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Resident Tomb
06-07-12, 13:26
Ok, we obviously know about TR 2013 being a reboot, and its the 3rd era of Tomb Raider franchise.

Ok, but if you had to say which era would be your favourite out of the First Era and the Second Era, which one would it be?

First Era?.

Tomb Raider (1996) ĚTR II ĚTR III ĚTR The Last Revelation ĚTR Chronicles ĚTR The Angel of Darkness

Or the Second era?.

TR Legend ĚTR Anniversary ĚTR Underworld.


It's actually quite unfair, because the Second era doesn't have as many games as the first era.

sheepman23
06-07-12, 13:31
If you wanted to break it up a bit more, you could separate the first era into trilogies: i.e., TR1/TR2/TR3 and TR4/TR5/AoD.

The first era is by far my favorite. :tmb:

patriots88888
06-07-12, 13:32
This is basically the same as Core (Classics) vs. Crystal Dynamics.

Anyways, to answer your question using your terminology: First Era

AmericanAssassin
06-07-12, 13:33
Simply put: The first. ;)

Jami393
06-07-12, 13:33
First Era?.

Tomb Raider (1996) ĚTR II ĚTR III ĚTR The Last Revelation ĚTR Chronicles ĚTR The Angel of Darkness

Or the Second era?.

TR Legend ĚTR Anniversary ĚTR Underworld.


It's actually quite unfair, because the Second era doesn't have as many games as the first era.

You do know that those two eras are actually the same era. Legend and Underworld did happen in the same universe.

jarekhanzelka
06-07-12, 13:35
The first era is by far my favorite. :tmb:

this.

Nemo_91
06-07-12, 13:36
First era.

AoD has its own era, tbh.

Atlantisfreak666
06-07-12, 13:37
First era.

pEhouse
06-07-12, 14:36
The first era, but only if we don't split them up into trilogies.. because the most memorable TR games for me were III and IV (closely followed by II, Chronicles and I)

Supernova
06-07-12, 14:50
For me, an era is every single game release, and not Core vs. Crystal.

robm_2007
06-07-12, 14:52
AoD has its own era, tbh.

I think so, too.
---
I hope that this new era can be my favorite, but I'll say that the first era is my favorite, since there's like 5 games I like in that era, versus 3 in another era.

strawberry22
06-07-12, 15:02
First era by miles ;)

Jami393
06-07-12, 15:12
Other than the reboot, the first era and second ere are the same era.

DgoOdz94
06-07-12, 15:12
I like the second a bit more than the first just for the fact I haven't completely played the first era (TR4 and Chronicles).

But I really love the first one.

I'm on the fence, so can I choose both? D:

almayah
06-07-12, 15:13
The first era. Ahh, nostalgia.

Killercowz
06-07-12, 15:15
The LR, Chronicles, AOD era.

Jami393
06-07-12, 15:22
The LR, Chronicles, AOD era.

Thats a trilogy not an era.

Killercowz
06-07-12, 15:26
Thats a trilogy not an era.

A trilogy can be considered an era.

Jami393
06-07-12, 15:28
A trilogy can be considered an era.

Well yeah I guess it can be.

Shark_Blade
06-07-12, 15:49
Core era obviously. And Guardian of Light era.

Jami393
06-07-12, 15:55
Core era obviously. And Guardian of Light era.

Which more than likely falls under Legend, Anniversary and Underworld era.

King.Louie
06-07-12, 15:56
First era :D

Shark_Blade
06-07-12, 16:00
Which more than likely falls under Legend, Anniversary and Underworld era.No. :)

Orionvalentine
06-07-12, 16:05
First era, but AOD had it's own era and I loved that game to death!

Jami393
06-07-12, 16:07
No. :)

Why no?

lord gaga
06-07-12, 17:05
Really you only have to enjoy 4 of cores 6 games to like that era more than the 2nd one. The 1st era hands down and nailed to the ground.

Spong
06-07-12, 18:25
The first era without a doubt. Although I don't personally group AoD with TRs 1 to 5.

