Tomb Raider

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Name: Tomb Raider
Creator: Core Design / Crystal Dynamics
Date(s): September 1996 - March 2013
Medium: video games, films, etc.
Country of Origin: England
External Links: Official website
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Tomb Raider is a video game series that has also been adapted into a successful film series starring Angelina Jolie. It is notable for its female protagonist, archaeologist Lara Croft.


The Tomb Raider game series has had two developers, Core Design and Crystal Dynamics, with a further three continuities within the games.

Core Design

  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider II
  • Tomb Raider III
  • The Last Revelation
  • Tomb Raider Chronicles
  • Curse of the Sword
  • The Prophecy
  • The Angel of Darkness

Crystal Dynamics: First Reboot

  • Legend
  • Anniversary
  • Underworld

Crystal Dynamics: Second Reboot

  • Tomb Raider (2013)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider


The fanbase was incredibly divided upon the release of Angel of Darkness. Several fans of the Core Design games were not happy with Crystal Dynamics' continuity reboot with Legend and the subsequent drastic changes to Lara's personality and backstory. In addition, some feel this way about the second continuity reboot.

Tomb Raider (2013)

Before Tomb Raider's release there was controversy over a scene which was reported to be an attempted rape on Lara. Fans and critics voiced their displeasure towards this type of violence towards women, and the iconic character.[1] Though this has abated somewhat once the game was out, as the scene plays out somewhat differently. While the man was obviously planning on, or at least strongly considering, raping Lara, as soon as she fights back — which she does without player input — he immediately tries to kill her. Failing the quicktime event results in Lara being strangled to death.

In the Definitive Edition of the game Lara was given a new face model, upsetting some fans how felt that the old version was more natural. Others prefer the new face, feeling that it more closely resembles the game's artwork, as well as resembling Lara's two previous incarnations.


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