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ToMbRaIdErxFtW
02-09-12, 01:02
My tomb raiser life story started when I was about 2. I youst to play tomb raider 4 on my sisters ps1. I youst to work out the puzzles by looking at the stratedgy guide pics and copy them. One thing I always remember was when my sister to get angry with me because I would save in silly places such as falling to my death or low health and in front of an enemy.

As I got to about 5 I got my own ps1 with with tomb raider 1,2 and 5 I mostly played tomb raider 2 unroll I got stuck on barkhang monistary because I had low Heath and no mediapacks as well as the minks were after me to because I shot them because I assumed they were baddies

Meanwhile I was also playing tomb raider 1 I got stuck on Midas hand then figured it out after a while then I got to the cistern and was stuck for like a year and a half untill I figured out you have to drain the water and go to the piere room. Eventually I completed It.

At the time I was also playing tomb raider 5 however I was stuck on the submarine level because I could end find my guns. It took me ages to figure out that I had to press x behind the chef I was straight forward from that point on.

a few weeks later I was in a game shop when u saw tomb raider 4 unfortunately for me it was for pc and dream cast and at the time u dident have either. However while I was there I did pick up a copy of tomb raider 3 . I got home excited and ready to play only to find out I would get to temple ruins and the disk would stop working the next day.

To make up for what happened my sister was out and stumbled upon tomb raiser 4 the one I originally wanted. She took it home and I got started straight away. I took me about a year to complete that game. I remember I got so frustrated withe the Alexandria and city of the dead levels. Them level alone were the reason it took me a year.

Abou 2 years later when I was abou 8-9 legend came out . I think I got it for my birthday . The main thing I remember was that I was easy short and very fun. I didn't get stuck at any part.

I also got anniversary when it came out. I got it for ps2 and got to I think egypt then my house got burgled and that was one of the things stolen. I later got it for wii and and shortly after completed it. I specifically remember natlas mines due to the fact that it was so frustrating.

I was very excited when underworld came out. I got it for wii on Christmas . I most over estimated it because all I remember was a long and boring Mexico based level. That's all I had to say about underworld I was asfar as I'm concerned the disgrace of the tomb raider series.

When I was about ten I remember thinking about the old tomb raider and all the great memories I had . That when u decided to try and download the series that's when I found a vid on YouTube saying tomb raider 3 download. I tryed it straight away and I surprisingly worked right away . Was so happy that I finally got to give tomb raider 3 a go. I then searched the Internet for the rest then I found tomb raider 2. I got it to work and I couldn't wait to replay it especially bark hang monastery . Finally I beat bark hang and beat the game along with it.

I download the rest of the series however I just couldent get tomb raider 1 to work which was such a disappointment because really wanted to play it because of how much I enjoyed it back then. This gave me an excuse to get the collection for ps1 so now last month I am 13 and decided to buy the 7 ps1 I saw in the cash converters along with the amazing deal I got on eBay, all 5 tomb raider games for ps1 great condition for only 5!

A week ago I saw a huge collection of tomb raider stuff on the Internet and decided to make my own. I'm getting the gold series, Lara style bb guns, the stratedgy guides for my birthday . Then finally I'm getting the figurines and more awesome stuff for Christmas.

Ps on christmas day I will be making a "show of your Lara merchandise " thread
So to guys and girl raiders can show of you new merchandise that you got for Christmas

Well that's my tomb raider life story up to date for now I would love to hear your stories though I'm very interested

Any way bye :)

ToMbRaIdErxFtW
02-09-12, 01:04
Ps wrote all this on my iPhone took so long what whith tiny keyboard and stupid auto correct damn that auto correct! lol

Tyrannosaurus
02-09-12, 06:07
I was in my last year of junior high, reading the video game magazines at the supermarket and waiting for my parents, when I read a preview article about TR1. I thought to myself, "Wow, that looks like an awesome game. Too bad I probably won't be able to play it."

I grew up never owning a console system of any sort, even though I'd begged my parents each Christmas for whatever the current trend was--Nintendo, Sega Genesis, the Playstation, whatever. Back then, we'd just gotten our first PC, a 486 with DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. We had a few games, like the Shareware version of Doom, Lemmings, Myst, Civilization 2, and King's Quest V and VI, but that was about it. I was really intrigued by the premise of TR, and much to my delight and surprise, the game was available on the PC.

I got TR1 for Christmas of 1997, and while it worked fine on the computer, the cinematics didn't play at all, so I had a hard time following the story, but I was hooked nonetheless. I eventually took it to a friend's house with all of my saved games saved to disc, and we skimmed through the game's plot at crucial moments to see how it unfolded.

I loved the game, but I was somewhat crushed that TR2 wouldn't be able to work on my PC, so I sat and stewed for a few years in high school and kept abreast of the TR series (back then, I read the Croft Times newsletter, which I don't think is up now), and when I got my first job during my senior year of high school, I saved up enough money to buy a PC and was finally able to play TR2, TR3, and TR4. (And roughly 11 other games I'd been curious about for the last 4 years).

In high school none of my friends liked TR much, and I became somewhat sensitive to what I considered to be the condescending assumption that Lara Croft was a pinup girl who sold a crappy game to horny teenage boys, rather than the badass adventurer and star of a superbly involving game that I knew. I wrote one piece of crappy TR fan fiction, but I had so much respect for Lara I couldn't even approach her very easily in the writing. When the TR movie came out in 2000, I saw it on the first day, and the usher was there to ask the audience members TR trivia before the movie started. The last question he asked was, "True or False: Lara's breasts have gotten bigger with each game." Everyone in the theater shouted "True!", but I knew the correct answer, and got a free T-shirt ("See here, everyone? This man knows the breasts in his video games.")

