Ascendant: The Fall of Tomb Raider and the Rise of Lara Croft

In 1996, Core Design's Tomb Raider revolutionized 3D gaming. Six years later, the franchise and its heroine had fallen from grace. Developers from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal look back on their blockbuster origin trilogy, and discuss how Lara Croft came back from darkness to take her place in the spotlight as one of gaming's most powerful and resourceful icons.

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gamer7804910d ago

Honestly there are good things about the previous games and good things about the current. I'd prefer a mix of open world and linear to drive a better story in the current games. I'd also use more locations, cities even. Also can we finally get her original outfit its a dlc?...

VenomUK909d ago

I followed the link to Shack News and I like the look of the article as it seems an in-depth piece on the history of Lara Croft. I will try and read it tomorrow on the train.

whitesoxfalife76909d ago

pretty in depth, the pacing of the read is awesome

PhoenixUp909d ago

Lara Croft isn’t the first lady of gaming

whitesoxfalife76909d ago (Edited 909d ago )

your right princess toad is...
wait its ms Pacman thought about that soon I hit the save 👀🤣🤣

PhoenixUp909d ago

Princess Peach wasn’t even the protagonist of the game she debuted in, howd she even come to mind?

annoyedgamer909d ago

I want the old Lara Croft Back. Why can't she keep her iconic costume with slightly more average bust size? Oh never mind, I know the reason.

gamer7804909d ago (Edited 909d ago )

they have a million different costume options in the latest game, and even low poly old models, but for some reason they refuse to give her the iconic costume even now that she has become the tomb raider... would have been cool to see her gear up for the end against trinity and the final boss in her classic gear then you could use it for new game + or finishing other content.

bigmalky909d ago

Maybe she'll get a boob job for the next game. It can be explained easily...


nommers909d ago

Not that I disagree with wanting Lara to get her old costume back, but she never had an average bust size. Even the origin games have her as noticeably above average.

Inzo909d ago

Rise of Tomb raider and the fall of Lara Croft.

Orionsangel909d ago

Tomb Raider doesn't always get the credit that it deserves. It gets overshadowed by Lara's boobs, but In 96 there was no other game like it. The closest thing was Mario 64, but that was a cartoony 3D platformer. Where TR was a 3D action game with violence and puzzle solving. It helped paved the way for games like Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, God of War, Uncharted and so many games we play today.

isarai909d ago (Edited 909d ago )

That's what always gets on my nerves when arguing why i like the older games more than the reboot trilogy. Everyone just focuses on the boobs, but honestly for me that was never even a selling point. I just REALLY liked the puzzles and focus on precise platforming and problem solving, not to mention the really good sense of adventure where one game takes you to several completely different countries and settings. Not saying it HAS to be linear (i in fact like the structure of the new games) but they seriously lack variety. Never forget how long i spent in the Venice level just exploring the opening river/urban area. And i liked the cocky/confident attitude of a very capable character, which i thought this series was going to build up towards but never did.

And c'mon man, WTF with the no dual pistols WHEN YOU TEASED THEM IN THE FIRST F$#@ING GAME OF THE TRILOGY!!! no matter how hard you try, her iconic weapons will never be a climbing axe (which BTW makes zero sense at this point) and a bow

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