How did Crystal Dynamics reinvent Tomb Raider? The Final Hours of Tomb Raider is a digital book that takes you inside the studio during the four year development of this franchise reboot. Journalist Geoff Keighley chronicles the team’s journey, illustrating this 11,000 word story with never-before-seen art and videos from parts of the...
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Release Date: Mar 7, 2013

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How did Crystal Dynamics reinvent Tomb Raider? The Final Hours of Tomb Raider is a digital book that takes you inside the studio during the four year development of this franchise reboot. Journalist Geoff Keighley chronicles the team’s journey, illustrating this 11,000 word story with never-before-seen art and videos from parts of the game left on the cutting room floor.

Key Features

In the Final Hours of Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics reveals:

  • Behind the scenes look at the making of the new “Tomb Raider.”
  • Exclusive concept art and video of game elements left on the cutting room floor, including rejected game design ideas.
  • Interactive features including 360 degree panoramas of the Crystal Dynamics office, an interactive music mixer, and more.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003 or 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2; or Windows 7
    • Processor:2.33GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon® 64 2800+, or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM

    Minimum:

    • OS:Mac OS X v10.4.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Additional:Adobe Air Needs To Be Installed
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Very Positive (73 reviews)
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NoubzZ
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I enjoy reading it ( ͡°( ͡° ͜ʖ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ʖ ͡°) ͡°)
And amazed on How they make the reboot of the game!!
the concept of the game and history of game
I just learn how tomb raider games look like in the past and their progress
and the end of it. (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ
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Tiberius
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
DLC verdict: Get it on sale

Comment: Contrary to my previous belief this is not a real DLC for the game. Instead it has its' own entry in the Steam Library and starts up with an executable file. It DOES NOT ADD TO GAME. What it does is that it shows us a documentary of how Tomb Raider was made. With that comes concept art, unused/cut content, the backstory of the franchize and the devs. There are also videos which open up and most of them are a narrative series lead by Zach Levi as he shows us the people involved in TR. Unfortunately most of THESE ARE YOUTUBE VIDEOS (7 in total). Meaning that you will not be able to view them if a video is taken down/broken/restricted in a country. I already had 1 link to a private video there. So it boils down on how much you like Crystal Dynamics and documentaries. If not much, you can pass and won't miss this. For fans - get it on sale!
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Snort Cannon
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
Not much I can say, about this book.

It follows on the development of the Tomb Raider reboot. All the different versions, the controversy and stuff like that.

If you liked the game and want to learn more about it, get this, if you are a big fan of Tomb Raider, get this.

Overall it was an interesting read and I can say I enjoyed my time with it.

Final Rating:
7/10 - A fun read

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ShadowRav
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
A really great copy to view all the behind the scenes and other stuff of the game :D
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fashionisdanger
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 8, 2015
A great digital book! If you are a fan of the game you should really give it a look. Makes a good present too imho :)
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The Dragon Hunter
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25, 2015
I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider game, this digital book The Final Hours give you some insight to what went in the game. There's a few video's to watch with interactive screens. The Interviews were very interesting. Its a must for any Tomb Raider fan.
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babydollpinup
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12, 2015
Not worth the money. It's a digital book of info on how they made the new Tomb Raider game and a history of the series.
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ron_tuex
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24, 2015
Everything you need to know about the development of Tomb Raider (2013) is right here. I actually learned a little history on how Lara Croft (the Tomb Raider character) evolved through the years. The character models and in-game environment of the 2013 game are right here. It's like an interactive magazine! LOL. I would love to see more of things like this on other games. So if you have a little extra money, buy this!
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PhantomRaptor
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17, 2015
Overview
At first I was a little worried about buying the final hours book, as many other people had said that there really isn't much content here. To put it simply, there isn't. But what's there is really good. If you're a fan of the tomb raider series (and thats every game mind you) then you will enjoy the content in this. There are lots of cool exclusive, behind-the-scenes videos to be seen here. There is also a final hours series of videos that include interviews with people at crystal dynamics etc. However, be warned that whilst the final hours videos aren't included on the PC version of Tomb Raider 2013, they are included on the PS3 and XBOX 360 versions of the game. Not sure about the definitive edition.
Back to the book however, the information is well written and interesting to read. There are also lots of interactive sequences, such as one where you can compare the in-game Lara's face and the model's face that she was based on.

