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It's been a while since we've been on an adventure with Lara Croft (yes, the latest movie doesn't count) and this time, Lara came back for the final instalment of the reboot trilogy. The 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' launched recently and we got to play as the original explorer once again. This time, Lara lands up in South America to prevent the evil organisation 'Trinity' from obtaining an artefact that could change the world as we know it. © Square Enix The third instalment in the series will see Croft deal with her past and finally become the Tomb Raider we've known her as. When compared to its closest competitor, the 'Uncharted' series, it may come across a bit over the top, however, the game does hold its own in certain aspects. In the very beginning of the game, Lara gets a hold of a dagger that accidentally triggers the Mayan apocalypse. The dagger has the power to remake the world when used in tandem with an enchanted box. It's Lara's job to make sure that 'Trinity' does not get their hands on the artefacts and prevent the apocalypse. That's basically the overall plot with a lot more happening during the journey. While you are playing the game, you will notice that Lara will be tested in various ways. Besides being physically and emotionally tested, some of her relationships also face the heat. Lara is often confronted with a moral challenge as she faces the consequences of her actions and mistakes. You can see her battling out her inner demons and deal with a catastrophic environment at the same time. The game generally has a more serious tone which you won't find in the 'Uncharted' series. Having said that, the plot does have a few holes that need tending to. Game Design © Square Enix When it comes to the level design, environments, sound and lighting, Eidos Montreal/Crystal Dynamics have delivered an experience that is incomparable. In the opening hours of the game, you will find yourself traversing the jungles of Peru. You will come across numerous artefacts, murals, wildlife and of course, tombs. The sound design of the game is exceptional and we would recommend you play the game with headphones. We played with a 7.1 surround sound headphone and we could clearly hear the howling monkeys, chirping birds and the awfully dangerous jaguars. If it weren't for the excellent soundscapes, the key “wow” moments in the game would be highly underwhelming. © Square enix In terms of visuals, 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is a treat for the eyes. We tested the game on the RTX 2080 and it was a pure delight to experience the impressive vistas. You can even mess around with the photo mode to take some fantastic screenshots to share on social media or use it as your wallpaper. The same could be said about level design, as each is felt as if it was crafted with a labour of love. You can see intricate details such as booby traps, cliffside statues and worn out skeletons that add that extra flavour to the overall experience. There is less emphasis on puzzles this time around as they are shorter and relatively easier. Having said that, you can always turn off the hints to make your experience more genuine and harder. © Square enix You also have the option to actually go raid some tombs. Even though they are optional, there are some key moments and set pieces you do not want to miss. This made exploring side tombs a total pleasure and didn't feel like a chore to get the ball rolling. For the full experience, we recommend you explore as much as you can to get your money's worth. We played the game on normal difficulty and it took us roughly 23 hours to complete the game. By that, we mean complete 57% of the game. We still have a lot of exploring to do and side missions to complete. There is a high chance that we might just play the New Game + mode with all our gear on a higher difficulty at a later stage. The Final Say: 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is the perfect title for you if you love adventure titles. It may not be as refined as 'Uncharted', however, the game does have its own strengths. You can actually explore and find interesting artefacts instead of being confined to a linear plot. The game has exceptional sounds design that takes the overall experience to the next level and it will not leave you disappointed. The game is currently out and is available to play on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider's first teaser is out and for the first time, Lady Croft won't be a timed exclusive to a specific console or platform. The trailer is what you would expect it to be, where she fights some gun slinging baddies, rocking her bow and arrow and of course climbing rocks. It also appears that Lara's next adventure will be set in Central or South America discovering Mayan treasures and secrets. © Square Enix The teaser also confirms that the new installation in the franchise will release on September 14, 2018, and a full reveal trailer will come out on April 27th. The Tomb Raider franchise was rebooted back in 2013 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be the third game in the franchise. The last game, Rise of the Tomb Raider reviewed well, however, not many people got to play the game on launch date as it was a timed exclusive on Xbox One. However, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will launch on other platforms such as Playstation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — all at the same time. © Square Enix The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 63 million copies worldwide. The original game led to one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, with the 2013 reboot inspiring a new blockbuster film that embodies the game's signature survival action style. Its protagonist Lara Croft has been a contemporary global icon for over two decades. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will tie off the trilogy with “the climactic finale of Lara's origin story,” according to some leaks. You can watch the teaser below to see what Lara is up to this time.
