Richard Bailey of The Koalition writes:
Ever since the beginning of the golden age of cinema, women have often been portrayed as stunningly beautiful creatures capable of captivating the hearts of various male protagonists, and audience members alike. Eventually over time, this role evolved as females were viewed less as love interests and more as strong, independent lead heroines. Once this concept transitioned over into video games, both Core Design and Eidos Interactive gained notoriety for their portrayal of an intelligent, and cunning English archaeologist by the name of Lara Croft. Thus the Tomb Raider series was born and fans began salivating over the endless array of possibilities Lara could encounter from one adventure to the next.