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See the definitive Lara Croft in action in Tomb Raider dev diary

An upgraded Lara Croft model is one of the key pieces of the upcoming Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider, and publisher Square Enix showed off the visual improvements in a developer diary today. Executive producer Scot Amos highlighted the ways in which Crystal Dynamics, working with United Front Games (Xbox One version) and Nixxes Software (PlayStation 4 version), redesigned the character model for Lara Croft. The studios added high-resolution textures and redid the head model's topology to add more detail, and brought in AMD's TressFX hair simulation technology from last year's Windows PC version of Tomb Raider. Enhanced mud, blood and water effects can be seen on Croft's skin, which also evinces sub-surface scattering: Light goes below the skin and diffuses realistically. Outside of...

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Tomb Raider launch trailer sets up Lara's transformation into a Croft of legend

The launch trailer for Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the classic franchise, sets the stage for Lara Croft's first struggle to survive as she makes her way into the annals of video game history's heroes. As Lara points out in the video above, every survivor has their own story to tell. Every hero has to start somewhere, and for Lara that is the island of Yamati, where a mysterious force warping the island and its inhabitants could prove to be more dangerous than it initially seems. Lara will hone her survival instincts and undergo trials that will shape her into the Tomb Raider we have come to know. Tomb Raider is available today for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Check out Polygon's review of the reboot here.

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Tomb Raider video chronicles the final, final hours of development

A video released today shows what it was like during the last week of development on Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics' upcoming reboot of the action game franchise. Watch the video above to see how Crystal Dynamics, the 20-year old development studio, worked out everything from the last few hundred bugs to the promotional materials at a time when some were pulling all-nighters. Tomb Raider is set for release next Tuesday, March 5, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. For more on the game, be sure to check out Polygon's Tomb Raider review from earlier this week. You can see the game in motion and learn about how Russ Frushtick treats adorable woodland creatures in a recent episode of Today I Played.

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Tomb Raider trailer celebrates the survivor in all players

A trailer released today for Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics' recently released action game, celebrates the potential survivor in all players. Check out the trailer above to see Lara Croft in dozens of precarious situations, struggling to survive against enemies, the environment and a runaway plane, as theoretical players narrate what it feels like to step into the heroine's boots. Tomb Raider will be available March 5 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. For more on Croft's new adventure, be sure to read our review. To see the game in action and discover Russ Frushtick's not-so-secret vendetta against wildlife, hop over to watch this week's episode of Today I Played.

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Today I Played: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider has not exactly been a household name over the last few years. But Lara Croft's latest game, fittingly-titled Tomb Raider, feels like a return to past glories. Despite that, it also leaves a lot of the immaturity behind. Lara is finally a serious, well-rounded character. Someone you can sympathize with. A few years ago, the prospect of locking myself in a room to play the latest Tomb Raider game would have felt like torture. And even though plenty of this game features torturous moments for Lara, what I went through was quite the opposite. But hey, don't just read about it. There's video evidence! Here is Today I Played: Tomb Raider See all of the episodes of Today I Played here.

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Conan O'Brien reviews Tomb Raider in new 'Clueless Gamer'

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien gave Tomb Raider a go in the latest installment of Clueless Gamer, which may include a number of spoilers, NSFW images and letching, so be warned. O'Brien explores the, ah, psyche of the stereotypical male gamer throughout the video, while playing through one of the earlier and then later stages of the game. Watch as Lara Croft falls repeatedly to her doom; watch out for the giant impaling branches. Tomb Raider received a 9 out of 10 from Polygon, in a review that states, "It's a near-perfect embodiment of the age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a hint of what to expect next."

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Tomb Raider trailer highlights Lara's 'scrappy and raw' combat strategy

A trailer for Tomb Raider released today by publisher Square Enix gives viewers a closer look at a young Lara Croft's "scrappy and raw approach" when fighting enemies and surviving the perilous island environment. The Lara of Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has yet to gain her bearings as a daredevil explorer. Lara's greatest advantage against her attackers is her stealth, allowing her to sneak up on enemies for silent execution. But to survive and escape the island of Yamatai, fending off both animals and humans out for her blood, players must bolster our heroine's defenses by unlocking skills and upgrading her weapons. Check out the video above for a look at how players can combine these things to make Lara worthy of her "Tomb Raider" title. The game is slated to...

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Tomb Raider studio head on rebooting Lara and fixing stealth sequences

While she's had plenty of games over the last decade, just one Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, managed to reach the high expectations set by fans of the globe-trotting adventurer. That's what makes this reboot so important. Crystal Dynamics is attempting to revive a franchise that has been so beaten down by mediocrity that many thought it could never recover. Darrell Gallagher, the studio head of Crystal Dynamics, seems confident. While playing through the first portion of the game, I spoke with him about some of the challenges the team has faced in rebooting Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider (2013) Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • Mac
    • Released 2014-01-23
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
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