Tomb Raider: Underworld

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December PlayStation Plus content update

December PlayStation Plus content update

Tomb Raider: Underworld up for grabs.

A complimentary download of 2008 adventure Tomb Raider: Underworld headlines the latest PlayStation Plus content update.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, Plus subscribers can also pick up Split/Second: Velocity at 50 per off, with the racer's Deadline DLC Pack going for free.

You'll also get early access to a GoldenEye 007 demo and savings on a number of other titles, including Burnout Crash, Rocket Knight and 4 Elements HD.

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Tomb Raider Trilogy is PS3 exclusive

Tomb Raider Trilogy is PS3 exclusive

Includes HD Legend, Anniversary.

HD remasters of Tomb Raider Legend and Tomb Raider Anniversary, as well as the full Tomb Raider Underworld game, are being bundled together exclusively for PS3.

This Tomb Raider Trilogy pack will be available to buy on 25th March.

Additional bundle guff includes a Trilogy theme pack, Lara Croft costume for a Home avatar, a Viking Thrall costume for a Home avatar and Making Of videos covering all three games.

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PS3 Tomb Raider Trilogy HD confirmed

PS3 Tomb Raider Trilogy HD confirmed

CD injects new life into old Lara.

Crystal Dynamics has confirmed the existence of a PS3-exclusive Tomb Raider Trilogy pack.

A listing for the trilogy popped up on the German arm of Amazon over the weekend. It revealed a 22nd March 2011 launch date and a 29.99 (25) price point.

On the disc you'll find HD versions of two of the three Crystal Dynamics developed Tomb Raider games: Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Tomb Raider: Underworld, the series' last pillar-release, is also included on the Blu-ray disc.

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GamesAid launching PS3 Triple Pack

GamesAid launching PS3 Triple Pack

Three games, 30 quid, all profits to charity.

Never mind eh? Make yourself feel slightly better this morning by taking note of the upcoming GamesAid Triple Pack for PlayStation 3.

Due out on 25th June for 29.99, the GamesAid Triple Pack consists of Tomb Raider: Underworld, SEGA Superstars Tennis and FUEL.

Yes! Three games from three different publishers! The key to this miracle is that all the profits go to GamesAid charities.

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Tomb Raider dev investigating multiplayer

Crystal Dynamics hiring risk takers.

Tomb Raider maker Crystal Dynamics would like to employ a lead designer to "effectively create and lead the multiplayer vision and design effort" of an unannounced "AAA title".

Time is right to leave Lara, says Gard

But he's sorry she slipped from his grasp.

Tomb Raider and Lara Croft co-creator Toby Gard has explained that the time was right for him to leave Crystal Dynamics, as control of the character he originally designed slipped further and further from his grasp.

Next Tomb Raider film to star new Lara

"It's not full-on action, it's like Terminator."

Dan Lin, the producer of Terminator Salvation and the forthcoming Tomb Raider film, has been discussing his plans for Lara's next big screen adventure.

FeatureTomb Raider: Underworld - Episodes

Ron Rosenberg on Beneath the Ashes, and playing as the Doppelganger in Lara's Shadow.

Once regarded with uniform suspicion, premium downloadable content for console games has thrown off some of that stigma in recent months, as the likes of GTAIV: The Lost and Damned and the Mirror's Edge Pure Time Trial Pack have advanced the original games in directions influenced by critical and community response.

Tomb Raider episode out next week

Beneath the Ashes passes certification.

Tomb Raider: Underworld's first downloadable Xbox 360 episode, Beneath the Ashes, should be released on 24th February following its unexpected delay earlier this month.

Tomb Raider: Underworld DLC delayed

Due to "unexpected technical issue".

Eidos has announced the new downloadable content for Tomb Raider: Underworld has been delayed, blaming "an unexpected technical issue".

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

LOTR Conquest, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Saints Row 2 and loads more.

It's the first face-off of the New Year and with it, the opportunity to bring the cold, hard, iron first of order to the games cupboard by rounding up the games we really should have covered by now, but didn't for reasons too numerous and too tedious to get into. It's also the chance to take a look at how the first high profile release of 2009 - EA's Lord of the Rings: Conquest - measures up under Eurogamer's unyielding scrutiny.

As we've got a lot of software to get through, we've bumped up the interesting games to the front of the feature, then grouped together the rest in the form of smaller, round-up featurettes at the end. However, as per the norm, all games get the full screenshot gallery treatment - captures losslessly derived from the HDMI ports of both consoles at full range 24-bit RGB precision. Where PS3 outputs a 1080p signal on any given game, additional galleries are provided, along with their 360 counterparts.

For the headline games there's also the customary video coverage. Set your Flash Player to 'high quality' to appreciate the full might of h264 encoding, or check out the author's blog if you want to download bandwidth-saturating full-HD versions running in real time, optimised for playback on PS3, Xbox 360 and dual-core PCs.

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Tomb Raider: Underworld sales hit 1.5m

Tomb Raider: Underworld sales hit 1.5m

Eidos disappointed, blames economy.

