Sunday, May 8, 2016

Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming @ PAX 2016

The Tomb Raider 20-Year Celebration kicked off at PAX East with the "Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" panel featuring many well-known contributors of the franchise. Our very own Meagan Marie of Crystal Dynamics and composer Nathan McCree were among the panelists. Watch the footage via the link below and read on for some big announcements!

"Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" Panel

BEHOLD: "The Tomb Raider Suite"


Nathan McCree, the original trilogy composer, is working on the new album featuring extensions, variations, and all classic tracks from the first three Tomb Raider games. The album will be recorded at Abbey Road Studios by a live orchestra, releasing this fall on CD and digital formats.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it,” said McCree.

A live performance of the album is scheduled in London to celebrate 20 years since the original Tomb Raider game's release. More information to come sometime soon.

The whole endeavor will be recorded as a behind the scenes documentary titled "Tomb Raider: Remastered" directed by Matthew Longfellow. Other documentaries included in his repertoire include Queen and Pink Floyd.

"Tomb Raider: The Trilogy (1998)"

A short film produced by Silver Films for the "Tomb Raider III" launch party has been released online for the first times since the event. Janey de Nordwall, the producer of the project, recently found the original tape resulting in this little treat for us all to share.

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Sunday, May 1, 2016

20 Years of an Icon

Ladies and gentlemen, we are well into 2016. Do you know what that means? 20 fantastic years of Lara Croft!!! I am so ecstatic that our beloved adventurer has been raiding tombs for this long and I can't wait to find out what she has in store for us in the future.

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will be celebrating the occasion all year with special activities, kicked off with PAX EAST last week. I'll discuss it's happenings in a later post.

“Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone,” said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “We look forward to celebrating with fans, and honoring the iconic Lara Croft with special events, retrospectives, giveaways and other surprises throughout this year of Tomb Raider.”

“Tomb Raider has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 20 years, selling millions of copies worldwide, sparking one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, and inspiring our amazing fans of all ages,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “It’s incredible to be part of this legend and to see how much the series has evolved over time, and think about what’s yet to come. Here’s to 20 more years of adventure together.”

It is such an honor to be a part of this project and I am so excited to share it with you all now. 
Celebrate 20 exciting years of Tomb Raider with this premium, hardcover tome!With stunning visuals and in-depth commentary, 20 Years of Tomb Raider explores the ground-breaking, rich, and diverse history of this iconic gaming franchise. Including...

Highlighting previously unpublished images and assets.

Packed full of information on the rich lore, iconic characters, epic fan community, and, of course, the games that started it all.

Exclusive interviews from Core Design, Crystal Dynamics, official voice actors, composers, live actions models, comic artists, and more.

An in-depth look at all the iconic games, with insights into unreleased titles.

Covers the entirety of the Tomb Raider universe - games, comics, Hollywood movies, pop culture influences, and the community.
Written by the amazingly talented Meagan Marie, 20 Years of Tomb Raider ships this October.


Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog, Prima Games

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tomb Raider Dark Horse Comic Round Up

The preview cover for the 6th issue of the Tomb Raider comic series by Dark Horse has been revealed. This is the 2nd run of comics produced by Dark Horse and it picks up where "Rise of the Tomb Raider" left off. Preview all the latest issues below and pick up your copies HERE or at your local comic book shop.

Issue 6

Professor Demur has located a mushroom said to grant the impossible in a feat that nearly cost him his life—and Lara’s! However, danger still lingers, and it’s stalking Lara Croft!

Issue 5

Lara arrives at a cave in pursuit of Professor Demur. He has been taken captive by the Knights of the Spore, who seek to use his knowledge to locate a mushroom to grant immortality!
Issue 4
Fighting for survival in a raging river, Lara must abandon the team’s provisions. She is undersupplied and on the trail of the dangerous, immortality-seeking Knights of the Spore—and the looming darkness within the jungle descends!

Issue 3
Lara and Jonah travel to China in search of a cave said to house an immortality-granting mushroom! However, a monsoon, the lethal Knights of the Spore, and disappearing allies and supplies could spell death for them both!

