Crystal Dynamics just announced a new Tomb Raider

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#1 Edited by benjaebe (2871 posts) -

Not much info thus far, but all the rumors about a more "survival" oriented Tomb Raider game seem to be right on the mark. Also digging the new look for Lara.
TOMB RAIDER - LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6th

   'After  a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened  young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach.  On her own but  not alone she has only one goal, to survive'
  'After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach.  On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive'
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#2 Edited by vaiz (3063 posts) -

Now, I'm not gonna judge the game without really knowing much, but as far as first impressions go, based on that image and the press release, I have zero interest in this game. And I usually like TR games. I am totally not digging that new look, it looks too soft, nothing like the Lara we've seen since 199whenevethefirstTRcameout. And I'm sure that's intentional (she's younger!), but it doesn't even look like she'd become that woman.

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#3 Posted by spankingaddict (2929 posts) -

Awesome. I'll be looking out for this one...

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#4 Posted by TooWalrus (13389 posts) -

I can't believe they're finally making another Tomb Raider game!

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#5 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5626 posts) -

That's an interesting idea, but the real problem with Tomb Raider is that it played rather poorly. Hopefully they can fix that. 
 
As for her look? Eh, she's cute. She also looks human. I don't know if that helps or hinders, considering how stylized past Tomb Raider games have been.

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#6 Posted by TheChaos (1205 posts) -

I didn't know Lara was an anime character.

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#7 Posted by CoverlessTech (769 posts) -

So Survival Kids and Lost in Blue. But with Lara Croft?
 
I love me some Lost in Blue. If they do it right I might check it out. Chances are they wont do it right.

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#8 Posted by FirePrince (1793 posts) -

That's a good idea.She looks good, if not a bit perfect.
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#9 Posted by Red12b (9360 posts) -

awesome

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#10 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Based off of that mugshot alone, I like the new look for Lara. Then again her body could be some ridiculously proportioned shit for all I know so I'll keep my enthusiam in check.

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#11 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

I don't really know why they keep giving Lara a new look. I can understand toning back her Gianna Michaels-esque physique when going from PSone to PS2 but she looks completely different to the Lara from the previous games. So much for brand recognition.

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#12 Posted by benjaebe (2871 posts) -
@TheFreeMan said:
" Based off of that mugshot alone, I like the new look for Lara. Then again her body could be some ridiculously proportioned shit for all I know so I'll keep my enthusiam in check. "
I think Crystal Dynamics have done a really decent job in making her look more normal since they got their hands on the series. They've never even come close to the ridiculous Angel of Darkness-like proportions.

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#13 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -
@benjaebe:  Thank god they moved past that look. That's terrible. I just noticed this now but she has got to have one of the worst faces I've ever seen in a video game, goddamn.
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#14 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1135 posts) -

I like the direction they are heading with the new TR game, but I'd really like it if they went back and made another Kain/Raziel game. Sigh...

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#15 Posted by Revan_NL (394 posts) -

So this is basically going to be Lost meets Uncharted?

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#16 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5626 posts) -
@Revan_NL said:
" So this is basically going to be Lost meets Uncharted? "
I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to me.
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#17 Posted by Hitchenson (4708 posts) -

What's that, a new Soul Reave-- oh, it's not. 

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#18 Posted by Gizmo (5467 posts) -
@KingWilly said:
" @Revan_NL said:
" So this is basically going to be Lost meets Uncharted? "
I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to me. "
I hope there is plentiful Sci-Fi...
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#19 Edited by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -

I like that she doesn't look like usual lara croft because let me make this very clear now. I fucking hate all the tomb raiders. Again though, very cool design just hope it translates well into game.
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#20 Posted by NTM (9568 posts) -

The only good Lara Croft is Karima Adebibe.
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#21 Edited by Toms115 (2329 posts) -

the idea of a survival based lara croft is intriguing, and they've nailed the new look. she actually looks like a human being now, i just hope the rest of her is normal. they could have done a bit better with the plot outline, but still, survival based sounds very interesting.

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#22 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

The leaks from months back suggested this was an open world / survival game with multiplayer elements.
Sounded really cool and from what they've revealed here, it all seems to be true.
 