Phlip
06-07-12, 18:26
The Core era.

sheepman23
06-07-12, 18:32
Really you only have to enjoy 4 of cores 6 games to like that era more than the 2nd one. The 1st era hands down and nailed to the ground.

Not technically; if you thought that all three of CD's games were brilliant, but only thought that four of Core's games were brilliant and the other two were trash, then you would like 100% of CD's games but only 66% of Core's.

(Sorry, I have to be analytical in this case :p)

moodydog
06-07-12, 19:52
It's actually quite unfair, because the Second era doesn't have as many games as the first era.


It's about quality, not quantity.

I prefer the first half of the first era. TR1,2 and 3... and 3>1>2

georgekgr
06-07-12, 19:53
TR2, TR4, CrystalD ERA

SpyrosMonster
06-07-12, 19:56
I miss everything from this era. :(

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6r3t2zs5N1rzobuto1_1280.jpg

Krumpet
06-07-12, 21:20
First era :wve:

[Xmas]
06-07-12, 21:22
My favourite is the Fame era, the Fame Monster era was also great but everything after that shouldn't happen :(

Seth94
06-07-12, 22:20
TR's 1-3 and TR's 4-AOD I like equally, even if the quality of TR3 is amazing. :tmb:

But then there's TR4, a very good challenging game, and AOD, which is in general fantastic. :D

Zenx
06-07-12, 22:52
First era, obviously. :D

Saman
07-07-12, 06:23
I like Second Era, because of my favorite version of game is Anniversary, but in here my choice is First Era, for sure!

ShadyCroft
07-07-12, 07:05
First era.

leglion
07-07-12, 07:48
Aren't there technically 3 eras? The first one includes TR1, 2, and 3. The second one includes TR4, 5, and 6. And the 3rd one includes TR7, A, and 8 plus DLC and perhaps GOL.

sheepman23
07-07-12, 12:56
Aren't there technically 3 eras? The first one includes TR1, 2, and 3. The second one includes TR4, 5, and 6. And the 3rd one includes TR7, A, and 8 plus DLC and perhaps GOL.

That was my perception, too. Notice that TR4, TR5, and AoD all go hand-in-hand plot-wise; the first three games aren't necessarily related, but people often refer to them as "the classic trilogy," so it makes sense for them to be an era.

leglion
07-07-12, 13:05
That was my perception, too. Notice that TR4, TR5, and AoD all go hand-in-hand plot-wise; the first three games aren't necessarily related, but people often refer to them as "the classic trilogy," so it makes sense for them to be an era.

But the first 3 games have a different origins story than 4, 5, and 6 right? That's why i said they're different. Not based on a trilogy.

Tomb raider 1-3 was the Himalayan plane crash and 4-6 von croy as her mentor.

Wraith
07-07-12, 13:08
Core era when the levels were king and Lara was just the vehicle :)

davidmeyer000
07-07-12, 16:07
The first era!...and now possibly the 3rd! (we'll have to wait and see!)

trlestew
07-07-12, 16:18
Ok, we obviously know about TR 2013 being a reboot, and its the 3rd era of Tomb Raider franchise.

Ok, but if you had to say which era would be your favourite out of the First Era and the Second Era, which one would it be?

First Era?.

Tomb Raider (1996) ĚTR II ĚTR III ĚTR The Last Revelation ĚTR Chronicles ĚTR The Angel of Darkness

Or the Second era?.

TR Legend ĚTR Anniversary ĚTR Underworld.


It's actually quite unfair, because the Second era doesn't have as many games as the first era.
Than divide them. :p

I personally like to think of it as 3 eras.

Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider II
and Tomb Raider III were all loosely connected games, as in the only thing they kept from each other was Lara's character and references to her past adventures. There was no over-arching narrative, let alone a complex one. Also, the gameplay generally remained the same.

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Tomb Raider Chronicles
and Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness were tightly connected in an over arching storyline meant to be paid attention to, not just a way to justify Lara's next location. They host a variety of game changing features as well.

