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Tomb Raider Claims Two Guinness World Records

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are celebrating Lara Croft’s Guinness World Records win for ‘Most Magazine Covers for a Videogame Character’ and ‘Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft’ alongside a one-of-a-kind feature in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition next year.

The Tomb Raider franchise is a two-decade strong cultural phenomenon which follows the globetrotting action-adventures of celebrated archaeologist Lara Croft.

Since making her video game debut in 1996, Lara Croft has been featured front-and-center on approximately 1,230 magazine covers spanning film, culture, lifestyle, and video game publications such as TIME Digital, Entertainment Weekly, Mad, PlayStation Magazine, and PC Gaming. With new covers from around the world being unearthed every day, that number grows to over 1,400 when factoring in covers that saw Lara alongside a co-star. These covers include portrayals of Lara Croft through official video game artwork, original illustrations, parody cartoons, and real-life photo-shoots with official Lara Croft models and actresses.

Check out our Flickr feed to browse 20 years of Croft covers, as archived by our community. [http://bit.ly/TR20_Mag_Covers]

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hosted a cosplay gathering at Paris Games Week on Saturday, October 29th as part of the ongoing celebration of 20 years of Tomb Raider. During the cosplay gathering, the European Tomb Raider community – spearheaded by passionate French fans – broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most People Dressed as Lara Croft’ in a single venue, drawing a crowd of 270 Tomb Raiders total. Fans could dress as any of the hundreds of official Lara Croft representations from the past 20 years, with participants donning costumes from the games, comics, movies, and even obscure fashion renders.

Check out the official event photos here. [http://bit.ly/PGW_GWR_Gallery]

“Over the past two decades, Lara Croft has established herself as an iconic character in entertainment,” said Rich Briggs, global brand director at Crystal Dynamics. “Her Guinness World Record wins further solidify her continuing influence and relevance in popular culture.”

Lara’s two new Guinness World Records titles are added to an already impressive roster. Lara was awarded six records in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamers Edition, including the Most Successful Video Game Heroine, Most Recognizable Female Character in a Video Game, Most Detailed Video Game Character, Most Official Real Life Stand-Ins, Highest Grossing Computer Game Spin-off, and Most Successful Live-Action Transfer.

“Lara Croft is one of the most vital and iconic characters in gaming, with a powerful legacy and a string of great games under her belt,” said Stephen Daultrey, Editor, Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. It’s fantastic to see so many cosplayers celebrate her in this unique way. Along with her covers record, these are already two of my favorite new GWR titles of the year. I look forward to seeing them in next year’s Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition annual.”

Lara has made an indelible mark on every facet of entertainment including video games, motion pictures, theme parks, lifestyle cosplay, and comic books. With over 30 video game titles released, selling over 46 million copies worldwide, winning hundreds of awards, and becoming an ambassador for scientific excellence to appearing live on tour with U2, Lara Croft continues to inspire and entertain millions around the world.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Launch Week Will Give Fans 100,000 In-Game Credits

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics continue to celebrate Lara Croft’s 20-year legacy with a special community promotion for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration during launch week. Simply by logging in, players will receive a gift of 100,000 in-game credits. This is a thank you to fans who have been with the franchise for days, months, years or even decades, and every platform in every country is included in this promotion. These 100,000 credits can be used to purchase Expedition Card Packs which become modifiers in the extra game modes, including new Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration content such as Co-op Endurance and “Lara’s Nightmare”. Full details on the program can be found here.

20 years of Tomb Raider continues as Square Enix also debuts the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Challenge. Inspired by classic game shows from the 80s and 90s and hosted by Jessica Chobot, this event brought together 12 Internet icons as they competed for the Golden Climbing Axe to be crowned the ultimate Tomb Raider, as well as win prize money for their favorite charity!

Contestants included Melonie Mac, Doug Le of Nukem Dukem, Jessica Villarreal, “Atomic” Mari Takahashi, Jake & Logan from team Epiphany, Swiftor, Pamela Horton, Nick Gregorio, Fairlight Excalibur, Peter Paras of GameRevolution, and Malik Forte.

