One of the most memorable moments for me in the first game was exploring the Lost Valley and discovering dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was another big movie from my childhood, so having to fight velociraptors and a giant T. Rex was pretty awesome!
Of course, perhaps the fondest memory I and a lot of people have of Tomb Raider comes from it’s sequel, which I also owned on the PC. How many of you enjoyed locking the Butler in the freezer?! This creepy old guy used to shuffle about and follow you all over Lara’s mansion.
Another thing that sticks out in my mind is the rumours on the school playground and in games magazines at the time. So many people used to talk about the “Naked Lara” cheat which just wasn’t possible. Well, maybe on the PC with a texture hack, but certainly not on the PlayStation 1 or Sega Saturn releases. I did enjoy how Core Design teased at this infatuation in the shower scene ending of Tomb Raider 2. I felt that was a nice touch.
I feel Tomb Raider is one of the early 3D titles that has actually aged quite gracefully. It’s far from perfect by today’s standards, but it was great for it’s time and Lara Croft therefore is rightfully considered as a gaming icon. Her most recent outing in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” is absolutely amazing and well worth playing if you haven’t already. There was also a remake of the original released back in 2007 called “Tomb Raider Anniversary” which was available on the PS2, PSP, PS3, PC, Xbox 360 and the Wii. I really enjoyed this as well.
If you have any fond memories of the early Tomb Raider games I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. If you enjoyed this video, please consider hitting the like button, subscribing and sharing it with your friends and as always thanks for watching, take care and I’ll see you in the next video!
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