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Fan Pulse: Embark on a sublimely cinematic tour of Croft Manor June 28, 2009

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TRKO of Tomb Raider Forums has created a jaw-dropping cinematic tour of Croft Manor as it appears in Tomb Raider Legend. It achingly reminds us that Lara’s mansion, as we see it here, is now gone after having been set ablaze by Lara’s doppelganger in Underworld. And it also reminds us — on a more nostalgic note — that Tomb Raider start-up menus once looked like this: the stunning fly-by camera views of old. Sigh.

Feel free to five-star the video on YouTube. You know it deserves it.

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Here’s what happened in Croft Manor on Christmas day December 27, 2008

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If you haven’t finished Tomb Raider Underworld and wish not to be spoiled, read no further.

Quasimodo of Tomb Raider Forums is offering us a glimpse of what happened after the tragic events in Underworld (yes, Croft Manor burned down and Alister did die), and we just can’t help but feel sorry for Lara. Good thing Zip’s still got a sane head on his shoulders.

Forbes ranks Lara Croft 14th on 2008 richest list, estimates net worth at $900 million December 22, 2008

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Forbes has just released their annual listing of “The Forbes (Fictional) 15”, featuring the richest of 2008, who despite economic woes, have managed to stay at the top of their game. Last year’s richest, Scrooge McDuck, fell to second place, with Uncle Sam taking over. Joining the ranks of Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark, Lara Croft places 14th, with an estimated net worth of $900 million. Forbes cites Croft’s inheritance from deceased parents Lord Richard and Lady Amelia Croft and various antiquities as her main source of income.

Freewheeling archaeologist and Countess of Abbingdon feared dead after plane disappeared above Congo, 2008; resurfaced in U.K. after Peru, Egypt and Kazakhstan dropped stolen antiquities charges in U.N.-brokered deal. In return, Countess Croft to give $200 million to African, South American orphanages. Spent much of past year searching Iceland for Thor’s hammer and buying up Viking rune stones from bankrupt nation; locals stunned by cultural insensitivity, inappropriate winter attire. Returning member.

Forbes has also included Croft Manor in this year’s list of “The Most Expensive (Fictional) Homes”, with an estimated amount of $46.1 million. The magazine seems to deem the mansion fitting for Lara Croft’s lifestyle in their description of it:

Exquisite London area home with large gymnasium, pool house, fully stocked library ripe with mysteriously protruding books. Quirky! Chock full of secret corridors, elaborate pulley systems, puzzling garden mazes. A steal at any price!

After more than a decade in the fast-paced business of tomb-raiding and corporate warfare, Lara Croft definitely isn’t showing signs of slowing down. On the contrary, it would seem that Lara’s going to stay in and around for at least another decade. Forbes better still be counting until then.