TR5 didn't work on my PC for some reason, so I played it on my father's, but only once. Then, as my computer was lagging behind with the times and I was busy with college, I didn't pay much attention to TR for a few years. Eventually, my '00 PC went kind of senile, and many games that it used to be able to run fine stopped working, and I gradually lost access to TR4, TR3, and TR1 (though TR2 still plays fine on that computer for some reason).

I picked up a copy of AOD around the time the game was being sold in discount bins in Walmart, knowing that my PC wouldn't be able to run it, but figuring that I might be able to play it someday when I had a new computer. I occasionally kept track of TR news, but my interest was only renewed when I heard that TR1 was going to be remake. I was intrigued, so I joined TRF to share my thoughts and follow this news. After watching clips at youtube and reading reviews, I became convinced that I didn't need to spend money for a console system to play it, but I stayed on TRF because I liked the community.

That day finally came for my 27th birthday in 2009, when the price of laptops came down, and I got to play AOD for the first time. I've written much on this topic already, but it's strange to note that my state of mind was very much like Lara's. I was in a bad place in my life, having just gone through a painful breakup, a humiliating job loss, and ayear of my life wasted in the wrong graduate program. I was quite jaded and cynical about many things, so naturally, I immediately identified with the Lara from AOD and felt a kinship with her. It might just have been me, but I certainly felt the weight of what Lara had been through since TR4 (my last positive memory of her), and like me, she had also lost faith in the things most important to her, and was thrust into a dark and confusing stage in her life.

While AOD has been rightly lambasted for its horrible control and game-stopping bugs, I nonetheless reacted strongly to the bleak nihilism of this game. It was the most mature TR has ever been, I think. It almost felt like a deconstruction of the previous games, with a Lara who felt so much more human than she did in any of her other titles (or ever would again, for that matter). It suggested a direction both for Lara and the TR series that I would have been interesting in seeing payoff. The last cutscene is rather poignant, but more so than the designers probably intended, since it's the last we ever see of the character whom I consider to be the 'real' Lara Croft.

I have played the demo of Legend and hated it, and I finally purchased TRA from a bargain bin in Office Depot. I succeeded in penetrating only to the boss fight in Tomb of Tihocan, but I haven't touched the game in more than two years, and feel no particular desire to finish it. The audio is terrific, but I hate the controls, dislike the curtailed design, and disagree with CD's interpretation of the TR1 storyline, but I've already written about this elsewhere. On the other hand, I have recently replayed TR1, TR2, and TR4 for the first time in 10 years via gog.com (TR3 doesn't work for some reason) and enjoyed them each immensely.

Err, so that's my TR life story.

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SeanCordernay
02-09-12, 07:06
This is the perfect thread!!! I will tell my story later.

bekim
02-09-12, 07:09
Too long to tell ;-;
btw why not a TR story competition XD?

JsotoTRSaga
02-09-12, 08:28
My TR Story is not one of a kind but it is quite Interesting, it all began as an ordinary day in the year 1998 i was viewing my stepfather's (Former stepfather) Games case in which he had various demo discs and games for the PS1 Consoles however i picked up some of the games randomly and started playing and after several hours i chose the demo version of TR2. It is strange because it was the only game that called my attention so bad... i played many demos but none hooked me up as the TR2 demo did i remember it was a beta version of the level 'The great wall'. Almost everyday i played the demo til'l tired and trying to find a way to beat the level (I was too young so i was always stuck in the beginning :p) but being stuck never caused a negative effect on me in fact it made me more interested in it, this game series has been with me in my most depressing and dark moments and the years of 1998 and 1999 where dark in my life... really dark and depressing i don't want to get into detail.

After some time passed My father got a new girlfriend and my father was going to present her to me since i didn't know her, he took me to her work and he said she had a present for me i anxiously got in the car to go and meet her since she was going to gift me something (i've always been fond of surprises of wait who isn't :D) and i didn't even know her :p so when we got to her work she smiled to me and made the usual comparison between father and son after she gave me the present which was no other than Tomb Raider 3, my first full TR game. I almost cried of happiness and i couldn't believe that the third game had been released when i was playing the demo for the 2nd TR game (since i was little and young i obviously wasn't into game industry or magazines and less into internet which in my country wasn't used much by that time only rich people had access... which means i didn't know the order of the games or their info).

The series felt like a mystery to me i loved it and it is ironic because the TR games where so 'IN' back then. I played the game till my ps1 stopped working after that who knows what happened to my TR3 Copy :ton:. Years later i got a ps2 as christmas gift it was my father's gift to me for the year of 2001, immediately some time later i got to the mall with my mom and i wanted to visit K.B toys to go and check out the toys (obviously) however my grandmother wanted to go to walmart but i insisted that i wanted to enter K.B toys... after much struggle we finally got to K.B. toys store and instantly i saw some kind of shelf with ps1 games at 40% off i was browsing through and saw the copies for TR3, TR1 and TR2 when i saw TR1 i fell in love with it and wanted to get it since it was the only game i didn't play of the TR games never beated any though.

I was having so much fun with TR1 by that time it was a amazing it was my most beloved item. Time later i visited the mall again with my Grandmother and she bought me a copy of TR4 which i enjoyed a lot and 1 month later she bought me a copy of TR2. I was having so much fun back then i grew up playing these. In the year of 2003 i was a bit more ''mature'' and from what i remember i found the manual for TR2 which was previously lost a.k.a under my bed :p and i noticed that it was announcing a game set to release in winter 2002 Tomb raider the angel of darkness and since we where in 2003 i knew it had to be out. My grandfather took me to the local Blockbuster and we rented TRAOD. I was impressed by everything... even if it was lacking of some important elements back then i found it amazing but obviously hard to control which caused me to be ironically stuck in Parisian backstreets perpetually :vlol:. I remember that day clearly it has so many memories.... time later in the year 2005 i got into a summer camp and some boy brought the game to the camp and i was obviously impressed by watching at the boy playing it.

