The Golden Joystick Awards are just around the corner, and it has been announced the Lara Croft will be entered into their Hall of Fame. This is an honour that is only bestowed on the giants in the video game world, and is exclusively for games or characters that have become globally known and changed the face of gaming. Meaning it would be hard for any gamer to disagree with Lara Croft being entered into the prestigious group.
This is another big step for Lara Croft in 2016, which has already seen the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tomb Raider, the game where it all started, and catapulted her to the iconic figure we all know today. In these 20 years the series has sold over 46 million copies and has spawned a number of spin offs – including movies, animated series, and two albums.
Since her first appearance in our homes in 1996, Lara Croft’s adventures have spanned over 25 countries, and built her up as the Lara everyone knows today – a powerful female adventurer who relies on her intelligence and skills to solve ancient mysteries and puzzles, while at the time same time surviving treacherous environments, and the dangers that comes with her line of work. Something that has revolutionised the way the lead character in games were perceived.
Dan Dawkins, Global Editor in Chief of GamesRadar+ had the following to say about Lara Croft;
“Lara Croft is one of gaming’s most iconic characters, the figurehead of PlayStation’s explosion into mainstream culture in the mid 90’s and truly deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame. The past 20 years has seen Lara become a household name and one of the most inspiring and influential female characters ever. Most impressively, the character has evolved over the decades, with Lara’s recent, more realistic, reboot more closely aligned with modern gamer’s attitudes; allied to a game-design that continues to be best in class. We would like to congratulate all of the teams behind Lara over the past 20 years for their achievements.”
On October 11, the latest game in the franchise was released in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. The most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, along with a host of completely new content such as the new story chapter Blood Ties, Lara’s Nightmare zombie combat mode, PlayStation® VR support for Blood Ties, co-op Endurance gameplay, an Extreme Survivor difficulty, five classic Lara skins, and an outfit and weapon inspired by Tomb Raider III. It also includes all of the previously released downloadable content such as the critically acclaimed Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Cold Darkness Awakened, 12 outfits, seven weapons, multiple Expedition Card packs, and more.
Don’t forget you can still cast your votes for the Golden Joystick Awards until 31 October, to do this all you need to do is visit www.goldenjoystick.com