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Tomb Raider (1996 VG)

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Tomb Raider
Tomb raider 1 box.jpg
Official Box Art
Release Date: 1996
Developer: CORE Design
Publisher: EIDOS
Series: Tomb Raider
Platforms: Playstation
Genre: Action-adventure

Tomb Raider is a 1996 British videogame developed by now-defunct CORE Design and published by EIDOS, released on PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The success of the game launched the Tomb Raider franchise. The game follows British archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft as she travels the world to find a mysterious artifact called the Scion.

The game had an PC Exclusive expansion, Unfinished Business, consisting of two mini-adventures played in order, Shadow of the Cat where Lara returns to Egypt to further explore one of the tombs and Unfinished Business where Lara discovers and clears out another Atlantean Stronghold.

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, a re-release including Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III, and the expansions to all three games, was announced in September 2023 for release on February 14th 2024. This release includes optional enhanced graphics.


Browning Hi-Power

A pair of nickel plated Browning Hi-Power pistols serve as Lara's main weapons, with unlimited ammo (even in cutscenes) and, like most of the weapons she uses in the game, an infinite magazine size. Not particularly powerful, they are undoubtedly chambered in the standard 9x19mm rounds, since official advertisements for the game describe a "pair of 9mms as [Lara's] passport". At the time, the Browning Hi-Power was the standard-issue pistol of the British Army, which suggests Lara may have used these pistols for the patriotic touch. Higher detailed models that show the Hi-Power's unique slide design and slide release are seen in art work for the game. Larson appears to be armed with a Hi-Power with some sort of lasersight or scope attached above the slide.

Nickel plated FN Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm.
The in-game models. Note the distinctive slide design and slide release of the Browning Hi-Power.
Promotional artwork of Lara with one of the pistols, showing its distinctive front end shape.
Promotional artwork close-up of the pistol.
Promotional artwork, lateral view of the pistols.
Lara with one of the pistols holstered in the opening FMV.
Lara aims her pistols at a wolf in a promotional screenshot for the remaster.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I

A pair of Desert Eagles called "Magnums" in-game are more powerful than the Browning Hi-Powers but have limited ammo. These are also Pierre's guns of choice, and can be collected from him after Lara defeats him if she has not acquired them yet. In the Natla's Mines level, where Lara's weapons have been taken away from her, the Cowboy working for Natla uses a pair of Magnums against Lara.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum.
The in-game model. Note the 'N' likely standing for Natla in relation to Natla Technologies.

Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

A pair of MAC-10s, incorrectly called "Uzis" in-game, are more powerful and faster firing than the Browning Hi-Powers but like the Desert Eagles, have limited ammo. In Natla's Mines, the skateboarder attacks Lara with them, where he yells "You firin' at me? You firin' at me? Ain't nobody else here, so you must be firin' at me!" which is a nod to Taxi Driver. Another movie reference relating to these guns is the first place where they can be obtained in the game, where Lara has to take a leap of faith to grab onto an invisible platform with the guns on them, an allusion to the invisible bridge scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm.

The in-game model.
Lara posing with the MAC-10 in front of her manor in the game's artwork.
Lara firing the MAC-10s in the game's artwork.
Lara with her holstered MAC-10's in the Atlantean Stronghold level from the Unfinished Business expansion, unlike future games, the full MAC-10's are visible in Lara's holster rather than the grips vanishing.


Generic Pump Shotgun

A pistol gripped pump-action shotgun that can't be dual wielded and must be fired while standing still. It seems to not be based on any particular pump-action shotgun. The last of Natla's henchmen, called Kold, is armed with a shotgun in Natla's Mines.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun with Pistol Grip and Custom Choke similar to one used in the film Raw Deal - 12 gauge
The in-game model. The receiver seems to be that of a MAC-10(!)
Ms Croft with the shotgun and pistols in-game.

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