The third era would be all of Crystal's games up to Guardian of Light.

I like the first era best. I've explained too many times why.

jonathanrij
07-07-12, 21:18
First era (so the Core era), by far.

Resident Tomb
09-07-12, 13:15
It's about quality, not quantity.

I prefer the first half of the first era. TR1,2 and 3... and 3>1>2

You don't have to tell me, I obviously know that.

Resident Tomb
09-07-12, 13:26
Aren't there technically 3 eras? The first one includes TR1, 2, and 3. The second one includes TR4, 5, and 6. And the 3rd one includes TR7, A, and 8 plus DLC and perhaps GOL.

First of all, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a spin off, thats why it doesn't have ' Tomb Raider ' in the title.

The sixth installment Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness revived the character and was to start a trilogy, but it didn't do so well, thus ending the Core Design era.

And thats when Crystal Dynamics came in.

domina
09-07-12, 15:40
In my mind, I always divided the "Core Era" into 3 parts, so to speak:

1. Tomb Raider, II, & III
2. The Last Revelation & Chronicles
3. AOD

I think for me, it more or less falls into something fairly minor: graphic differences, especially in Lara. :p I know there were huge advancements from TR and TRII as well as from TRII to TRIII, but the changes were more noticeable between III and TLR and then from Chronicles & AOD.

I don't really apply the same logic to the LAU trilogy, though, probably because they're all connected by a common story. GoL I'd probably lump in that era, too, even though it's a standalone and not technically a TR. The newest era, of course, would start with the upcoming game.

But anyway, I'd say Era 1 based off the OP and my personal Era 1 would be my favorites.

leglion
09-07-12, 15:51
First of all, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a spin off, thats why it doesn't have ' Tomb Raider ' in the title.

The sixth installment Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness revived the character and was to start a trilogy, but it didn't do so well, thus ending the Core Design era.

And thats when Crystal Dynamics came in.

That's why i said "perhaps" Because i know it's not part of the same universe BUT most people think it is.

And AOD did not start a new trilogy, it was already part of a trilogy.

Diablo_Rosso
09-07-12, 16:06
The first. But this feels like another Core vs. Crystal Dynamics thing in truth.

larafan25
09-07-12, 16:09
That's why i said "perhaps" Because i know it's not part of the same universe BUT most people think it is.

And AOD did not start a new trilogy, it was already part of a trilogy.

I've heard AOD was supposed to be the first in a trilogy.

leglion
09-07-12, 16:10
I've heard AOD was supposed to be the first in a trilogy.

Couldn't be when it was continuing from TR4's story.

But if that's the case core has 4 eras.

TR1, 2, 3,

TR4, 5

and

TR6, X, Y

Melonie Tomb Raider
09-07-12, 17:06
1st era -- hands down.

domina
09-07-12, 18:01
I've heard AOD was supposed to be the first in a trilogy.

That was my understanding as well. I know it picked up from TLR as far as Lara coming back and confronting Verner, but I'm fairly certain AOD was meant to be the start of a new series for TR.

LNSNHGTDS
09-07-12, 18:21
Crystal era.

Agent 47
09-07-12, 18:28
Core era.

Without Core Design there would be no Tomb Raider, and no Crystal Dynamics making money off a franchise created by someone else and getting all the damn credit from TR n00bs who aren't aware Core Design created it.

I enjoy Core's games better but i'm sure as time goes on Crystal will get better.

tampi
09-07-12, 19:30
The incoming era.

The future must necessarily be better.

interstellardave
09-07-12, 19:33
The Era of 1-3. Almost flawless compared to the rest of the Core games, and CD's games.

oocladableeblah
09-07-12, 19:39
I would say an era start when they change style of the game. TR1 - Chronicles all had a consistent style. AOD had it's own style, TRLAU had a consistent style and now the new TR has it's own style.

First era TR1 - 5
Second era AOD
Third era TRLAU
Fourth TReboot

But to answer the OP I would say the first era.

leglion
09-07-12, 19:49
I would say an era start when they change style of the game. TR1 - Chronicles all had a consistent style. AOD had it's own style, TRLAU had a consistent style and now the new TR has it's own style.

