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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Everything you need to know about the development of Tomb Raider (2013) is right here. I actually learned a little history of how Lara Croft (the Tom Raider character) evolved through the years. So if you have a little extra money, buy this!
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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 18 people (83%) 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 22 people (77%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.2 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
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
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
10/10 would read again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Really informative Digital Book, especially on how the creative team nearly hit the failure wall... then how the idea appeared and transformed into one of the very best games of the last decade. With videos presented by Chuck, and pieces Lara IRL (or the actress who gave her her shapes and voice).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Great content.
Recommended to all Tomb Raider franchise fans.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
Well, I actually buy this Digital Book because I really like the game and the story behind the gameplay. Would always follow Tomb Raider franchise.

Worth of purchase!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
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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