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Eidos To Give Lara Croft A "Family-Friendly" Makeover?

Tomb Raider: Underworld wasn't a bad game, but as sales haven't hit expectations and Eidos continues to struggle overall, the long-running franchise may see a major makeover.

According to Edge Online, Eidos believes Tomb Raider's popularity is waning in North America, and because much of every game's success has always relied on the heroine, they're thinking Lara Croft may need to become more "family friendly." We're not entirely sure what this means - it could relate only to Lara herself or to the entire game's atmosphere and structure as a whole - but we get the feeling that Lara's days as the industry's sex icon are numbered. Said Eidos CFO Robert Brent to the British publication, The Times:

"We need to look at everything, as we develop the next game. Look at how Batman changed succesfully, from the rather sad character of the Michael Keaton era to the noir style of The Dark Knight."

That's an interesting comparison, and it may be crucial for Eidos and Crystal Dynamics to change the face of Tomb Raider. On the other hand, they could just buckle down and make a top-quality action/adventure game that appeals to gamers everywhere...and without the other type of appeal that Ms. Croft offers. Remember, the last time the series went through a major rejuvenation was right around the turn of the new generation, when the developer decided to produce a good game (Tomb Raider: Legend) for the ailing series. Perhaps it's just a matter of quality, not style. This whole "family-friendly" idea may not work if you still produce games that aren't worthy of great scores; that's all we're saying.

1/12/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (43 posts)

Bill_Clinton_
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:52:06 AM
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there probably going to make a lego tomb raider..........

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Troy Powers
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:56:21 AM
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I can't believe he dissed Michael Keaton's Batman.

I agree they don't need a "family friendly" Tomb Raider. They need a kick-ass game. Dude, Tomb Raider is over a decade old. Just having a chick with bouncy boobs, little shorts and a couple of guns won't sell a gazillion copies any more. It's been done. Step it up!

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Orvisman
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:57:21 PM

@Troy,

I don't think he was dissin' Keaton's performance as Batman. I think his sad reference was more about the character still being in a "sad" state of mind over his parent's death rather than Keaton's performance.

On the other hand, Bale's Batman is more seething and menacing about what he has to do. Sort of how Craig's take on Bond differs from the actors who preceeded him.

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Troy Powers
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:26:34 PM

Ahhh...that makes sense.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 1:32:41 PM

I thought Michael Keaton was the best Batman. I agree fully with Troy.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:09:54 AM
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I think Angelina Jolie is still more suited to be tomb raider though :(.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:16:32 AM

Jolie is suited to be anything that can be remotely construed as "hot."

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Troy Powers
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:58:08 AM

BAH...I never understood what the world saw in Jolie. She's a good-lookin' broad, but...she's not THAT hot. I'd give her an 8. Pretty face, but too skinny. I definitely never would have left Aniston for her. Aniston's got a nice ass.

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GamerKid123
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:19:06 PM

Have to agree with Ben there, Jolie is hot as hell.

Last edited by GamerKid123 on 1/12/2009 12:19:32 PM

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PS3_Wizard
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:19:11 PM

hell yeah homie...its all about dat ass.

PSN ID: Tron_04

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:29:17 PM

C'mon people... We're talking about 2 women that are beyond a "10" in any of the worlds that we call reality. As if ANY of us would say "no" to either Jolie or Aniston; and I'm relatively certain neither qualifies as an "8" when comparing them to the chicks down at the local bar.

Yes? ;)

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PS3_Wizard
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:39:48 PM

affirmative

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Troy Powers
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:43:02 PM

Didn't say I'd say "no" to Jolie. But 5 being average and 10 being perfection, I couldn't give her better than an 8.5. I just don't think she has a nice shape. And a nice body is crucial. She's got a beautiful face (though, I personally don't dig the cleft in the lip), and she's got definite sex appeal! But it would take a bit more for me to even give her a 9. But, that's me.

And, yes, I know a couple local girls that I'd walk right past Jolie or Aniston to get to.

I'd take a Megan Fox over Jolie. Hell, I'd take Demi Moore over Jolie. And don't get me started on Halle Berry. I don't even think Jolie could make my list of Hollywood's hottest 10.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:52:37 PM

Hey Troy, go back and watch the second Tomb Raider movie (it was funny that they named those movies Lara Croft because the girl was more popular than the game) and you can see a Jolie with some meat on her bones. She was so smokin in "Hackers" too. Hooowwwwl.

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Orvisman
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:53:29 PM

@Troy,

While I agree that I prefer Aniston because she has that girl next door quality, i.e. sweet and attainable. You must be kidding when you write Jolie doesn't have much of a shape?

As for Megan Fox, Demi Moore, and Halle Berry? I agree. They are also hot!

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Arvis
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 2:26:02 PM

YIKES. Jennifer Aniston is hard to look at. Almost every girl I have ever dated was WAY more attractive than Jennifer Aniston. *shudders* Yuck yuck yuck.

Jolie, on the other hand.... yikes... yikes in a GOOD way...

-Arvis

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 2:56:25 PM

id have to go with jennifer to. jolie is a nice lookin chick but i dont think she looks like a 10. there are some woman in my church that i would rank higher than jolie. oh and as far as jolie being the tomb raider, i thought they could have done better, sure she has the looks but her acting skills could be better and lara has an accent, jolie dont and that just totally threw it off for me. the movies were nothing like tomb raider.