First era TR1 - 5
Second era AOD
Third era TRLAU
Fourth TReboot

But to answer the OP I would say the first era.

The mood of TR 4, 5, and 6 were all darker compared to 1, 2, and 3 though.

Killercowz
09-07-12, 20:07
Couldn't be when it was continuing from TR4's story.


Yes, AOD originally planned to be a trilogy. The second one was supposed to take place in Turkey.
Ex Core members have confirmed this.

Greenkey2
09-07-12, 20:34
Late First Era (TR4-TR6), although an honourable mention must belong to TR3 for its tough challenges, beautifully-varied locations and humour :tmb:

Lukass
09-07-12, 20:35
TR1-TR4 era.

kooky
09-07-12, 21:43
The first era will always be superior in my opinion, the era of true TR fans who appreciated Core design's games & it started it all. The second/third era will never quite have the same legacy that the 1st did as CD created a new Lara story far different from core's Lara. Most favorite 1st era games in order TR3>TR1>TR2>TRLR(TR4)>TRC, never really got into AoD that much but the 1st era is surely unrivaled imo! :D

Resident Tomb
10-07-12, 12:03
That's why i said "perhaps" Because i know it's not part of the same universe BUT most people think it is.

And AOD did not start a new trilogy, it was already part of a trilogy.

TR AOD was TO start a trilogy, but it didn't due to certain things.

Resident Tomb
10-07-12, 12:04
The first. But this feels like another Core vs. Crystal Dynamics thing in truth.

Well that wasn't my intention.

thailand
10-07-12, 14:40
trl-tru era!! ;)

Carbon
10-07-12, 15:15
The first, TRI-V and AoD

LNSNHGTDS
10-07-12, 16:29
The first era will always be superior in my opinion, the era of true TR fans who appreciated Core design's games & it started it all. The second/third era will never quite have the same legacy that the 1st did as CD created a new Lara story far different from core's Lara. Most favorite 1st era games in order TR3>TR1>TR2>TRLR(TR4)>TRC, never really got into AoD that much but the 1st era is surely unrivaled imo! :D

Why do you hardCore Design fans always say that?

You're making it sound like the fans who joined the series after the end of the first era are enferior Tomb Raider fans.

It's not out falt that we were born a bit later you know :pi: ...

kooky
10-07-12, 16:41
Why do you Core Design fans always say that?

You're making it sound like the fans who joined the series after the end of the first era are inferior Tomb Raider fans.

Well, some people born are time like CD more than Core because the graphics & belief that the story is better than the one core made. You have to give credit to Eidos, Core & Toby because they created the first TR game in '96. Anniversary changed every aspect about it in '07 & CD pretty much made their own version of TR1.

It's not out fault that we were born a bit later you know :pi: ...

Well, some people born in my time & before but like CD more than Core because the graphics & belief that the story is better than the one core ever made. I've never said that it was your fault, but if you get the opportunity to play the old TR games, you'll know what I'm talking about because some people have only started playing TR with Legend & went on from there. Remember it's about gameplay more than graphics. Personally I thought core's Lara was ALOT better. Just saying. ;)

domina
10-07-12, 17:59
I think the point that LNSNHGTDS was trying to make is that no one gets a monopoly on the term "true fan." And if that wasn't the point, I'll make it mine. :p

It's frustrating for people who may be fans of the series but prefer Crystal's games over Core's to be looked at as not real fans or somehow inferior to old-school fans. I've always found it a frustrating division in the overall Tomb Raider fanbase. I do understand that some people are upset that Core is seemingly forgotten more and more--respect is still due there--but just because someone doesn't gush over their games doesn't mean they aren't a "true" fan.

Me? I just like Tomb Raider. My favorite TR game is TRII, but I've greatly enjoyed Crystal's games, too. I don't think that makes me any less or any more of a fan than anyone else.

