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Why You Need ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ in Your Life

It’s been a week since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 here in Europe and what a week it’s been. Not a day has gone by where I haven’t sent Lara back to Syria or Siberia in search of elusive collectibles. And even after a good 30 or so hours of exploring Rise’s vast hubs, I’m still at 96% game completion. If there’s one thing that can said about the game it’s that you’d definitely be getting value for money. And that’s without taking the game’s various Expedition modes into consideration. Now, I ... [Continue Reading]

November 20, 2015 // 22 Comments

Review: Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1

The first issue of Dark Horse’s new series, Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen, is finally out and it seems to be off to a great start so far. This five-part series by Invisible Republic writer Corinna Bechko follows the adventures of “Classic” Lara Croft and fellow archaeologist Carter Bell as they race against time to stop cultists from getting their hands on some ancient ivory artefacts and using them for their nefarious purposes. Will the intrepid duo save the world from destruction? I guess we’ll find out over the course of the next few months! For now, ... [Continue Reading]

October 15, 2015 // 6 Comments

Review: Lara Croft GO

Square Enix Montréal’s latest mobile game, the nostalgia-inducing Lara Croft GO, was perhaps one of the most pleasantly surprising announcements of this year’s E3. Few fans had expected a brand-new mobile game to be announced so soon after the worldwide release of Relic Run and with all the excitement and hype surrounding the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft GO could easily have slipped under the radar.  But it didn’t go quietly into the night. In fact, it made quite an impact, especially amongst those Tomb Raider fans who pined for the “good ol’ ... [Continue Reading]

August 28, 2015 // 6 Comments

Book Review: Samantha Sutton and the Temple of Traitors

Last November, archaeologist and author Jordan Jacobs approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the first two novels in his Samantha Sutton archaeology adventure series and very kindly sent me review copies shortly after our initial chat. While I don’t really fall under the series’ target demographic, I quickly became engrossed in its first two volumes, which, thankfully, managed to avoid most (if not all) of the classic “adventurer archaeologist” tropes and relied on actual archaeological method to push the narrative forward. The series’ ... [Continue Reading]

August 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft: Relic Run - First Impressions and Screenshots

UPDATE: Lara Croft: Relic Run is now available across the world for iOS devices, Android, and Windows Phone. Please note that it may not be compatible with older devices or available in all countries just yet. The upcoming mobile adventure-runner game Lara Croft: Relic Run was soft-launched in the Netherlands today and, honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. My day started off on the wrong foot, with every form of Dutch public transport conspiring to make me wish I had never moved to this country. Pangs of homesickness hit me while I tried to make it through another ... [Continue Reading]

April 14, 2015 // 11 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #13

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Tomb Raider comic. The last one I wrote was for Tomb Raider #8 back in October and that story arc concluded in January. I only have my own laziness to blame, I’m afraid.. Since so many months have passed and most people who are interested in the comics have probably read issues 9 to 12 by now, I thought I’d skip a few issues and pick up from issue 13, “The Watchers”, which marked the beginning of Rhianna Pratchett’s first solo story arc. Rhianna is, of course, no stranger to fans of the Tomb Raider franchise. Not only ... [Continue Reading]

March 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Pillagers of the Past and an Interview with Author Jordan Jacobs

For decades, Hollywood and other entertainment outlets have depicted archaeologists as globe-trotting treasure hunters with a thirst for adventure, a taste for shiny trinkets, and a flagrant disregard for the integrity and safety of the ancient sites they’re trespassing on. Lost cities are a staple plot point of your average archaeological adventure and encounters with the mystical and/or paranormal are almost a certainty. Despite the best efforts of professional archaeologists and academics to portray their profession in a more accurate light, the “adventurer archaeologist” ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Book Review: The Samantha Sutton Series by Jordan Jacobs

I had just turned 16 when the first Tomb Raider was released and I remember how I was instantly wowed by the game’s athletic, fiercely independent, and intelligent female protagonist. As a tomboyish bookworm, I grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton novels, encyclopaedias, and any books on Ancient Egypt I could get my hands on at our small, under-stocked local library. And despite the countless hours I spent reading, I never seemed to come across any female characters I could truly identify with or admire. That was until Lara Croft came along and swan-dived into my life. Granted, she ... [Continue Reading]

January 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #8

UPDATE: Tomb Raider #8 is now available to purchase on Amazon or Amazon UK. Picking up where issue 7 left off, Tomb Raider #8 sees Lara continue on her quest to find Kaz, Alex’s sister, who is hiding out in the derelict (and radioactive) city of Pripyat, Ukraine. But it soon becomes clear that Lara is not alone in her quest and that there’s a mad killer closing in on her. Featuring some gorgeous artwork from Derlis Santacruz, this is the second comic to be co-written by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett and it sets out to answer some of the questions raised in #7 as well as ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #7

After a somewhat disappointing first story arc, Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider comic series kicked off a brand new story arc in August 2014 with Tomb Raider #7. Co-written by comic writer Gail Simone and acclaimed game writer and long-time Tomb Raider afficionada Rhianna Pratchett, “Losing Her Grip!” (or is it “In Memoriam”?) is the first part of a new story arc that promises a return to the globe-trotting adventures of yesteryear. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the reboot game or of the new, more “human” Lara Croft so my opinion of ... [Continue Reading]

September 23, 2014 // 10 Comments

Book Review: The Amulet of Power by Mike Resnick

Back in 2003 and 2004, during the period I’ve come to call “The Dark Ages”, Del Rey published three spin-off novels based on the popular Tomb Raider video game and film series. Core Design’s last Tomb Raider game, The Angel of Darkness, and Paramount’s The Cradle of Life had both failed to live up to expectations so the future of the franchise was already hanging in the balance when the first novel, Mike Resnick’s The Amulet of Power, was published. Now that the franchise is going through its own Renaissance period and there’s a new Tomb Raider novel ... [Continue Reading]

July 13, 2014 // 7 Comments

Tomb Raider #1 - Guest Review by the Oracle of Film

Review by the Oracle of Film. Right from the first panel, we are thrown back into Yamatai. Lara Croft, before she was dubbed the Tomb Raider, running from the Solarii, jumping over cliffs and running along the ruins of burnt-out aircrafts. For a brief moment, we are back in that rebooted game, the tension dialled right back up to those pulse-pounding levels we played way back in 2013. However, this time something changes. The burning corpse of Alex, the broken body of Grimm and the bloody remains of Roth are there, beside her, whispering for her to join them. As it turns out, we are not back ... [Continue Reading]

March 1, 2014 // 2 Comments

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