What We Are Playing Today: Tomb Raider

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Updated 15 August 2020

What We Are Playing Today: Tomb Raider

  • After “Tomb Raider,” Square Enix released two other games for the series on PlayStation 4: “The Rise of The Tomb Raider” and “Shadow of The Tomb Raider”

Tomb Raider games have been around for almost 20 years, making them special for most gamers and garnering a legion of devotees. However, fans of the series might have been forgiven for forgetting about them somewhat, at least until a new set were released for the PlayStation 4, the first coming in 2013.
The game has always portrayed an independent, strong woman, the all-action Lara Croft, whose hunger for exploring was never quenchable, and who would fight people, animals, and magical creatures in equal measure.
However, in the first game released for the PlayStation 4, “Tomb Raider,” we saw the origins of Croft. In her very first adventure, her ship crashes onto the shore of an island, and there she travels to uncover the haunting secrets hidden beyond.
After “Tomb Raider,” Square Enix released two other games for the series on PlayStation 4: “The Rise of The Tomb Raider” and “Shadow of The Tomb Raider.” The first two received rave reviews, portraying the conplex shifts in Croft’s character deftly alongside an ever increasing array of skills.
However, the third game in the trilogy, whilst promising much, seemed like more of the same. Nothing new was added, it seemed like more of an elongated side mission from one of the previous games than a game in itself.


‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute

Updated 28 September 2020

‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute

DUBAI: Actors Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named River. The name is a sweet homage to River Phoenix, Joaquin’s older brother, who passed away aged 23 in 1993.

Director Victor Kossakovsky revealed the exciting news at the 2020 Zurich film festival after a screening of the black-and-white documentary “Gunda.” Phoenix, who won an Oscar for his role in “Joker,” was an executive producer on the film.

Asking about Phoenix’s involvement in the film, Kossakovsky said: “He just got a baby by the way … A beautiful son called River.”

Many fans shared emotional reactions on social media after reports first emerged that the couple had named their first son River, as an apparent homage to Joaquin’s late brother. 

“The fact that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have called their newborn son River has me all sorts of emotional. So beautiful. Congratulations to them both,” one wrote, while another said they were “crying so much.”

Phoenix, 45, and Rooney, 35, have not officially announced the birth of their first-born, but they also never confirmed their pregnancy.

The reclusive couple got engaged in May last year.

The new parents met on the set of “Her” in 2013 and have since gone on to star in several films together, including 2018’s “Mary Magdalene.”