Fans can check out a teaser of all the action at Challenge.tombraider.com. Episode 1 of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Challenge will go live on October 6 and Episode 2 will release on October 12 following the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, and includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new story chapter “Blood Ties”, “Lara’s Nightmare” zombie combat mode, PlayStation VR support for “Blood Ties”, co-op Endurance gameplay, an “Extreme Survivor” difficulty, 5 classic Lara skins, and an outfit and weapon inspired by TR III. It also includes all of the previously released downloadable content such as “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch”, “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, multiple Expedition Card packs, and more. The game launches on PS4 October 11th, and the new content will be included as part of the Season Pass on Xbox One and PC.

 

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New Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Trailer Showcases Stunning 4K PS4 Pro Footage

Since it’s timed release over a year ago on the Xbox One, fans have eagerly awaited Rise of the Tomb Raider to land on Sony’s home console; Home to the previous installments in the series.  The PS4 Pro was announced at the PlayStation Meeting in New York back in early September, and with it’s announcement of it’s 4K capabilities, there were a list of games that have been announced that will launch with the 4K supported graphics.  Among the games mentioned, Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of them.  Today, Square Enix launched a new gameplay trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider showcasing it’s stunning 4K visuals in preparation for the games’ release on the PlayStation 4 on October 11th of this year.

View the Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K PS4 Pro Footage below!

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Trophy Whores 267 – Sibling Rivalry Renewed

Tricky, who has been absent from the show for three weeks, makes his return to Trophy Whores.  As much as the Trophy Whores tease Tricky, they have missed him.  Trophy Whores isn’t the same without Tricky — or any other host.  Lucia, the Ionvein, tags along.

The Trophy Whores, who are short Yield, dive into a swimming pool of chicanery.  It’s a scorcher of a summer, and everyone is trying to beat the heat.  Tricky and Donny can’t get through 20 minutes without renewing their sibling rivalry, which means that Trophy Whores has again achieved homeostasis.

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, and Lucia is our reporter on the ground.  Well, he has been to Comic-Con, and we think that counts.  We’re pretty sure that he has seen things related to comics, movies and video games.  The Justice League trailer appeared debuted at Comic-Con, and, unfortunately, Martian Manhunter was nowhere to be seen.  It’s nice to see Cyborg on the screen, but without Martian Manhunter, it doesn’t feel like a true Justice League movie.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Minecraft: Story Mode, Injustice 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Sonic Mania.  It’s 2016, and, depending upon whom you ask, Sonic’s relevance and viability are dubious.  If this were 1992, then Sonic would be battling Mario for mascot supremacy.  Unfortunately, for Sega and Sonic, the hedgehog’s popularity has dried up like a slug on blacktop in August.

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Trophy Whores 266 – No Man’s Remake

If you like caped crusaders and tomb-raiding badasses, then we have good news:  Tricky isn’t on this episode.  Tricky continues to sip margaritas by the community pool, as the Trophy Whores, Alex, Donny and Yield, run the show so deep into the ground that they’re liable to strike oil.  The Trophy Whores haven’t found black gold yet, but they’re rich in opinions that only a mother could love.

This week the Trophy Whores do their best swan dives into a pool of Batman and Tomb Raider news.  No Man’s Sky makes an appearance, too, for the second week in a row, but you might feel a little awkward and unprepared if you aren’t wearing a cape or dual-wielding pistols.  You might be MacGyver, but you can’t save Gotham or survive ancient tombs without the proper equipment, and Duct tape doesn’t meet every need.  I said it.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Batman: A Telltale Game Series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Batman: Return to Arkham and No Man’s Sky.  Donny, as you might know, isn’t keen on developers spending their time remastering and remaking games.  Instead, he wants new intellectual properties and new ideas.  Donny memes have popped up on the Trophy Whores and Remember the Loot Facebook pages, and Proven Gamer would like to share the best one with you.  Take in the magnificence and majesty of Donny:

Donny Psychonauts PS4

I would also like to point out that Tricky, who made this meme, spells as well as badger wearing oven mitts.  Psychonauts is the game.