Issue 2
To discover the true nature of the soul, Lara is drawn into a hunt for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality. However, she’s not the only one in pursuit--the Knights of the Spore will stop at nothing to take Lara down!

Issue 1
Lara Croft is pursuing a lost truth about the world that just might unlock the secret to defeating death! She becomes entangled in a search for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality and a lethal new enemy that just won’t die!



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider - The Complete Experience

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the best Tomb Raider game yet! With its varying gameplay, gorgeous environments, and epic DLC content, its sure to please! Check out the trailer above featuring the "Endurance Mode," "Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch" and "Cold Darkness Awakened" DLC. Get the full experience with the season pass now! HERE

The Valiant Explorer pack is available now for $0.99. It was originally part of a Pringles promotion only. Get it HERE


Sunday, April 3, 2016

MaxRaider Plays - Rise of the Tomb Raider: Cold Darkness Awakens

Watch as I play the latest DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider. In Cold Darkness Awakened, Lara must save the valley from a violent toxin that transforms men into blood-thirsty beasts! She must destroy the weapons research facility before its too late! This is a very interesting predicament we find Lara in. The gameplay is fun, challenging, and just plain scary! Thankfully, there's a "Groovy" card that morphs your flashlight into a psychedelic rainbow.

The DLC pack includes 15 new Expedition Cards, the Voidhammer Shotgun, and the Ushanka outfit, which reduces damage Lara  receives from melee attacks.

Check out the new concept art below and read the developer's blog HERE.

Cold Darkness Awakened is available now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Xbox, Official Tomb Raider Blog

Monday, March 28, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Cold Darkness Awakened DLC Out Now

The final DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider has dropped. Are you ready to play?

Cold Darkness Awakened. An abandoned weapons facility from the Cold War unleashes a sickness than infects nearby men into vicious, nasty killers. Lara will have to battle waves of these beasts and equip herself on the fly, as the stakes grow greater and greater. Is there any end to this madness? Is there some sort of cure? We'll find out soon enough.  This DLC pack includes the Ushanka outfit, reducing melee attacks, the Voidhammer shotgun, and over 15 Expansion Cards to add to your deck.

Cold Darkness Awakened is included as part of the Season Pass, or available as an individual purchase. Play on Tomb Raiders!

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lara Croft: Relic Run Update

Have you been playing Lara Croft: Relic Run lately? Well there's a new update! Along with the new key art icon above, now:

  • See your Facebook friends' progress via the map
  • Restock items in the middle of a run
  • Items can be unlocked earlier
View the entire update history HERE

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC Outfit Concepts

Here are some high quality concepts of most of the DLC outfits (so far) from Rise of the Tomb Raider. This is by far my favorite game in the series when it comes to outfits. The choice, how they coincide with the story and locations, and how much they differ from traditional Tomb Raider attire.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tomb Raider Movie Will Take Inspiration from Reboot Games

Roar Uthaug, the confirmed director for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, has recently confirmed that the new movie will take great inspiration from the rebooted games of the franchise.

Roar stated in an interview with IGN:

"I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that's definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well," he said. "I think we'll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I'm hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise."

"I've always been a fan of strong female characters," he added, "and I think I've had strong female characters in all my previous movies, so that's something I thought was interesting."

Uthaug has been a fan of the franchise since the original game back in 1996, which is a good sign if you ask me. I cannot wait to see what he brings to the table with this new film. I'm sure it will be very interesting.

Source: IGN

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider Wilderness Survivor Pack

The Wilderness Survivor Pack is available now for season pass holders on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. It is also available for individual purchase of $2.99.

"Includes the "Nightshade" outfit that gives Lara the chance of looting an exotic animal resource from a common animal, the "Deathsong" Bloody Hatchet and a card pack with two guaranteed rare cards and three other cards that have an increased chance at being rare."

Source: Xbox

Rise of the Tomb Raider Razer PC Peripherals

Razer releases new Rise of the Tomb Raider licensed gaming gear: The DEATHADDER CHROMA and the GOLIATHUS SPEED. You can register now to be notified when they become available for purchase. Papa needs a new mouse! ;-P

Source: Razer Zone