20 Years of Tomb Raider: 2016 in Review

By on January 8, 2017 | No comments yet

My new year resolution for 2016 was a goal to become more involved with the Tomb Raider community and thankfully I was afforded that opportunity. I’ve met so many incredible people, made such great friends and joined a passionate and embracing Tomb Raider family.

After my initial trip to Crystal Dynamics in Redwood City, California — I was so eager to do Tomb Raider events the following year!

In July of 2016, I was able to fly out to San Diego during Comic-Con season. My family was already vacationing there, and it made sense for me to join my family later that week, and join in on the Tomb Raider festivities, such as the Cosplay gathering where members of the community showed off their awesome costumes and hung out for the weekend!

It was super nerve-wracking, meeting so many members of the community and development team. I remember being so reluctant and afraid to show up at the “Square Enix Experience” where demos and gatherings were being held downtown by the convention center. But it was such an incredible and memorable first experience, meeting such talented and likeminded people, all gathered for our love for Croft!

At the “Square Enix Experience” I was able to get hands on with the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, climb a  super cool rock climbing wall, and meet the ever so fabulous Camilla Luddington! I was super nervous meeting her, I never in a million years expected to ever meet this girl. But there she was, glamorous and so down to earth. I remember being so starstruck and stunned to actually see her walk on to the lot, greeting all the fans.

 

SDCC 2016 was super special, and it was an honor to finally meet everyone there!

 

More recently in November of 2016, Crystal Dynamics and a company in northern Cali called Adventure Out partnered up to host a survival training course with staff members of IGN to be grouped up with members of the community to learn basic survival skills and compete Tomb Raider style!

As a Colorado native, it was quite the trip to haul ass halfway across the country on such short notice for the next TR event! That being said, I road tripped 13 hours from Colorado to Arizona to meet up with a buddy, Isaac Cabrera aka Tom Braider — Where we drove through Los Angeles to pick up a few more members of our party, and drove up the coast to Santa Cruz to join the rest of the group for the training class! We even met up with Earl Baylon for a lunch date in LA.

During the course we learned how to build shelter, purify water, make fire by friction, and even build bundle bows like Lara’s iconic makeshift bow in TR 2013! It was a blast, and I’m super excited for what’s to come in 2017! Be sure to check out the gallery below!

I want to give a special thanks to my road trip buddies — for dealing with my shenanigans, and being the best road trip pals. It was so much fun.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Comes to Playstation 4

By on July 19, 2016 | No comments yet

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Crystal Dynamics has officially announced the PS4 release for Rise of the Tomb Raider! After a year of a timed exclusivity arrangement that secured the Tomb Raider sequel’s debut on the Xbox and PC platforms, fellow raiders and interested PS4 gamers can finally get their hands on the game and experience Croft’s newest globe-trotting endeavor beginning on October 11th!

For more info on the “20 Year Tomb Raider Celebration” release on PS4, head on over to the official Tomb Raider blog for the entire collection breakdown!

Be sure to check out a special “spoiler free” video I put together to help welcome Lara back home to Playstation.

Cheers.

Rise of The Tomb Raider — E3 2015

By on June 20, 2015 | 1,217 comments

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It was a big week for Rise of The Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics kicked off the E3 campaign with a new gameplay demo at the Microsoft conference. Check out the demos and gallery below!

Rise of The Tomb Raider launches November 10th, 2015. Coming first to Xbox.

Road To E3 – New Rise of The TR Trailer

By on June 1, 2015 | 466 comments

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Happy Monday, everyone! This morning, Crystal Dynamics released a new trailer and the official box art for Rise of The Tomb Raider! Check out the awesome new video and poster!

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Lara Croft: Relic Run Review

By on May 27, 2015 | No comments yet

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!

RELATED: The Crystal Compass Podcast Episode: 29

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.

Retro Tomb Raider Ad: Sofia Vergara as Lara Croft!

By on March 25, 2015 | No comments yet

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!

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 | No comments yet

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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