X360, PS3 Saturday, April 12, 2008 | 11:47 PM

Images of Tomb Raider Underworld

Images of Tomb Raider Underworld

Eidos and Crystal Dynamics release a few things concerning Tomb Raider: Underworld: a gallery of the new Lara 8.0 characted model as well as a comparison with the Legend version, two nice artworks to print and stick the english adventuress all over your walls, and nothing less than the new logo of the game, finally scrapping out the horrible visuals we had to bear since the first movie. What a fascinating news.


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Commented on 2008-04-13 00:06:30
Thank God for the new logo ... phew... Lara is clearly a lot more detailed. I really cant wait for this game :D
Commented on 2008-04-13 00:17:55
Nice improvements, yet I still don’t get why a chick would run around old ruins in a storm wearing hot pants and a belly shirt (or whatever it is called in English).
Not very convenient if you ask me… but I guess fan service is more important than logic.
Commented on 2008-04-13 00:24:11
Tomb Raider isn't about realism... It's about running around in ancient ruins. TR games are so good as levels they have IMO.
Commented on 2008-04-13 00:25:48
The artwork is actually pretty damned sweet.
Commented on 2008-04-13 00:51:40
this art is very old. Lara on it looks weird
Commented on 2008-04-13 00:51:44
You'd think her nips could carve stone in that cold weather. Unless its warn jungle rain which explains the nipular lackingness. ;)

The new logotype looks oddly familiar, but I cant put a finger on it.
Commented on 2008-04-13 01:12:40 In reply to Ishigami
Posted by Ishigami
Nice improvements, yet I still don’t get why a chick would run around old ruins in a storm wearing hot pants and a belly shirt (or whatever it is called in English).
Not very convenient if you ask me… but I guess fan service is more important than logic.
ACtually.. Wearing skimpy clothes in rain and running around ruins like that is great fun. The weather changed suddenly on me when I was visiting some ruins. Of course I love he rain lol...
But its easier to move and stuff. Thats why they wear stuff like that when its not stormy.
And I'm a dude, so no fantasizing. Unless your gay then go right ahead ~_^
Commented on 2008-04-13 01:15:54
The model's not quite there yet, but it's nothing some water effects won't fix. I do love me some wet Lara...
Commented on 2008-04-13 01:26:15
Fuck the begrudgers. I'm really looking forward to this, not because of a pathetic Lara Croft obsession but because the TR series consists of some really enjoyable titles.

Well, 1 was good. But its shit now. 2 was crap. 3 was enjoyable. 4 was slightly similar to 1 but the whole Egyptian theme was vastly overdone. Chronicles was wank, AOD I never played but Legend was a fine game whilst TR Anniversary was absolutely fantastic.
Commented on 2008-04-13 01:28:10
Her new outfit is really nice, I love the shirt.

And as a graphic designer, I have to compliment the new logo, it looks fantastic, far better than the old "movie" logo they've been using for the past few games, and it seems they've dropped all those annoying "starring Lara Croft" tag lines.

The only classic Tomb Raider game that was worth playing was the original. All the ones after that (especially 2 damnit!) were garbage. But Legend and Anniversary have completely redeemed the series. This is one of my most anticpiated games this year :)
Commented on 2008-04-13 01:28:25 In reply to md99
Posted by md99
Fuck the begrudgers. I'm really looking forward to this, not because of a pathetic Lara Croft obsession but because the TR series consists of some really enjoyable titles. Well, 1 was good. But its shit now.

