a look earlier and it seems they haven’t announced who Lara’s voice-actress is, other than to say that it isn’t Keeley Hawes. It sounds a little bit like Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones), but I’m not sure it is her.

      • Enso says:

        I’ll eat my hat if it turns out she’s not an American actress.

  18. Bhazor says:

    God this feels squicky.

    A character who has been so hyper sexualised for so long getting graphically injured in horrible ways and a “press x to avoid being raped” QTE.

    That is going into a horrible area of fetishism.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Quickly press X before Tom rapes her !!!!

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        Jackablade says:

        Once could have been written off as a weak attempt at starting the traditional RPS Pun thread. Making the same rape joke 6 times in the one discussion forum is becoming slightly concerning.

    • thestage says:

      Don’t worry, the Rape Makes Her Strong.

      It’s progressive, see.

  19. Ribaam says:

    i cant stand blurry textures … i hope the trailer is from the console version :>

  20. Syra says:

    Is it just me or does this game look a little dated. And it’s being delayed another year?

    If it isn’t a proper open world survival game with incidental objectives I hope it fails hard.

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    li says:

    So they forecast the game on “5 March 2013″? That’s very accurate..

  22. Ernesto says:

    This was ridiculous. Moaning, panting and speaking out what’s obvious does not work for me.

  23. Jamesworkshop says:

    I’m ok with it, I was hoping for a more slow paced little human contact kind of game before I had got a nice metro2033/cryostasis vibe from the visual design, it maybe it is like for large portions but I’m doubting it.

  24. mckertis says:

    “it’s all looking a bit Uncharted to me.”

    Never heard of it. Must be some budget console title ?

    Anyway, playing Tomb Raider Legend for the first time RIGHT NOW, and its pretty effing good. Not Prince of Persia : WW good, but not far behind. THIS – this doesnt look like a Tomb Raider game to me.

    Oh, and Crystal Dynamics is another developer joining the circle of retards “no, we wont put either number or a subtitle, let the gamers screw themselves over trying to google the name of our game, mwahaha”.

  25. skyturnedred says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever played a game where someone tries to rape the main character. Guess they really are trying to see how far they can take the whole make-lara-suffer-thing.

  26. LionsPhil says:

    When the hell did Lara get so squeaky and pathetic?
    >Square Enix
    Oh, right. Anime.

    Also explains the godawful dialogue.

  27. Enso says:

    Oh gahd I can’t stand American actors doing bad English accents. Why? Aren’t there any English voice actors? I’ll put on a lady voice and do it for free, guys.

  28. Reefpirate says:

    I’m hoping this is some sort of origin story for Lara Croft… Because I don’t remember her being so whiny and vulnerable sounding, and I’m pretty sure I preferred the more badass Lara Croft. Perhaps she toughens up as the game progresses?

  29. BoxcarWilly says:

    I’m ready for FarTomb RaiderCry 3: Uncharted Edition.

  30. blacksun_redux says:

    I hope they haven’t completely substituted the good old dungeon hopping and puzzles for gore and violence. It bothers me a bit when innovation means “grittier and darker”, which, to me is a total cop out on actually creating good gameplay.

  31. Tokamak says:

    All I got out of that is the game has some really dated textures. Thought these trailers were supposed to emphasize the best parts of the graphics.

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    The Sombrero Kid says:

    Looks worse than the last tomb raider film

  33. Urthman says:

    Who was it that played Tomb Raider and said, “You know what would be awesome? If Lara was tied up a lot more often. Tied up and hanging upside down, tied with her hands behind her back and a creepy dude groping her. Wouldn’t that be great?”

    Because I want to know who are the creepy people not to sit by at the next RPS gathering.

    • Cinnamon says:

      Hey, that’s classy and cinematic. You just can’t handle the fact that games are art now and should be all about women being tied up and groped.

  34. kud13 says:

    ok, thoughts on reading and watching

    1) Amy Henning, the lead writer for Uncharted used to work for Crystal Dynamics, when they made Legacy of Kain games.

    2) survival horror needs to be in first-person. I don’t feel the impact.

    3) press X to roll away from the boulder. I hope there’s a special circle in Hell for the inventor of QTEs and every developer who suggests putting them in games

    4) Oh, OF COURSE, it’s the Russians’ fault! how silly of me!

    5) so why is it “Laura”, not “Lara” now?

    conclusion: GODDAMIT, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS, GO BACK TO MAKING LEGACY OF KAIN GAMES!!!!!

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I think it’s some silly american thing were they can’t tell the difference between “Lah-rah” and “Law-rah”

      maybe they assume it’s like “color” and “colour”, that we just use an extra ninja vowel.

  35. Beelzebud says:

    Am I the only one that would like to see the franchise return to what it was in the first game? That being a game about an archeologist exploring old ruins. They sort of lost the thread, IMO.

    From part 2 on, the focus was put on combat over exploration, and I haven’t really liked it since. I’m not even sure that the first game had any human enemies besides the final boss.

  36. fish99 says:

    She’s far too whiney. I don’t want to listen to that for 6-8 hours, even 3 minutes was too much.