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Does Lara Croft Owe Nathan Drake A Big Debt Of Gratitude?

From the start, Uncharted was called "Tomb Raider with a male lead" (or something to that effect).

And of course, it's easy to see the similarities between the two franchises. The only difference is that when Naughty Dog was winning awards, Lara Croft was sitting idly by, waiting for a chance to prove that she wasn't obsolete, that Crystal Dynamics could still deliver a top-quality AAA production.

And lo and behold, we got the excellent Tomb Raider reboot, one of my favorite games from 2013. And as Uncharted easily ranks as one of my favorite franchises in game history, one might assume I like them both for the same reasons. That isn't true, though; they do have distinct differences, especially in regards to game design and structure. But is it true that Lara owes a debt of gratitude to Drake, as opposed to the other way 'round?

Actually, I think yes, but not simply for gameplay reasons. Look at the picture here: Drake looks about right but based on the reboot and the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider, that Lara pic isn't correctly proportioned. That looks like the old Lara; the brainless Barbie that bounced around and shot dinosaurs. The new Lara has a brain, is relatively well-developed, and doesn't have the same absurdly unrealistic body type. In truth, her revamped body is much like Drake's: Athletic and energetic but not ridiculous, and not as given to the exaggerated and overly sexualized trends of years past.

Drake isn't Duke Nukem and Lara isn't a DoA girl. On top of which, perhaps we should acknowledge that with Uncharted's rise to immense popularity, it prepped the gaming world for a return to Tomb Raider. I think both IPs owe a little something to each other but at least in one way, I say Lara needs to buy Drake a beer or something.

Tags: tomb raider, lara croft, uncharted, nathan drake

10/11/2015 9:52:34 PM Ben Dutka

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Breadlover
Sunday, October 11, 2015 @ 10:31:10 PM
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"I think both IPs owe a little something to each other but at least in one way, I say Lara needs to buy Drake a beer or something."

I wholeheartedly agree to that. I'd love to see these two together.

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FM23
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 12:36:40 AM
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Haha This reads like a ps4 gamer upset they won't get to play TR this year due to exclusivity. With that said, you are 100% right. Drake sparked her rebirth. Tomb Raider(2013) was freaking awesome and it sucks I cant play it until next year. Whatever, Fallout 4 will hold me over.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:45:46 AM

Ben doesn't seem to care much about that year wait for TR. I on the other hand am livid.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 11:13:58 AM

"Haha This reads like a ps4 gamer upset they won't get to play TR this year due to exclusivity"

WTF?

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pillz81
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 2:54:29 PM

I share Ben's sentiment regarding the first sentence of your comment FM23.
You trying ta start sumthin?

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FAREEZ
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 1:03:28 AM
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After drinking some beer they both should go watch Netflix and chill...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:46:11 AM

and smoke some weed.

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ethird1
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 6:46:09 AM
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Uncharted owes it all to Tomb Raider. Period. Tomb Raider owes it all to Indiana Jones. Period.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:47:20 AM

But there's a cycle. Lara owes her rebirth to Uncharted.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:44:53 AM
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I refer you all back to my piece, Tomb Raider and Uncharted: A Debt Repaid

http://www.psxextreme.com/feature/919.html



Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/12/2015 10:45:07 AM

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TheOldOne
Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 7:17:02 PM
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Uncharted > Tomb Raider ...so far...but first was Tomb Raider and before that...Prince of Persia. So its true that Uncharted is somehow based on that franchise to some point and even to some extend to Prince of Persia. I see no bad on that. And the three IPs have shined on their own.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 10:51:10 AM
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A Drake and Lara baby would grow up to be so insanely epic.

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