DragonSlayer
11-07-12, 14:05
First Era, the last decent Tomb Raider game for me anyway was AOD.

LaraDuh
11-07-12, 14:30
The TR4-TRAOD trilogy was my favorite.

Resident Tomb
12-07-12, 10:42
Yes, I don't really care about graphics.

however, its not just about gameplay, a game should have the whole package, your not going to play a game that has a really good gameplay function, but theres not really a plot or storyline and nothing really happens throughout the game.

You want a game to excite you, and for it to be intresting as well.

Resident Tomb
10-08-12, 11:08
Ok, I'm going to choose the second era.

I'm sure the 3rd era will be amazing, i'm looking forward to the new Lara Croft in TR2013, that Lara Croft really looks like you can really have a bond, and chemistry with, and its nice seeing that emotional side with her also.

tomekkobialka
10-08-12, 14:25
2nd era obviously! :tmb: :pi:

No, of course the 1st era, those were THE Tomb Raider games. The 2nd era was like a sequel to a really good movie - 99% of the time they turn out worse than the original, and Tomb Raider is no different. But not much worse...they were still OK games, but not as good as the classic TRs, period. :)

Laras Boyfr.
10-08-12, 14:43
TR4-TR5-AOD Era for me :D

JsotoTRSaga
10-08-12, 18:27
Obviously Both eras i just cant decide for one, Core made an excellent and outstanding job with the first TR's (except for AOD which i love though) and in the other hand CD's TRs which are also very Good and Interesting. So i can't decide for one era but i can choose both :)

Lara Croft!
10-08-12, 20:27
To me there are 5 TR eras:


The Classics (TR 1-3)
The Continuation (TR 4-5)
1st Evolution (AOD)
Next Generation (TR Legend-Underworld)
Reboot


My favorite is the first.

Drone
10-08-12, 20:29
First era and AOD.

tomee
10-08-12, 21:28
TR1-TR3 :tmb:

sheepman23
10-08-12, 21:32
I think I might've already posted in this thread, but if we're going by these three eras...

TR1, TR2, and TR3
TR4, TR5, and AoD
TRL, TRA, and TRU

... Then the first is undoubtedly my favorite, as those three are my favorite games of the series. :tmb:

klona
10-08-12, 21:33
All of them.

Gregori
10-08-12, 21:34
Tr 1-4

Resident Tomb
12-08-12, 13:07
All of them.

Good answer :)

Rai
12-08-12, 17:10
The Tomb Raider era.

JsotoTRSaga
12-08-12, 17:17
The Tomb Raider era.

Best answer iv'e read in the entire thread. +1. ;)

AssassinX21
12-08-12, 17:32
First era.

bekim
12-08-12, 18:33
1st.

Resident Tomb
20-08-12, 13:24
I really really really really can't wait for the new Tomb Raider 2013 game, the 3rd era!!!!.

Phlip
20-08-12, 13:45
The Tomb Raider era.

Don't sit on the fence, little girl! :ton: What era of Tomb Raider? :vlol:

Eden95
20-08-12, 14:48
TR1-TR3 :tmb:

Shark_Blade
20-08-12, 15:57
Core and LCGoL eras.

SirPlagueRat
20-08-12, 16:01
The first era. Yay~

Mikky
20-08-12, 20:06
Second Era without a doubt.

Encore
20-08-12, 23:41
TR1-TR3 :tmb:

Yes, the golden age.

Though TRs 4 to 6 weren't exactly bad (IMO), it also wasn't the same as before.

From Legend onwards, I just don't consider it Tomb Raider anymore.

ozzman
20-08-12, 23:46
all of them.... i dont bitch like everyone else , TR4 was my first but TRL was the first i beat

Mr GaGa
21-08-12, 11:51
I say the crystal era.

Laras Boyfr.
21-08-12, 12:21
I really really really really can't wait for the new Tomb Raider 2013 game, the 3rd era!!!!.