I have a few concerns though.  As much as I love Uncharted, I hope they don't just try to emulate that.  Uncharted is really more about the action where as TR has always been much slower paced.  It should still be focused on the exploration and puzzle solving.  Secondly, why is this a reboot?  The franchise was rebooted just a few years ago when Crystal Dynamics took over with the Legend series and those games were good and the story was very much cleaned up.  This could have simply served as a prequel, why completely do away with Amanda and everything good that the Legend series brought?
 
I'm really not a fan of "dark, gritty reboots".  Especially when they just use the damn franchise title.

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#23 Posted by trophyhunter (6038 posts) -

 This is first time I actually think Lara is hot...... what does that say about me. 

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#24 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:
"  This is first time I actually think Lara is hot...... what does that say about me.  "
You're gay.
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#25 Posted by WindFall259 (398 posts) -

Funny. I never saw this topic on the forums until now, but yeah. I'm intrigued, but I need to see more than just a teaser.

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#26 Posted by buft (3410 posts) -
@TooWalrus:  @TooWalrus said:

" I can't believe they're finally making another Tomb Raider game! "

lol, you win the reply war sir    
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#27 Posted by trophyhunter (6038 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" @trophyhunter said:
"  This is first time I actually think Lara is hot...... what does that say about me.  "
You're gay. "
No, I thought it was more odd that I only now found her hot when she is dirty and bloody.
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#28 Posted by Revan_NL (394 posts) -
@KingWilly:  That's only going to be awesome if Crystal Dynamics didn't see the last season of Lost.
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#29 Posted by bearshamanbro (294 posts) -

Is that a bow over her should on the full cover? The idea sounds cool and the art looks good. Really interested to see what the gameplay looks like.  

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#30 Posted by LlamaLlama (188 posts) -

If they actually try to give Lara some character and depth, I may get interested.
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#31 Posted by Skald (4427 posts) -

Honestly, I don't care about the Tomb Raider franchise at all. It's just so... mediocre.

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#32 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2778 posts) -

If it involves dinosaurs... day 1.

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#33 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -

As someone who's never played a Tomb Raider game before, I am interested in seeing what they can come up with. HOWEVER, 
 
 
As much as I am really digging the promo cover,

 dirty bloody mildly upset and yet sexy
 dirty bloody mildly upset and yet sexy

 The full version of the image is rather troubling... 
 

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That has to be the longest fucking mullet I have ever seen. Or else the angle on this is just weird. But still. MULLET.
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#34 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5626 posts) -
@MarkWahlberg: It's an unkempt ponytail.
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#35 Posted by Bones8677 (3473 posts) -

There's something really odd about that image of Lara. It's like it was take from a real life model, but then photoshopped with added polygons. So while the eyes, nose and lips look real, the rest looks like a CG image. Creepy.

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#36 Posted by Bones8677 (3473 posts) -
@CaLe said:
" I never understand why Americans call her Laura Croft. It's Lara dammit. "
Whose calling her Laura?
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#37 Posted by mordukai (8402 posts) -
@Bobby_The_Great said:
" I like the direction they are heading with the new TR game, but I'd really like it if they went back and made another Kain/Raziel game. Sigh... "
HELL FUCKING YES. when will Edios...I mean Square (that still sounds weird) realize that they need to finish the story arch of Defiance.  
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#38 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1135 posts) -
@Mordukai:
Yeah, I mean those are the "real" vampires that need to cash in on during the craze. Plus, still think the Omen/Reaver stories lines are some of the best in gaming.
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#39 Posted by mracoon (5097 posts) -

Is the game just called Tomb Raider? I want to check before I rename the page.

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#40 Edited by Vorbis (2762 posts) -
@mracoon: There seems to be alot of "Lara Croft Reborn" tags added to all the images, so I'm guessing it will be Tomb Raider: Lara Croft Reborn. Which is kind of terrible, rather it just stayed a tag line.
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#41 Posted by KingBroly (1699 posts) -

It'll probably just be called Tomb Raider Reborn. 

I liked Underworld because I thought the gameplay was good, the puzzles and atmosphere were neat, not because I was interested about the character or the story behind it.

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#42 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -
@CaLe said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @CaLe said:
" I never understand why Americans call her Laura Croft. It's Lara dammit. "
Whose calling her Laura? "
I don't mean typing her name Laura. Just how I've heard many people (Americans) pronounce it as Laura on podcasts. "
I know most people say it as "Lah-ra", and not "Lare-a" , so it might sound pretty similar to Laura. Also, Lara is not a particularly common name in the States, so  people might be unconsciously reverting to the more common Laura.

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