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Roar Uthaug's 'Tomb Raider' Should Have Stayed Entombed

Roar Uthaug's insistence upon combining faux gravitas with action results in countless scenes of unintentional hilarity.

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With Great Vulnerability, Comes Great Brutality: The Evisceration of Lara Croft

Amid a hail of gunfire, the player-character crumples to the ground, defeated, that is, before a loading screen pops to revive her. At least, that's how most action games represent death. In Tomb Raider, I've seen Lara Croft stabbed through the neck, had her head split open on a coral reef, seen her torn apart by wolves.

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Why Is She So Feminine?

“She's all, 'ah,' 'eek,' 'oooh' all the time,” my daughter said, referring to the noises that Lara Croft makes when wounded in the new Tomb Raider. “Lara Croft is supposed to be tough.”

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Defending Lara

In the past, Lara Croft may have provided a male audience a figure to admire or even leer longingly at, but she didn't serve the normative video game role of that “princess in another castle".

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Boys Get Naked Better than Girls

In games like Kabod Online, male characters expose themselves to an audience. This makes them look stronger, more powerful, more manly than they do with their clothes on.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary

While Tomb Raider: Anniversary succeeds in recreating the isolated mood and tone of the original, it lacks some of the nostalgia for the original's genre-blending conventions.

G. Christopher Williams
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Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Everything you enjoyed about the legendary PlayStation title returns with all the Legend trimmings we fell in love with last year.

Mike Sage
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Being Lara Croft, or, We Are All Sci-Fi

If the Lara facing us is a living contradiction, at once a sex symbol and a rejection of the objectifying gaze, the videogame's Lara Croft -- mute, unreal, and looking the other way -- is a virtual contradiction, at once a sort of riot grrrl and a sort of fetish.

Mike Ward
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