Tomb A Day #34 - Tomb Raider II, Level 8: Wreck of the Maria Doria
The ship’s bridge features one of my favorite camera angles in the series, pictured in the middle gif. The beautiful exterior shot is what inspired me to start this project. It was also the very first gif I made for Tumblr.
Speaking of the Titanic, there’s a beta version of Tomb Raider 2 where an incomplete version of this level is actually titled “Titanic.” It makes me wish that there was more information about early drafts of the story.
ciancarnage: Hey, sorry I'm late getting back to you :P I'm the one who asked you did you did you like the changes between TR2 and 3. Personally I grew up playing the first two when I was a kid, and when 3 came out I was too afraid to play most of the levels (besides Nevada), but I I guess because I have such a connection with the first two games, the sights and sounds in 3 just don't sound right to me. It's not that i don't like TR3, I love it now, but I think someone should develop a TR2 texture pack for 3
That makes sense. I guess I didn’t see the contrast as much at the time. For me it was just more like an evolution than a jarring change.
As for the retexture, I don’t know the first thing about modding, but I’m sure there are people out there who could do it.
On a side note, have you played TR1 with any of the Tomb Raider Xtra texure packs? Some are really gorgeous, some a little too gaudy for my taste, but it’s so cool to see fans putting in the effort.
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“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”
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Like she interviewed del Toro but didn’t actually listen to a word he said. C’mon. :/
Tomb A Day #33 - Tomb Raider II, Level 7: 40 Fathoms
I’ve said before that I find swimming in Tomb Raider relaxing, but this level might be the exception. It starts you off in an inky abyss with no air pockets in sight. When your only refuge, a half-buried ocean liner, finally emerges from the darkness, a hungry shark appears to prevent you from feeling anything resembling relief!
I admire the developers’ choice to capsize half of the Maria Doria. It allowed them to create some interesting environments, but I bet it also made their work more difficult. Suddenly, everything that’s normally next to the floor (doorways, switches, etc.) had to be aligned with the ceiling. They even made the keyhole textures upside down! It’s the little details like that texture flip that made me fall in love with Tomb Raider’s design.