10 Things you can do while waiting for PS4/PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider

2:30 pm HelenLJohnson 0 Comments

Well hello there fellow Tomb Waiter, while our winter may be Croft-less, that doesn’t mean we can’t be doing something productive about it. So grab an Earl Grey, a notepad and lets get sorted for 2016!

1. Dip your toes in somebody else’s tomb
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Naughty Dog couldn’t have timed it better to release the Uncharted trilogy for the PS4, followed by perhaps the final instalment a few months later. There is plenty between all four games to keep your raiding needs in check, especially with the new photo mode and additional trophies.

2. Declutter for Croft

More so for PS4 waiters, you have twelve months to sort out your abode and sell unwanted items to raise money for the game. It is a win/win situation; you get to sort out your possessions and make space while not dipping into your wages when November 2016 comes around. Just don’t spent that money in the meantime!

3. Learn a Lara skill

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Lara smuggles many talents underneath that brown hair, so why not learn one of them while you are waiting for ROTTR? Choose from archery or gun control (at a reputable school!) or hieroglyphics and swan diving. If all else fails, you could always master the perfect movie french braid.

4. Catch up on fan films
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Tomb Raider fans are a talented bunch and it would be a disservice not to check out some of the amazing films being created by fans. From the latest big release Hunted to older works such as Croft and Book of the Dead. Projects of all budgets are always appearing on YouTube and it is worth checking back every now and then.

5. Play the chronological challenge 
After nearly twenty years, Ms Croft has certainly racked up some adventures. Use the upcoming twelve months as the opportunity to revisit every single jungle, mountain and tomb that Lara has been to. Oh I see you shoving that GBA game under the bed, get it out. When I say every adventure, I mean every adventure! Including the good, the bad and the ugly! You might be able to raise some money for charity too by doing speedruns and participating in charity events.

6. Happy 20th birthday!
2016 is the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider, so there will certainly be a lot of Lara things going on. So see this as a TBA and get involved where you can with the festivities!

7. Write a follow up story to Tomb Raider 2013 and thank a writer

Fanfiction sometimes get a bad reputation, but honestly there are so many talented writers that are creating stories under the Tomb Raider tab that it is shame they don’t get as much recognition. You will have to be careful for spoilers from next week, so I would say go through the site and save some stories now using apps such as fan fiction reader. If you find an excellent story, make sure you send the writer a little message and share it out to people who may find it interesting. Fan fiction writing is mostly an emotional economy, give a little back :). Then write your own story and see how different it reads compared to ROTTR when you get the chance to play it.

8. Catch up on your history
No matter where you started on the Tomb Raider timeline, take some time to learn about how the series started and just how imported it was to British identity in the late 90s, a time of Cool Britannia and Riot Grrrls. A great place to start is Priestman’s 2015 KillScreen article with more lengthy discussions in the books Grand Thieves and Tomb Raiders and Porn and Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture.

9. Pimp those raids
Time to get those creative muscles working! Do you have a boring piece of furniture, a desk or a cushion that just doesn’t scream adventure? Or perhaps you love making cakes, nail art or apps. Whatever it is you do, make something that is unashamingly Crofty! Then share it on Twitter, because we all love that stuff ;).

10. Play nice and meet up
Perhaps the most important thing is to acknowledge that fans playing the game will be spread out across twelve months. If you are an Xbox gamer reading this, avoid spoilers and taunting online with meaningless consoles wars. Respect others decisions to buy a PS4 version rather than abandoning the franchise (as I know some are) and visa versa. We all have reasons for doing what we do and the best reaction we can have is just to listen to why they are making those choices. Still go to events such as comic cons and meet up with other fans where possible or host twitter chats online. At the end of the day, if the main community doesn’t suit you, don’t sulk, just take the steps to create your own community or find and support a new one.

So there we go, what are fellow Tomb Waiters doing for 2016? Tweet me with #tombwaiters or leave a comment below.

Until next time, happy raiding.