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Trophy Whores 246 – Remember The Poot

Tricky wants to play Rise of the Tomb Raider, but doesn’t want to play it on PC.  He’s a PlayStation fanboy through and through, and he wants to play it on the PlayStation 4.  It’s a terrible inner struggle.  Tricky might as well be choosing between salami and pepperoni.

As the Great Trophy War approaches, the smack-talk elevates, and Yield is chucking some daggers.  The Four Whoresmen are coming with guns blazing!  Tricky says guns blaring.  If Donny doesn’t make up words and adages, then Tricky can play anti-wordsmith.

Join our squad of champion trophy collectors as we discuss, among other things, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dead Nation, Firewatch, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes.  If Donny can muster the skill to attain the Platinum in Dead Nation, then the Trophy Whores will no doubt lock up “rarest Platinum.”  Alex knows that Dead Nation can be grimly difficult, so he wonders if Donny knows the frustrating path that lies ahead.

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Trophy Whores 245 – Mercs With Platinums

While you were at the movies watching Deadpool, Tricky was braiding Barbie’s hair — as all good fathers do.  With plenty of years of experience under his belt, Tricky styles and braids doll hair like a pro.

Despite his fatherly duties, Tricky has seen Deadpool, and — obviously — he recommends that kids stay away.  If you take your kids to see Deadpool, then you are probably the same parent who will let your kids play Grand Theft Auto.  Beyond that, you most likely feed your children rusty nail sandwiches.

Join our team of Marvel foulmouthed mercenaries as we discuss Deadpool, Firewatch, Silent Hills, Assassin’s Creed and The Walking Dead.  As Alex prepares to play LEGO Marvel Superheroes, he hopes Deadpool shows up.  Granted, Deadpool would have to mind his manners.  The Merc with a Mouth isn’t kid-friendly.

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Don’t Forget That Rise of the Tomb Raider Was Released Too

Destined to Rise From the Ashes

November 1oth, 2015 will go down as one of the most fascinating days in gaming history. The day that Fallout 4 was unleashed on the world, ready to dive into the post-apocalyptic wasteland. And the day that Rise of the Tomb Raider rested firmly in its shadow. Back in 2013, Tomb Raider was released with somewhat low expectations, and turned out to bethe spark the franchise so desperately needed. Taking a cue from newer adventure titles, most obviously the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider shocked many be being much better than expected and an under the radar success. Fast forward two years, and you find the franchise once again surprising the masses but for all the wrong reasons. Mostly, how such a good game was left to die on store shelves.

As of this writing, Rise of the Tomb Raider hasn’t even cracked the top ten of NPD sales (November). In the same amount of time, Fallout 4 is #2. Nestled right in between the yearly juggernauts Call of Duty and Madden. While the sales numbers are sure to pickup once holiday sales in December are factored in, Microsoft is already in a bit of panic mode. Going so far as to offer a free trial AFTER the initial release date. A move which is surely being made to bolster sales.

I personally hope the move works. Rise of the Tomb Raider has been one of the most rewarding and unabashedly “game” experiences i’ve had in quite a while. Everything I loved about the 2013 version is back, and improved upon. Better visuals, more actual tombs, diverse gameplay, and a fully fleshed out character. Lara is no longer learning to be the hero, she just is. That doesn’t mean there isn’t character development. Quite the opposite. Lara is just shoulder to shoulder with her virtual peers in a way that her origin story didn’t truly allow.

What’s worse about the low sales, and peculiar release date, is that there probably wasn’t any better alternative. Fallout may have been the “safest” bet without having to go any earlier, and with Star Wars: Battlefront Just Cause and a closing holiday window, there were no safe bets after. Compounding matters is the times exclusivity. Microsoft has the sole rights until sometime late next year, when Sony has their turn to sell the highly rated sequel. Though, there’s very little chance Sony will put the marketing muscle behind it that Microsoft has so far, and by then our collective attention will be elsewhere.

I say all of that to say, Rise of the Tomb Raider is an excellent game that deserves your attention. With just over 8.5 million Xbox Ones out there, there’s no reason this game shouldn’t be a huge hit for the console. I just hope it happens while we can all appreciate it, and not as a greatest hit 2 or 3 years later.