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The Revolution Of Lara Croft In Tomb Raider 1-3 Remasters

Image Source: Sarunyu L / Shutterstock

With February brimming with video game launches, one set of releases should not be overlooked – the Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered collection. These titles are classics from the PS1 era, and thanks to Aspyr’s efforts, they have been beautifully revamped, showcasing a remarkable transformation for Lara Croft – the famed British adventurer.

Recent times have seen a flurry of activity for Tomb Raider enthusiasts. Lara Croft has made guest appearances in both Call of Duty and Magic The Gathering. The franchise celebrated its 27th anniversary, and a Netflix adaptation is looming on the horizon. Furthermore, Crystal Dynamics is in the midst of crafting the 12th main game, set to bridge the gap post-Underworld, merging the various Lara Croft timelines.

We are eagerly anticipating Crystal Dynamics’ future projects, yet there’s a certain allure in revisiting Tomb Raider’s ‘golden era’ after years of the grimmer Survivor series.

Lara Croft’s Remarkable Makeover in Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered

It’s important to note that these remastered editions of Tomb Raider 1-3 are not full-blown remakes. Unlike other massive overhauls observed in games like Resident Evil 4 and the soon-to-arrive Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, these titles retain their original framework with enhanced graphics, as vividly demonstrated in the character comparison by Reddit’s LeonardoArcie:

Despite being concept art rather than direct gameplay footage, the visual comparison between the original and revamped Lara Croft from Tomb Raider 2 still highlights a considerable improvement. Truth be told, the refreshed look may even surpass that of remakes striving for hyper-realism. It prioritizes stylization, replicating the nostalgic vision of ’90s PlayStation gaming.

Furthermore, many argue that this updated version of Lara Croft has more personality and memorability than her modern ‘Survivor’ iteration. In earlier games such as Tomb Raider 2, Lara’s character conveyed more vibrancy, originality, and fearlessness. This perspective resonates with numerous Reddit users who express a preference for the ‘remastered Lara’ over her newer ‘survivor’ counterpart, celebrating it as the epitome of her character design.

The anticipated debut of the Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered collection happens on February 14th. Enhanced visuals aside, players can toggle between contemporary and classic ‘tank’ control configurations. These revamped classics will grace platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and the excitement for their arrival is palpable.

Image Source: Sarunyu L / Shutterstock

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