Lara Croft returns (or is that begins?) to raid tombs today on PC, PS3, and 360

Square Enix has announced that Tomb Raider, a reboot of the beloved franchise starring Lara Croft, has hit retail today. Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at developer Crystal Dynamics, expressed some heartfelt words regarding the new adventure, saying: “Creating something truly special is incredibly challenging. You have got to really want it: you have to be passionate; you have to care about it, and you have to dedicate yourself. We have a studio full of talented people who have put their hearts into making this game – this is not just a game on their resumé, speak to any one of them, they’ve been on a journey. We hope that the game we’ve built will endure and that this is a well deserving renaissance for Lara Croft.”

Written by industry professionals Rhianna Pratchett and John Stafford, with a score composed by Jason Graves (he did the music for Dead Space and is therefore responsible for all my recent heart palpitations), this reimagining tells the origin tale of a young, inexperienced Lara Croft as she faces many trials and tribulations to become a hardened vet and raider of tombs. With only her wits and survival instincts to guide her, Lara must endure hours of uncleanliness (LOOK AT HOW DIRTY SHE IS) to figure out the dark history behind the mysterious island of which she is a prisoner (hopefully it is easy to understand and isn’t like the last season of Lost).

Tomb Raider is the first game in the series to have multiplayer, developed by a different team at Eidos Montreal. There are also many supplemental items for gamers to purchase, as well: a Brady Strategy Guide, an art book entitled Tomb Raider: The Art of Survival, a Dark Horse comic written by Ms. Pratchett called Tomb Raider: The Beginning (which may be a prequel to this origin story, so it’s like a pre-prequel *brain explodes*), an official soundtrack, an online store full of goodies, and some fascinating behind the scenes stuff called The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, available on iTunes and Amazon.

I have never experienced Tomb Raider in any way, shape, or form, but this reboot looks pretty damn amazing, so I’m definitely snagging a copy. Tomb Raider is out today for the PC, 360, and PS3. Check out the latest trailer below and visit the game’s homepage for more info.

There is a review incoming from new team member Ben, so check back soon!

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