Hey Baby, I’ll Raid Your Tombs

Lara Croft is one of my personal heroes. I loved the original Tomb Raider when I was a kid because there was a pretty heavy emphasis on running and jumping and action. I grew up with a huge back yard, and an adjacent forest so big, the limits of my imagination were never reached. Lara was the first high-profile digital representation of a non-cartoonish, non-hetero male, non-militaristic, non-space-suited protagonist. Sure she had quite a few qualities which are not quite relatable – she's an heiress, has a wildly exaggerated bust size, and is essentially an olympic-level gymnast. But still she provided, for me at least, an engaging fantasy avatar. Crystal Dynamics relaunched the series last year bringing a more somber tone, a multilayered heroine and an engaging combat system. Camilla Luddington of Grey's Anatomy lent her voice to this new Lara, and quite frankly, it's some of the best voice acting in a video game and rivals some of the top talent in a year of utterly amazing voice work in video games.  
Sage advice.
Sage advice.
Reach for it.
Reach for it.
Among the ruins.
Among the ruins.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
Can you hear me now?
Can you hear me now?
Unsatisfied to let a good thing rest on its laurels, Crystal Dynamics rebuilt the entire game from the ground up to introduce it to the next generation of consoles, specifically the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Since both new consoles utilize completely different and more advanced processors than the generation prior, a simple port wouldn't suffice.  IGN offered a comparison between previous and current gen versions: This is a game that I've already completed three times because I loved the narrative and the gameplay so much, so it's a no-brainer that I'm going to pick up the Definitive Edition for my Xbox One when it launches next week. Hell, I bought the collectors edition last time around with the Lara Croft action figure. Yep. Not even sorry about it. I very seriously recommend you play Tomb Raider if you haven't already – especially if you've never played any of the previous games. It's such a wonderful new start for Lara. It is the reboot by which all reboots should be judged. AND there's a comic book being released next month to serve as an official bridge between the end of this game and the beginning of next! It's being written by Gail Simon of Batgirl, The Movement, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, and Secret Six fame, so I have full faith the story will be handled expertly.
Tomb Raider #1 Coming Soon - Gail Simon, Dark Horse
Tomb Raider #1 Coming Soon - Gail Simone, Dark Horse
  Check back here later today for an exciting announcement from #nerdjizz regarding your chance to own a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.