Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Spotted


A strong rumor has been circulating that Tomb Raider is getting a next-gen edition with all of its downloadable content included. Aptly named “The Definitive Edition” was spotted at an online retailer, listing all of its features included. As of now, it was seen to be listed for PlayStation 4 and one mystery system, most likely being the X1. Aside from the DLC, gamers who pre-order it will receive a special packaging with an art book.

It goes without saying that this title for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 looked amazing, and one can only imagine what it will look like on a next gen platform. The listing has the launch date as sometime in winter of 2014. Stay tuned for more news on the next gen Tomb Raider.

(Source –“>Shacknews)

The Final Hours of Tomb Raider: Episodes 1-4; Multiplayer Footage Unveiled

As Crystal Dynamics fine tunes their reboot on a beloved franchise, Zachary Levi treks the world to give fans an inside look at the latest Tomb Raider. In episodes 1 and 2, we meet the talented young actress Camilla Luddington on how she approached bringing Lara to life, as well as see how the story came about. In episode 3, we look at composer Jason Graves (Dead Space 1 & 2) capture the audio that encapsulates Lara’s desperate struggle. Lastly, episode 4 (which has just released) showcases a competitive multiplayer component for the first time ever in Tomb Raider history. Also, to make things more interesting, Zachary Levi is a playable character in the multiplayer. Be sure to check out the videos!

Tomb Raider Box Art Revealed


Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have just released the official box art for Tomb Raider through their Facebook page. Here’s what they said alongside the box art reveal:

“As she contemplates the long journey ahead, she knows she will be forced to overcome her darkest fears in an epic fight to survive,”


Tomb Raider is set for release on March 5th, 2013. Are you interested in Lara Croft’s latest (or earliest) adventure? Sound off in the comments below! Also, be sure to read our hands-on for Tomb Raider here.

NYCC 2012: Tomb Raider Hands-On; “Lara’s Worst Day Ever”

After a long development time, Crystal Dynamics’ reboot for Tomb Raider is finally hitting store shelves on March 5th, 2013. Showcasing their pre-beta build at NYCC, I was able to get an extensive hands-on of the game to see how it’s been shaping up. Frankly, I’m not quite sure how to feel about this installment based on the preview so far.

Upon booting up the demo, I was immediately marveled at the visuals the team at Crystal Dynamics was able to achieve here. The environment is as much of a marvel as it is a mystery to explore and entices you into wanting to explore. Dynamic lighting and rich textures help flesh out a richer amount of detail and Lara Croft herself boasts a stunning character model, with believable and fluid animations. Not only does Lara look amazing, she’s also given a very unique voice (courtesy of Camilla Luddington) making her appear as an inexperienced and worried individual. While that doesn’t sound like the Lara Croft fans are used to, this is a reboot and origin story wrapped up in one, and it works. Lara limps her way around due to injuries and reacts to the situations and environments accordingly. She’s not this overly confident character but rather, one who’s cautious and scared. Control wise, if you’ve played any Uncharted game, you’ll feel right at home here. The controls are very smooth and responsive, while providing realistic animations that go hand-in-hand with your actions.

As you move along the cliffside, you come across an airplane that’s stuck against a waterfall. Lara has to climb the plane so that she can make her way across the cliff but naturally, things aren’t that simple. As you start climbing, the plane is falling apart and you’ll have to keep lunging up the plane and then shimmying across. At times, you’ll have to press a specific button (X on the 360 controller in the demo) to regain your grip just like in Tomb Raider: Legend. This scene is even more intense thanks to the stunning audio effects that captures the scene perfectly. As Lara advances, she’ll come across her friend Sam’s bag, which has a match and walkie-talkie in it. She tries to reach anyone with the walkie-talkie but gets no answer, leaving her going solo for the time being. Advancing a bit more while platforming, Lara loses her grip and tramples down a cave to find a new part of the island she’s on, now raining heavily and making her very cold. You’ll notice Lara shivering as you control her or watch her in a cutscene, which is a very cool little detail. You’ll continue forward through this rainy jungle to find shelter under a rocky overpass. While there, she’ll utilize the match she found to start a campfire while continuing to try her walkie-talkie for any hope of survivors.

The next morning, it’s clear skies and she mentions how she’s hungry. This now serves as a tutorial for hunting. As you move through the jungle, Lara will come across a body dangling within the trees with a bow around him. You’ll climb up and slowly try to reach and grab the bow, but as she’s about to grab it, the body will fall off the tree as well as herself. Noticing the dead body on the floor, she cautiously approaches to grab the bow off of the person. Afterwards, she then sees deer in the area. Utilizing the left trigger to aim and right trigger to shoot, you’ll be hunting deer for food as your objective. The longer you hold the right trigger, the more powerful the arrow will pierce. Lara also has an “instincts” mode where certain objects will highlight in a specific color while the environment is black-and-white. Once you’ve completed the objective, you’ll watch a cutscene of Lara feeling awful about killing the deer and ripping it up with her arrow. To wrap it up, you have to find your way back to the campsite and from there, someone Lara recognizes contacts her via walkie-talkie.