Positive
+ Interactive Sections
+ Easy to Read
+ Behind the Scenes Videos

Negative
- Not much content

Conclusion
A good and interesting look at how Crystal Dynamics reinvented the Tomb Raider franchise, reccommended for fans of the franchise but be warned that there isn't a huge amount of content on offer.
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forregs
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10, 2015
This is an excellent way for the studio to show us what they have been through while developing this awesome game. As a developer myself I really understand what brilliant work they did and also met the deadline. This digital book also shows us their work environment and the fact they are more of a family than just co-workers.
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Rawrlex ♥ Meowlex
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26, 2015
Well, some people might say that this would be a waste of Money.
I strongly disagree.

Sure this could have been free Bonus content, but im still happy about this purchase.

First of all, this is not a Game, obviously.
I would call it an interactive Guide about the 2013 release of Tomb Raider.

It features some interesting background Stories about Tomb Raider itself and its developement, about the Developers, the Music and Soundeffects of the Game and also shows deleted Scenes.
It contains Videos as well as reading Passages, interactive Tours through Parts the Game, some insights of the Crystal Dynamic Studios, Polls and a lot of amazing Artwork.

Only negative aspect is the Price, you can argue that it might be a little too high for about 1 Hour of content.

Anyway, i would suggest buying this for everyone who loved playing Tomb Raider, or for People that are unsure about purchasing it.
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24/7 memer
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2014
The Final Hours is an interactive virtual book, showing us the making and development of Tomb Raider. It provides the reader behind-the-scenes information into the making of the game by covering areas like original concepts, character development, difficulties and challenges faced etc, through videos, slideshows and audio clips, and more. It's an interesting insight into the making of Tomb Raider and well worth it.
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True Pacifist [Racookitty2]
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2014
Tells alot of back-story about the Tomb Raider game, as well as many videos and interactive things, looking into a concept tomb raider and cool 360-degree photos. If you PLAYED it, i recommend it! Really insightful and cool!
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Vault-Tec Personnel
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2014
Greatest E-book EVER!!!

11/10
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Martan
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 20, 2014
Lot's of great information but the application isn't optimized to be viewed on PC.
It's not using the whole display size and it's missing full-screen functionality.
Also as other stated - lot's of the videos are online and not installed on disk with the application.
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Eunhwak
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 18, 2014
툼레이더(2013)와 관련한 디지털 북이라길래 그냥 DLC 개념으로 툼레이더 폴더에 PDF 파일 하나 추가되는가 싶었는데, 아예 라이브러리에 별도의 프로그램이 등록됩니다. 거기다 단순 PDF 파일이 아니고, 어도비 에어와 플래시를 이용한 하나의 프로그램으로서 실행해보면 각 페이지 안에 동영상이나 이미지들이 적절하게 표현되어 있습니다. 디지털 북은 이래야한다는 걸 아주 잘 보여주고 있습니다.

영어의 압박으로 자세한 내용을 보지 못했지만, 제작 과정, 삭제된 장면, 삭제된 컨셉, 삭제된 무기 등을 볼 수 있었는데 만드는데 분명 많은 수고가 들어간 부분들을 과감하게 삭제했고 결과적으로 명작이 되었다는데 놀랐습니다.

툼레이더에 관심이 있으시다면 스팀 할인 때 구매할 가치는 충분히 있습니다.
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verite99
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2014
Great E-Book of Great Franchise~~!!!!

Please buy it,,,,
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StealthMomo
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2014
Makes me want to play the game again after reading this. Very informative and also interactive.
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kamk
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21, 2014
Kinda recommended, ... BUT it comes with quite some issues:

- videos get streamed from youtube! Which obviously means you can't watch them without internet connection.
- the interface is really annoying. No scaling options for the text, the "book" always goes fullscreen, but only takes a quarter of the screen, which is quite bad for users with any common 1080p display, and even worse if above
- the "ingame" videos don't have basic options like a pause button.
- readability of some text is plain awful.