Eidos has estimated that 1.5 million copies of Tomb Raider: Underworld have been sold worldwide.

An impressive figure, but one that's lower than the company expected - and financial forecasts have been amended as a result.

"On a global basis our sell through to 31st December, which we estimate at approximately 1.5 million units, is below our internal forecasts, primarily due to a lower start in North America," Eidos said in a statement.

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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld

Croft's unoriginal.

How did you spend November 1998? I spent it having conversations like this.

"Try jumping to that pillar over there." "I've tried that, it's too far." "Are you sure? It definitely looks like she could make that." "I know. She can't. I've tried." "Oh. What about those rocks over on the left? Can't she climb up those?" "No." "But she climbed up that other bit before." "I know. I don't know. Hang on, what if... Yes, that's it... No... NO... YOU STUPID F****** BIG-TITTED B**** I HATE YOU I HATE YOU WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS I'M GLAD YOU'RE DEAD." "Oh dear. Can we put Baywatch on?"

How are you spending November 2008? I've spent it having conversations like that. (Except Baywatch has been replaced by Deal or No Deal and every other statement includes the word "bevelled", but more on that later.) Yes, it's time for a new Tomb Raider game. This one's prettier and shinier than ever, but it's still Tomb Raider. You can tell because of all the beautiful environments, clever puzzles, complex acrobatics and the moments you want to punch Lara Croft in the face until she's nothing more than a grotesque bloody stump atop a huge pair of tits.

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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Lara takes us sailing.

Eidos won't thank us for bringing it up, but let's go back to 2003, and Angel of Darkness. It's just come out - plunged from the development womb into the amniotic fluid of fiscal desperation - and someone's called up Crystal Dynamics and asked them to step in. That must have been a heck of a call to answer after half a dozen Tomb Raiders, and we only bring it up because we're trying to think of a good touchstone for our present situation, trying to come up with something good for Eurogamer's fourth preview of Tomb Raider: Underworld, due out this time next month.

Tomb Raider Underworld

If I had a hammer.

Tomb Raider is well known for its carefully orchestrated thrills, yet it's not the daredevil leaps, walls of spikes, or angry squid that tends to makes me nervous. Instead, my perennial fear is that the next time I attend an Underworld preview, I'll have to survive an awkward meeting with one of the Lara Croft models. I can handle the lava floes and the shoot-outs and the prospect of being clotheslined by a zombie Viking - living in Brighton, I deal with these things every day - but the thought of grimacing through a photo op that could be entitled, "Beautiful woman meets socially-awkward pumpkin-head" fills me with real terror. It hardly sounds like the high point of her life, either.

Exclusive Tomb Raider episodes for 360

Exclusive Tomb Raider episodes for 360

Plus exclusive Underworld demo this month.

Microsoft has secured the exclusive rights to distribute two downloadable add-on episodes for Tomb Raider: Underworld on Xbox Live following the release of the game.

Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes and Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara's Shadow will offer "up to six hours of new gameplay and content" between them.

We asked how much the two episodes would cost, but Eidos was unable to give us an answer at the time of publication.

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Thai another day.

Underworld's first trailer may have suggested total revolution, with Croft Manor blasted into dust while Mozart's Requiem shriekingly heralds the end of the entire world, but Eidos' slow striptease reveal of Tomb Raider's next instalment suggests that very little of the fundamental experience is going to change much.

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Shouting Lara, Lara, Lara, Lara.

Arse is the new tits. That's just one of the trends I noticed emerging from this year's E3, which is to gaming what London Fashion Week is to people who make trousers for a living. Other trends include games set in post-apocalyptic American cities (I counted approximately 47,000 of these), and games about shooting mud-coloured monsters with no hair, gaping maws and the gait of an irritated orangutan (I counted approximately 47,000 of these, of which 47,000 were set in a post-apocalyptic American city).

Tomb Raider Underworld dated

November arrival narrowed down.

Eidos has told Eurogamer that Tomb Raider Underworld will be released across Europe on 21st November - three days after it goes on sale in the US.

Eidos unveils E3 line-up

Eidos unveils E3 line-up

Tomb Raider! Just Cause 2! etc.

Eidos has confirmed four titles it plans to show off at E3 next month.

Topping the bill is Tomb Raider: Underworld, in which Lara gets some fancy new moves and an army of new enemies to battle.

Then there's Just Cause 2, the sequel to the 2006 action game. Hopefully it'll improve over Just Cause 1, or as it's otherwise known Just Cause 6/10. Like Underworld, it's on the way for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Lara and friends on GfW label

MS promises big 2008 on PC.

Although their existence won't come as a surprise to anyone, Microsoft has announced the names of a few upcoming games that have found their way into the Games for Windows line-up.

New Tomb Raider details

New Tomb Raider details

Underworld takes shape.

US magazine PLAY has revealed new details of the rumoured Tomb Raider Underworld game in development at Crystal Dynamics.

The game is tentatively aimed at next year on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, according to Tomb Raider Chronicles' dissection of the preview.

Set after the events of Tomb Raider Legend, Underworld is - in the magazine's phrase - "pure woman versus wild".

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