Tomb Raider Underworld Updates, Having Your Own Private Lara

Like my new header? Nope, you won’t find that Lara render anywhere, and yep, it IS Lara Croft’s model from Tomb Raider Underworld. Now anyone can pretty much have Lara pose up a storm with a little imagination and a decent computer thanks to a pretty nifty program created by a poster named Dusan on the Tomb Raider Chronicles forums.
Called XNALara, the free program lets you play around with the actual in-game model of Lara Croft from Tomb Raider Underworld. The interface isn’t incredibly hard to figure out- you don’t need to be an ex-animator or a math wiz to make up some pretty cool poses in no time… just know what looks right and what looks…wrong. On that note, I have to say that I know what a lot of you are thinking, and let me say that if you’re gonna play around with Lara, keep it classy, okay? Hmmm. Riiiight.

Anyway, the latest revision of the program (which is only about two days old!) gives you not just Lara (in several outfits) but Jacqueline Natla and the Doppelganger as well. So expect a flood of CG art on Lara and the TRU ladies soon on sites and forums everywhere. Lara-Doppelganger lesbian kissing scenes, check!

On Tomb Raider Underworld in general though, despite some early bad press and the fact that Crystal Dynamics sacked thirty members of the development team due to the game not meeting expectations, TRU has apparently to date performed better than previous titles in the series- Tomb Raider Legend and Anniversary.

So the result? Apparently Crystal Dynamics is now concentrating totally on the Lara Croft franchise, which means that we will definitely be seeing more Lara in the future. My hope is that despite the news of a supposed ‘reboot’ to the series, the next game will continue the saga of the current Lara. No more Dark Lara Returns or any of that crap.

The recently-released DLC, Beneath the Ashes, is nice but also proving to be woefully short. I think though that many gamers will be quite happy even with just the bunch of bikini outfits included in the download. Heh. Hopefully the next extra adventure DLC, Lara’s Shadow (out this March) will be longer. Lara’s Shadow puts you in command of the infamous Doppelganger, the evil-Lara twin that kicked so much ass (all of it Lara’s) in TRU. Can’t wait for that.

Anyway, if you wanna have Lara do a pictorial for you, check out the XNALara app here.

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