If you like the game, and you're interested in some more content about it, i'd say it's worth the 0.49 on sale (or 1.99 regular). The delivered content is very good, the price is absolutely okay, but sadly the streamed videos, and especially the interface, is annoying and unnecessary.

I would recommend it, but it leaves too much of a bad taste. Unfinished product, with many issues.
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SnTT
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5, 2014
well its good to learn about more of your FAV game u know
as for me i love TR series especially this one since it is made bt SQUARE ENIX
so it will be much more JAPANESE like ^^d
great to know about LARA CROFT SE Ver.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
DLC verdict: Get it on sale

Comment: Contrary to my previous belief this is not a real DLC for the game. Instead it has its' own entry in the Steam Library and starts up with an executable file. It DOES NOT ADD TO GAME. What it does is that it shows us a documentary of how Tomb Raider was made. With that comes concept art, unused/cut content, the backstory of the franchize and the devs. There are also videos which open up and most of them are a narrative series lead by Zach Levi as he shows us the people involved in TR. Unfortunately most of THESE ARE YOUTUBE VIDEOS (7 in total). Meaning that you will not be able to view them if a video is taken down/broken/restricted in a country. I already had 1 link to a private video there. So it boils down on how much you like Crystal Dynamics and documentaries. If not much, you can pass and won't miss this. For fans - get it on sale!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Not much I can say, about this book.

It follows on the development of the Tomb Raider reboot. All the different versions, the controversy and stuff like that.

If you liked the game and want to learn more about it, get this, if you are a big fan of Tomb Raider, get this.

Overall it was an interesting read and I can say I enjoyed my time with it.

Final Rating:
7/10 - A fun read

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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
This was a great read. The book contains extra info on how the game was built up, how the developers started with many ideas, a horroristic game with monsters, and how they ended up with a survival story. It was a long road and you can find many interesting concept arts about this in the book. If you're really into the game, you'll surely enjoy seeing all the awesome behind the scenes stuff.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2013
The Final Hours of Tomb Raider offers lots of cool, in-depth content complete with plenty of interactivity. Nicely done.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Highly recommended. Inside sneak peek on the development of this highly regarded survival game.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Fans and gamers were spoilt with Tomb Raider - the rebooted origin tale of the titular Lara Croft - and this wonderful behind-the-scenes digital book companion will offer great insight into how it all happened. Veteran journalist Geoff Keighley provides a relatively comprehensive look at the design process, showcasing many concepts that never made it to the finished game, as well as artwork, sketches, interviews and reports on how Crystal Dynamics recreated the video game icon.

This well designed application is best used on a tablet computer, but can be enjoyed just as easily on a desktop. Additionally, there are interactive elements, such as panoramas of the developer's studio and a music mixer. Much of the video content is actually streamed rather than downloaded with the application, but I found the content both new and good quality.

While everything is well designed and easy to navigate, I found the content lacking. The whole book can be read in just over an hour, and there is little beyond the abandoned concepts that proves truly captivating. For those who have followed previews, the content could be considered lightweight. And for those who haven't, there isn't a great deal on offer to make this a must-buy.

For Lara Croft fans, this is a fine addition to a wonderful game, and for those interested in the development process, Tomb Raider - The Final Hours offers a glimpse behind the curtain into the industry and the pressure to reboot gaming royalty. Overall, however, this is just an optional add on that offers little value for money and should only be purchased as part of a collector's edition. There just isn't enough content to justify its asking price.

For the fans.

6.5/10.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Great insight into game development and really interesting behind the game and studio revival. Lots of interesting stuff, interactive bits and all around great value for less than 3€, and with last day sale I even managed to grab it for 0,60€ so almost a steal! I very much enjoyed the main game and this doc made me even more appreciative of what Crystal put into delivering such a great reincarnation of one of my childhood heroes.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Makes me want to play the game again after reading this. Very informative and also interactive.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Awesome reading experience.

