Lara Croft returns in new Tomb Raider



The original Tomb Raider – released in 1996 - was a defining game of its generation. Now Lara Croft is heading back to our living rooms in the latest Tomb Raider reboot.

Video game character Lara Croft was as big a Nineties' icon as the Gallagher brothers thanks to her distinctive look and all-round awesomeness and now she's heading back to our living rooms in the latest Tomb Raider game.

Rhianna Pratchett Tomb Raider Writer

The original Tomb Raider - released in 1996 - was a defining game of its generation, kick-starting a franchise of titles as well as paving the way for a movie starring Angelina Jolie.

Video games scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett was tasked with reviving the Tomb Raider series alongside developer Crystal Dynamics.

Pratchett, who penned the new Tomb Raider reboot, said we know who Lara Croft is in the same way that "everyone is aware of Beyonce or the Queen".

In hot-pants and vest, Croft was the alpha woman of her day. She made an impression as a smart and sassy sort who was as stunning as she was strong.

This was further emphasised when Jolie laced up the iconic boots and took Croft to the big screen.

However, lead writer Pratchett promised a 'more human' Lara than the one we saw in the movie and previous games.

"Lara's a very strong woman, she's very confident, she's very brave, she's very resourceful. But we wanted to go back to a time when those traits were below the surface," she said.

She added we'll meet a Lara who is easier to relate to when we boot up the new game, the first since 2010's The Guardian Of Light.

Pratchett, daughter of fantasy author Terry, said after a host of games and an action movie we're used to seeing Lara "crashing planes into mountains".

However, this reboot takes us back to the days before she had guns and gadgets - to the origins of the icon.

The game, available for PS3 and Xbox 360 among others, finds Croft fresh out of university. But instead of struggling to find a job she's stranded on a mysterious island after a shipwreck.

Pratchett said: "She didn't have the guns, the gadgets, the answers and the money to get herself out of various situations.

"She's not the Teflon Lara of old where nothing would stick to her and she could get herself out of any situation. It's really toe to toe here, she's fighting for survival."

The new Tomb Raider is released by Square Enix for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on Tuesday 5th March.