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
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
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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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
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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