Rise of The Tomb Raider PS4 Photo Gallery


Challenges to come (ignore the skip! I was too excited to share this out!)

The First Codex

Ready for the Hunt

Shadows of the Past

Unexpected Finds

Embers

Steadiness

Ascent

Trepidation

For the Hunted

Atlas


Paying Respect

Power of the Atlas

Precipice

Continue Surviving

After all

Judgement  
Leading Light

Gamer Gift Guide 2016

A little more general than last week's Tomb Raider gift guide, if you have a gamer in your life that deserves a little treat then here are a few suggestions! They are all quite fun and make a change from PC parts, extra controllers or simply a game!

PlayStation Colouring Book (£6.99)

Featuring all your PlayStation favorites including Uncharted, Journey, WipEout and Horizon Zero Dawn, an easy way to keep your mindfullness goal in 2017! Buy now from Amazon.

Deus Ex Machina - The Best Game You Never Played in Your Life (£9.99)

Deus Ex Machina started as a Kickstarter and is an insight into Automa, one of the breakthrough studios of the early UK video game industry. Blurb: "The billion dollar video games industry had to start somewhere, and this is the hilarious, heartbreaking, inside story of how it all began and where it's all headed. And in the middle of it all there was a game hailed as the best ever written. It was called Deus Ex Machina. It was a creative triumph and it was a commercial disaster. Meet the pirates, the nerds, the innovators, the charlatans, the superstars, the winners, the sinners, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. A remarkable story revealed by the founder of the industry himself, with gut-wrenching honesty and merciless humor. If you ever wondered how computer gaming turned us all into willing slaves, you're about to find out in glorious style." Buy now from Amazon.

Iced Hyrulian Forest Candle (£4.99)

Gametee already stock the most beautiful smelling geeky inspired candles, and now you can buy winter themed! Iced Hyrulian forest represents a brisk, bracing scent of winter woodlands, frosted pine and crisp cedar. Buy now from Gametee.

Croft's Qualopec Expeditions Hoodie (£30)

Don't worry if Tomb Raider isn't your kind of thing, GamerPrint has lots of unique designs from games that you don't often see designs for and for those that you do, they are not your usual! For the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider, you cannot go wrong with this hoodie, bonus point, it isn't black! Buy now from GamerPrint.

Pok√©mon Eevee Beanie Hat (£13.99)

 
Just look at it. That is all. Why wouldn't you want that under your tree to wear to grab a coffee or during a stream :')! Buy now from Gamerabillia.

Journey Scarf (£40.00)

Any fan of Journey would adore this scarf, perfect for winter and is subtle but fans will instantly recognise it. Buy from InsertCoin.



Tomb Raider Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Do you have a raider in your life and you just don't know what to get them? Well why not try a few of these suggestions...

Tomb Raider Archives Vol. 1 (£33.50)
Revisit the older Lara adventures with the reissue of the Top Cow comics. Unlike the compendium, the stories are in full colour and volume one, in my opinion, holds the best stories and most beautiful art work ever seen in a Tomb Raider comic. Buy from Amazon.

Arrow Bookends (£8.30)
 There are many different varieties of arrow bookends, however these are among the cheapest and they have a blood drip, which is an instant win in my book (pun not intentional, honest! I just love blood sfx makeup!). So with all those Tomb Raider books out this year, a book end like this is a must! Buy from Amazon.

G Adventure Gift Certificates (Various)
Treat your favourite raider to the ultimate gift, a little bit of extra money towards the adventure of their dreams in 2017. Load whatever you want to gift on the card, which can either be emailed or provided as a physical card to wrap up. Before you know it they will be in Ankor Wat or heading up the Amazon, hopefully with you in tow! Buy from G Adventures.

Tomb Raider Medallion of Light Disc (£12.99)
Cast in resin, this replica from the movie is a great affordable unique gift for either cosplayers or just to display. Buy from MovieProps2000 on Etsy.

Lara Croft Suncatcher (£30)
Handcrafted from 23 pieces of coloured glass, individually cut and shaped, wrapped in copper foil and soldered together. Would also look beautiful as a Christmas tree decoration. Buy from ScottsStainedGlass on Etsy.

