Tomb Raider (1996 VG)

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Tomb Raider
Tomb raider 1 box.jpg
Official Box Art
Release Date: 1996
Developer: CORE Design
Publisher: EIDOS
Series: Tomb Raider
Platforms: Playstation
Genre: Action-adventure

Tomb Raider is a 1996 British videogame developed by now-defunct CORE Design and published by EIDOS (Now part of Square Enix), released on PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The success of the game launched the Tomb Raider franchise. The game follows British archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft as she travels the world to find a mysterious artifact called the Scion.



Browning Hi-Power

A pair of nickel plated Browning Hi-Power pistols serve as Lara's main weapons, with unlimited ammo and, like most of the weapons she uses in the game, an infinite magazine size. Not particularly powerful, they are undoubtedly chambered in the standard 9x19mm rounds, since official advertisements for the game describe a "pair of 9mms as [Lara's] passport". At the time, the Browning Hi-Power was the standard-issue pistol of the British Army, which suggests Lara may have used these pistols for the patriotic touch. Higher detailed models that show the Hi-Power's unique slide design and slide release are seen in art work for the game. Larson appears to be armed with a Hi-Power with some sort of lasersight or scope attached above the slide.

Nickel plated FN Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Promotional artwork of Lara with one of the pistols, showing its distinctive front end shape.
The in-game models. Note the distinctive slide design and slide release of the Browning Hi-Power.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I

A pair of Desert Eagles called "Magnums" in-game are more powerful than the Browning Hi-Powers but have limited ammo. These are also Pierre's guns of choice, and can be collected from him after Lara defeats him if she has not acquired them yet. In the Natla's Mines level, where Lara's weapons have been taken away from her, the Cowboy working for Natla uses a pair of Magnums against Lara.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum
The in-game model. Note the 'N' likely standing for Natla in relation to Natla Technologies

Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

A pair of MAC-10s, incorrectly called "Uzis" in-game, are more powerful and faster firing than the Browning Hi-Powers but like the Desert Eagles, have limited ammo. In Natla's Mines, the skateboarder attacks Lara with them, where he yells "You firin' at me? You firin' at me? Ain't nobody else here, so you must be firin' at me!" which is a nod to Taxi Driver.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
The in-game model
Lara firing the MAC-10s in the game's artwork


Generic Pump Shotgun

A pistol gripped pump-action shotgun that can't be dual wielded and must be fired while standing still. It seems to not be based on any particular pump-action shotgun. The last of Natla's henchmen, called Kold, is armed with a shotgun in Natla's Mines.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun with Pistol Grip and Custom Choke similar to one used in the film Raw Deal - 12 gauge
The in-game model. The receiver seems to be that of a MAC-10(!)
Ms Croft with the shotgun and pistols in-game.

See Also

Tomb Raider Franchise
Video Games First Series Tomb Raider (1996)  •  Tomb Raider II (1997)  •  Tomb Raider III (1998)  •  The Last Revelation (1999)  •  Chronicles (2000)  •  The Angel of Darkness (2003)
Second Series Legend (2006)  •  Anniversary (2007)  •  Underworld (2008)
Third Series Tomb Raider (2013)  •  Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)   •  Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)
Spin-Offs Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010)   •   Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (2014)
Films Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)  •  Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)  •  Tomb Raider (2018)

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