This is a digital book taking you to behind the scenes of the game development and take you inside the studio during development of game. It tells you about concepts that were never made to final game also it show panoramic views of the inside of island.There are many videos and the nice interactive music mixer and instrument playing and nice collection of artworks.

Would recommend this nice content........
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2013
Very difficult to navigate the pages. Very ugly interface. Overall, however, the information, media, and interactive elements make this an interesting read. I'm not certain I would consider it a game, though. Maybe Steam should have an e-books section?
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
Well, some people might say that this would be a waste of Money.
I strongly disagree.

Sure this could have been free Bonus content, but im still happy about this purchase.

First of all, this is not a Game, obviously.
I would call it an interactive Guide about the 2013 release of Tomb Raider.

It features some interesting background Stories about Tomb Raider itself and its developement, about the Developers, the Music and Soundeffects of the Game and also shows deleted Scenes.
It contains Videos as well as reading Passages, interactive Tours through Parts the Game, some insights of the Crystal Dynamic Studios, Polls and a lot of amazing Artwork.

Only negative aspect is the Price, you can argue that it might be a little too high for about 1 Hour of content.

Anyway, i would suggest buying this for everyone who loved playing Tomb Raider, or for People that are unsure about purchasing it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2015
Overview
At first I was a little worried about buying the final hours book, as many other people had said that there really isn't much content here. To put it simply, there isn't. But what's there is really good. If you're a fan of the tomb raider series (and thats every game mind you) then you will enjoy the content in this. There are lots of cool exclusive, behind-the-scenes videos to be seen here. There is also a final hours series of videos that include interviews with people at crystal dynamics etc. However, be warned that whilst the final hours videos aren't included on the PC version of Tomb Raider 2013, they are included on the PS3 and XBOX 360 versions of the game. Not sure about the definitive edition.
Back to the book however, the information is well written and interesting to read. There are also lots of interactive sequences, such as one where you can compare the in-game Lara's face and the model's face that she was based on.

Positive
+ Interactive Sections
+ Easy to Read
+ Behind the Scenes Videos

Negative
- Not much content

Conclusion
A good and interesting look at how Crystal Dynamics reinvented the Tomb Raider franchise, reccommended for fans of the franchise but be warned that there isn't a huge amount of content on offer.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2013
One of the best gaming E-book !!


Pros :

Cool design , In-depth story , tons of exclusive pictures , extra things that you will never know before about TR 201.

Cons :

There is any ?

Verdict :

No score but it a must have for any true fans.

PS. It's a not a walkthrough.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Lot's of great information but the application isn't optimized to be viewed on PC.
It's not using the whole display size and it's missing full-screen functionality.
Also as other stated - lot's of the videos are online and not installed on disk with the application.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2013
A good, digital, interactive book that describes the process of creating the new Tomb Raider reboot while also providing a bit of information about the franchise in general. Don't expect a gigantic e-book or anything, just a good read. It should last you 1 or 2 hours.

[Rating: 77/100]
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider game, this digital book The Final Hours give you some insight to what went in the game. There's a few video's to watch with interactive screens. The Interviews were very interesting. Its a must for any Tomb Raider fan.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
This is an excellent insight into game design and anyone in the creative arts should take a look at such material as it is helpful no matter the field
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
Everything you need to know about the development of Tomb Raider (2013) is right here. I actually learned a little history on how Lara Croft (the Tomb Raider character) evolved through the years. The character models and in-game environment of the 2013 game are right here. It's like an interactive magazine! LOL. I would love to see more of things like this on other games. So if you have a little extra money, buy this!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2013
A very interesting insight into the hardwork that goes into videogame creation. I was pleased and enjoyed the experience very much. I hope more "The Final Hours Of" come out. This one, and the portal 2 one are very interesting reads with good interactive content. This definately feels like it was designed with a tablet in mind, but I was still able to navigate through with no problem. ~PR0XIDIAN
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Great content.
Recommended to all Tomb Raider franchise fans.
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