I always considered TOMB RAIDER to be the best series ever and i still do, I remember i was playing Bartolli's hideout when a family member of mine came to live here in my country previously lived in N.Y and moved here after his wife's death in the year 2005. I was subscribed to GI and i received a magazine in the same year but i was completely disappointed when i saw the new model for Lara in Legend since I thought AOD model was better and i wanted it to remain the same. During elementary school i was always making drawings and adventures of Lara Croft i even predicted the doppelganger (I used to call her Laria as a relative name to Lara) and Natla coming back in those drawings :p. I was starting to feel more and more passion for TOMB RAIDER specially after i saw the movies which i watched and still watch over and over. Tomb Raider is a lfestyle it is more than just an amazing and outstanding video game series, I started making my 'all games' collection since 2006 and now in the present i have them all and I replay the beloved classics over and over again and they bring me so many memories it is unbelievable how much time flies.

Right now in the present Tomb Raider still influences in my life in a major way, apart from saving pictures from the web, continuously reading everything TR related and replaying all of the games and watching all of the movies i am currently thinking of making a collection with the box arts since my TR3 Copy is a bit damaged and TR1 and TR2 are inside PS2 Cases because i lost their respective cases... I am also thinking to buy some action figures to expand my collection and add more TR lifestyle to my bedroom. I have been in some trips to many places and iv'e always had that little thirst for adventure even if it isn't something grand such as getting to a river through a not so stable or friendly path or going to the caves of Camuy with a guide i enjoy this little things. TR is a big part of my life and I still get heart broken when i play AOD and see the classic Core Lara for the last time, I loved CD's Lara but i regret Core had left. The series will move on with the upcoming reboot and i hope it can bring new fans to admire and enjoy the series as much as i have through out this exciting 14 years of intense Tomb Raiding, My story with TR was a story that many have to tell but as all of the TR stories they are always special. :) I love The Tomb Raider Series! <3

Edit: obviously there is more in this story such as for example the quake that occurred when i was downloading LCGOL and the moment i joined the forums but i think that It is too much to go into detail so i gave a quick resume ;)

Shark_Blade
02-09-12, 08:28
Too long to tell ;-;
btw why not a TR story competition XD?

Sure, why not. You'll be the host. :)

ToMbRaIdErxFtW
02-09-12, 09:19
I was in my last year of junior high, reading the video game magazines at the supermarket and waiting for my parents, when I read a preview article about TR1. I thought to myself, "Wow, that looks like an awesome game. Too bad I probably won't be able to play it."

I grew up never owning a console system of any sort, even though I'd begged my parents each Christmas for whatever the current trend was--Nintendo, Sega Genesis, the Playstation, whatever. Back then, we'd just gotten our first PC, a 486 with DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. We had a few games, like the Shareware version of Doom, Lemmings, Myst, Civilization 2, and King's Quest V and VI, but that was about it. I was really intrigued by the premise of TR, and much to my delight and surprise, the game was available on the PC.

I got TR1 for Christmas of 1997, and while it worked fine on the computer, the cinematics didn't play at all, so I had a hard time following the story, but I was hooked nonetheless. I eventually took it to a friend's house with all of my saved games saved to disc, and we skimmed through the game's plot at crucial moments to see how it unfolded.

I loved the game, but I was somewhat crushed that TR2 wouldn't be able to work on my PC, so I sat and stewed for a few years in high school and kept abreast of the TR series (back then, I read the Croft Times newsletter, which I don't think is up now), and when I got my first job during my senior year of high school, I saved up enough money to buy a PC and was finally able to play TR2, TR3, and TR4. (And roughly 11 other games I'd been curious about for the last 4 years).

In high school none of my friends liked TR much, and I became somewhat sensitive to what I considered to be the condescending assumption that Lara Croft was a pinup girl who sold a crappy game to horny teenage boys, rather than the badass adventurer and star of a superbly involving game that I knew. I wrote one piece of crappy TR fan fiction, but I had so much respect for Lara I couldn't even approach her very easily in the writing. When the TR movie came out in 2000, I saw it on the first day, and the usher was there to ask the audience members TR trivia before the movie started. The last question he asked was, "True or False: Lara's breasts have gotten bigger with each game." Everyone in the theater shouted "True!", but I knew the correct answer, and got a free T-shirt ("See here, everyone? This man knows the breasts in his video games.")

TR5 didn't work on my PC for some reason, so I played it on my father's, but only once. Then, as my computer was lagging behind with the times and I was busy with college, I didn't pay much attention to TR for a few years. Eventually, my '00 PC went kind of senile, and many games that it used to be able to run fine stopped working, and I gradually lost access to TR4, TR3, and TR1 (though TR2 still plays fine on that computer for some reason).

I picked up a copy of AOD around the time the game was being sold in discount bins in Walmart, knowing that my PC wouldn't be able to run it, but figuring that I might be able to play it someday when I had a new computer. I occasionally kept track of TR news, but my interest was only renewed when I heard that TR1 was going to be remake. I was intrigued, so I joined TRF to share my thoughts and follow this news. After watching clips at youtube and reading reviews, I became convinced that I didn't need to spend money for a console system to play it, but I stayed on TRF because I liked the community.

That day finally came for my 27th birthday in 2009, when the price of laptops came down, and I got to play AOD for the first time. I've written much on this topic already, but it's strange to note that my state of mind was very much like Lara's. I was in a bad place in my life, having just gone through a painful breakup, a humiliating job loss, and ayear of my life wasted in the wrong graduate program. I was quite jaded and cynical about many things, so naturally, I immediately identified with the Lara from AOD and felt a kinship with her. It might just have been me, but I certainly felt the weight of what Lara had been through since TR4 (my last positive memory of her), and like me, she had also lost faith in the things most important to her, and was thrust into a dark and confusing stage in her life.

While AOD has been rightly lambasted for its horrible control and game-stopping bugs, I nonetheless reacted strongly to the bleak nihilism of this game. It was the most mature TR has ever been, I think. It almost felt like a deconstruction of the previous games, with a Lara who felt so much more human than she did in any of her other titles (or ever would again, for that matter). It suggested a direction both for Lara and the TR series that I would have been interesting in seeing payoff. The last cutscene is rather poignant, but more so than the designers probably intended, since it's the last we ever see of the character whom I consider to be the 'real' Lara Croft.

I have played the demo of Legend and hated it, and I finally purchased TRA from a bargain bin in Office Depot. I succeeded in penetrating only to the boss fight in Tomb of Tihocan, but I haven't touched the game in more than two years, and feel no particular desire to finish it. The audio is terrific, but I hate the controls, dislike the curtailed design, and disagree with CD's interpretation of the TR1 storyline, but I've already written about this elsewhere. On the other hand, I have recently replayed TR1, TR2, and TR4 for the first time in 10 years via gog.com (TR3 doesn't work for some reason) and enjoyed them each immensely.

Err, so that's my TR life story.

Hello?

Hello, are you still awake?

Ha ha ha I lol at the last bit
Ps that was very interesting to read.
Did you like mine

strawberry22
02-09-12, 11:17
Okay, so mine started off when I was around 6, I was at my mum's friends house, and they had a PS2 with AOD on it. I played around on it, and really loved it :) After that, I decided I wanted to play more of the games, and I got TRL for Xbox at Christmas 2006. I loved TRL, and it kinda kick started my story. I later went on in 2008 to buy TR2, because I was really eager to play the classics. I realised how different it was. At Christmas 2008, I bought AOD. The first level was pretty nostalgic, even though I'd played it only a few years back. I didn't love it, but I found it highly enjoyable. I watched multiple videos on TR3, and fell completely in love with it. It was then that I either bought TR5 or TR3/4, but I think I bought TR3/4 first. I managed to install TR3, which I dearly loved with all my heart. TR4 didn't really work for some reason, but after fiddling around with the disk I managed to get it to work. I didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me. Now days it's my fifth favourite in the series! I bought TRC as well, and that is when I realised my hatred for VCI :pi: Oh god.... But other than that TRC was one of my faves. It broke my other PC though, because it shattered whilst inside the disk drive. When we got the PC fixed, I got my smashed up copy of TRC in a little blue bag. The peices of it where tiny. I bought it again sometime later (probably the last time I bought a TR) because I missed it :o I re-bought TRL for PC, and hated it. It was laggy as hell. After that I bought TR1 for PC, loved it. My mum managed to accidentally snap it though, so I had to buy it again along with another copy of TR2. After that, I lost the disk. I haven't re-bought it since, because I PC copy is pretty hard to find these days. The last one I bought was TRA. It's all right, I play it from time to time and I find it fairly enjoyable. Here's my list

TR1 - Bought - Snapped - Re-Bought - Lost
TR2 - Bought
TR3 - Bought in a double disk with TR4 - Disk got scratched so I bought an individual copy.
TR4 - Bought in a double disk with TR3 - Disk got scratched so I bought an individual copy
TR5 - Bought - Shattered in Disk Drive - Re Bought
TRAOD - Bought - Lost - Re Bought
TRL - Bought for Xbox - Bought for PC some years later - Xbox version broke
TRA - Bought
TRU - Never bought, but played
TRGOL - Never bought, but played a demo (hated it)

At the current time, I have

TR2
TR3
TR4
TR5
TRAOD
TRL
TRA

pipermaru
02-09-12, 11:33
In high school none of my friends liked TR much, and I became somewhat sensitive to what I considered to be the condescending assumption that Lara Croft was a pinup girl who sold a crappy game to horny teenage boys, rather than the badass adventurer and star of a superbly involving game that I knew.

Hahahaha this happened to me a lot of times.

michaeldt
02-09-12, 12:41
In 1998 when I was 2 years old, my parents had bought TR2 on PC for my cousin's birthday, unfortunately my Aunt would not let my cousin play the game and my parents gave me a go at it, obviously I don't remember this as I was only 2, but this is where I started, where my memory kicks in is when I was 5-6 ish. So at age 5 I remember becoming more interested in the series and we also had a Mac OS9, I remember wanting more TR games to play, so we went down to the Apple Store and they had both The Last Revelation and Chronicles for sale (in the big triangular boxes, too!). Funny thing is that when we bought them, I initially thought that TRC was TR4 and that TLR was TR5. So, we got more TR games for the Mac and I never really followed the story much but I loved playing them. When I was 6 in 2002, I was hearing the news about The Angel of Darkness, I however did not read any news about it and would just look at screenshots on the internet.

We had also recently bought a PS2 (which was a big thing to buy for us), we looked up the release date for AOD and I was exploding with excitement. When the release date came, my mum took me down the game shop and I was dancing around the streets around her because I was so excited :D However, when we arrived at the shop and my mum asked about the game, we got the news that the game was delayed until 2003, which very much upset me. I was very disappointed and did not want to wait that long.

I remember at the time I turned 7 in 2003, my mother threw a TR-style birthday for me! the cake was made to look like a laptop with lara on the screen, mum had made a scavenger hunt-like game and made parts of the house look like tombs with spider webs and skeleton balloons etc. She even did things like having to find a passport and a permission note to take guns overseas, I even had to find a revolver! (a toy one of course). That was a great birthday :).

Well, 2003 came and I was 7, when we went to get the game, I was doing what I did before, I was dancing around and exploding with excitement. When we got to the shop, AOD was on sale for $99.99, and this was a big expense with the financial state that we were in. Well, we had saved up enough money to buy it and I was a very happy child. When we got home and I put the game into the PS2, my older brother sat next to me to see how the game looked as he had seen me play the others and wanted to see how it looked on PS2. Well, I don't think I payed any attention to the story at all and just wanted to play.

Surprisingly, I do not remember having any difficulty with the controls of AOD. however, being a little 7 year old I did not understand that you had to take care of a disc for it to work, I kept leaving the game out and it got very scratched, when I tried to play the game it was freezing a lot due to this and I got angry. Well, thats how I learned that I need to take care of my discs. So i could not play AOD in the meantime.

in 2004 when I was 8, I had been playing the other TR games on the Mac in the meantime. However, when we were in an electronics shop, we found a copy of AOD for something around $35-45, at the same time we also found Prima's official strategy guide on sale! so we bought both of them. Finally I was able to play AOD again. So, for the next year, I was playing and finally beating the older TR games and playing AOD.

At this point, my parent's had been separated for a few years and I only had the Mac TR's at my Dad's place with all the save-games on the computers there. So I asked my Mum about a PS1 so I could play the games at her place when I was there too. So we found a fantastic deal on E-bay for a PS1 and started the collect the old TR's as well. One great memory I have from this is that we had the strategy guides for TR1 and TR2, I used to get my Mum to sit down next to me with the book open and read it out to me as I was playing the game. Fun times :)

I saw the announcement for Tomb Raider Legend in 2005 and that got me excited. For a while, I was seeing screenshots of the game in magazines, watching the amazing (and very misleading of the final product) trailers that came around on the internet. I was also replaying AOD to get ready for AOD. Well, TRL finally launched and I was 10 when it came out, We bought the game for PS2 and XBOX (PS2 at Mums place, XBOX at Dad's) . I thoroughly enjoyed the game, I did however notice that it was incredibly short, especially for a TR game. Well I replayed the game a lot however and was collecting all the secrets and stuff for a while.

Eventually I heard the announcement about TRA and was excited for it. by the time it had launched, we had an XBOX360 at my Dad's place and I had TRL on X360. However at this time TRA was not announced for the X360, we got the PS2 version of the game when it launched. Later on, I started getting other versions of the TR games, I got TRA on the X360 later on, TRA on PSP, TRL on PSP etc. I then saw that TRU was announced and I don't know why, but I was not as excited for this instalment as I was for the others, I didn't pay much attention to the game during its development and just waited until Christmas so I could get it then, which was about a month after it's release.

On Christmas 2008, I got TRU for the Wii, which we had ordered from America. Unfortunately when I tried to play it, it had region code problems, so we had to get another one and sell the US one. When I finally played it, I found it fun and addicting. I had asked for the Wii version as my brother usually commandeered the X360. Well, my Dad got me for my birthday, the 'Ultimate Fan Pack' version for the X360 as a birthday gift. I started playing and realised all of the differences between the Wii version and X360 version. Well, I was constantly playing the game even after I had beaten it as I was bored. I then heard about the DLC announcement for TRU and got excited as I had the X360 version. When they started becoming available, I downloaded them immediately and immensely enjoyed playing BTA and LS.

Me, my brother and sister are all promised a personal holiday for after our first year of high school. I finished my first year at the time of the last paragraph but I was told we were not in the financial state to go yet. during my second year, I was looking at PS3's, I was then asked "Would you rather a PS3? or put your holiday off for another year?" So I asked for the PS3 (Great choice, Is till have it today :D). I did not know any games for it, so I asked for TRU (lol) and my sister got LBP. With the PS3, I started opening up to other games such as Uncharted and LBP etc.

Well, now I played the PS3 over the X360. I was anxiously waiting for some TR news, when those very first concept images were leaked of TR9, I actually really liked the idea and was hoping for them to be real (which they partially are). Well, I downloaded Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light when it came out and enjoyed playing that too. I got %100 of trophies on it, as I did with TRU when the trophy patch was released.

When the TR trilogy was announced for the PS3 I wanted that too, so I bought it with my own money and I platinum'd both TRL and TRA :D.

So, here I am today, playing other games and following the news for Tomb Raider (2013) :)

These are the platforms that I have each TR game on:

.TR1- Mac (Lost), PS1, PC (Lost years ago)
.TR2- Mac (Lost), PS1, PC (God knows what happened to this)
.TR3- Mac, PS1
.TR4- Mac (Lost), PS1, PC (could never get it to work on Virtual PC on Mac)
.TR5- Mac (Lost), PS1
.TRCOTS- GBA
.TRP- GBA
.AOD- Mac (Lost, seeing a pattern here?), PS2
.TRL- PS2, XBOX, XBOX360 (Sold), NDS, PSP
.TRA- PS2, X360, PSP, Wii, Mac
.TRU- PS2, PS3, X360, Wii, NDS
.GOL- PS3

You all awake? :)

Laras Dream
02-09-12, 13:04
My story is rather different - I think. I remember having (and still do have) a Tomb Raider III demo disc, with Lara printed on top of it too. It must have been from a magazine or something, I'm not sure exactly. When we were moving house - I was about 4 or 3 - I came across this demo disc. I was already intrigued by computers so I used to just slot in any disc I found LOL. I think it also came with a Nightmare Creatures demo and a Worms demo. It also had a video of some guy who was obsessed with Lara and was in a police station I think. I can remember him saying "Keep to the shadows Lara" LOL.

So I then played the Tomb Raider III Jungle Demo. Of course for the most time I had no idea what I was doing, but I came to know. I just messed about, I remember it took me ages to find out how to jump over the spikes and then once I was playing again I was like... how did I jump the last time? LOL Once I discovered there was more than 1 game I got my dad to buy me literally every game there was. XD At this time the Angel of Darkness was only new out about a year, but I didn't know this at the time.

After googling Lara Croft, I came across www.planetlara.com, which I'm sure most of you remember (which is re - opening in case you're interested). I joined up and had no idea how to use the forums, haha, but I grew to know how to. This is also what got me interested in web development, I wanted to make my own Tomb Raider site, so I used freewebs LOL but of course I then moved onto proper web design.

From then on at play - time that used to be all I drew at school. Each time my teachers didn't even have to look at what I was drawing, they knew it would be Lara. hehe. I then remember wanting to play Tomb Raider as a kid (not the actual game, just with friends messing about pretending to be characters) but of course no one wanted to. haha.

That is basically the story of my obsession with Lara Croft. It's only now that I actually bothered to complete the classics, which are pretty enjoyable. Thanks for reading! :D

Evermore
02-09-12, 13:08
Awesome thread! :)

I used to watch someone I knew play Tomb Raider on her laptop. I'd heard of Tomb Raider before but I wasn't deeply into it. I liked watching people play, but I never played it myself. It just introduced me to the world of Tomb Raider. That was years ago.

A few years later I was looking around in a charity shop one day when I saw Tomb Raider II on a shelf. It brought back memories of watching my friend play Tomb Raider, and I wanted to give it a go as it was my preferred genre, so I bought it. I spent a lot of time at Lara's Home, trying to find all the secrets in there (I haven't made it to the basement to this day). I did try the first level, but as I was new to Tomb Raider it was pretty hard. I think I finished it maybe once, but I got lost in Venice. :p

Then I discovered an old scratched up copy of Tomb Raider III in my house (lolidk). I rejoiced and played it. It was cooler than Tomb Raider II, but I found it harder at first. Again, I spent ages in Lara's Home (never got to the basement but I checked out the secret room), but I did try Jungle.

Another day in a charity shop, I found Tomb Raider 4 and 5 for PS1. Of course I bought them. :) Tomb Raider 4 wasn't so bad. I played Angkor Wat like 60 times, haha. I also finished the first level, but the game got too hard at Burial Chambers (I'm TERRIBLE at controlling Lara on the PlayStation - I was used to PC). My memory card filled up, so I had to play without saving. My farthest was Burial Chambers, but I kept dying on that trap room in Tomb of Seth. :P

As for Tomb Raider 5, it was a lost cause for me. I was terrible.

I bought Tomb Raider Legend for PS2 when it came out. I didn't know about the company transfer, and I wasn't really bothered tbh. I didn't mind Lara's new look, I just played. I got up to the motorbike bit in Peru and stopped because I kept dying. One day, however, I managed to defeat it, and raced through the rest of the game. I was disappointed at the end, but I ended up playing the levels again for the secrets. I loved the outfits, especially Amanda. :p

And here comes my Tomb Raider obsession. I went through a phase when all I could think and talk about was Tomb Raider. I bought all the games, classics on PC and Crystal games on PS2 and got better and better, playing through them. I never finished TRC and TRLR, though. I felt that my PlayStation copies were enough. I also owned TR1 Gold, with Unfinished Business and an available Lara theme for Windows XP (I loved that so much, omg).

I finished Anniversary but never Underworld (I got bored at Mexico). Despite this, when I saw an Underworld Lara figure in GAME, I had to buy it. :p

I learned about TRLE when I was surfing the web one day. More Tomb Raider! I spent AGES trying all the different levels (of course I didn't try all of them; that would take so much time), and learned all there is to know about playing levels on TRLE. Unfortunately I still don't know how to work the level editor itself...

Finally, I recieved the Tomb Raider Collection. All of the Core games on PC. YAY. I ditched my old PC copies for these new ones, and got to work playing. Only recently I managed to get Chronicles and Last Revelation to work on my computer, and I'm on The 13th Floor in Chronicles and Burial Chambers in Last Revelation. As for AOD... I think I'm on the Strahov Fortress. IDK.

I learned about TRLE when I was surfing the web one day. More Tomb Raider! I spent AGES trying all the different levels (of course I didn't try all of them; that would take so much time), and learned all there is to know about playing levels on TRLE. Unfortunately I still don't know how to work the level editor itself...

And that is my Tomb Raider life story. The discovery of TRF came somewhere just before I got the Tomb Raider Collection, and of course I only joined last month. :) I think my Tomb Raider obsession is back again, and I hope it shall stay.

michaeldt
02-09-12, 14:23
It's a shame, we're all writing so much. But I don't think many people are going to read it! XD

Alex Shepherd
02-09-12, 16:26
Hello?

Hello, are you still awake?

OHh!! yeah? yeah? YEAAH! YEEAHH!! Yeah hi, yeah it's a good story.

ThatToastyBass
02-09-12, 18:26
My TR life story started in 1997 when I got a Sega Saturn with a copy the original TR. It was a very long first installment of my first TR episode; with a lot of completion attempts - the first serious one in the Summer of 1998 (halted due to crap TV not showing crevice needed to shimmy over the croc pit in the colosseum level); another intense attempt in the Summer of 2000 (halted by the skateboarding MF) and a third in Summer 2001 (thwarted again by the same damn enemy).

The reason I gave up several times was due to how unenjoyable I found Natla's Mines. Finally however, I had a brainwave to get all the classics for pounds and pence this Summer and play on my slimline PS2. 15 years on, I've just vanquished the original and I am currently 3/4 through TR2.

I have found TR an influential game and no mistake. Up there with Resident Evil 1-4 and Radiant Silvergun. TR is the only game that I never completed within a few weeks of first play.

Rai
02-09-12, 18:31
*Tries to think of interesting TR story* *can't* uh....

I buy the games and I play 'em :D

sorry if I bored you with that wall of text right there.

JsotoTRSaga
03-09-12, 04:47
Great stories so far :tmb: they all have some little similarities to mine i identify with some of the things mentioned :p

Hairhelmet12
03-09-12, 12:17
Wow.. Some of these storys are really interesting, I'll read them all later.

As for my story, I've posted little bits of it around, but I'll put it all here. :D

My father went to a game store god knows when, probably around 1996 or so, he asked the clerk if he knew of any good games, and he told him Tomb Raider. He said "She handles really well" so he bought it and took it home to play, and was instantly hooked. I don't remember him playing it much, I wasn't that old then. but I do remember him playing TR2 and I would watch him play for as long as he would, and beg him to play more when he wanted to stop. I remember getting the game ready for him when he came home from work, to play so I could watch. :D

Then as I got older, he sort of lost interest after TR2. He couldn't beat the dragon. :vlol: So I started getting into TR, I remember playing TR1 and 2 but never really paying attention to the story, I'd just run around on random levels and what not. :p and then it was 2003 and I was really into video games, and was old enough to actually play them. So we went to a video game store, I think it was EB games back then and seen TRAOD was coming out soon, and we got a DVD with AOD Lara on it. She was jumping to the side, it was silver with some red on it. It wasn't even a game. It just had some commercials on it, but anyway. Soon after I got the AOD strategy guide, I begged for the game but my parents just got me that and I just loved the cover, I loved how Lara looked and how cool she was. :D Then sometime later I actually got the game and LOVED it, I never really had trouble with the controls or any game stopping bugs. Surprising for how young I was. I remember finally beating it after being stuck on the boaz for EVER. I was so upset after I beat it. I don't think I had the older games anymore, So I didn't really play TR again until I happened to see Legend in the video store, luckly my mom let me rent it. Lara was so different I didn't get why, but I just played and didn't really care. :p I beat it after a couple of days and remember being blown away by the last cutscene. I thought Lara was so bad ass. :D

and as I got older, still super into TR. I found this place! :D I eventually got back and now have and love all of the TRs. My story isn't really that interesting as some of the others. But after reading a few I just wanted to share. :D

michaeldt
04-09-12, 12:33
This thread needs more people participating! D:

Tommy123
04-09-12, 19:09
I was over at a friends house and he had TRL and i played it and thus i became a fan.

the end.

bekim
04-09-12, 19:27
I was over at a friends house and he had TRL and i played it and thus i became a fan.

the end.

Bad Luck.

ToMbRaIdErxFtW
29-09-12, 19:46
Okay, so mine started off when I was around 6, I was at my mum's friends house, and they had a PS2 with AOD on it. I played around on it, and really loved it :) After that, I decided I wanted to play more of the games, and I got TRL for Xbox at Christmas 2006. I loved TRL, and it kinda kick started my story. I later went on in 2008 to buy TR2, because I was really eager to play the classics. I realised how different it was. At Christmas 2008, I bought AOD. The first level was pretty nostalgic, even though I'd played it only a few years back. I didn't love it, but I found it highly enjoyable. I watched multiple videos on TR3, and fell completely in love with it. It was then that I either bought TR5 or TR3/4, but I think I bought TR3/4 first. I managed to install TR3, which I dearly loved with all my heart. TR4 didn't really work for some reason, but after fiddling around with the disk I managed to get it to work. I didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me. Now days it's my fifth favourite in the series! I bought TRC as well, and that is when I realised my hatred for VCI :pi: Oh god.... But other than that TRC was one of my faves. It broke my other PC though, because it shattered whilst inside the disk drive. When we got the PC fixed, I got my smashed up copy of TRC in a little blue bag. The peices of it where tiny. I bought it again sometime later (probably the last time I bought a TR) because I missed it :o I re-bought TRL for PC, and hated it. It was laggy as hell. After that I bought TR1 for PC, loved it. My mum managed to accidentally snap it though, so I had to buy it again along with another copy of TR2. After that, I lost the disk. I haven't re-bought it since, because I PC copy is pretty hard to find these days. The last one I bought was TRA. It's all right, I play it from time to time and I find it fairly enjoyable. Here's my list

TR1 - Bought - Snapped - Re-Bought - Lost
TR2 - Bought
TR3 - Bought in a double disk with TR4 - Disk got scratched so I bought an individual copy.
TR4 - Bought in a double disk with TR3 - Disk got scratched so I bought an individual copy
TR5 - Bought - Shattered in Disk Drive - Re Bought
TRAOD - Bought - Lost - Re Bought
TRL - Bought for Xbox - Bought for PC some years later - Xbox version broke
TRA - Bought
TRU - Never bought, but played
TRGOL - Never bought, but played a demo (hated it)

At the current time, I have

TR2
TR3
TR4
TR5
TRAOD
TRL
TRA

Lol watch when one day all these lost copy's of your turn up in some random place and your like YES!!!

peeves
29-09-12, 19:56
When i was only 8 years old like it was the friday after my 8th birthday my dad got me a demo with some PS1 demos and i tried TR so i played it and my dad got me the whole version of TR1, TR2, then TR3, and TR4 the year after that, then TR5, then TR6 then when legend came out i got annoyed because it was so boring. But i still stick with the classics. He got a PS1 for my birthday.

Emix
29-09-12, 20:10
I think i was 9 or 10 years old when i saw few guys playing TR 1 on PlayStation in... i think it's called Gaming Cafe? I was like... wow this girl is so badass lol
Something made me very curious about the game... i guess it was because of the Lara... she was one of the first female characters in the game for me and i guess it was kinda new to me back then. I just wanted to play the game... and i tried but it was kinda hard for my age and i remember i would shake everytime something attacks me.
After few tries i forgot about the game till few years later when my aunt gift me and my brother PlayStation... than i bought and played every TR game that came out for PlayStation, than PlayStation 2 and i played Legend, Anniversary and Underworld on PC too. :wve:

lararoxs
29-09-12, 21:57
My parents separated when I was about 4/5 years old. As a combined gift to my Father and I, (it was my birthday), my parents bought a PS1 and along with it Tomb Raider, at the time this was pretty costly and wasn't the cheapest of purchases. My Dad used to play the game and I used to watch, I grew up with Lara and Tomb Raider. So, when my parents went their separate ways - I, with my Mum, Tomb Raider was always my tie to my Dad and when we were a 'family'. Now that my 'Dad' shows no interest in me as his daughter, Tomb Raider is still an interest and a love for me. My Mum and I used to play the games together, her reading the walkthrough and I playing the game. It was a great way to spend time and bond together and I'm sure it's part of the reason that we're so close now. I've continued playing the games and she's continued to accept my interest. :)

BinRaider
29-09-12, 22:11
I played TR.

I liked it.

I played some more.

Thu Und.

Evan C.
29-09-12, 22:35
I was six or seven back on 1996, my dad was just boughted a PS and he went to a friend's house and the guy gave me Tomb Raider I. Then I was happy.

aquaflute
30-09-12, 00:13
Wonderful thread! I will share my story (I have to!)

I grew up in China and when I was growing up console was never too popular so when I was old enough to play games pretty much everything was played on a PC. And my first video game ever was Age of Empires II in 1998 when I was about 10 years old.

Now you may wonder how is that related to TR games, well AOEII is what got me interested about ancient civilizations in the first place. So once I got into gaming and started looking for other kind of games later Tomb Raider instantly caught my attention. The idea of exploring ancient tombs with an attractive female protagonist seemed too good to be true for me.

Yet by then I had zero experience with action/adventure games. So when I first got my hand in TR1, I soon gave up in Lost Valley. I gave up mainly because I feel the game is too hard and scary for me. I remember vividly how scared and spooked I was by the wolf head texture in City of Vilcabamba, or how lonely and helpless I feel in the dark and gray Peruvian levels. And since I never progressed too far and I was too young to appreciate, I didn't find the game visually appealing like I'd expected (I imagined vibrant and beautiful ancient architectures). But I gave up on TR in around 2000 when I first got it.

Though I was intimidated by the game, I never truly lost interest in it. The idea of exploring ancient civilization with Lara was strong for me back then even as I gave up TR1. Next thing I got was TR4. The game was still very scary to me, I remember being stuck in a place for a long time because I was afraid to progress and awaken the mummies. But the immensely improved graphics, voice acting, fmv and music got me hooked with this game and motivated me to progress much further. It was from then I first felt like a tomb raider. I remember showing this game to one of my friends and he was like “I could never go through that much trouble for a secret”. And that’s what made me really enjoy the game, exploration the place to the fullest and be rewarded along the way. Unfortunately I never finished TR4 back then either, the game was still too long and hard and I didn’t have time to play much games because of heavy school work.

So you can see when I was younger I was really a very timid person that got scared easily and couldn’t overcome the many challenges this game throws at me. But as I said, my fascination with the series never went away. It started with TR1 and got reinforced by TR4. I simply lack the confidence to finish any of them. Luckily, when TRL was released, I am already much more mature than I was, and I was in college in 2006 so I actually had time to play more games. Needless to say I find full confidence after completing TRL. I beat it with the hardest difficulty and completed it to 100%.

That was also when I got more comfortable with action/adventure games in general. I finished POP sands of time trilogies around the same time I finished TRL. So now with my confidence boosted. I decided to go back to the classics of TR games. Since I was studying in US back then, I can purchase more TR games too. TR2 for example, is the TR game I always wanted to play but never found a copy when I was in China (ironically the game has many Chinese locations). But I ordered TR2 when I found it on Amazon and finished a classic TR game for the first time. TR2 is also what got me into the forum because I was looking for tech support.

From that point on I keep on beating every TR game I could find, I beat TRA which came out in 2007 the following year. Then I beat TR1 and TR3 and eventually TR4 and AOD as well. I found it amazing how the things that scared me and made me dread the game so much now become all enjoyable and even charming (mummies, spooky wolf heads, dark gray caves etc.) Then when TRU came out in 2008, because my laptop is not powerful enough to run the game, I just bought it and never played through the game until I graduated college in 2010 and got a new laptop. I also finally finished TRC this year which I just never wanted to play because of its segmented plots.

So in summary, I started my fascination with TR games early in 2000, finished most of them for the first time in 2006-2007. Finally caught up with all of them only this year!