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Posts tagged “Lara Croft”

Feature: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Swoon

Video: Perilous platforming and jaguar extermination makes Shadow of the Tomb Raider classic Croft

I often wonder what freakish individuals were enlisted into focus testing to give publishers the idea that everyone wants things mean and moody. Had they invited me, there would be more games set in cheery pubs where you win by having the best bit of nostalgia about early noughties television. Also, the health system would be built entirely on the consumption of floral gums. There…

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Go Home, Lara, You’re Pointy: Tomb Raider DLC Out Now

A splurdge of DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site] has just come out, which means you can now pop back to a decrepit Croft Manor, team up for co-op wilderness endurance, or battle the tough ‘Extreme Survivor’ difficulty mode. But most importantly, you can now control famous archaeologist and murderer Lara Croft the way she was meant to be played – as…

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Feature: A day in the life of Lara Croft

The Perma-Death Endurance Mode DLC Is The Best Version Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

I wanted to play Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site] more than I realised I did. It's nice to not have yet another BrawnMan in the middle of my screen, sure, but for me it's the idea of vaguely puzzley, vaguely sandboxy adventures in a not-too-fantastical wilderness which appeals. Enthused by Adam's review, I picked up the PC version, but it wasn't long before…

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Tomb Fortress: Ethics When Lara Croft Meets TF2

Valve's Team Fortress 2 team are running a competition whereby the entire Tomb Raider franchise is fair game for TF2 Workshop content creation. Their official blog post on the matter goes straight for "the heavy in short shorts" at their first example of the contest's potential*. But why on earth would you want to help Valve and Square promote a game for free? Let's take…

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Shipwrecked: Tomb Raider Details Appearing

The first few scraps of information about the new Tomb Raider, officially revealed yesterday, are beginning to appear. NeoGAF have been plundering the unreleased Game Informer article by their own nefarious methods, and we learn a few interesting morsels. Like, for instance, Lara is to be 21 in the new game. Keys to the tomb. And deaths are to be brutal. Erk. It's sounding like…

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Backflip: Tomb Raider Reboot Announced

One of my favourite things of recent years has been the standard of Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider games. While there's no doubt there's Lara fatigue, it's inappropriate when they're some of the finest action platform/shooters around. So it's with a happy face that I greet the news that the next game from the team is a complete reboot of the series, simply called Tomb Raider.…

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Lara Croft: Please Stay Above Water

More Tomb Raider Underworld trailers. I can't resist them. The first is in the jungle, showing off Lara's climby-climby powers (with a bonus cartwheel thrown in), and looks most tempting. The second is bloody underwater bits, which always suck out loud in every Tomb Raider game, and here is 99% cutscene which is even more reason to wish they just wouldn't. Lara is not aquatic.…

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Lara’s Killing Gods

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…

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Tomb Raider Underworld For November

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…

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PC Gamer: Cosplaying Lara

A fun piece of nonsense I wrote for PC Gamer in the current issue's Extra Life has gone online today. It's a guide to cosplaying Lara in Tomb Raider: Anniversary. In the game, I mean. I'll leave Kieron to write a guide to cosplaying as her in real life. Anyway, it's deeply silly and surprisingly fun. And yes, one of them has her in the…

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