For the thirteenth episode of season 4, we watched 2001's gold old college try at the Tomb Raider franchise. That's right, we watched “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Daniel Craig, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, and Chris Barrie. Yes, the film that led every franchise game released after that to tack Lara's name above tomb raider for the next six years cause “who is this tomb raider anyway? I don't trust people who don't tell me their name up front.” Or something impressively stupid like that.

But I'm not here to talk about the movie, or maybe I am a little, but this space if reserved primarily to enknowledgeate you on the history of the franchise any given video game adaptation is based on!

What a specific purpose, and what a made-up word.

The Tomb Raider franchise started back in 1996 for PC, Sony Playstation, and Sega Saturn (I still have my Saturn, love it to death, and will fight you. Although Playstation was better). Although there are now versions for Android, iOS, and (good luck finding it now) N-Gage.

This movie came after the release of the fifth game of the series, Tomb Raider Chronicles, and about a week before the release of the Game Boy Color exclusive Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword. Really capitalizing on brand recognition there, guys. Good job.

The sequel released a month after Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness in 2003, the game that killed the franchise for three years and forced a change in developer. I'm sure that helped Cradle of Life.

In case you have no idea, there have been two reboots of the Tomb Raider franchise. The first came after Angel of Darkness and development shifted from Core to Crystal Dynamics (whom I will love forever because of the Legacy of Kain series. Bring it back, dammit) who made the Tomb Raider Legends trilogy, which included a remake of the very first Tomb Raider game, but with round boobs.

The second reboot was a much harder reboot, firmly switching the Tomb Raider games to a more modern feel, ironically being compared to the Uncharted series, which itself was originally considered a rip-off of Tomb Raider. Talk about full circle.

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