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Tomb Raider

An icon of video games for generations, Lara Croft‘s distinct character and architectural adventures show no sign of losing any popularity, having become of the world’s best selling game franchises after selling 58 million copies worldwide. In 2018, the Tomb Raider series is due to get its second movie adaptation, with Alicia Vikander taking over the role from Angelina Jolie’s 2001 incarnation. The new version is said to be based on the 2013 video game reboot of the franchise, with Walter Goggins as the movie’s villain, Daniel Wu as a companion for Lara Croft and Dominic West as her deceased father. (more…)

Traditionally, when one thinks of Lara Croft, the image and dimensions of a woman that couldn’t possibly exist in reality come to mind (despite the best efforts of Angelina Jolie in two different Tomb Raider movies in 2001 and 2003). That’s why when the Tomb Raider game was rebooted a couple of years ago, Lara was given a, shall we say, more realistic figure. She’s still strong, she’s still tough, she’s still capable, but you could believe now that Lara can exist in some kind of reality. To wit, we now have our first images of Alicia Vikander on set of the new Tomb Raider movie, and we defy you to not say, “Now that’s Lara Croft.”  (more…)

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Stop and think for a minute: who was the bad guy of the first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie? Who was the villain of the second one? Exactly, nothing about those movies really stands out aside from the fact that Angelina Jolie was a great looking Lara Croft. It was eye candy, and unsurprisingly, that was no where near enough to sustain a movie franchise. In casting Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, the producers were setting a tone that this Lara Croft is going to be more than good looking, and now, it looks like they’re going to give our new resident Tomb Raider an adversary worthy of her.  (more…)

The ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Gets A Release Date

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The massively successful (and fun) Tomb Raider video game franchise recently went through a bit of an overhaul back in 2013, and continued that path with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One. The latest video game is an achievement in both game play and visual effects and truly reminded players why they loved the franchise in the first place.  As announced back in 2009, Warner Brothers is hoping to capture imaginations on screen as well, as they present the world with a new Tomb Raider film.  Now, fans of Lara Croft have a date to mark on their calendars to witness her return to the big screen. (more…)

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To be filed under things nobody ever wanted/people actively wished wouldn’t happen: a new Tomb Raider film is, in fact, on its way to the big screen.

As many will recall, this will be Lara Croft’s first cinematic outing since Angelina Jolie stumbled her way through 2001’s Tomb Raider and its almost-so-bad-it’s-good sequel, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Ironic how a motion picture with the word ‘life’ in the title was the unintended death of a budding franchise! (more…)

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If Lara Croft were an actual person, she would have quite an impressive resume.  She has been reincarnated in video games, two feature films, comic books, novels, theme park rides, and a currently in development film reboot that is currently seeking a director.  And she’s not done yet.  Rise of the Tomb Raider, the most recent addition to the Tomb Raider video game franchise, is set to be released this holiday season for Xbox.  Publishers for the endeavor are Microsoft and Square Enix, with Crystal Dynamics as developer.  A new trailer has been released in anticipation, titled “Descent Into Legend”, which features new and never before seen gameplay footage from the third-person, action-adventure addition to the video game saga. (more…)

A Double Dose of Lara Croft Announced at E3

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Amongst the goodies at Microsoft’s E3 presentation this morning was the announcement that we’re getting not just one, but two new Tomb Raider games in the near future. Following up on last year’s critically and commercially successful reboot of the franchise, Tomb Raider, developers Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics seem to have their eyes on a true Croftian renaissance. But will they succeed? Let’s roll the videotape on the two new trailers for the games and see. (more…)

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The most recent Tomb Raider was a well deserved and well done reboot of the series. After a rocky patch during its promotion, once the game actually released it was met with acclaim from hardcore and casual gamers alike. Not only was it a damn fun adventure game, but it was probably the first time I played a game with a female protagonist that didn’t make such a fuss about her being a female protagonist.

And the only thing that makes me happier than a game that understands you can produce a solid, entertaining, engaging action-adventure game no matter the sex of your lead character, is learning we’re getting a sequel.

The news of a Tomb Raider sequel was sort of already leaked when comic book writer, Gail Simone spoke about the details of her upcoming Tomb Raider comic, saying it would bridge the events of the first game and its sequel. Today though, Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe, Phil Rogers  confirmed there’s a sequel in works, announcing the game is, “well into development.” Former head of Crystal Dynamics, the studio responsible for the successful reboot, Darrell Gallagher, who’s also now head of product development and studios at Square Enix, added,

It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.

All I can ask for is a game crafted with the same attention for great game play and thrilling adventure. Give me that and I’ll be as happy as when I’m playing Lara Croft laying waste to weirdo cultists with a grenade launcher.

Sigh. Though I guess this means I’ll need to buy one of those damn, new-fangled, next generations consoles. Double sigh.

Source: Joystig via The Mary Sue

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