Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft isn’t the most succinct video game title out there, but at least it certainly lets you know what you’re getting. Launching in early 2024, it collects the original Tomb Raider trilogy — as developed by Core Design and released annually between 1996-98 — but buffs out all of the angular polygons in favour of a fresh lick of graphical paint. Lara won’t look quite as realistic as she does in the recent Survivor Trilogy, but her appearance will be a lot more in line with the modern mobile and spin-off games that still work off of her original character design while looking a bit less… alarming to the contemporary eye.
You can still play the ’90s originals quite easily on PC via Steam or GOG, but there are a number of good reasons why this remaster appeals, even putting aside the fact that the games will be coming to current- and last-gen consoles for the first time. There’ll be quality-of-life improvements like camera locking, for instance. Even if you were good at these games back in the day, it’ll be nice to have the option to play them again without having to unlearn over two decades’ worth of muscle memory developed since tank controls ceased to be standard.
Really though, I’m here for the nostalgia hit. Core Design’s original Tomb Raiders were the first video games I ever played not aimed solely at children, and their influence on me as a young girl in the ’90s can’t be overstated.