2 was crap. 3 was quite good. 4 was slightly similar to 1 but the whole Egyptian theme was vastly overdone. Chronicles was wank, AOD I never played but Legend was a fine game whilst TR Anniversary was absolutely fantastic.
I love 1/2/4 and Anniversary. 3 was just good, 5 and 6 was crap. Legend - shooter
Commented on 2008-04-13 02:34:07
Does her head look a bit big for her body in those pictures to anyone else?
Commented on 2008-04-13 03:23:01 In reply to Ishigami
Posted by Ishigami
Nice improvements, yet I still don’t get why a chick would run around old ruins in a storm wearing hot pants and a belly shirt (or whatever it is called in English).
Not very convenient if you ask me… but I guess fan service is more important than logic.
They are catering to guys who objectify women and stare at them in magazines, often giving them demeaning titles such as bird, broad and chick... oh, but... wait... did you just say... chick?
Commented on 2008-04-13 03:54:59
I don't like how her face hasn't changed in design. It's just still proportioned weird, and I would appreciate a more 'human' looking head seeing as the texture / shader artwork is going for realism and not a 'cartoony' look.
Commented on 2008-04-13 04:50:08 In reply to Ishigami
Posted by Ishigami
Nice improvements, yet I still don’t get why a chick would run around old ruins in a storm wearing hot pants and a belly shirt (or whatever it is called in English).
Not very convenient if you ask me… but I guess fan service is more important than logic.
U want her to wear a raincoat while climbing a mountain? I'd be more realistic if she wore a full on leather catsuit, but that would be even more of a horny fan service. :P
Commented on 2008-04-13 07:06:01
lol @ that second shot....is this even a game anymore?
Commented on 2008-04-13 11:00:07 In reply to Jigen
Posted by Jigen
I don't like how her face hasn't changed in design. It's just still proportioned weird, and I would appreciate a more 'human' looking head seeing as the texture / shader artwork is going for realism and not a 'cartoony' look.
Seconded. She looks like she's went through a harsh steroids program, with narrower hips, a more ripped appearance and much sharper facial features, like the massively bulging jaw. I don't understand at all what the modeler was trying to accomplish here.
Commented on 2008-04-13 11:45:33 In reply to MakyoDetector
Posted by MakyoDetector
Seconded. She looks like she's went through a harsh steroids program, with narrower hips, a more ripped appearance and much sharper facial features, like the massively bulging jaw. I don't understand at all what the modeler was trying to accomplish here.
I believe the artist was trying to define the details of her musculature to make it more believable that she would gain muscles by climbing cliffs and raiding tombs, instead of having a supermodel body while achieving amazing feats like in Anniversary, but he should let the lighting show the muscles(like in the second artwork, for example, it makes them more subtle) and not actually make them poke out manually. Also, the sharper facial features are supposed to be hinting at Lara aging even more. If you notice on each cover of each game, it features Lara's face. Notice how you can slowly see her face age after each game(except for chronicles and anniversary, because of obvious non ordered reasons). This game will probably also show her face on the box cover. She looked like she was in her early 30s Legend. In this one she looks nearly 40, or maybe in her early 40s.
Commented on 2008-04-13 12:07:27
I think they abandoned her age, after Legend retconned every game past the first one. It was unnecessary for a character like this to be aging so dramatically with each game, I don't think anyone want to see her as a 50-60 year old woman in the next game.

In Legend, we only know that she's in her late 20's, and Underworld is a direct sequel, it takes place immediately after the events of Legend, so it certainly wouldn't make sense for her to be that much older. But either way, like I said, I think they're trying to avoid aging her that much. Except of course in Anniversary and certain sections in Legend, where she did appear noticeably younger.

I don't like how they seem to have made her breasts bigger again. They made them far more realistic for Legend, but she seems to have gone back to the silicones here.
Commented on 2008-04-13 12:08:39
The art work look nice and so does the render, her face looks better now but not the body, she is way to muscular and her breast is way too big, but im anyway looking forward to this game as im an action advanture fan :-)
Commented on 2008-04-13 12:32:12
Her bellybutton is odly un-sexy and her armpits are raised too high. Other than that I think it is a nice progression on Lara from the last game.

/nitpicking off

Looking forward to her next adventure.
Commented on 2008-04-13 12:45:44 In reply to skyform
Posted by skyform
The art work look nice and so does the render, her face looks better now but not the body, she is way to muscular and her breast is way too big, but im anyway looking forward to this game as im an action advanture fan :-)
I could agree about boobs, but too muscular? Come on, she's supposed to perform some incredible acrobatics, she has to be athletic.
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