An Iranian family visits the tomb of ancient king Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Achaemenid Empire in 6th century BC in the town of Pasargadae, northeast of the southern city of Shiraz on May 19, 2015. Photo: AFP file1 TEHRAN: Iranian authorities on Sunday prevented an "illegal gathering" at the tomb of ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great and arrested a number of suspects, local media reported. The Mizanonline news website said the intelligence ministry had identified members of "a counter-revolutionary group which had wanted to organise an illegal gathering under the pretext of celebrating Cyrus". Authorities on Saturday cut the main highway between the cities of Shiraz and Esfahan, which leads to an archaeological site where the tomb is believed to be located. They said the closure was for road work. Semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the head of the elite Revolutionary Guard, General Hashem Ghiassi, had issued a warning Saturday to the "counter-revolutionaries". Authorities in Iran last October arrested several organisers of a rally at the same site. Footage posted on social media showed participants chanting for freedom of expression, along with nationalistic and anti-Arab slogans. Authorities later said they had arrested a number of rally organisers "for having violated norms and chanting slogans against the values" of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BC and ruled over ancient Persia for about 30 years. So-called "Cyprus Day" rallies are held on October 29 to mark the king?s capture of Babylon in 539 B.C, after which he allowed Jews held there as slaves to walk free. Iran?s last Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was ousted by the 1979 Islamic revolution, had claimed to be a descendent of Cyrus.
We understand that it's too early to talk about Christmas, since most of us are prepping up for Diwali and Halloween, but this is an important piece of information that we can't help share with you guys. First of all, if people ever called you crazy for believing in Santa Claus or said that Santa was actually some random grandpa with a fake white beard and red costume going ‘ho ho ho' over our fanciful wishes, you can now go and slap this article on their faces because Santa aka Saint Nicholas is for real. But as we rejoice over this revelation, we also came across some bad news that Santa is now dead, at least that's what these Turkish archeologists have found. © Wikimedia Apparenty, archeologists have unearthed a tomb, beneath the ancient St. Nicholas church in Demre, southern Turkey, which they believe is of original Santa Claus. According to Cemil Karabayram, head of Antalya's Monument Authority, it was unraveled during electronic surveys that found gaps beneath the church and the tomb has not been damaged at all. In a report published in The Telegraph, he was quoted as saying, “We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now. We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas.” © Facebook In Demre that was earlier known as Myra, St. Nicholas was known for his generosity, especially towards kids. In fact, people believed that he would secretly givechildren gifts on his feast day and put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. Earlier, it was believed that his remains were smuggled to Italy by merchants around the 1080s. However, it is only now that Turkish experts claim that bones of a local priest were removed instead of St. Nicholas'. This means, people have been offering their prayers to the wrong guy at the Basilica di San Nicola. © Wikimedia/ For Representation So how did the generous St. Nicholas become the legendary sleigh-riding Santa Claus? Well, in Europe in the 16th century, he came to be known as Father Christmas. Later in the United States, after the arrival of Dutch settlers, he came to be apparently known as “Sinterklaas”. Many kids around the world will be disappointed to know that Santa is now dead. It is definitely a big revelation and although still in the nascent stage, it has already affected the whole world. But once the archeologists complete the whole excavation process and the remains turn out be Santa's, then he will once again bestow Demre with an anonymous gift i.e. booming tourism. Source: Telegraph
LUXOR: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt?s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt?s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century BC. ?The work did not finish yet and we?re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,? he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities announced they had discovered another New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years. Egypt?s ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can also help attract more visitors. Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Militant bomb attacks have also deterred foreign visitors. Egypt?s tourism revenues jumped by 170 percent in the first seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.
An Egyptian antiquities worker is seen in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt, September 9, 2017. Photo: REUTERS LUXOR: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt?s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt?s 18th Dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. ?The work did not finish yet and we?re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,? he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities announced they had discovered another New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years. Egypt?s ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can also help attract more visitors. Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Militant bomb attacks have also deterred foreign visitors. Egypt?s tourism revenues jumped by 170 percent in the first seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.