Lara Croft: Relic Run Review

By on May 27, 2015 | 2 comments

Relic-Run-Review-Featured-ImageLara Croft: Relic Run is the newest mobile release from Square Enix! Relic Run is basically the “Crofty” version of Temple run. It’s gameplay offers fluid parkour and acrobatic elements. What differentiates this app from other Temple Run clones is the gunplay and vehicles that tie in with the free running mechanics. Boss fights are also a big set-piece in traveling intervals. There are a slew of cool bosses to slay during your runs, including the return of the infamous T-Rex! I got my hands on the game for a bit and I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the iconic temple run inspired Croft venture!

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In the beginning hours of Relic Run, the game tends to feel a bit deprived and tiresome. However, like Temple Run, the more time you invest into upgrading, collecting and unlocking new tidbits, the game definitely starts to open up. From upgrading your weapons and power-up drops, the game urges you to collect as much that is required to unlock new maps and frisky new outfits. Each outfit has it’s own set of advantages and perks. Unlike Temple Run’s lighthearted feel, Relic Run is a game that requires a bit more concentration, with worlds that feel dangerous and exciting with each new set of traps presented in the many different maps.

The game has officially launched in the US for iOS and Android devices!
Relic Run is a premium mobile app, and is tailored to run on newer mainstream devices. Below is a brief list of compatible software and mobile devices.

Downloads:

iOS | Android | Windows

iOS:

iPhone 5, 5C and 5S, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. iPod 5th generation, or iOS 7 and later.

Android:

Galaxy S4, S5, S6 and S6 Edge.

The app does not work on the iPhone 4, 4s, iPad Mini 1, or the iPad 2.
The app runs smoother on Android devices with a consistent frame-rate than on the newer iPhones.

The Crystal Compass Podcast Episode: 29

By on May 2, 2015 | 8 comments

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In the newest episode of the Crystal Compass Podcast, community manager Meagan Marie and Crystal brand coordinator Robin Huey touch base on Tomb Raider 2013’s recent milestone and the newest mobile release from Square Enix, Lara Croft: Relic Run! Rise of the Tomb Raider’s game director, Brian Horton weighs in on the systems of survival, and does a take 5 Q&A! Check it out!

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Throwback: Tomb Raider 2013 Fan Art by JardC87

By on April 10, 2015 | 1 comment

JuanAndresThis week’s TBT features an incredible fan art collection by one of YouTube’s most notorious illustrators. Tomb Raider digital fan art by JardC87!

With more than 68 million views on YouTube, Juan Andres is known for his vividly lifelike celebrity portraits and his vibrantly created music videos.

Check out the gallery below!

 

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Tomb Raider Yamatai Concept Art – New Milestone

By on April 6, 2015 | 1 comment

LCSacPosterFeaturedImageTomb Raider has reached yet another milestone, having sold 8.5 million copies since it’s initial release in March of 2013. The game has been sold across 6 gaming platforms, consisting of Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and Mac! This is an incredible record the game holds, currently being the highest sold title in the entire Tomb Raider franchise.

RELATED: “Rise of The Tomb Raider” Launch Campaign

Congratulations to the entire team who worked on the newest Tomb Raider iteration. It’s a perfect example of a reboot done right.

In celebration of this incredible milestone, Crystal has released some new concept art from the last game’s development.

Enjoy the gallery below!

 

 

Retro Tomb Raider Ad: Sofia Vergara as Lara Croft!

By on March 25, 2015 | 1 comment

Sofia-Vergara-as-Lara-CroftThrowback Thursday to a retro Visa ad starring Sofia Vergara as Lady Lara Croft!

The 2003 commercial was part of Visa’s ‘All It Takes’ advertising campaign.

Check out the commercial and making of video below!

The Crystal Compass Podcast Episode: 28

By on March 20, 2015 | 8 comments

Crystal Compass LogoHey everyone! The Crystal Habit podcast is back and newly rebranded as “The Crystal Compass!”

In this new feature, senior community manager Meagan Marie sits down with the talent behind Rise of The Tomb Raider to dive into the mythology surrounding the next chapter in the Tomb Raider saga.

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Camilla Luddington on Conan O’Brien

By on March 20, 2015 | No comments yet

Camilla-by-Isaac-AlvarezCamilla sits down with Conan and talks Tomb Raider, her previous work in a Lifetime original movie, and acting out the ridiculous ways Lara can die in the game! Check out the interviews and a chatty Tomb Raider play through below!

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Keeley Hawes Interview — Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

By on March 19, 2015 | 512 comments

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Keeley Hawes opens up about reprising her role as classic Lara in Crystal Dynamics’ newest title release, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris! Available now for PS4, PC and Xbox One!

Playstation Network | Steam | Xbox Store

 

RELATED: “Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris” Gameplay

“Rise of The Tomb Raider” Launch Campaign

By on February 11, 2015 | 1,331 comments

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Crystal Dynamics has officially started the campaign for “Rise of the TR” this month with Gameinformer, unveiling the March issue with a cover story for the next installment in the Tomb Raider franchise.

Late last year, Square Enix had announced “Rise of The TR” as an Xbox exclusive, being published by Microsoft come Holiday 2015. Still up for speculation that Rise could eventually come to other platforms sometime after it’s initial release on Xbox.

RELATED: Rise of The Tomb Raider – Reveal Coverage

Throughout the month of February, Crystal is exclusively releasing assets and details for Rise of The Tomb Raider via Gameinformer’s ROTTR Hub, where you can check there periodically for TR updates.

One of the points I made in my open letter to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix regarding the exclusivity deal was my concern about releasing a next-gen Tomb Raider title on last-gen’s
hardware.

Developing a next-gen game for last-gen’s hardware is not “ambitious” in any way, period.
Especially if the game is set to drop on the cusp of 2016. — Open Letter

Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios, Darrell Gallagher addressed this concern announcing Nixxes Software as the studio who’s developing Rise of The TR for the Xbox 360 version.

We’re wholly focused on Rise being an Xbox One title without limitation, without even thinking of the Xbox 360 version,” Gallagher revealed to Game Informer in their latest March issue.

Nixxes put together a tech demo of Rise of the Raider content running on Xbox 360, and we were totally blown away by what they achieved.

Nixxes has been a long time partner of the studio since the Legacy of Kain games. Their first ever project was Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, and since having worked on every Tomb Raider installment alongside Crystal Dynamics, including their work on the Tomb Raider Trilogy.

The latest ROTTR Gameinformer coverage has me feeling a bit bitter-sweet. I’m excited because Lara’s next journey has been revealed, however my rose colored glasses aren’t that tinted, leaving me frustrated and conflicted.

To read Game informer’s full cover story in the latest March issue filled with exclusive screenshots of the next installment of Tomb Raider, click here to subscribe!

Where do you stand with the Xbox exclusivity deal? How do you feel about developers utilizing outdated hardware as an obligation to deliver diluted gaming experiences on last-gen tech?

Is the 360 and PS3 holding back next-gen titles from their fullest potential?
Let me know what you think about the new Rise coverage in the comments below!

Rise of The Tomb Raider – Reveal Coverage

By on June 25, 2014 | 1 comment

ROTTR-E3-Featured-ThumbnailSquare Enix has finally revealed the announcement trailer for the next installment in the newly rebooted Tomb Raider franchise!

Check out the reveal trailer, concept art and the E3 coverage that surrounded the buzz for Rise of The Tomb Raider below!

RELATED: Open Letter to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix in Regard to Rise of The Tomb Raider

Rise of The Tomb Raider Announcement Trailer

 

 

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