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Larson Conway
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(03-17-2013, 05:28 PM)
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A video of the game's prototype was recently posted at the Tomb Raider forums. At one point, the game was apparently called or subtitled "Ascension." It also had giants and demons as enemies, an a flamethrower as one of Lara's weapons. It was also supposed to have horseback-riding on an island. And a little girl as a gameplay companion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=AbJjcBC2rnc

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Last edited by Larson Conway; 03-18-2013 at 02:37 PM.
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Buy this: http://www.thefinalhoursoftombraider.com/

This is where this stuff comes from.
Larson Conway
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(03-17-2013, 05:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by angular graphics

Buy this: http://www.thefinalhoursoftombraider.com/

This is where this stuff comes from.

Good to know. Thanks!
Nemesis_
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(03-17-2013, 05:31 PM)
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Oh yeah! Totally forgot about the horseback stuff and the suitably more demonic premise.
WrenchNinja
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(03-17-2013, 05:31 PM)
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Sounds better than what we got.
Tagg9
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(03-17-2013, 05:32 PM)
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What a surprise, it looks like she originally was showing more cleavage.
Y2Kev
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(03-17-2013, 05:33 PM)
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holy shit
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(03-17-2013, 05:34 PM)
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Giant carrot making little girl uncomfortable should be .gifed.


edit: :lol Kev
Sorian
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(03-17-2013, 05:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tagg9

What a surprise, it looks like she originally was showing more cleavage.

This is truly what the game was missing. I don't care about sexism or idolizing or whatever in video games. Some characters are just meant to have that cleavage, Lara Croft is one of them.
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(03-17-2013, 05:35 PM)
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Shadow of the Colosus
Y2Kev
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Originally Posted by Haunted

Giant carrot making little girl uncomfortable should be .gifed.


edit: :lol Kev

Was Rare collaborating? :)
Retro_
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(03-17-2013, 05:36 PM)
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Then "The Hunger Games" got really popular I guess
ShroudOfFate
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(03-17-2013, 05:36 PM)
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Some of that seems cool, but It makes me glad we got what we did.
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(03-17-2013, 05:37 PM)
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Daamn what a misleading thread title, i expected a new TR game.

Oh well, horse riding looked pretty cool. This game really went through some changes during development.
Larson Conway
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(03-17-2013, 05:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tagg9

What a surprise, it looks like she originally was showing more cleavage.

The Lara model shown/used until the 2:30 mark in the video is the one in Underworld, if I'm not mistaken.
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(03-17-2013, 05:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Y2Kev



holy shit


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(03-17-2013, 05:38 PM)
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Er wow, this all looked super good :(
Adam Scott Aukerman
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(03-17-2013, 05:39 PM)
Quite liked the look of the companion animation tests, and I absolutely loath companion gameplay.

Wouldn't be surprised if that idea was resurrected for the next game. Now you'll have to protect Lara and a little girl!
Amir0x
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(03-17-2013, 05:39 PM)
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Poor Gorilla :(

Video probably has better platforming than the actual game we got
eshwaaz
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(03-17-2013, 05:39 PM)
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I really liked the new Tomb Raider a lot, but it's interesting that the navigation animations shown here actually look superior.
Kydd BlaZe
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(03-17-2013, 05:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by clutch.as.it.gets.

LMFAO

What is this gif from??!
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(03-17-2013, 05:44 PM)
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I want horse riding.
ubersticky
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(03-17-2013, 05:46 PM)
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So instead they went with the whole cliche, vulnerable, tomb hating, first adventure ever, being sorry, you need to protect her, safe and Uncharted like game?

From the looks of it, this looks way better. Bad ass Lara ftw.
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(03-17-2013, 05:47 PM)
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Now this could have been great, giant open area and running away from the first colossus.
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(03-17-2013, 05:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by rogue_pigeon

Quite liked the look of the companion animation tests, and I absolutely loath companion gameplay.

Wouldn't be surprised if that idea was resurrected for the next game. Now you'll have to protect Lara and a little girl!

They could bring in the black lady's daughter.
Savitar
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(03-17-2013, 05:48 PM)
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Pretty sure those were the first images we got when the reboot was announced, I remember seeing them years ago, especially the horseback one.
clockpunk
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(03-17-2013, 05:49 PM)
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Here's hoping this material might serve as the kernel for the sequel...
UrbanRats
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(03-17-2013, 05:49 PM)
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Sigh.
This looks several times better than what we got.
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(03-17-2013, 05:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by ubersticky

So instead they went with the whole cliche, vulnerable, tomb hating, first adventure ever, being sorry, you need to protect her, safe and Uncharted like game?

From the looks of it, this looks way better. Bad ass Lara ftw.

I"m sure the squeal will have Tomb loving, no fucks given, one line saying, mma looking, ball busting, shoot you in the dick, dual weiding, flame throwing, axe to the head, and arrow shooting badass Lara.
DieH@rd
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(03-17-2013, 05:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by UrbanRats

Sigh.
This looks several times better than what we got.

