Tomb Raider Studio Layoffs Hit Non-Tomb Raider Team

Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind Tomb Raider and its upcoming sequel, has laid off a small team of staff, Kotaku has learned. These staff were not working on a Tomb Raider game, but a new IP. » 8/12/13 4:04pm 8/12/13 4:04pm

Hooray, Tomb Raider's PC Version Is Now Way Less Crash-tastic

Tomb Raider's PC version is generally strong, offering a better-looking, higher resolution, smoother tomb-raiding experience than its console counterpart. That said, if you're using an Nvidia graphics card, the game could be pretty unstable, though that instability is usually fixed by turning tessellation off. » 3/18/13 1:45pm 3/18/13 1:45pm

Tomb Raider vs. Uncharted: The Comparison We Had To Make

It can be a bit difficult to talk about the new Tomb Raider without also talking about Uncharted. Naughty Dog's PS3 series has always had a lot of Tomb Raider in its DNA, and Crystal Dynamics' new Lara Croft adventure has clearly been taking notes from Uncharted. » 3/14/13 9:00pm 3/14/13 9:00pm

Tomb Raider's PC Version Is Good, Despite A Few Stray Hairs

After about seven hours with Tomb Raider, I'm on board with Evan's endorsement. It's a very good game, and a strong example of the whole "game that's like a movie" thing that Uncharted laid out a few years back. But what of the PC version? » 3/08/13 8:00pm 3/08/13 8:00pm

A Quick Fix For Tomb Raider's Crash-Happy PC Version

I've been looking forward to playing Tomb Raider on PC for the last week, ever since Evan's review made me think, "Okay, yep, sounds like this is indeed my kinda game." » 3/06/13 2:00pm 3/06/13 2:00pm

Tomb Raider's Film Reboot Will Mirror the New Game, Studio Says

Tomb Raider's reboot as a video game seems to have worked out well, so Crystal Dynamics is comfortable talking about their reboot plans for the film, too. » 3/05/13 9:40am 3/05/13 9:40am

The Critics Mostly Love The New Tomb Raider

Tombs! Puzzles! Guns! Jumping! More guns! The setpieces are all there, but does Tomb Raider manage to scratch that treasure-plundering-and-adventuring itch? Reviewers say it does. » 3/04/13 11:00pm 3/04/13 11:00pm

Tomb Raider: The Kotaku Review

I never wanted to have sex with Lara Croft. And I didn't want to protect her either. In the early Tomb Raider games that I played and loved, the relationship was simple. The lethal, archly snippy adventurer was me and I was her. I wanted what she wanted: to unearth the relics of antiquity. To go where human footsteps… » 2/25/13 10:00am 2/25/13 10:00am

PC Tomb Raider Will Be So Much Better Than Console, If Your Rig Is Up…

Rejoice, computer gaming Tomb Raider fans—when Lara returns to her home turf this March she'll be bringing along a treasure trove of PC-centric bells and whistles that'll make the console versions look downright sad in comparison. Let's see if your system has the juice to run them. » 2/22/13 12:30pm 2/22/13 12:30pm

Tomb Raider Isn't Getting a Demo Because 'We Don't Want to Spoil the…

No demo version is planned for Tomb Raider, said Karl Stewart of the game's studio, Crystal Dynamics, because doing so would reveal too much of the story before the game's release. » 1/18/13 9:30am 1/18/13 9:30am

Tomb Raider's Collector's Edition Controller Comes Pre-Distressed

As we've seen in trailers going back to E3, Lara Croft gets the crap beat out of her trying to escape from the bandits' camp in the Tomb Raider reboot, though to be fair, she gives as good as she gets. That must have been on the mind of whoever came up with this design for a Tomb Raider special edition controller,… » 1/10/13 6:00pm 1/10/13 6:00pm

Tomb Raider Will Have Multiplayer, Studio Confirms

A recent retail listing in the UK indicated that Tomb Raider's 2013 reboot will have a multiplayer mode, with playable characters including "Lara's Shipmates or Yamatai's Scavengers." In a Tweet today, an executive for Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics confirmed that the game would have multiplayer, and that details… » 12/28/12 2:30pm 12/28/12 2:30pm

The Perilous Process Of Reinventing Lara Croft

Lately, it seems everyone's been talking about Lara Croft. The iconic star of the Tomb Raider franchise is getting a makeover in next year's Tomb Raider reboot—or rather, a makeunder. The new game is a combination reboot and origin story, focusing on a young Lara's fight for survival on a terrifying island lousy with… » 12/04/12 8:00pm 12/04/12 8:00pm

It's A Desperate Fight For Survival In The Opening Hours Of Tomb Raider

You're a young woman, crash-landed on an uncharted island in the south pacific. You're wounded, it's pouring rain; there are wolves everywhere. Your shipmates are scattered to the wind, and you're starving to death. There are scores of people already inhabiting the island, evil men who are hunting you and your friends… » 12/04/12 9:00am 12/04/12 9:00am

The Writer on the Tomb Raider Reboot Talks About How Video Game…

Rhianna Pratchett has made a name for herself with the video game writing she's done. Her contributions to Overlord, Heavenly Sword and Mirror's Edge added tonality and humor that helped make those titles stand out. And in a recent interview with Gamasutra, she explains how she and the team at Crystal Dynamics are… » 11/20/12 9:30am 11/20/12 9:30am

Watch Me Try to Do What Lara Croft Does in Tomb Raider

Everyone who's played a Tomb Raider game knows that Lara Croft's pistols are her most iconic and trusty weapons. Always filled with ammo, always ready to mow down the rabid wolves, Yeti and human thugs who get in her way. » 10/16/12 10:40am 10/16/12 10:40am

All the Lara Croft You Can Possibly Handle

She's one of gaming's biggest action stars. She's iconic. She's Lara Croft. How many video game characters can say Angelina Jolie played them in a movie? » 9/05/12 7:00am 9/05/12 7:00am

The Tomb Raider Reboot Could Use a T-Rex

I'm worried that Lara Croft won't ever get to fight a dragon again. And that she'll never go back to Atlantis. Everything we've seen so far from the gritty Tomb Raider reboot due out next year seems to indicate that the Crystal Dynamics is burning the fantasy trappings off of the action franchise. And that shouldn't… » 8/08/12 12:15pm 8/08/12 12:15pm

Steampunk Lara Croft Sure Looks Like a Good Idea

I've never really thought about it, but as these photos show, a steam punk Lara Croft could be something quite special. Gritty and grimy like the current reboot? Bah! Who needs that when we've got ruffles, billowy shorts, and an old-timey jetpack! » 7/18/12 3:59am 7/18/12 3:59am