Original 1996 Tomb Raider running the classic at 2400x1800 on LPC
The Lara Croft of 2014 may have fancy TressFX hair and a killer bow, but we still have fond memories of the original Lara, who fearlessly explored mysterious and oppressive tombs way back in ‘96. The rebooted Tomb Raider’s Definitive Edition may be a console exclusive, but we say the definitive Tomb Raider has been on PC for 18 years.
To prove that the sunglass-wearing Lara looks as sharp as ever, we grabbed Tomb Raider 1+2+3 from GOG and installed the games on the Large Pixel Collider. The LPC deemed Tomb Raider’s original resolution unworthy, however, and opted to run the game at 2400x1800–about 3.5 million more pixels than the Voodoo graphics cards of the 90s were used to pushing. A handy free utility called nGlide allowed us to run Tomb Raider at the highest resolution we could muster, but we left everything else about the game pure and unmodified. No mods. No texture packs. Original 4:3 aspect ratio.
Ready for a dose of early 3D nostalgia? Then grab your dual pistols and check out our screenshots of Tomb Raider, released on October 25, 1996 in the UK and November 14 in the US.