And still, we got phenomenal game.
Derrick01
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(03-17-2013, 05:51 PM)
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I would have been a lot more open to this idea than Unraided 4: Among Gears.
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Now that actually looked fun and awesome.
Dahbomb
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Some elements of that made it into the current game. But this version was a lot more like a modern RE game with shades of SOTC. It had a more advance environment combat system where Lara would naturally move around objects (that made it into the game in the form of the cover system). Enemies had limbs you can shoot at to get different reactions like in a RE game and the enemy variety was way higher because you fight a bunch of supernatural stuff and animals. Platforming was also more in depth.

Although I would not have liked carrying around a little girl across the island... glad they removed that shit.
TimmiT
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(03-17-2013, 05:52 PM)
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I'd much rather have this than the Uncharted clone that takes itself way too seriously.
george_us
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Originally Posted by Derrick01

I would have been a lot more open to this idea than Unraided 4: Among Gears.

Yeah that video actually looked really good. Seemed to bring in a lot of new elements while still keeping the spirit of Tomb Raider instead of the "me-too" game we got.
Hot Coldman
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(03-17-2013, 05:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Y2Kev



holy shit

HEY LARA COLLECT ALL THESE WHIZMAGOOS
UrbanRats
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(03-17-2013, 05:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by DieH@rd

And still, we got phenomenal game.

However solid it might be, it's still far more removed from my idea of Tomb Raider than what shown in that prototype.
Also, copycatting SotC > copycatting Uncharted.

This looked like a legit original game, all in all, too bad.
BadAss2961
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(03-17-2013, 05:53 PM)
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I was expecting some sort of Tomb Raider/God of War mashup.
Grisby
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Interesting to finally see some video. Some SOTC vibes there.

Still, CD made a hell of a game. Wonder if they might incorporate any of this stuff for the sequel. Bigger hubs might require use of a horse.
RobotsAnger
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(03-17-2013, 05:55 PM)
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Seems more like Resident Evil 7 than tomb raider.
MuddyDonut
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(03-17-2013, 05:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hot Coldman

HEY LARA COLLECT ALL THESE WHIZMAGOOS

Fuck caught me off guard. LOL
UrbanRats
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(03-17-2013, 05:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by RobotsAnger

Seems more like Resident Evil 7 than tomb raider.

There's quite some platforming in that video.
Lemonte
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(03-17-2013, 06:01 PM)
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that video looks pretty cool but not very tomb raiderish. Maybe they could make completely new ip out of that.
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(03-17-2013, 06:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by UrbanRats

Sigh.
This looks several times better than what we got.

The game you imagine based on a few assets is always better than what you get.
UrbanRats
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(03-17-2013, 06:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by hey_it's_that_dog

The game you imagine based on a few assets is always better than what you get.

Maybe so, and i'm not even suggesting that it would've been a masterpiece, yet there are plenty of great ideas in the video alone, that just needed polish (of course).
It's not like it's a description on paper, you can see the ideas like limb targeting and removal, the big island etc.
The focus on human foes is what killed my anticipation for TR, anyway. :\
eshwaaz
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(03-17-2013, 06:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by UrbanRats

Maybe so, and i'm not even suggesting that it would've been a masterpiece, yet there are plenty of great ideas in the video alone, that just needed polish (of course).
It's not like it's a description on paper, you can see the ideas like limb targeting and removal, the big island etc.
The focus on human foes is what killed my anticipation for TR, anyway. :

I actually appreciated how the supernatural played only a relatively small part in the new Tomb Raider; a more mysterious presence than an overt one.
SniperHunter
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(03-17-2013, 06:21 PM)
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I remember SolidSnakeX posted these shots years ago, I wasn't a member then. I was thinking the new TR would have horror elements, I guess they ditched all that in favor of Uncharted.
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Originally Posted by ubersticky

So instead they went with the whole cliche, vulnerable, tomb hating, first adventure ever, being sorry, you need to protect her, safe and Uncharted like game?

From the looks of it, this looks way better. Bad ass Lara ftw.

Have you played the game? All the impressions from the OT say the whole "protect her" meme wasn't accurate whatsoever, that she becomes a killing machine and not "vulnerable" or anything. You've got an avatar of Lara so I'm assuming you did play it? But it doesn't sound like you did.
UrbanRats
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(03-17-2013, 06:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by eshwaaz

I actually appreciated how the supernatural played only a relatively small part in the new Tomb Raider; a more mysterious presence than an overt one.

That was the case in, for example, TR1 too, but instead of hundreds of armed goons, you fought a handful of wild animals, leaving supernatural stuff at the end of the journey.

Anyway, it's useless to cry on spilled milk.
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I prefer the style we got.

Originally Posted by UrbanRats

That was the case in, for example, TR1 too, but instead of hundreds of armed goons, you fought a handful of wild animals, leaving supernatural stuff at the end of the journey.

You mean like the Dinosaurs in the 1st level?

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