THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS
Copyright 2003 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ June 24th 2003 ]
Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Official
Companion is on sale at WH Smiths and all good
newsagent in Great Britain and Ireland from 26
June 2003 priced £4.99. The Official Companion
is a definitive guide for all true Tomb Raider
fans and includes exclusive imagery from the game,
from early concept designs to the amazing ultra-detailed
also include exclusive and definitive interviews
with the creator of Lara Croft and the Directors
at Core Design and sheds light on Lara's colourful
background, from the earliest days when she went
by the name of Lara Cruz, through to the Lara-Mania
of the 90's. Editor Paul Davies stopped by to
talk exclusively to us on Dennis Publishing's
is Paul Davies and what publications have you
been involved with in the past?
a freelance writer, doing most of my work as Contributing
Editor at Dennis Publishing on Computer and Video
Games (CVG) magazine. My first job in the magazine
industry was as Staff Writer on something called
Mean Machines, in 1992. I have been Deputy Editor
on the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, and Editor
of CVG. I worked in games development for a year
in 2001, but missed journalism too much and came
you had to choose, which writer would you consider
Rignall, who was my Managing Editor at Mean Machines.
He had such a great sense of fun, but was equally
meticulous in everything he did. Though he was
perfectly capable of writing 'flowery' sentences,
he knew that the audience deserved a no-nonsense,
very direct approach. Magazines are still aping
Julian's style even now, but have never matched
the real thing.
did you decided to write an official The Angel
Of Darkness companion?
I didn't actually write the whole thing. Most
of it has been written by my respected colleague
Alex Huhtala who I worked with on CVG. However
as the Editor, and being asked to produce a special
magazine/book about one particular game, The Angel
of Darkness clearly stood out as the one to go
for. The Tomb Raider series has been hugely successful
based on merit, and the appeal of Lara Croft continues
to grow, especially now that Hollywood is involved.
Also the significance of it being the first Tomb
Raider on PS2.
Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - The
Official Companion is being touted as an essential
guide for Tomb Raider fans. What can we expect
to find in the mag not already available on the
is hearsay in this book. I think the fact that
we have the definitive interview with Toby Gard
about the origins of Lara Croft, accompanied by
the original design docs and storyboards, is of
huge value. Also the story told from Jeremy Heath-Smith's
side. You'll also be able to read what Adrian
Smith has to say about the next two games in the
exclusive and valuable insights for any Tomb Raider
fan. We've managed to squeeze most of the concept
artwork in there too, and match this up with the
relevant sections in the game. It's much easier
to browse through all this in the form of a book,
and the reproduction on the page is better than
viewing it on the web. You can really spend time
analysing the detail, and appreciate the talent
involved. I like the section of great CG art too.
Sometimes you forget what a striking videogame
character Lara really is, and this art shows it.
you have much input from Tomb Raider fans during
production? What kinds of things did they say?
I made sure that I had a big Tomb Raider fan working
on the project who knows pretty much everything
that's available to read on Lara and Tomb Raider.
Plus we had the inside track on what has been
leaked from Core Design since 1995 on the games.
Eidos, Core and the team working for Dennis we
were committed to getting all the facts right,
and getting as much in there as possible, while
still making the book look attractive - something
great to own as a fan. Sometimes you forget that
the people working on games magazines and books
are fans too ;)
you do think Lara Croft Tomb Raider has become
the most potent video-game franchise to date?
is so sexy, and the games have been so great.
did you think of Par's Lara Croft Tomb Raider
I enjoyed the first movie, though I hated the
trailer - did anyone think that was cool? God,
I hope not. Angelina Jolie is terrific in the
role - she's not afraid to throw herself into
situations, and that's perfect for Lara. I think
it would have been a decent action movie even
if we'd never heard of Tomb Raider before. But
you're asking a bloke who's favourite movie of
all time is Robocop, and thinks that Blade II
kicks Matrix Reloaded to death...
are your current projects?
tell you. I hope that one of them will change
the world - look out for that one, eh ;)
book are you reading atm?
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it's wonderful
so far (about 150 pages in)