Now everything I witnessed in the demo was very well done. I was really engaged to see how Lara would survive and what test she’d be put up to next. The visuals and audio really helped make the game more immersive alongside the solid gameplay. However, the only thing I couldn’t shake off the entire time I was playing was how it felt like Uncharted but with a survival element to it. Yes, Tomb Raider has been around much longer than Nathan Drake but where Uncharted felt like it’s own game, Tomb Raider feels too much like Uncharted with a survival twist. Keep in mind though that this is based strictly off the Hunting Demo that was provided for NYCC. The full game may very well make me feel different once I see more.

Regardless, the game looks great and can’t wait to check out the full version as we approach its March 2013 release. In the meantime, check out the 10 minutes of gameplay footage recorded off-screen below!

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Tomb Raider E3 2012 Gameplay Demo; Timed-Exclusive DLC for 360

Crystal Dynamics took the stage and showed off their latest gameplay demo. All we can say is Lara is having a REALLY bad day. Check out the exhilarating gameplay demo below!

Crystal Dynamics also stated that the first DLC will be a timed-exclusive for the Xbox 360. What do you guys think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments!

Tomb Raider: Legend Trophy Guide

Need help getting the platinum trophy in Tomb Raider: Legend?  Go through this in-depth guide that I originally posted on and you’ll be sure to platinum this game without any problem!


Estimated trophy difficulty: 3.5/10
Offline: 42 (24,14,3,1)
Online: N/A
Approximate time to 100%: 10-20 hours
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2+
Glitched trophies: None
Missable trophies: None
Do cheat codes disable trophies? Apparently not 

Road Map

Tomb Raider: Legend is a third-person action adventure where players assume control of Lara Croft, an archaeologist who is trying to discover why her mother went missing. This is an HD Remastered version of the 2006 released PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube and PC title.

Step 1: First Playthrough with Artifacts
Play the game on “Tomb Raider” difficulty so that you can nail the difficulty trophies in your first playthrough. The game is not very difficult on this setting so it shouldn’t pose much of a problem for most players. If you want to play it safe, play the game on Explorer (easy) or Adventurer (normal) first so that you can have everything memorized for the “Tomb Raider” difficulty. However, the main thing to do here is try to get all the artifacts in your first playthrough if possible. Use the guide below to find all the artifacts.

Step 2: Time Trial Playthrough
Don’t you love being pressured by the clock? Well, apparently Crystal Dynamics loves their Time Trial objectives (just like Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light). This may take a few tries but it all comes down to memorization. Know exactly how to do the puzzles so you don’t waste any time (not that you have much time to really waste as it is). There are times where you’ll encounter enemies but if possible, keep rolling past them to save time. Also, try not to die…seriously. If you die, the timer keeps going despite whatever your time was at the last recorded checkpoint. Now, the set times to beat aren’t anywhere near something like the Mirror’s Edge time trials; you can usually complete the level with minutes to spare. Again though, it comes down to how much you’ve memorized the level.

Apparently, when you complete the final level’s time trial, you unlock the cheat for “one-hit kills”. It will definitely make the time trials much easier using this cheat. Props to Wolfie ( member) for pointing this out.

Step 3: Clean Up
After completing the game once, follow the trophies tips I left below and you’ll be able to get all the trophies in no time.


Most Rewarding 
Collect a reward

Self-explanatory. It’s practically impossible to not find at least one artifact. However, check the Gold Hoarderguide below if you’re having trouble.

 Style Points 
Kill an enemy with an Aerial Attack

Simple enough. To perform an Aerial Attack, jump on an enemy with  and Lara will backflip (or frontflip) off of them, initiating a slow-mo ability to takedown enemies in mid-air. Kill one enemy and the trophy will unlock.

 Out With A Bang 
Kill an enemy by detonating a fuel tank

The first level you’ll come across a fuel tank is in Peru (level 2). In the first shootout after meeting up with Anaya, the area will be littered with fuel tanks. You’ll notice them since they’ll have the  button hovering over them. Blow up one of them near any enemy and this trophy is yours.

 Bronze in Pocket 
Collect 5 common bronze rewards

See Gold Hoarder.

 The Professional 
Complete the Bolivian temple without dying

In Bolivia (level 1), after you fight off the first main set of mercenaries, you’ll approach the Bolivian temple. The area contains a few traps, between collapsing floors and crushing walls. Also, if you do die, even if you save in the temple and load your file to try again, the trophy won’t unlock. You will have to start the level over again to try and get it.

