The new Tomb Raider game box art is out! So, let’s take this opportunity to review how Lara’s image has changed over the years…for the better in my opinion.
So let’s start with the original image:
So the original Lara image, gigantic cone boos and all. According to Tom Raider lore, creator Toby Gard “accidentally” increased her bust size by 150% and this was wildly embraced by the whole development team before the small “mistake” could be fixed. Clearly this version of Lara, like Barbie, would most likely snap in half if she was suddenly brought to human life. Despite her fantastical proportions, Lara does look fairly bad ass while she dual-wields pistols.
This image remains fairly stable through the next few Playstation sequels:
Except for Tomb Raider: Chronicles (which I had never heard of until recently), the boobs are definitely front and center in these games. But, there’s still the dual-pistols, so at leas she’s packing. Chronicles stands out as an outlier where Lara is not in her typical outfit, and her action stance covers her boobs up. Overall, all four are fairly similar, and stand in line with the first Lara image.
Moving on to Playstation 2, we get Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
Here we get Lara in a new outfit, fitting with the “angel of darkness” theme. Still fairly unrealistic in terms of graphics and breasts, and we get midriff in this picture! Overall, probably one of my least favorite Tomb Raider covers, and I haven’t heard many people that have liked it. If you do, feel free to defend yourself and this game in the comments!
Next we have a compilation of Lara’s that steadily get a bit more realistic:
Legends, Anniversary, and Underworld represent a wide variety of Lara images. In Legends we get a close-up of Lara’s face, a bit more realistic than previously which is nice. Anniversary continues to update Lara’s image. We get the obligatory tits and ass pose, but those features have been toned down and now conform to more realistic proportions. She’s still sexy, but now I’m not afraid to hug her for ear of being crushed to death by her knockers. Underworld continues the trend, and now we seem to be missing Lara’s head, which has previously been just as integral to her image as her attire and proportions. Despite the lack of head, and the midriff, she also seems to be more realistically attired in terms of the equipment she is carrying. Also, Lara is actually dirty in this picture! After years of excavating artifacts in dusty and remote locales, Lara’s image finally reflects this.
Finally, we have been blessed with the cover art for the upcoming 2012 Tomb Raider:
This image is by far my favorite yet. Here we are seeing Lara at a younger age, and of course the graphics are better than ever. I really enjoy seeing her in her environment and somewhat bedraggled at that. The only thing missing to me in this image is her pistols! How does Lara transition from bow and arrow to duel wielding? If this game doesn’t answer the question, I will be one seriously disappointed fan.
So, which game/image is your favorite so far? (You can choose the new game if you’re currently convinced it’s going to be the best thing ever)