It would be the 4th one

Vinkula
21-08-12, 13:23
Crystal D. Era. I enjoy their games more. :)

Resident Tomb
21-08-12, 15:17
It would be the 4th one

I look at it like this:

TR ( 1996 ) - TR AOD - First Era
TRL - TRU - Second Era
TR 2013 - Third Era

But I understand why you would say that.

Vinkula
21-08-12, 15:21
People go usually with

TR1-3
TR4-6
LAU
TR2013,

like I do.

Resident Tomb
21-08-12, 15:36
People go usually with

TR1-3
TR4-6
LAU
TR2013,

like I do.

Everybody is different.

Reggie
21-08-12, 17:02
People go usually with

TR1-3
TR4-6
LAU
TR2013,

like I do.
This :tmb:

TR 1-3
Games with very similar gameplay and storylines that were minimal and standalone in nature. All features ring menus and Lara's Home.

TR4-AOD
Connected by a story-arc involving Werner Von Croy and Lara's fateful trip to Egypt followed by Von Croy's murder and a 'Lara of Arabia' sequence that was supposed to connect AOD's sequel to TR4.

TR LAU
This one should be obvious...big break from what went before.

TR Reboot
Again, totally clean slate!

My favourite was TR4-AOD, I loved how the story was starting to build up to something spectacular and Lara's character had the foundations for some real interesting development - plus the gameplay and puzzles of that era were more sophisticated than anything that came before (less block pushing and switch throwing) and obviously...what came after. XD

Rai
21-08-12, 18:31
People go usually with

TR1-3
TR4-6
LAU
TR2013,

like I do.

Yeah, but if you do it like that, that means I can't choose Era 2 as it includes Chronicles and AoD. :(

Don't sit on the fence, little girl! :ton: What era of Tomb Raider? :vlol:
You called me 'little girl' :vlol:

I do have reasons for not making a distinction.

Mad Tony
21-08-12, 18:33
TR I-III for me. The GOATs.

Vinkula
21-08-12, 19:00
Yeah, but if you do it like that, that means I can't choose Era 2 as it includes Chronicles and AoD. :(

I feel yo pain bro :(

shebj
21-08-12, 19:15
I cannot choose between era's , I like all games in some extent except for chronicles and underword ( though U being graphically great, it was short and way to easy ).

they all have something that makes them different from the others.

tr1-4, well I just love the puzzles , searching for keys, pushing blocks etc, they gave a real feeling of raiding.

aod was ok, the graphics were an improvement and some levels were really fun.

legend and anniversary , I loved the control here. and the checkpoint thing ( in such a way it actually happens quite a lot now that when I'm playing classics I have to replay a whole lot because I forgot to save )
and anniversary just was a very good re-imagining of the first one, beautiful levels, and so on. it definitely is also one of my favs now.

tomee
21-08-12, 20:06
I feel yo pain bro :(

*sister

Vinkula
21-08-12, 20:07
^ I know Rai is a girl :)

Tear
21-08-12, 20:11
The L.A.U.GOL. era.:p

peeves
04-09-12, 21:37
My favorite TR series are the first series which are Core's TR's.

Afonya
05-09-12, 04:50
The first era is my favourite also :) The golden age of Tomb Raider...

JsotoTRSaga
05-09-12, 04:53
Both eras if we include LCGOL in CD's Series are great, however it is obvious that the Core era was indeed the best and golden age of TR.

Cochrane
05-09-12, 07:08
Personally, I consider Angel of Darkness to be its own era. It was an era that was cut short because the first game in it was not good at all, but in terms of graphics, technology, gameplay, story and so on, it was a major departure from Tomb Raider 1-5.

My favorite era then is Tomb Raider 1-5. Anything later is just not as good.

peeves
05-09-12, 18:35
Personally, I consider Angel of Darkness to be its own era. It was an era that was cut short because the first game in it was not good at all, but in terms of graphics, technology, gameplay, story and so on, it was a major departure from Tomb Raider 1-5.

My favorite era then is Tomb Raider 1-5. Anything later is just not as good.

I thought AOD was a slight departure from TR1-5 but not completely as it was still made by core design. I respect your opinion of course.