Egyptian Fig Noctua Candle (£12.50)
How cute is this little guy? Not only do you get a beautifully smelling Egyptian Fig candle, but you also get the container which looks like the Owl of Athena which can be used with other small candles. Made from 100% GM free pure soy wax and burns for 35 hours. Buy from Trouva.

Lara and Rex T Shirt (£15)
 In all its polygon glory, this will sure bring a smile to anyone who played the original Tomb Raider! Buy from Red Bubble.

Hopefully these few suggestions will help in your Christmas raiding! All which can be done from the comfort of your sofa. Don't forget to follow #TRAdvent for lots of festive Tomb Raider fun on my Twitter from 1st December. 


Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever Review

(Source: HardcoreGamers)
(This review contains no obvious spoilers and the book was bought by myself) 


I’ll admit, I did not have high expectations for this novel after the previous effort from Dan Abbot and Nik Vinent, Tomb Raider: Ten Thousand Immortals, was reduced into a Wikipedia, arse nugget, ten thousand train rides and terrible tipping non-adventure. I had more fun tweeting the atrocities in the book which you can find here. I suggest you read that rather than the few hours it will take for the book.

So it was safe to say I approached the latest Tomb Raider novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever, with pretty low expectations. However there were times when I quite enjoyed it and the book was certainly better than Ten Thousand Immortals. Based on the spinoff ‘Lara Croft’ franchise that includes ‘Guardian of Light’ and ‘Temple of Osiris’, Blade of Gwynnerver is more your classic Tomb Raider story than the main franchise. This came through with the characterisation for Lara; this Lara was sassy, swore a little and highlighted the morality of what she was doing as an ‘archeologist’. To be honest, I hadn’t realised how much I missed this classic side of Lara and I particularly enjoyed the quips during fight scenes and the dynamic between Lara and Carter. A fellow archeologist who we were introduced to in ‘Temple of Osiris’. It did rely, at times, that the reader was aware of previous games and what happened in them which is a great little touch for fans, however could alienate potential readers who just want an action/adventure story without a previous backstory.

The book certainly had the feel of the two early noughties movies, which I personally didn’t mind as I enjoyed Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Lara, however if you were wishing for a true retro classic Lara, you may be disappointed. Yet that side certainly came through, in particular the way in which locations circled traditional Tomb Raider stomping grounds such as London, Egypt and Turkey. The story was deeply rooted into archaeology, more than I initially expected. I just wished more of that came out. However what bits there were added a fantastic level of depth to make the novel seem grounded compared to the more arcade and fantasy style of the Lara Croft franchise.

Blade of Gwynnever unfortunately had a similar problem to Ten Thousand Immortals, in that at times the authors sounded like they copy and pasted Wikipedia into their narrative to help describe a situation, item or phenomenon. Often these were not necessary and distracted away from the world creation of the novel. For example, at the start of the novel, there are two whole pages dedicated to the description of Boris Bikes and political unrest in London. Both of which did not add much to the story in the long term and simply acted as distracting factual fluff. Sometimes it became apparent that the authors did not fully understand the character of Lara Croft and the wider world of Tomb Raider, the narrative became confusing as they tried to grasp bits of the story together to create a coherent timeline. I have a feeling that the story has been heavily edited with new sections added in or removed as towards the end the structure is not as solid or entertaining as the start or middle.

A huge positive, despite the problems mentioned above, is that the authors appear freer in Blade of Gwynnever compared to Ten Thousand Immortals. The latter felt constricted with the need to fit into ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ and the book suffered because of this constriction on the character of Lara Croft and the need for her to finish in a certain location with the Trinity organisation set up. In Blade of Gwynnever the prose flows a lot better and we get to know this version of Lara in a greater depth from situations that seem viable for her. My personal favourites were the social sections where we see Lara mingling in scenes across the world with a gun strapped to her thigh under a dress. These were captured beautifully with the quick witted and sarcastic comments from Lara that acted as real throwbacks to both the movies and Core games.

Overall, it is a much better novel than Ten Thousand Immortals and the comic series Frozen Omen, a comic arc set in the same world as Blade of Gwynnever. However I doubt it having much appeal beyond that of the Tomb Raider fanbase. I’d say read it if you think it sounds interesting to you and you feel like you need a little dose of classic Lara, however keep in mind that there is much better fan fiction out there. It might be wise spending your time finding those rather than reading this book.

Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is available to buy and download now from:
Amazon UK
Amazon USA
Wordery