20 Years Celebration Spotlight: Tomb Raider III

As announced a while ago, ROTTR Web will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider by (among other things) walking down the Tomb Raider memory lane with you! In the spotlight today: Tomb Raider III!

Introduction:
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft is the third game of the Tomb Raider series and the sequel to Tomb Raider II – starring Lara Croft. It was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive in 1998 for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows and for the PlayStation Network in America in 2009. A release for the European PlayStation Network followed 2 years later in 2011.
In the third Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft travels around the world to find four lost pieces of a meteorite. Lara visits the Indian Jungle, the South Pacific Islands, Nevada, London and the Antarctica.
In the year 2000, Tomb Raider III: The Lost Artifact was exclusively released for PC and later also for Mac OS. It was a mini-sequel to Tomb Raider III and was initially sold as a standalone product.

Music:
The original TR III Soundtrack was again composed by Nathan McCree. Listen to the full amazing OST below!

Did you know..? Trivia facts:
– In a storage room in Lara’s Manor, you can see the items that Lara retrieved from the previous Tomb Raider games: The Scion from Tomb Raider I, and the Dagger Of Xian from Tomb Raider II, as well as a mounted T-Rex head above the fireplace.
– There was some concerns at the time of the game’s release that the use of the Shiva Statues (a.k.a. Hindu deity) in the “Temple Ruins” level as a “baddie” might cause offense to Hindus.
– A bonus level titled “All Hallows” is unlock-able if you collect all the secrets in each level.
– Sophia is the last female character Lara will encounter until “Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness”.
– Features more living species of dinosaurs than the previous Tomb Raider games.
– The only game in the Tomb Raider series in which you can choose in which sequence you play the majority of the levels.
– This game is set one year after Tomb Raider II.
– The Element 115 artifact you obtain at the Area 51 level is also known as Ununpentium. Which is the element that Bob Lazar claimed it can be used as nuclear fuel for vehicle purposes.
– The name “Aldwych” (the name of the second level in London) comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “Ealdwic” meaning “old settlement”. Between the fifth and eighth centuries A.D. Saxon merchants founded a trading post “Lundenwic” outside the Roman city of Londinium on the banks of the Thames, possibly to avoid the Roman equivalent of the congestion charge. Eventually, as the focus of the city was moved back to within the old Roman walls, Aldwych gained its new name.

HD Conceptual Artworks:

In-Game Screenshots (PC):

Fan Art:

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Art by ReD8ull
tomb_raider_3__london_by_doppel_zgz-d4x37iq
Art by doppeL-zgz
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Art by EscorpioTR
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Art by FearEffectInferno

 

sources&further reading:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190076/trivia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_Raider_III

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