Posts Tagged ‘tomb raider underworld’

Tomb Conditioner: Lara Has Real-Time Hair, Apparently

By Alec Meer on February 26th, 2013.

apparently she also has a skull shaped like a baked bean now

I’m not sure how amazeballs this really is in practice, as PC Tomb Raider code is being witheld until the end of the week because reasons, but I dig the concept. Game hair’s not great, by and large – some engines certainly do OK by it, but the hair-helmet approach very much remains the norm. AMD’s come up with some tech to try and make locks more lustrous. Instead of taking two anti-aliasing systems into the shower, they’ve devised TressFX (oof), intended to make hair flow and change more convincingly. This will apparently first be seen in the impending Tomb Raider re-reboot, which has “the world’s first real-time hair rendering technology in a playable game”, it says here.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

130 Comments »

Adsolutely Fabulous? Tomb Raider: Underworld ‘Free’

By Craig Pearson on January 15th, 2013.


Games move so quickly. Today’s AAA title, with a huge marketing spend and adverts, is tomorrow’s experimental sales fodder. There’s a new Tomb Raider coming out in March this year, so Square Enix have lobbed Tomb Raider: Underworld up on their streaming game service Core. That’s the (*counts on fingers*) eighth? Yeah, eighth Tomb Raider game, for fans of chronology. It’s “free” up there, which means you need to watch some ads and install a thing, and even then you might not get to play all of it right away.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

30 Comments »

Win! Tomb Raider Underworld, Signed By A Girl

By Alec Meer on January 13th, 2009.

Yes – you could be the proud owner of a videogame written upon by a real human female. Specifically, by Keeley Hawes – the agreeably posh voice of Lara Croft, face of ‘er out of Ashes to Ashes and of course, most famously of all, silent subject of the video for geriatric pop gibberish-spouters James’ She’s A Star. SHE IS A PRETTY LADY. She is also able to write her own name – three times, in fact, for that’s how many signed copies of Tomb Raider Underworld we have to give away. And it’s the game we’re really interested in, of course.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

54 Comments »

Underworld, Overground, Tomb Raider Demo is Free

By Kieron Gillen on October 31st, 2008.

'Octopus? No, but here's that Sick Squid I owe You.' 'WOT?''

Just about to run out the house to get to do my speech thing at Playful – clearly, I only actually wrote it this morning. Like, obv! – when I noticed the Tomb Raider: Underworld Demo has just gone live. I feel a bit sorry for it. In some ways, I share Walker’s sympathy for the game, thinking it a shame people are dismissing it through over familiarity. Admittedly, that’s not actually going to make it leap-frog spanglier, newer things to my “Actually playing it properly” pile. Anyway – get it from here and you’ll find some videos beneath the cut if you need a reminder of what Lara Croft looks like.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

66 Comments »

Watch Out Tigers, Here Comes Lara

By John Walker on August 29th, 2008.

Any swimming tigers to kill?

Hooray! New Tomb Raider Underworld footage. In previous discussions of this game, I’ve made sophisticated and erudite arguments about why it’s folly to dismiss Tomb Raider as a franchise simply due to over-familiarity. This time I’m taking a more direct approach: If you don’t like the Tomb Raider games, you’re a fool, and you can’t come to my house for tea. And if you need any more convincing, below the jump is Lara kicking a tiger in the face.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

40 Comments »

Lara’s Killing Gods

By John Walker on August 16th, 2008.

LARA VS CTHULHU!

The last time Tomb Raider Underworld news came up, I found myself going off on my rant about how stupid people are for not being excited about a consistently excellent game series (apart from that one), that’s only getting better with each new release.

My frustrations haven’t waned. I’m seeing a couple of current mags writing previews of Underworld, saying it looks good, but they’re getting tired of the games now. Tired of an ever-improving, top-notch platforming series with a stupendous cast, excellent writing, and the best acrobatic fun available? Then you’re not a gamer! Bah! Anyway, in the trailer below, Underworld looks bloody excellent, and more than that, it’s picking up where Legend left off.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

60 Comments »

E3: The Trailers – Tomb Raider Underworld

By Alec Meer on July 15th, 2008.

She swims! She swims some more! She shoots sharks! And swims! I’ve yet to play the last two Tomb Raiders, so don’t know if the old shtick about drowning Lara still rings true, but she seems more aqualunged to my eye:

This video keeps getting pulled down from wherever it’s hosted – this is now the fourth version I’ve put up here. It must be because there’s a single frame of hardcore sex hidden in it or something. Otherwise it’d just be a publisher squealing “no, don’t look at our game that we want you to buy!”, and how could that ever happen?
Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

22 Comments »

Tomb Raider Underworld For November

By John Walker on June 23rd, 2008.

LARA VS SHARK ULTIMATE CAGEFIGHT

It’s a rather lovely story, the tale of Lara’s rescue. Tomb Raider, too infamous to maintain the reputation it deserved, span out of control. People, when reflecting on the series, will recall the first couple and begrudgingly admit that they were really good. But then they’ll say things tailed off, descending into generic sequels, eventually finishing in the hideous plane-full-orphans-crashing-into-train-full-of-puppies mess that was Angel of Darkness. But they’re wrong.

Read the rest of this entry »

, .

58 Comments »