Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light


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Revolution! Robberies! Goo! Dungeons! Lara!

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Guardian of Light gameplay.

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Crystal Dynamics won't continue the Guardian of Light series

"We are anxious to see what else we can do in connected play."

Tomb Raider was always a series about being alone, solving puzzles in a 3D space, but somehow Crystal Dynamics proved that Lara's adventures could be just as rewarding in an isometric co-op game in the surprise hit Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Unfortunately, it looks like the critically acclaimed digital title was a mere one-off rather than the start of a side-series.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light hits Android as Sony Xperia exclusive

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light launches on Android today for the first time 0 as a Sony Xperia exclusive.

It's available for the Xperia S, Xperia ion and Xperia Play from the Google Play Store for 99p. From next week it rises to its usual price of £1.99. Screenshots of the Android version are below.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light launched first on Xbox Live Arcade in August 2010 as a spin-off from the main series. It was later released on PlayStation Network and Steam.

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EU PlayStation Store update - 16th November

EU PlayStation Store update - 16th November

Call of Duty: Black Ops for £48.

Thank goodness the year-late Call of Duty: Black Ops only costs £47.99 or €59.99 on PlayStation Store - for a moment there I thought it would be more expensive than Modern Warfare 3!

As balance, the "ridiculously absorbing" Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD has halved in price to £6.29. Definitely buy it.

Also worth serious consideration: excellent games Beyond Good & Evil HD at a new price of £4, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light at a new price of £5.

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Lara Croft an Xperia Play exclusive

Lara Croft an Xperia Play exclusive

More "established" Squeenix games coming.

Critically acclaimed downloadable game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light hits Xperia Play in November, Sony Ericsson and Square Enix have announced.

It launches as an Xperia Play Android exclusive in November. More "established" Square Enix games will follow in the coming months.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light launched last year first on Xbox 360, then on PC and PlayStation 3.

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Why Microsoft won't publish PSN firsts

Demands release date, content parity.

Downloadable games must ship on Xbox Live Arcade at least simultaneously with competing platforms or Microsoft may refuse to publish them, Eurogamer can reveal.

FeatureCheap This Week - 29/06/11

Street Fighter! Mortal Kombat! Lara!

I hope you're not still paying full price for games are you? As this week's selection goes to show, there's a pretty huge difference in what prices all the different retailers charge for identical items, and Cheap This Week is your essential guide to finding the best deals around across all formats.

Lara Croft DLC finally hits Steam

All Challenge Packs now available.

All the DLC for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has finally been made available to PC gamers, a good month or two after it appeared for console versions of the game.

Mobile Games Roundup

Mobile Games Roundup

Revolution! Robberies! Goo! Dungeons! Lara!

Happy New Year folks! So what can we expect from mobile gaming in 2011? Judging by the endless rumours circulating at the back end of last year, it looks like it's going to be the year that Sony finally enters the market in some form.

Of course, Apple will hardly be resting on its laurels, and we can expect the rumour mill to go into overdrive as the release of the second-gen iPad draws closer. And then, a matter of weeks after that, attention will inevitably focus on the iPhone 5, alongside the inevitable evolution of the various Android handsets.

Speaking of Android, the real issue for gamers isn't so much the quality of the handsets or even the OS, but the usability of the (currently) shoddy Marketplace. Sort that out and the Android's position will only improve.

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Lara Croft's Kane & Lynch DLC out now

Plus, get 50% off Guardian of Light today.

It's lucky the bookies left the ticket on 'Most Incongruous Gaming Cameo of 2011' open to the last minute, because we have a late winner. As of today, sketchy Eidos badboys Kane and Lynch are playable in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Lara Croft gets App Store release

Guardian of Light ported to iOS.

Digital Tomb Raider spin-off Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available later today on the App Store, developer Crystal Dynamics has announced.

Sackboy, Lara DLC head PS Store update

Sackboy, Lara DLC head PS Store update

Plus, download Prototype for £31.99.

Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves, new Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light DLC and PSP platformer Prinny 2 are among the highlights of the latest PlayStation Store update.

The new content, listed on the PlayStation Blog and reproduced in full below, also includes the last two Prince of Persia HD re-releases, new DLC for Assassins's Creed: Brotherhood, DJ Hero 2 and Joe Danger, as well as a bunch of pre-Christmas price cuts.

Slightly less festive, however, is the asking price for the original Prototype, which has just been added for £31.99. Word from the wise: Amazon is selling the Platinum Edition for £11.99.

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New Lara Croft DLC hits XBL

Plus, Doritos Crash Course!

