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Take a Look at How Tomb Raider’s Graphics Have Changed Through the Years

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Lara Croft has been through a lot.

Tomb Raider is one of the biggest action-adventure series of all time, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The series, and its protagonist Lara Croft, has been on a ton of different platforms and the look has fittingly changed throughout the years because of that. Let’s take a look at just how much the series has changed, from the original PlayStation to the PlayStation 4.

Lara Croft got her start way back on the PlayStation 1 in 1996, and the next three games would stick to the console while moving onto PC and the Dreamcast as well. The blocky polygons and textures were mind blowing back in the day, but they of course don’t hold up too well by today’s standards. Then the series also had a stint on the Game Boy Color with two different games, one simply titled Tomb Raider and the other called Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword. Another title called The Prophecy would release on Game Boy Advance, before the series got an overhaul and formally made its way onto the PlayStation 2 with Angel of Darkness.

After a few years, Tomb Raider got another graphical improvement by moving to the PlayStation 3 and receiving a trio of games. Legend, Anniversary and Underworld help bring Lara back into popularity and gave us some brand new adventures before fading away for a couple years yet again. Lara Croft and the Guardian of light was an interesting isometric game that released in 2010, holding fans over until the main event, when the Tomb Raider reboot launched in 2013. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics introduced us to a brand new Lara Croft, and gave us a new origin story as well.

The new Lara started as a more vulnerable character, but throughout the game quickly grew into the renowned Tomb Raider we all love. Then the series made its debut on mobile devices with two different games, Lara Croft: Relic Run and the acclaimed puzzle game Lara Croft Go.

Now that brings us to Lara’s newest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game released on Xbox One last year, but now to coincide with the series’ 20th anniversary, eager PlayStation fans can finally get their hands on it.

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