June 8, 2011

A Closer Look at the Tomb Raider 'Turning Point' Trailer

With a keen eye that would make Lara Croft proud, guest blogger Jaden Morretti, webmaster of Guns and Grapple, analyzes the first video trailer for the new Tomb Raider. If you haven't seen the video yet, you can find it here.

Lara's Reflection
"A famous explorer once said that the extraordinary
is in what we do, not who we are."

Those were the words introducing us to the first ever trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider game. We were promised big things from Crystal Dynamics and the team at Visual Works and we were not disappointed. A short version trailer was first aired on GTTV (on the channel Spike) at 6am (GMT), with the longer version going on YouTube and the official TR site straight afterwards. Inspired by the Bright Falls breakdown (Alan Wake's promotional series looked at frame by frame) by Machinima; I decided to approach the trailer with a similar technique...Also if you haven't seen Bright Falls, go do so, it's pretty freaky.


The first thing that we can hear is Lara's voice. So far the voice actresses has not been named. There are a few rumors suggesting a variety of different actresses including the final Lara Croft model; Alison Carroll after her twitter message on the morning of the trailer's release. Personally I think it sounds more like Eva Green who played Vesper in James Bond: Casino Royale. She is younger then Keeley Hawes who voiced Lara for the past few years (2006-2010) and it sounds as though she can also make her voice more innocent and more like Lara in the trailer. Furthermore Lara's voice had a slight roughness to it that reminded me of Eva's.

We are introduced to the trailer with Lara saying the following:

"A famous explorer once said; that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are." –Lara Croft

If you tried to put the quote into Google, you probably wouldn't have found anything a part from some links to the Tomb Raider forums. However the quote which Lara was referring to was made by Edmund Hillary. He was one of the first people to reach the top of Mount Everst and also it was his party were the first to reach the South Pole overland since Amundsen in 1911 (ironically the South Pole was also where the first Endurance 1912 crashed). The quote which Lara referred to was:

"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things" –Edmund Hillary (explorer)

The Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics logo then appears on a black background which appears to be like camera film which burns away at the end revealing the ship Endurance....

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  1. It's not Eva Green, I'd recognise her voice anywhere. She does sound like someone I know of, but I can't quite put my finger on who.

    OH! Like a girl from Skins, two girls, infact, Laya Lewis or Larissa Wilson. It'd make sense, as they're both at the same age as Lara, but I think it's far-fetched.

  2. Edmund Hillary... ah yes, I've been trying to find out who the famous explorer was, who said that line. Didn't really think about it, not after one year since the trailer was released lol.

  3. Lara Croft is my fav character