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View the Dev Team’s Favourite Climbing Gameplay

To create the latest video for Tomb Raider®, the development team at Crystal Dynamics® gathered to discuss their favourite climbing sequences: after much debate, one of the areas from late in the game beat the rest.

This video showcases Lara Croft scaling the Ziggurat, an ancient temple built upon an icy mountainside, which she must traverse in the latter stages of the game in order to reach her final destination. Lara must draw upon all of the climbing skills she’s learned throughout the game in order to conquer this challenge. A foreword from Noah Hughes, Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics, explains why they chose this sequence.

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Square Enix® is excited to announce the launch of the TOMB RAIDER® 1939 Multiplayer Map Pack, out now on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation® 3 and Windows PC.

Additionally, all launch exclusive TOMB RAIDER downloadable content is now available on the PlayStation® Store and Steam®. Available from Tuesday, April 2nd, the new content features a range of weapons packs and multiplayer characters, including the cunning Scavenger Scout and Hitman: Absolution® themed weapons. Multiplayer fans can also look forward to the Shipwrecked map pack, which will be available across all platforms from early May. Offering a range of hazardous multiplayer arenas, the upcoming map packs will include:

1939 Multiplayer Map Pack  Featuring two new maps; out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

·         Dogfight: Dating back to the World War II experiments conducted on the island, this bunker is a deadly maze of brick and mortar that could easily become a tomb.

·         Forest Meadow: This forest meadow is a hunting ground, filled with open spaces that can be advantageous and dangerous at the same time. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?

Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack   Featuring two new maps: released early May for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

·         Lost Fleet: A massive beached ship serves as a dangerous battleground filled with twists, turns, and traps.

·         Himiko’s Cradle: Danger lurks around every corner in this mountain top shrine. The area is sacred to the scavengers and will be your final resting place if you are not careful.

Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack   Featuring three new maps: out now on Xbox 360, released mid-April for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

·         Scavenger Caverns: A massive network of caves used by the scavengers as a prison area.

·         Cliff Shantytown: This settlement was built high in the island cliffs.  Its many layers hide some of the deadliest traps on the island.

·         The Burning Village: A fire has erupted in an abandoned Japanese village. The burning buildings offer multiple ways to escape your enemies, but enter them at your own peril.

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After the launch of the acclaimed Tomb Raider®, the development team at Crystal Dynamics® gathered to discuss their favourite tombs, climbing and action sequences.
In the first of three videos, viewers are given a glimpse of the Tomb of the Unworthy, one of the optional challenge tombs Lara can solve to earn additional XP and rewards.
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Well actually this game is all about the origins of Lara Croft as we have come to know her over a series of games and a couple of pretty reputable movies. This is Lara Croft setting out on her very first archaeolgical quest and you get to control her (almost) every move. New features, such as automatically bending to move through tunnels and low ceilings, make the game flow more fluently and the superb graphics have you controlling an almost life-like avatar.

Although this is the pre-movie, pre-other games, Lara, this is also the most gutsy and bloody Lara. The young Lara is not the dignified lady with all the resources that wealth and prosperity provides, this is the down and dirty, anything goes to survive Lara.

The adventure begins with Lara on her first mission to find the lost Kingdom of Yamatai; she is on the Endurance a research ship heading into the troubled region known as the Dragon's Triangle. Like the infamous Bermuda Triangl is renowned for its quiet calm seas interspersed with relentless storms that can whip up into a frenzied typhoon in minutes. Needless to say one of these spontaneous storms hits the Endurance wrecking it and marooning Lara and the surviving crew on a mysterious and deadly island. Almost immediately Lara gets separated from the others and now she has only you to guide her through the trials and tribulations that she is about to face. This is where the Bradybooks Signature Series Guide comes to your rescue.

Lara begins with nothing more than the clothes she is (almost) wearing; not even the knife or guns earlier (or later depending if you are thinking publishing chronology) portrayals of her are equipped with. An exciting relentless period of running, jumping, climbing and slithering eventually bring Lara to a tree with a man hanging from it - some of the graphics are quite grisly - around his body is a bow; arrows can be found in small bundles as you traverse and search the area. Now Lara is armed, firing the bow is easily learned, she is ready for the next encounter - a stag and doe. Can you bring yourself to shoot them ? This is a test of your hunting and surviving skills and also a test of your personal morals, can you kill a defenceless animal ?

It doesn't take you long to realise that you (and the crew) are not the only occupants on the island. There are at least two other groups, small civilisations more like. The ONI are inherently hostile towards just about everyone, especially the other civilisation (and I use the civil part sparingly) the Solarii. The ONI are fierce warriors who wear ancient far-eastern (Japanese ?) armour and use weapons from the same era. Also on the island are several species of animals, some large, such as Wolves and Boars are predators, whilst others are small, rabbits, crabs etc that pose no threat.

