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  • Blog Post: Lara Croft’s Survival Instinct Nearly Breaks Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    A couple of days ago I overheard fellow editors Jeff Cork and Kimberley Wallace jokingly say they used Lara Croft’s “survival instinct” ability so much during Rise of the Tomb Raider that they thought they might break their Xbox One controllers. Survival instinct is Rise of the Tomb... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

    Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves today, finally giving Xbox One and Xbox 360 players the chance to dive into Lara's latest adventure in Siberia. You can read our review here . The good news is you can play the game however you want. You can power straight through the story or take your... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of The Tomb Raider’s Lara Takes Cues From Terminator’s Sarah Connor

    When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced at E3 2014, it was done via a surprising trailer. What stands out isn’t Lara as an adventurer or hero. It’s that she was in a psychiatrist’s office as a doctor lectures her on getting past her trauma. Positioning Lara as a victim in the... More
  • Blog Post: It’s A Living

    Today, we in the United States celebrate the advances made by our nation’s labor movement. Or we just look forward to the chance to have a parade. Regardless, it’s Labor Day. With that in mind, we wanted to celebrate the work that our virtual citizens do. All too often, we focus on those... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis: Two Reasons Why Playable Female Characters Are Here To Stay

    Video game protagonists have come a long way over the years. Consider the iconic Lara Croft: In her 1996 debut, she was a polygonal, sexualized figure, designed to appeal to an overwhelmingly male audience. However, she also stood out for being one of the few playable female protagonists at the time;... More
  • Blog Post: Six Things You May Have Missed In The 2013 Tomb Raider Reboot

    In the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Crystal Dynamics hid a few references to Lara's Rise of the Tomb Raider future, as well as a few other Easter Eggs. We spoke with franchise creative director Noah Hughes about what players might have missed in the first game, and learn about a Cast Away reference that... More
  • Blog Post: Readers Select 25 Women (And 5 Men) They Want To See Play Lara Croft In The Tomb Raider Movie

    A few days ago, new details were revealed about the in-development Tomb Raider film. We offered some suggestions for how to make the best of the film , but a big question remains: Who should play Lara? We've previously suggested Olivia Wilde among others, but we decided to ask readers who they thought... More
  • Blog Post: Camilla Luddington On Playing Lara Croft And The Difficulties Of Pretending To Drown

    Many will recognize Camilla Luddington from her recurring roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy , Californication , or True Blood , but gamers know her as Lara Croft. Luddington provided Lara's voice and motion capture performance for the 2013 reboot, and lent a new level of grounded believability... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Things That Will Make The Tomb Raider Film A Blockbuster

    Movies are generally made by committee, meaning it takes a lot of great ideas to make a generic piece of Hollywood drivel. With that in mind, let us offer up some suggestions for Warner Bros., GK Films, and MGM as they produce the new Tomb Raider movie. Daugherty hangs out on the set of Teenage Mutant... More
  • Blog Post: Balancing Survival Vs. Action In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Leading up to the release of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, Crystal Dynamics pushed the theme that Lara Croft was a survivor. While the survival aspects certainly were a large part of the story, the game didn't cross the line of becoming a systems-driven "survival game." While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: The Tomb Raider Team Reacts To Conan O’Brien Failing At Their Game

    Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer series has become infamous for its ability to entertain while showing exactly how a game shouldn’t be played. One of the earliest and most memorable episodes featured the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider . The episode aired about a month before the game released... More
  • Blog Post: A Breakdown Of Lara's Gear In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Want to know what Lara is really made of? Check out our handy gear guide for a closer look at the gear Lara will acquire during her next expedition to Siberia in Rise of the Tomb Raider. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara has moved well beyond the rookie explorer she was in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Films That Helped Influence Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Early in the production of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics put together something called a rippomatic to help set an emotional tone for the rest of development. A rippomatic is basically an faux trailer for the game, created before any assets or even a game’s story has been fully fleshed... More
  • Blog Post: Return Of The Tombs: The Puzzles Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    While visiting Crystal Dynamics for our extensive March cover story on Rise of the Tomb Raider , the development team emphasized that they were planning on responding to criticism of the last game by increasing the amount of large tombs for players to explore this time around. We sat down with creative... More
  • Blog Post: Tomb Raider's Writer Discusses The Evolution Of Lara Croft

    The daughter of legendary fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, Rhianna Pratchett has already built an impressive career giving voice to strong female characters in both games and comics. Pratchett has previous worked on titles like the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Heavenly Sword, and Mirror's Edge. Now that... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The New Setting Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Stepping up from his role as art director for the last entry, Brian Horton is now the game director on Rise of the Tomb Raider and is paying a lot of attention to the look of Lara Croft's new environment . Rise of the Tomb Raider takes players to Russia as Lara seeks a long-lost city and answers... More
  • Blog Post: Raiders Of The Lost City – Lara’s Search For Immortality

    Lara Croft’s previous journeys have taken her on quests for magical daggers said to command ancient armies and spelunking through Norse underworlds in order to gather archaic armor rumored to belong to the gods. Tomb Raiders’ exploits always send Lara on wild adventures, but these adventures... More
  • Blog Post: Ominous Beauty – Exclusive Rise Of The Tomb Raider Concept Art Gallery

    Concept art is an unsung hero in the game development process. It's often the first thing created for a video game and serves to direct the tone and style of the entire project. Before pressing the A button ever makes a character jump, or pushing the control stick makes a character move, concept... More
  • Blog Post: Five Ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider Improves Upon The Reboot

    We're very excited to roll out a month of exclusive content for Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics to go along with our extensive March cover story . The 2013 reboot really impressed us and we were curious about how the development team is looking to improve on that experience. While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris

    In 2010, Crystal Dynamics released Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a delightful top-down shooter that let up to two players explore a series of tombs and solve puzzles while shooting down a horde of undead minions. Then the company rebooted the Tomb Raider series, and this strange offshoot laid... More
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