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Scarecrow
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:07:51 PM

Jolie ain't that hot
She's average, nothing great

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PS3_Wizard
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 10:34:57 AM

You guys just don't see what Troy is talking about. Jolie REALLY doesnt have much shape. Black guys like us really prefer a bit more "meat" on the bones. Jolie is very skinny all around, while having pretty decent chest. Her arms are too skinny for me in my opinion.

Aniston is pretty, but id just give her a 8. I prefer Mixed women like halle berry (as Troy said) and Jessica alba. I might not know you Troy, but I'm from the south and I know we like our women like gabrielle union, or Lisa Raye. Praise God for ass and boobs!

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Aftab
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 1:40:43 AM

I think the girl in the pic above is prettier and hotter than Jolie and Aniston.

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karneli lll
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:13:20 AM
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Maybe they should get Lara and mario playing golf or something for the wii.I dont agree with the batman thing, i loved it just because of the joker - to me,that was what made the dark knight excellent, Bale was still the same batman begins character

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Buckeyestar
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:48:28 AM
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Slip a nude code in there and this thing will sell like hotcakes. :D

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Zorigo
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:23:27 PM

release the game with her fully clothed and an expansion pack for 5 quid get's her nude, cutscenes and all. ohyeah.

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Aftab
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 1:41:45 AM

Get a girlfriend.

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Tim Speed24
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:14:19 PM
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Laura going to kill baddies in a mini-van. Hmmmm....the van would have alot of room for her weapons.

It could work. Don't cross this soccer mom.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 12:56:34 PM
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I'm thinkin with the way things are headed this is another mistake the big shots are making "Well half the world loves this casual gaming thing so let's spend less money on selling her as a sex symbol and open her up to family fun!"

Yeah, that's a solid way to kill a franchise. I say make an exclusive that uses the full power of a machine (PS3) because super-multiplat games like Force Unleashed and Underworld always suffer. And amp up the sex, don't tone it down, make it a Mature game and go extreme. That's how you bring people back to TR.

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BeezleDrop
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:06:31 PM
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Giving LC a "family style makeover" is actually a pretty bad idea. Generally I thought she appealed to older gamers, well maybe the "sexy" look they have been known for with her for so many years. I suppose gaming families is where some of the money is at. It works with that "wii" thing.

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Zorigo
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:22:12 PM
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her not as a sex icon. aww man. i hate it when fit girls are restrained in this way for movies and the like.

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tlpn99
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 1:56:02 PM
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Tomb Raider the adult version lol it will sell tons, as kids will get someone older to buy it for them, it happens all the time with the Grand Theft Auto series lol

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Thinker
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 2:24:18 PM
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Smaller boobs and a full-length dress is in the works then? :)

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LCF
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 2:33:28 PM
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Love to play, Tomb Raider XII:Quest for the geriatrics.Lara would have a walker that is straight from the James Bond series.

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xnonsuchx
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:04:14 PM
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Hmmm...I thought it failed because the gameplay was very disappointing. It's actually because Lara's boobs were too distracting??? Reviewers musta said that between the lines somewhere I missed.

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Fane1024
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 4:02:46 PM

Exactly.

The game missed sales targets (though I heard somewhere it sold 1.5 million units, so I don't see how they can justify lay-offs) because:

1. It got middling reviews, mainly because it was buggy and the (too few) changes from Legend weren't well received.

2. They released it in the midst of the glut of far-superior games...games which got much more coverage from the games media.

3. Prince Of Persia. If you wanted an adventure fix, you probably leaned toward the game with better reviews.

I should say that I was very excited for Tomb Raider, more so than a lot of the higher-profile games (like R2 or LBP, both of which I bought) and still will probably get it before I get POP.

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Scarecrow
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:09:34 PM
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Lara Croft: The nun....

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Nsho
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:22:57 PM
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the new Lara Croft is HOT!!!

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Nsho
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 3:24:17 PM
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she also looks like the character in the games

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Dustinwp
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 4:04:48 PM
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Maybe Eidos should sell the full version of the game on the disc! Instead of pulling the last level and charging you to download it. I feel sorry for the people who bought the Nintendo and Playstation versions of TR:Underworld, because you won't even get a chance to purchase the last level.

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Jeffrey
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 5:49:09 PM
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I just wanted to say I love how half of the comments turned into a debate on who's hotter, Jolie or Anniston

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 8:19:30 PM
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Just make sure that the new eposode, that she get to keep her big....er.....bazooka's!!!

Hmmmm, about Jolie though,
Nice bod, but I'm another one who doesn't like that see/cleft(musical pun intended)lip of her's either.
I'd much rather do some bedroom breakdancing with Claire Forlaini(from the movie "Meet Joe Black), when she was younger.
Now, that's a woman that gives the meaning of "lips" a great service!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:14:02 PM

If you recall, Claire Forlani was also the young superhottie in Mallrats.

Also I don't think Jolie had a cleft lip, I think her collagen injections just got out of control.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:37:47 PM

GOD, she was HOT in Mallrats.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 12:00:48 AM
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@ World,
Collagen huh? Didn't know that.
Well, all I gotta say is Joli better not add any more, or she'll be high flying amongst the thermal air currents.

Although I don't think I like the sound of that "Mallrats" flick, I've got to go ebay a copy so I can check Claire out in it.
Anyways, If I remember right, she also did some CSI NY episodes last year, playing another forensic who was also Mac's love interest for a short bit. But, my, how she was really showing her age in it though, I only recognized her from her sultry voice).

To me, Andie McDowell is another hottie(just love her rough, southern twangy voice too)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 12:07:22 AM

Mallrats is effin hilarious

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