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Gamescom 2012: Exclusive Tomb Raider community event report – hands-on, demos and posters!

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One of the highlights of my gamescom 2012 experience was attending the Tomb Raider community event. I was one of 60 Tomb Raider fans to enjoy a private demo of the game on a big screen in the Tomb Raider theatre at the Square Enix stand at gamescom, and then got the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with Lara Croft in her new adventure.

Tomb Raider Community Event Invitation

Global Brand Director Karl Stewart and Community Manager Meagan Marie joined us from Crystal Dynamics, traveling all the way from Redwood City, California to show just how valuable the fans of the franchise are to the development team. Karl walked us through a demo of the game, the first was the one shown behind closed doors to press at E3 (you can read my preview over here), and the second was an extended version of the one presented at Microsoft’s 2011 E3 press conference.

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Tomb Raider fans mingling before the presentation, many were wearing T-shirts from the series and a Tomb Raider bracelet was even spotted

Even though I had seen most of the gameplay demo before, sitting in the Tomb Raider theatre surrounded by people from all around the world who love the series and having commentary by Karl Stewart, it somehow all felt new to me again, and left me feeling even more excited for the game!
Karl and Meagan had not come empty-handed either. When thinking about what gifts to bring with Karl had suggested water bottles because he always travels with his own water bottle…and so it was that we each left with very nice Tomb Raider branded water bottles. We also got Tomb Raider keyrings and badges, along with an awesome limited edition Tomb Raider art poster that will be framed for above my desk.

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Karl Stewart shows off the limited edition Tomb Raider water bottle

Next up was the hands-on session, something which I had personally been looking forward to ever since I saw the gameplay demo at E3 2011 where we had seen just how gritty and brutal this Tomb Raider was going to be. You can read more about my hands-on experience with the game soon, but for now it’s enough to tell you that it lived up to every one of my expectations and left me wanting more.

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Finally the chance to get some hands-on time with Tomb Raider!

Square Enix Europe also made a video souvenir of the VIP community event, and I was fortunate enough to feature in the video, which you can watch below.

Thanks to Karl, Meagan and the rest of the Crystal Dynamics team for a great night. We can’t wait for next year March! Until then stay tuned to El33tonline, and feel free to browse through our previous coverage for screenshots, trailers and an interesting interview with Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer, Ron Rosenberg.

You can also flip through some more photos from the event below, and stay tuned for El33tonline’s interview with Karl Stewart and our hands-on preview, coming soon!

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Watching a Tomb Raider gameplay demo on a 4 meter screen is awesome!

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Tomb Raider branding on the Xbox 360 stations complete the look

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Spoiler alert: Lara falls!

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Oblivious to the world, it’s Tomb Raider time!

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More than one playthrough of the demo was required to explore the surrounding areas

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A happy Tomb Raider fan leaves the party with a massive grin and treasured swag

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The posters, keyrings and pins that Crystal Dynamics gave to us

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A close up of the gaming swag

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