October 23, 2016

Extra Life 2016 Charity Marathon and Prize Raffle

This year I will once again be participating in Extra Life, a charity videogame marathon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I could really use your support!

CMN hospitals provide care for children from across North America and more than 100 other countries. They serve kids battling serious illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, and cystic fibrosis, as well as children who need complicated surgery or who've been injured and require intensive care.

Donating online is safe and easy. Just visit my Extra Life page to get started. If you'd like to donate offline with a check or money order made out to "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," that's fine too. Contact me and we'll work out the details. Your contribution is tax deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

As part of my Extra Life efforts, I'll be livestreaming with the Tomb Raider team throughout the weekend of November 4-6, with additional dates and times to be announced. I plan to play The Lost Artifact as well as a few co-op games with teammates that weekend, then take a stab at Rise of the Tomb Raider on Survivor difficulty later in November. Bookmark my Twitch Channel and follow me on social media for up-to-the-minute Extra Life news.

As a way of thanking our supporters, the team is raffling off a bunch of cool prizes, including VIP passes for Tomb Raider Live in Concert, games, books, collectibles, gorgeous fan-made artwork, and more! Anyone can enter the raffle, but Extra Life donors receive bonus raffle entries. Click the graphic below for details and entry form.

Extra Life 2016 Prize Raffle

Even if you can't make a donation, you can still support me and the team by watching us play, cheering us on, and spreading the word.

Thank you for caring!

October 11, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Launches Today

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Box
It's been a long time coming but Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally out on PlayStation 4! Owners of the special 20 Year Celebration edition are in for a real treat. Along with the core game, this special release includes all available DLC including outfits, weapons, the three major content packs that were previously released on other platforms, plus the all-new Croft Manor, Co-op Endurance, and classic outfits DLC. The video below provides an action-packed overview—or you can just fire up the game and get right into it!

The 20 Year Celebration edition is also available for Windows PC. If you already own the original Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC or Xbox One, you can purchase the new DLC separately or download it as part of the Season Pass. (See the update below for details.) Unfortunately Croft Manor and Co-op Endurance are not availble on Xbox 360.

The developers have also announced that everyone who plays Rise of the Tomb Raider during launch week (October 11-18) on any platform with an online connection will receive 100,000 in-game credits to spend on Expedition Card packs. For more about Expedition Cards and credits, check out the DLC page on my main site. Visit the Square Enix Forums for a general 20 Year Celebration Edtion FAQ. And in case you get stuck, you'll find my detailed Rise of the Tomb Raider walkthrough in the usual place. I'll be adding the new Croft Manor content soon.

If you haven't ordered the game yet, you can find it on Amazon.com, Amazon UK, and at your local game retailer.

UPDATE (8:50 am EDT) - UNLOCKING THE NEW DLC ON PC/XBOX ONE: If you have the game on Steam, the new content should download automatically when you start the game. If that's not happening, right-click the game in the Steam Library list and choose Properties > Updates, then choose one of the options from the drop-down list under 'Automatic Updates'. There's also a tab in the Properties box for DLC. Scroll down and make sure 20 Year Celebration pack is checked.

If the patch has downloaded, you should see version 1.0 build 751.5_64 on the splash screen that comes up when you launch the game.

The actual content doesn't unlock on Seam until 9am PDT. See these patch notes for details.

On Xbox One, if the new content doesn't unlock automatically, go to the Xbox dashboard, choose Store from the menu bar at the top, search for Rise of the Tomb Raider, scroll down to 'Add-ons for this game' then select the Season Pass. Select 'Manage' and you should see a screen with all included DLC. The new stuff should be in the left column under 'Ready to install.' Select that and choose the 'Install all' button. If you then go to 'My Games and Apps' you can watch the download progress.

Once the new content is unlocked, you'll be able to access the Croft Manor DLC from the main menu any time after reaching the Siberian Wilderness level in the main story. Co-op Endurance mode is available under Expeditions > Endurance. Co-op is one of the options in the setup menu.

September 10, 2016

20 Years of Tomb Raider Book Update

It's official! After months of hard work by Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie and her loyal team of fan editors (including yours truly), 20 Years of Tomb Raider will be released October 25. This 360-page hardcover, published by Prima Games, is packed with inside information and gorgeous pictures spanning the entire history of the series, from the early days at Core Design through Rise of the Tomb Raider, including:

  • Previously unpublished images and assets.
  • Exclusive interviews from Core Design, Crystal Dynamics, official voice actors, composers, live actions models, comic artists, and more.
  • An in-depth look at every game and expansion, with insights into unreleased titles.
  • An exploration of the entire Tomb Raider universe—games, comics, Hollywood movies, pop culture influences, and the community.
  • More than 200 Contributors, including industry insiders, writers, artists, and fans!

Check out the preview Meagan tweeted yesterday and pre-order from your local bookstore, Amazon, or Amazon UK.

Tomb Raider Archives - Collecting all the classic Top Cow Comics
Tomb Raider Archives 4-volume set collects 50 issues of the best-selling Top Cow comic. Order from TFAW, Amazon, or Amazon UK.