A third DLC pack for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light heads up a bunch of new content arriving on Xbox Live Arcade today.

Lara Croft gets Kane & Lynch DLC

Legacy of Kain duo to pop up too.

In one of the stranger gaming crossovers of recent years, Kane and Lynch will soon be playable in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

PS3 Lara Croft gets online co-op update

Crystal Dynamics has finally enabled online co-operative play for the PlayStation 3 version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light nearly a month after it turned the feature on for the Xbox 360 version.

"PS3 online co-op title update is now live! Huzzah!" reads a Tweet from the developer.

Last month Crystal Dynamics said it would hand the first of five planned DLC packs out for free for 30 days by way of saying sorry for the delay – to Xbox 360 owners.

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First Lara Croft DLC detailed

"All the Trappings" free for 30 days.

The first downloadable add-on for the wonderful Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is called All the Trappings, Square Enix has announced.

Castlevania demo leads PSN update

Castlevania demo leads PSN update

Plus: Borderlands DLC! DeathSpank! Lara!

There's plenty for everybody on the PlayStation Store today. I hope. Otherwise I'll look stupid for saying that.

There are demos of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (review), MMA, My Sims: Sky Heroes (aerial combat) and WRC FIA World Rally Championship.

There are also free trials of this week's new games: the excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue and TerRover.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Squeezing an entire new Tomb Raider game into a downloadable nugget - admittedly, a rather chunky one, at just over 2GB - has necessarily involved some downsizing. Guardian of Light's opening cinematic is a series of stills with none of the acrobatic action-heroine antics or sharp delivery that we've come to expect from Crystal Dynamics' take on Lara Croft. Before you take your first steps into Guardian of Light's first temple, you wonder whether Tomb Raider without the pizazz can possibly be the same.

Guardian of Light is emphatically not the same, but that's no bad thing. It's a radical departure from every game in the series to date, both in its isometric 3D viewpoint and its arcade-style controls. And yet, it's still unmistakeably Tomb Raider: still a cerebral and exciting mix of puzzles and action. Once you get used to the change in perspective, you forget that things were ever otherwise.

Most significantly, the classic action-platforming structure has been reworked for two, resulting in one of the cleverest and most enjoyable co-operative games you'll ever have the pleasure of playing. It turns out there was a superb multiplayer game hidden in the Tomb Raider formula all along.

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Lara Croft launching without online mode

Lara Croft launching without online mode

PC/PSN versions and XBLA MP patch in Sept.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will launch for Xbox Live Arcade without its online component, which will follow in a patch at the same time as the PC and PlayStation Network versions in September.

Square Enix also said that it will release five downloadable content packs for the game between October and December, expanding the range of puzzles and even playable characters.

The Guardian of Light is due out on 18th August for XBLA in a one-month timed exclusive deal and will launch with two-player offline co-operative play only.

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Lara Croft a four-week Xbox 360 exclusive

Lara Croft a four-week Xbox 360 exclusive

A requirement for Summer of Arcade games.

Downloadable Tomb Raider game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be exclusively available on the Xbox 360 for at least four weeks.

This is a requirement of all games that are a part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion, Crystal Dynamics told Eurogamer in a new interview.

Guardian of Light will be released on Xbox Live on 18th August for 1200 Microsoft Points (£10).

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FeatureCrystal Dynamics talks Lara

Sex, platforming and an exclusive new trailer for Guardian of Light.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available to download from Xbox Live Arcade on 18th August and from the PlayStation Store and Steam a month later. To celebrate Larry's return, we have for your viewing pleasure an exclusive new trailer, lovingly displayed below.

New Tomb Raider due Xmas 2011

Crystal Dynamics hard at work.

Eurogamer has learned that Crystal Dynamics is hard at work on the next main game in the Tomb Raider series that should be released during the Christmas period 2011.

Tomb Raider is my favourite game of all time. Of course, this is mainly because it allows me to live out fantasies of being intrepid, acrobatic, clever, rich, posh and chesty. But it's also because of the classic third-person action-adventure gameplay, the emphasis on puzzles and exploration over gunplay and explosions, the detailed visuals and the sweeping vistas. Most of all it's the atmosphere - the feeling you're all alone in these lush jungles and echoey chambers, just you and Lara.

New Tomb Raider to get motion controls?

Crystal Dynamics playing around with tech.

Crystal Dynamics has revealed to Eurogamer that it may incorporate motion controls into a future Tomb Raider game - perhaps even the one due out this summer.