Lara's surviving friends include:
Samantha Nishimura (film maker and translator - has Japanese roots ... that is she is part Japanese nothing to do with her hair colouring) 
Conrad Roth. Captain of the Endurance and an accomplished treasure hunter.
Alex Weiss: The Endurance's engineer and Radio tech.
Jonah Maiava: A large New Zealand Maori who is the cook and First Mate on the Endurance
Joslin Reyes: African-American ex-New York cop. She is on the Endurance as its Chief Security Officer.
Dr James Whitman: Archaeologist who believes Lara is on to something big and wants to claim it as his. He is not a bad man though, not really.
Angus Grimaldi: Helmsman on the Endurance.

  The incarnations of the electronic Lara Croft.

The Solarii:
Led by Matthias these mercenary types are trained as Light Infantry, Archers, Sappers, Heavy Infantry, Riflemen, Guardsmen, Enforcers, Gunners, Elite and then there is Boris the Tank.

The ONI:
Archers, Stalkers, Pikemen and Warriors make up this mysterious clan.

The Game:
Although there are very few actual proper pathways for Lara to travel on there is usually an obvious direction to follow; mostly this is a series of running, jumping and climbing. 

The game's controls will just come intuitively to anyone who has played even the simplest of XBox360 or PS3 games. The thumbsticks control moving and camera direction, the triggers aim and fire your weapons.Melee, Action, Dodging and Jumping are activated by the A  X  Y  B  buttons.
When Lara jumps she sometimes only grabs with one hand. When this happens you need to immediately press the correct (as shown) button otherwise Lara will fall, almost certainly to her death, thus leaving you to restart from the last saved position.

The Brady Games Guide comes in two editions.

The Signature Series
Costs £14.99 includes Downloadable Content, the main part of this is the Scavenger Executioner multiplayer character. It also has a complete walkthrough, highly detailed maps and 100% coverage of all the challenges in the game.

The Limted Edition
Costs £19.99 and has all the above and more:- Deluxe Hard Cover Book, the Scavenger Scout multiplayer character (as well as the Executioner) and a Custom designed 1½ inch metal replica of Lara's Amulet.

We all know that Lara escapes the island because of all the adventures she has after this prequel; however it is still up to you to ensure that she does make it. Lara needs to explore the island and discover its secrets, some of which are extremely mean and dark. Either of the Guide Books will help you plan your journey and avoid the many pitfalls the designers at CRYSTAL DYNAMICS have included. I have enjoyed playing TOMB RAIDER since I received the first game, about 1996, and have continued to find the franchise exhilerating. I have had Christmas cards signed by Lara Croft, I have stood next to life-sized cardboard figures of her, watched the movies more than once (I thought Anjelina Jolie was excellent in the part) and I have seen many girls of all shapes and sizes dressed in Lara's famous tee-shirt and shorts (especially at genCon US for the costume parade and show). Having said and seen and done all that I was still taken by surprise when I first saw this new game animated on my television, it is phee-nomm-in-all !!!

Good Hair Day for Lara Croft as Crystal Dynamics release the first ever images of TressFX’s real-time hair rendering tech

LONDON (February 26, 2013)- Since the dawn of the 3D era, realistic hair has been one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately reproduce in real-time.  Convincingly recreating a head of lively hair involves drawing tens of thousands of tiny and individual semi-transparent strands, each of which casts complex shadows and requires anti-aliasing. Even more challengingly, these calculations must be updated dozens of times per second to synchronize with the motion of a character.

When AMD Gaming Evolved and Crystal Dynamics agreed to co-develop a technology to address this massive challenge, they wanted to leverage the sensational compute capabilities of the Graphics Core Next architecture to revitalize the hair of an iconic game character: Lara Croft. Well-known for her daring personality and signature ponytail, reimagining Lara Croft (and her haircut) for the 2013 release of Tomb Raider wasn’t just an opportunity to modernize the character, it was an opportunity to advance PC gaming realism.

Through painstaking collaboration between software developers at AMD and Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider proudly features the world’s first real-time hair lighting and physics system in a playable PC game: TressFX Hair.

Graphics cards featuring the Graphics Core Next architecture, like the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series, are particularly well-equipped to handle these types of tasks, with their combination of fast on-chip shared memory and massive processing throughput on the order of trillions of operations per second. This perfect concert between software and architecture is further enhanced by Tomb Raider’s many code optimizations that make AMD Radeon™ graphics the best solution to experience the beginning of Lara Croft’s extraordinary story.

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