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Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous installments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully reimagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Piecing Together a Fictional History of Kitezh

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft sets off to redeem her father’s reputation as an academic and get to grips with the concept of an immortal soul. Her journey takes her to a long-forgotten tomb in northern Syria and a remote settlement in Siberia, where she encounters the remnants of a once-great civilization and gathers clues concerning the whereabouts of a mystical artefact known as the Divine Source, thought to be buried deep in the heart of the mythical lost city of ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

Lara Croft & the Quest for Eternal Life

In Game Informer’s latest online feature, Raiders of the Lost City – Lara’s Search for Immortality, we learnt that Lara will be searching for the lost city of Kitezh in her upcoming adventure and that her experiences on Yamatai the previous year have sparked off an almost unhealthy obsession with immortality myths. But what triggered this obsession in Lara? And why did Crystal Dynamics choose to set their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, in Siberia? Here’s an ... [Continue Reading]

February 11, 2015 // 11 Comments

Gods & Monsters: Ammit

The highly-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris has finally hit the stores and those of you who’ve already played the game will no doubt be familiar with at least some of the game’s key enemies and level bosses. In the last edition of Gods & Monsters, we had a look at the evil snake demon, Apep, who can be found wreaking havok in the Tomb of the Silversmith. This time around, we’ll be taking a look at the female demon Ammit, the “Devourer of ... [Continue Reading]

December 12, 2014 // 8 Comments

Gods & Monsters: Apep

This blog post is dedicated to John T, author of the blog JhnWrites About Games, as a way of saying “thank you” for his generous donation towards my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts. Thanks, John! I hope you don’t have a phobia of snakes… In their second developer diary “Puzzles 101”, Executive Producer Scot Amos and Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs introduced us to another of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris’s growing cast of antagonists: ... [Continue Reading]

November 20, 2014 // 5 Comments

5 Fantastic Online Resources on Norse Mythology

Valhalla, Mjölnir, Asgard, Thor, Helheim... All of these names will be familiar to those who have played Tomb Raider: Underworld or are fans of Marvel Comics’ long-running Thor comic-book series. But if you’re longing to learn more about the Norse myths and legends that helped inspire the narrative of TR:U, check out the five fantastic websites and online databases listed below! 1) Wikipedia’s Norse Mythology section – Wikipedia has its faults but you ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Arte-Factual: Aztec Maize Goddess (Tomb Raider 1)

When I first played Tomb Raider 1 back in 1996, I never realized how many real-life Pre-Columbian (and other) artefacts could be spotted throughout the game’s Peru levels. Some of them, such as the Chimú bird carving, were already familiar to me as I had done some research on Peruvian art and archaeology for a GCSE Art project. But it wasn’t until I started working on this site and replaying this 1996 classic that I began to notice that the game’s graphics artists had also, ... [Continue Reading]

July 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oh My Gods! 5 Online Guides to Egyptian Gods and Religion

Back in March, I compiled a little list of online resources on Aztec mythology for those who wanted to learn more about Xolotl and the other gods mentioned in the popular co-op game, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light. And now that the Egypt-centric Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris is heading our way later this year, I thought it fitting to put together a list of some of my favourite online guides to Ancient Egyptian gods, goddesses, and religion. So here are my top 5 suggestions in ... [Continue Reading]

July 2, 2014 // 10 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources on Aztec Mythology

In the co-op action/adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara and the Aztec warrior Totec find themselves in a race against time to stop Xolotl, the Keeper of Darkness, from destroying the world. Players may come across a number of relics throughout the game that are named after Aztec gods and mythological creatures, such as the Mask of Tezcatlipoca and Eye of Cipactli. But if you can’t tell your Cihuacoatls from your Huitzilopochtlis, you may find the following ... [Continue Reading]

March 2, 2014 // 7 Comments

Arte-Factual: The Dendera Zodiac (The Last Revelation)

It seems that everyone is going crazy for Katy Perry’s latest music video, Dark Horse, which presents a very colourful, if somewhat inaccurate, view of Ancient Egypt. So I thought I’d jump on the latest “Egyptomania” bandwagon and look at a famous sculpture that can be seen in the Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation level, Cleopatra’s Palaces. Perhaps you may recall seeing a large blue disc painted on (or carved out of) the ceiling of one of the rooms in the palace ... [Continue Reading]

February 26, 2014 // 8 Comments

Guest Blog: Gates of Hel: The Norse Cosmology Behind Tomb Raider: Underworld

In Tomb Raider: Underworld (2009), we follow Lara as she visits a number of Norse ‘underworlds’, scattered across locations including Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Thailand. Here she finds a series of artefacts allowing her to wield Thor’s legendary hammer Mjölnir, the key to opening the gates of Helheim, where she discovers the truth of her mother’s disappearance (following on from Legend’s plot). Unsurprisingly, the mythological and historical background of the game has been ... [Continue Reading]

August 6, 2013 // 7 Comments