It’s time for another fan interview and today’s interviewee hails from New Zealand. Harry H, known to the Tomb Raider fan community as H4RR7H, shares his thoughts on the games and the music of Tomb Raider.
When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series?
I convinced my parents to buy me Tomb Raider II in 1997 for the PC, which I grew up on. Probably after seeing the game on my friend’s PlayStation. I purchased my own copy of Tomb Raider: Chronicles when I was about 10 years old, but my obsession with the series only really surfaced when the films and Angel of Darkness came out, solidified by Legend in 2006. I have been notoriously fanatical since.
Do you run a Tomb Raider fansite or blog? If so, what would you say was your biggest achievement to date?
I started a niche fansite specifically for the Music of Tomb Raider in 2011 when Crystal Dynamics’ latest Communications Manager, Meagan Marie, called for community involvement. I felt the blog provided a unique and missing perspective on the series, and since I had been heavily involved in underground community accumulation of the Tomb Raider soundtracks (none had been officially released to date) I employed the site as a push towards the opposite. In fact, on March 5th 2013, the Tomb Raider: Original Soundtrack was released alongside the reboot - the first commercial Tomb Raider video game soundtrack ever was a long overdue achievement for the franchise. In the most minor of ways, I like to pretend that had something to do with me! I treasure the contact I’ve had with Tomb Raider composers because of the site, being able to interview Graves via Marie, and receiving a signed copy of the TR OST from the composer himself was pretty awesome too!
What’s your favourite Tomb Raider game?
I have trouble deciding on a favourite; I love them all. But if I had time to replay only one more before I died, it would be Tomb Raider II. Musically, it’s a coin toss between Tomb Raider II, Angel of Darkness & Legend.
And your least favourite game?
This is an equally hard question. It would probably be Tomb Raider III, but only because I have invested the least time into it – and subsequently the nostalgia is not as intense.
Classic, Legend-Anniversary-Underworld or Reboot Lara?
I honestly can’t decide. I love every reiteration of Lara, including the film(s). They are all grounded in their time, though some are less relevant than others, I’ll admit. The clean reboot hasn’t got me quite on board as the Classic & LAU Lara did, but I’m following closely.
Do you have any favourite Tomb Raider moments or quotes?
My favourite Tomb Raider moments are defined by my favourite Tomb Raider musical cues. From the Skidoo ride in Tomb Raider II, to the Bolivian gun fight in Legend, to the “Call for Help” in the latest Tomb Raider. It’s always a pleasure to hear the original 1996 theme by McCree turn up in the LAU trilogy (homaged entirely for Anniversary), or when borrowed by Alan Silvestri in Cradle of Life. I think Graves’ theme for the reboot has as much, if not more potential, and I’m very excited for the future.
If you could change one thing about the Tomb Raider franchise, what would you change?
I’d like to see more official Tomb Raider music releases - backwards across the game series. I’ve pushed this idea to Crystal. It’s a hole in the Tomb Raider peripheral market. With the publication of the Tomb Raider: Original Soundtrack, Jason Graves accomplished the first Tomb Raider video game soundtrack release in 17 years of the franchise. The product sold out at launch to critical acclaim. Hopefully this is some indication as to how deserving the previous Tomb Raider soundtracks are of their own music albums too.
Which places would you like to see Lara explore in future games?
There’s plenty of native bush in New Zealand Lara could trek through!
Finally, if you could join Lara on one of her adventures, where would you go?
Anywhere in Europe, Mexico or South Africa.
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