“A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do,
not who we are. I’d finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure.
But instead adventure found me. In our darkest moments, when life
flashes before us, we find something; Something that keeps us going.
Something that pushes us.”
A Retrospective Review of Tomb Raider Chronicles Nobody Wanted
Part 3. Black Isle (parts 1 and 2 are here and here)
This chapter is such a delight, I always feel guilty for bashing this game after playing it. A real saving grace of this trainwreck, and it features teenage Lara for the second time after the opening chapter of The Last Revelation!
Set just after Lara’s first adventure in Cambodia, the beginning of this chapter sees her eavesdropping on the Croft family’s butler Winston, and a Catholic priest Father Dunstan, who are discussing strange sightings on an island off the coast of Ireland. Dunstan sets sail to the island with Lara hiding in his boat, unknown to him.
Interesting thing about this set of levels: in an interview with Andy Sandham, the designer behind this chapter, he says that he took inspiration from the book “Tintin and the Black Island” (he misremembers it as “Isle”), and how, although he loved the cover, the actual story disappointed him. I had the same feeling upon finishing that story, and I also still pick up on Tintin references in TR to this day. The Irish chapter gives out a strong Herge vibe too.
Lara arrives on Black Isle and immediately gets sucked into an errand to run. A hanged man’s ghost asks her to find his heart stolen by demons (or whatever, I still don’t understand his monologue completely), so off she goes.
Based on the Irish island of Skelling Michael, this is one of the most haunting and unnerving locations in the series. The ambient sounds differ from short militant soundcues from the previous chapter a great deal. This is also the first time Lara encounters ghosts and apparitions, instead of usual ‘earthly’ monsters. After several of those encounters with little white bugger embryo demons who still scare me to death, Lara makes her way into an abandoned church.
The second level, “Labyrinth”, takes us to the catacombs located under the converted pagan church. Here, Lara gets help from glowing lights that show her the way out, avoids a werewolf and finds a mystical book called “Beastiary”, which contains the names of known demons. A pretty straightforward level, this one is the weakest of the three Irish stages. Some really annoying jumps, well-hidden secrets, ghost skeletons with swords that bring ROYAL PAIN and a ghost of a monk make this short level really crowded.
The third, and final level, “Old Mill” is probably the main reason you need to try out this passable game. Proper horror chapter with reasonable puzzles, some nice jump scares and the only time when you REALLY miss not having any weapons on you. Father Dunstan is kidnapped by a ghost of a horseman, who is trapped in an abandoned millhouse (some nice use of the “malevolent entities can’t cross flowing water” superstition). Lara meets a Fiji Mermaid-type sea hag, white imp demons from the first level, and finally confronts the Horseman. Pity it wasn’t a boss battle, but a ridiculously long unskippable cutscene!
All and all, this chapter was nicely written but executed a bit on an average side. Still, my most replayable part of the game, and I wish we could see some more adventures before Lara Croft became Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
This is such an unpopular opinion, I know. But I loved the energy that Zip and Alister brought to Legend. They were so fun, humorous, smart, and offered a new atmosphere to the gameplay. Playing with Lara used to feel so isolated and alone. And while the game was still single-player, having their commentary there made the adventure feel less solitary. They made the game a more enriching experience, and I wish they could go on every adventure with Lara.
We’re feeling the love in these beautiful Tomb Raider themed engagement photos! The set features Maya as Lara and Philip as Alex in an original and happier retelling of Tomb Raider (2013). The adventure-filled images were taken by Love Train Studios in a slight departure from traditional engagement photos. Huge congratulations to the pair of you as you start your new life together!
“We are both Tomb Raider fans. I’ve had several Lara Croft cosplays (photographed by Philip) while my fiance Philip is addicted to TR games. We are getting married on June 3. For our pre-wedding photo shoot the photographer told us that we can have two sets of clothes. We already decided that we are not going to do the all glamorous and high fashion photo shoot, instead we have to show who we really are as a couple. So our choices were Tomb Raider Cosplay “Lara and Alex” and the other one was simply being the casual ‘Converse Chuck Taylor couple’ that we are.” - Maya
Our dear Yuki Croft has gone over to the rainbow bridge to explore the great hamster wheel in the sky.
She loved going on adventures with Lara to find the mysterious artefact known as golden sunflower seed. Unfortunately all they would find were regular sunflower seeds, but they were quite happy with that too. They’d often compete who could take more things with them. Lara might have had her unlimited backpack, but Yuki had her great hamster pouches. She even taught our dear raider a thing or two about climbing, escaping cages and digging.
It was truly a great friendship that will last forever… Goodbye Yuki <3
As if fans weren’t excited enough by Lightning’s Cloud Strife crossover, we’re happy to announce that Lara Croft’s iconic attire will join the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII DLC roster.
The DLC sees Lightning decked out in Lara’s Endurance outfit, ready for whatever adventure awaits her. The DLC also includes a survival axe and riot shield to use during battle. Check out Lightning channeling Lara via the trailer above.
Lara Croft’s ensemble joins dozens of other outfits available in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, many of which have unique traits and abilities. The Croft DLC will be available at launch – February 11 in North America and February 14 for Europe.
A playable demo of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available to download now for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Learn more about the game at LightningReturns.com.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Couch Co-Op Tour
We’re taking LCTOO all over the place this week, showcasing the first 90 minutes of gameplay on a slew of popular streams. Check out the schedule below, and tune in for a look at what you can expect in Lara’s newest adventure! Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launches December 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.