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

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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Eh, mainly talks about how they come to create such an awesome game and the little behind the scenes, a deleted scene that could have been in the final game and that's about it.

I only have two issues, one is part wher eyou get to the 30 artworks, you can't swipe with a mouse cursoer becuase it just swipes halfway and the cursor is already off the screen so you can't swipe further to make it go further and so it reset back, speaking of which this kindle app that they brought over as full blown DLC for the PC game. They should have at least made it full screen rather than a small square in the middle or at least make it windowed so we can have more flexibility. Here's an artwork of the issue: http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/254841191103590919/A5CF4CA775C2785EB61350832E9AE9D84C19B49C/

The other issue is Disquis, for some reason it won't let me login and comment but I can read the comments fine but why bother reading all of them if I can't comment on at least one of them? Here's an artwork of the issue: http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/254841191103583904/A80CFDC30F5670A3A91D248D6F9331FB3742ADC6/ It doesn't let me login, clicking on login doesn't do anything....

Oh and another issue I should bring up, the videos are from Youtube so if they disappear or if you don't internet and want to watch it offline, well you can't gg.

If you only care about the game and nothing more, well then don't bother getting tthis but if you are interested in other stuff and want to know how it was done and all that, then yeah sure get this.

Now reccomendation would be neutral, because I neither enjoyed it nor disliked it. However Steam still doesn't have a neutral button, and only a thumbs up or down....for a yes or a no respectively. So, I'm gonna pick No, because of the two above issues.
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39 of 45 people (87%) 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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31 of 39 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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14 of 16 people (88%) 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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20 of 28 people (71%) 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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11 of 14 people (79%) 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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IDOL KO SI FADER
1.2 hrs
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
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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ShadowRav
0.6 hrs
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
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
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
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
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
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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