Kick the soccer ball against the door of the church in Peru

When you start the Peru level (level 2), you’ll notice a soccer ball in the middle of the dirt road. Press  to kick the ball. Kick it through the big set of doors where you initiate the scene where Lara meets up with Anaya for the first time. When the game comes back in play, you’ll be standing on the front doorstep of the church. After you finish off the mercenaries in the area, go to where you left the soccer ball and kick it to the front door of the church. It may be a bit difficult to kick it up the staircase (as the physics tend to be random when kicking the ball) but keep trying and it’ll eventually get enough momentum to go up the steps.

 Kill (With) Your Television 
Kill an enemy with a TV monitor

In the first shootout scene in Tokyo, you’ll notice there are 3 TV’s that have the  button hovering over them. This means you can shoot them down. The best way to lure an enemy under a TV is to lock-on to them and use your magnetic grapple () to pull them toward the TV. Once they seem to be under it, let loose and shoot that TV down! It’s worth noting that it doesn’t have to fall directly on top of them. The TV slides a little bit on the ground and if that hits the enemy, it counts. The trophy won’t unlock however until you activate the elevator.

Shoot out the 4 flood lights in the water wheel room in level 4

In Africa (level 4, as the trophy description states), you’ll enter a water wheel room loaded with mercenaries. The water wheel room is the one where you have to shoot down the statue that’s leaning on one of the water wheels. You’ll see that there are flood lights stationed around the room. Shoot the 4 lights in this room and the trophy is yours.

 Go for the Gold 
Collect 1 gold reward

 A Bigger Bang 
Kill 2 enemies by detonating a fuel tank

Now this can be attained in pretty much any level that has fuel tanks. The first action sequence in Peru is a good location to get this. However, the level I attained this in was in “Kazakhstan – Project Carbonek” (Level 5). After parachuting onto the top of the building, you can use the stationary turret to take care of all the enemies below. There’s quite a few explosive barrels that can easily take out 2 enemies that are next to each other.

 Superior Firepower 
Complete Level 3 without using the dual pistols

As the trophy description states, you need to beat Tokyo (level 3) without ever drawing your pistols. Here are some pointers on how to do that:

– In the first action scene, lock-on to them and press  to melee them. Do that until they die and drop their assault rifle or shotgun.
– Keep an eye on your ammo. The accuracy of the weapons get much worse the longer you hold onto the fire button. Just keep tapping  every time you have to shoot at an enemy.

The trophy will unlock when you get to the boss fight so you don’t have to worry about conserving your ammo for that battle.

 Biggest Bang for the Buck 
Blow up 2 mercenaries with 1 propane tank while riding the motorcycle

Now this was the most annoying trophy to get in this game. I strongly advise doing this trophy in the Peru Motorcycle sequence and not the one in Kazakhstan. The reason I recommend Peru is because the dirt road you’re driving on is much narrower than that of Kazakhstan’s, meaning the enemies bunch up easier. During the motorcycle sequence in Peru, after you jump over the burning bridge, there will be another 3 or 4 waves of enemies to take out. On the third or fourth wave, don’t shoot any of the mercenaries and just keep driving until a propane tank pops up on the terrain. The road keeps repeating for every wave of enemies so if you missed the tank, just keep driving and another one will appear. Time it just right and shoot that propane tank when at least 2 mercenaries are next to each other. The trophy should unlock after that.

 Just Dandy in the Andes 
Complete the level “Bolivia – Tiwanaku”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the first level.

 Back in the Day 
Complete the level “Peru – Return to Paraiso”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the second level.

 Thank you, Tokyo. Goodnight! 
Complete the level “Tokyo – Meeting with Takamoto”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the third level.

 This is Ghana Be Good 
Complete the level “Ghana – Pursuing James Rutland”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the fourth level.

 The Cold War Kid 
Complete the level “Kazakhstan – Project Carbonek”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the fifth level.

 Great Briton 
Complete the level “England – King Arthur’s Tomb?”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the sixth level.

 It’s Nepal Good 
Complete the level “Nepal – The Ghalali Key”

Story-related. Cannot be missed. Complete the seventh level.

 Survival of the Fittest 
Survive against Rutland for more than 5 minutes

In Africa, you’ll confront James Rutland at the end of the stage. All you have to do is keep dodging his attacks for 5 minutes. Pretty straightforward. Just keep staying locked-on to him and press  to keep evading his attacks.

 History Buff 
Listen to the tale of King Arthur

In England (level 6), after you get the power activated, pull the sword out of the stone to open up to what appears to be a museum of King Arthur’s history. There are flashing switches placed around the room. Press each one of the switches and you’ll have that trophy in no time. You don’t have to listen to every one entirely before activating another recording to listen to.

