Ok. Even if you never played Tomb Raider, you know who Lara Croft is – she’s a pop icon, man. And if you play Tomb Raider, well, you’re part of the legacy of fans who keep the franchise going. Take a bow!
Believe it or not, the first installment of the franchise debuted back in 1996 on the Sega Saturn (the what??) before becoming a mainstay of the PlayStation. The game is almost as old as Pac-Man, Asteroids, or Donkey Kong; ok, so that’s stretching it a wee bit, but you dig what Breakbounce is saying. Correct? LOL! No, you’re not getting old. As Matthew McConaughey said in Dazed and Confused, – “That’s what I like about these high school girls. I keep getting older, they stay the same age.” Oh, but we digress.
The first Tomb Raider was a global freakin’ phenomenon! It sold 7 million units worldwide, spawned a dozen games, two big budget Hollywood movies (thank you, Angelina Jolie! *cougar whistles*), and became the early template for 3D, third person games. In 2006, even the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Lara Croft as “The Most Successful Human Virtual Game Heroine”. Too much math for ya? Anyway, take that Jill Valentine, Zelda, and that chick from Metroid that you don’t know is a chick until you blast apart the Mother Brain and… take off your helmet… and… holy sh**!
Just like movies that get dusty with age and irrelevance, classic video games that have been around as long as Tomb Raider have needed to be rebooted and reimagined. But hey, Lara is still very much a timeless masterpiece!
**Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition** is scheduled to hit shelves in January 2014 (Woot! This month, baby) for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Essentially, the Definitive Edition is an updated version of the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. Yeah, it sounds more confusing than it is. Get used to it!
So, here’s the deal: Tomb Raider was rebooted in 2013, and it sold over one million copies in 48 hours. Dayum, Lara is a popular girl! Set on the island of Yamatai, action and gameplay focus more on survival than tomb exploration, as Croft is trying to save her friends and escape an evil cult.
Gamers and critics praised the reboot, and Tomb Raider showed up on many Top-10 lists by the end of the year. But here’s the thing, boys. The game was designed for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360. Since every gamer, who’s at least half-serious about this, has a PS4 or Xbox One console – someone saw the need for a **Definitive Edition**. Let the raiding begin!