We've played the game since it's worldwide release and as of today, our stats are:
Player level: 86 | Attack: 12907 | Max HP: 63155 | Preferred Outfit: Classic, level 38.
Gear: Legendary Dual Pistols, level 37 | Legendary Long Range Ammo, level 31 | Legendary Anti Ground Ammo, level 32 | Legendary Fire Bracelet, level 38 | Legendary Lightning Strike Mask, level 35 | Legendary Light Supplies Backpack, level 39 | Legendary Precision Amulet, level 40.
We'd like to point out that this loadout is pretty much the exact same that we've used since release, apart from the odd ammo swap and the upgrading of the Gold Dual Pistols, but we haven't put coin into upgrading anything else.
We have collected all the relics, and have almost levelled them up to 15 out of 30, with a couple of exceptions. Right, let's get into the pros and cons:
IF WE HAD CONTROL OVER THE GAME'S DEVELOPMENT:
And so to conclude...
We aren't big players of mobile games; we only play the Tomb Raider ones, so maybe we're not all too experienced in that genre of gaming, but I'm curious to know what this product's life cycle is. How long can it last in its current state? In its basic form, it is a series of chapters with a certain number of stages, but how long can the developers just keep adding more chapters with more stages in? It would be almost identical to the mobile game 'Candy Crush', where more levels of the same task is added. Then there's the events, which most of the time repeat every 2 weeks, giving out virtually the same rewards; how long can this pattern be kept up before people lose interest entirely? Without any big changes or special rewards, I can only see this game lasting a year.
This was supposed to be a 25th anniversary gift for fans and yet, two years after that franchise milestone, this game doesn't quite feel special enough. Perhaps it was teased too early. Despite this, I'll still carry on playing it as it is fun if you don't take it too seriously. We only play in dribs and drabs and won't dedicate hours and hours to playing it. I believe that casual mobile gamers would find it hard to progress or achieve much, and maybe not even participate that seriously in events, and I feel that you are expected to put hours into it if you want to do well. I also believe that this game is intended for the Tomb Raider fan rather than the general public, as they will be more willing to grind and put the effort in. Do we prefer Lara Croft Relic Run? Yeah, I think we do, because it felt more complete and how you progressed depended on you learning the obstacles, not on the lack of good enough gear and grinding to get the most basic of gear to upgrade. Would we recommend this game? Only to Tomb Raider fans, not to the general public, but I have read of even TR fans uninstalling this game due to bugs and lack of fresh content. If this wasn't a Tomb Raider game, would we still be playing it after 4 months? Maybe not, as I think we will have noticed that the pattern of gameplay is repetitive. However, we are not yet at the stage where we no longer want to play, perhaps working on this website keeps us coming back to it as we want to keep others as updated with it as we can, but I do know that I like the art style and the sounds. Also, it is the only new Tomb Raider content we have as we aren't interested in most of the crossover events that have happened this year and the last.
But regardless of all the negative points, we'll still be here, writing it up for the website.
This blog post will try to delve into the history and the origins of the below image, providing pros and cons for whether this image is an official render, and allow you to make your own decision on it. We'd also like to state that we have not found this image on any 'official' TR page, nor have we found it to belong to a certain person or to have a certain name attached to it; we simply want to talk through our thought process on what we make of it.
Now that you've had the chance to see the image, let us begin with how we came across it.
Many years back, whilst going through old fansites, we once came across an image of Lara that we had never seen before. This was back when we hadn't seen the official Style Guide or the official wallpapers that were given out. This was also back when we were younger fans who saved everything that was Lara Croft (we must add that as we have gotten older, we decided to keep mainly anything official and the odd fan thing that we liked). Then sometime later, we had found this it again, and this time, we took the weblink of the fansite that we had seen it on.
This render shows Lara happily in a state of undress. It is a rather risqué type of image, and obviously brings Lara's feminine features to the forefront. Images like this weren't too uncommon in the marketing side of Tomb Raider, where they would show Lara wearing little whilst she was still covered or hidden in the important places. We have seen two versions of the same posing: one on a green background where Lara has a plait over her left shoulder, and one on a white background where Lara is either wearing her hair in a bun or the plait is hidden out of sight. We're not sure which image came first; they both are seen on websites that date to around 1999. We think maybe the green background version came first as the Lara on the white background seems to have a greenish glow on her left side. If this is true, then someone must've altered Lara's hair and added in the skin over her arm and shoulder. Looking at these places, it looks really well done - no sudden colour difference, no obvious repainted marks, the shape of the arm looks good, and the hair fits the orientation of the head well too. Maybe this could mean that both versions were real. The version with the white background has a noticeable mark that doesn't appear on the green background image, which can be seen on the lower right portion of her hair, around by her jaw; a white line that could've been added in when the person added this section of hair.
We personally think that it is official as the quality of the model used is really good, and we believe that some old fansites back the theory (See Link 0 and Link 4 below), however we don't have a reason as to why it would've disappeared like it had. Maybe it was too suggestive and that it conflicted with the cease and desists of 'Nude Raider' content that Eidos was handing out to fansites promoting nude Laras; Eidos couldn't be seen as being contradictory to their lawsuits, so it was removed. Maybe, the speed in which it disappeared is also why there are few instances of this render being shown and why it isn't available in normal sizes at the time. We also wonder if this image was repurposed into other Lara renders as she poses very similar in other renders.
Here are some fors and againsts that we've been mulling over as we tried to work out the legitimacy of the image.
These are just a handful of points that we've come up with. It would be fantastic to be able to find the original source or the original artist so that we can know for sure, but somehow, I don't think either will be possible. With the current rediscoveries in the past month or so, who knows, this could be another.
Link 0 - 100+ Desktop Pictures of Lara Croft
Link 1 - Driber's Homepage
Link 2 - Lara in Motion
Link 3 - Visions of Lara Croft
http://web.archive.org/web/19991013070950/http://volc.ctimes.net/pg17.html - render #889
Link 4 - Unofficial Tomb Raider Gallery
Link 5 - Lara's World Wallpaper Archives - Group 03
Other Instances of This Image:
Lara Croft Picture Page
http://web.archive.org/web/20010618075049/http://home.wanadoo.nl/broek/gallery09.htm# - Seems to sort renders in games release
http://web.archive.org/web/20030816193219/http://www.planetlara.com/pic_page_32.asp - Used alongside other official renders, TR2 & TR3 eras
The Croft TImes
April was a quieter month on the website but there were still plenty of pages and updates. Let's get right into them.
One last thing to mention, we have been trying to figure out how to make our website look good on mobile devices. We still haven't been able to fix the home page sidebar (which looks squashed) but we have managed to move the content section back up to the top of the page so that it sits underneath the navigation bar and beside the sidebar. We've tested this with a mobile device held landscape. Hope this helps a little to make the site better to view and use, and we will continue to look into it again.
Thank you for visiting our website and take care all!