 Box Cutter 
Destroy 10 boxes while on the motorcycle in Peru

Pretty simple. Just run over 10 boxes that are littered through the motorcycle sequence in Peru. You should be able to get this on your first try.

 Bronze Age Warriror 
Collect 35 common bronze rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 Queen of the Bronze Age 
Collect 60 common bronze rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 Double Style Points 
Kill 2 enemies during the same Aerial Attack

Remember how you got the Style Points trophy? Now you gotta takedown 2 enemies in one Aerial Attack. Any weapon will do fine but the “assault rifle” will definitely get the job done. Try to do this with 2 enemies right next to each other. Once one enemy is down, immediately slap the right analog to where the second enemy is so that Lara can lock-on to them and continue blasting away until that enemy is down as well. The trophy will unlock once the requirement is complete.

 5 Golden Things 
Collect 5 rare gold rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 30 Pieces of Silver 
Collect 30 precious silver rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 Copper and Tin for the Win 
Collect all bronze rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 You Wear It Well 
Unlock all the outfits

To unlock all the outfits, collect every single artifact (including those in Croft Manor) and complete every Time Trial. Once you take care of those conditions, you’ll have all the outfits and the trophy.

Dell Boi ( member) has noted that even after you find every artifact and relic, the level needs to be completed. DO NOT just click “Save Rewards” and exit or the trophy won’t unlock! If you accidently did that, replay a level from beginning to end and the trophy should pop up afterwards.

 Good Time in Level 1 
Complete the first level while in Time Trial mode

Remember to see the roadmap for tips on how to best complete these trials. Just keep moving and don’t stop for anything if you don’t have to. Attached is a video showing you how to complete the level within the time limit. Complete it in 12 minutes and 30 seconds.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 2 
Complete the second level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 21 minutes and 30 seconds.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 3 
Complete the third level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 12 minutes and 15 seconds.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 4 
Complete the fourth level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 20 minutes flat.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 5 
Complete the fifth level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 27 minutes and 10 seconds.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 6 
Complete the sixth level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 27 minutes flat.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Good Time in Level 7 
Complete the seventh level while in Time Trial mode

See roadmap for tips. Complete it in 13 minutes and 40 seconds.

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 You Got the Silver 
Collect all silver rewards

See Gold Hoarder

 A Job Well Done 
Complete the game on Explorer or Adventurer difficulty

See The Hard Way

 The Hard Way 
Complete the game on Tomb Raider difficulty

Tomb Raider Legend is not a very difficult game by any means on “Tomb Raider” difficulty. The only difference is that Lara can’t sustain as much damage, meaning you need to be cautious when it comes to approaching traps and enemies. Honestly though, with enemies, just keep rolling and use the Aerial Attack every chance you get. Plus, keep stocking up on the health packs that enemies will occasionally drop. To be quite honest, the only scenes that might prove a bit difficult are the boss fight in England and the final boss.

The boss fight in England is kind of annoying due to the “lock-on” mechanic occassionally locking on to the wrong object and won’t allow you to change target unless you let go of the “lock-on” and try it again. The final boss can seriously give you a beating very quickly. Main tip here is to NOT RUSH! Don’t keep mashing the fire button, hoping it becomes a battle of “I can attack more than you” situation because chances are…you’ll lose. Instead, play it smart and attack whenever you feel the opportunity is available as the final boss throws explosive projectiles at you. Occasionally, it’ll throw 3 projectiles at a time, which will pretty much kill you instantly. Also, mind your surroundings. You don’t want to be evading attacks to only end up stuck against stone debris, or worse, the edge of the platform leading to your perilous doom.

Beat the game on this difficulty and you will also unlock the A Job Well Done trophy if you didn’t already complete the game on Explorer or Adventurer.

 Gold Hoarder 
Collect all gold rewards

Check out the videos below for all the locations of the artifacts in every level.


Video by: Sillejin


Video by: Sillejin


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Video by: Sillejin

Croft Manor – Equipment Room

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

Croft Manor – Library

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Croft Manor – Pool

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

Croft Manor – Gym

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

Croft Manor – Gold Reward

Video by: NextGenWalkthroughs

 Have a Good Time All the Time 
Complete all levels while in Time Trial mode

Now the only thing left to do with the Time Trial mode is the final boss fight (Bolivia Redux). You have about 4-5 minutes to complete this level and honestly, just keep spamming the  button and evading when necessary. Do that and you’ll nail this in roughly 2 minutes honestly.

 Master of Tomb Raider: Legend 
Earn all the trophies in Tomb Raider: Legend

Get every trophy and this platinum “artifact” (sorry, had to say it) is yours!