Copyright 2005

[ March 29th 2005 ]

Tomb Raider Chronicles has been privy to some top secret pictures of newly designed Lara Croft, and although we're not allowed to publish them right now, we'll endeavour to put your minds at rest with a unanimous "WOW!!!!" and a brief description. If only my hands would stop shaking long enough to type.

The new Lara Croft model is looking damn fine! She has a ton of new features and is positively dripping polygons. Noticeable differences include subtle changes to her face, which is a trifle shorter and rounder than previous models. Also, she looks more "human" rather than the normal cartoon character stylisation we're used to seeing. Her hair is now very "Rachel" from Friends, and very auburn in colour. She still sports her trademark ponytail, and has a communicator tucked into her right ear.

Lara appears to have a curiously familiar object buckled to her belt, along with her normal battery of grenades and a pair of binoculars. Her backpack is looking slightly smaller, and now sports two side compartments which hold some form of canister. Her twin pistols still hug her hips, and her boots and socks have a modern look about them. The level of overall detail is quite astonishing.

The new pictures are under embargo, which means we're not allowed to publish them at the moment, but stay tuned for a media explosion in the coming weeks and prepare for maximum excitement. Kudos to Crystal Dynamics, so far they've done a marvellous job with Lara Croft, and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.

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