Gamers worldwide were waiting for a heroine to appear in the gaming world, and 20 years ago a UK company Core Design (now owned by Square Enix) delivered Lara Croft, a truly kick-ass character who would put Indiana Jones to shame with her ingenuity, sheer physical strength, ability and prowess, not to mention the obvious sex appeal. And who can’t forget the sheer horror when your Lara was first mauled by a bear (I may have screamed just a little).
On October 11 gamers can rejoice with new Tomb Raider content with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration that includes a new chapter “Blood Ties”, where you must help Lara contest the ownership of Croft Manor from her uncle at the risk of losing her birthright and her father’s secrets for good. There is also “Lara’s Nightmare”, where players can help Lara to defend the manor against hordes of zombies. If that is not enough there is also for the first time in the Tomb Raider universe a co-op Endurance mode, where two players can join forces to survive as long as possible against the brutal elements and enemies. And finally to top things off, players can access all the previously released DLC, additional weapons and outfits, expedition cards as well as a limited edition art book.
All of the aforementioned content will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. For those PS4 players who are VR ready, you will also be able to play as Lara not like ever before!
“This year we celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft,” said Ron Rosenberg, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “This provided the perfect opportunity for us to deliver a new Tomb Raider experience. With the addition of PlayStation VR support, you can play the world through Lara’s eyes for the first time in franchise history.” Yup, first person Lara realness.
The Tomb Raider series has arguably created one of the biggest fan bases of the video game universes with Rise of the Tomb Raider one of its most successful titles, winning 27 awards. Lara Croft holds no less than six Guiness Book of Records that include the most successful video game heroine.
Check out our review of Rise of the Tomb Raider, and check out the trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration here: