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Old 17-05-24, 01:00   #1
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Default Question. Which stories influenced Tomb Raider 3?

Putting together a Tomb Raider reading/watching list.

Dreamland by Bob Lazar is on there (published in 2019 but his appearances with CBS News sparked interest in Area 51) as is the Ramayana. Same is true for At the Mountains of Madness and Who Goes There?/The Thing for Antarctica. Anything else related to Tomb Raider 3 which is important if I'm going to be discussing the inspiration for the series?
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Old 21-05-24, 18:27   #2
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There is an old claymation movie that inspired the Shiva statues, but can't recall the name of the movie. Could be Sinbad.
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Independence Day (1996) could definitely have been an inspiration for Area51 and the aliens.

Indiana Jones and Jurrasic Park for the Pacific level.

Lovecraft for Antartica.

London has a lot of punk-pop inspiration, but not sure if you can narrow it down to some mayor ones?
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There is an old claymation movie that inspired the Shiva statues, but can't recall the name of the movie. Could be Sinbad.
Can this get Googled?
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Old 27-05-24, 21:33   #5
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Independence Day (1996) could definitely have been an inspiration for Area51 and the aliens.

Indiana Jones and Jurrasic Park for the Pacific level.

Lovecraft for Antartica.

London has a lot of punk-pop inspiration, but not sure if you can narrow it down to some mayor ones?
Define Pop-Punk? (Lara is also based on Indiana Jones and Doc Savage in general).
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Old 30-05-24, 02:43   #6
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Can this get Googled?
It was this one I think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsZzfQNzKMk


Nevermind the previous link the sword fight is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROssbvtE41U

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Define Pop-Punk? (Lara is also based on Indiana Jones and Doc Savage in general).

It's more personal assumption but The Damned is also an London punk band that formed mid 70's. The whole underground, anti-corporate/government style does fit the rebellious gang who opposes Sophia (corporate).


Another possible influence: 2 years before TR3 was released, the music clip for the Prodigy's famous song Firestarter was filmed in Aldwych (Though that's EDM, not Punk).
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The Neil Gaiman novel Neverwhere, which is set in the London Underground, is cited as an inspiration for Aldwych. Stella even notes it on the walkthrough.
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The Neil Gaiman novel Neverwhere, which is set in the London Underground, is cited as an inspiration for Aldwych. Stella even notes it on the walkthrough.
I think that was actually just a recommendation from Stella - I'm not sure the original devs ever explicitly cited that as an inspiration. But having read that book there is definitely a lot of overlap in terms of setting and atmosphere.

In Ash's TR3 dev stream, Andy Sandham explicitly mentioned the following two inspirations for the London levels:

1. From Hell by Alan Moore/Eddie Campbell
2. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
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I think that was actually just a recommendation from Stella - I'm not sure the original devs ever explicitly cited that as an inspiration. But having read that book there is definitely a lot of overlap in terms of setting and atmosphere.

In Ash's TR3 dev stream, Andy Sandham explicitly mentioned the following two inspirations for the London levels:

1. From Hell by Alan Moore/Eddie Campbell
2. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
I have read From Hell
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