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Video Game Ad of the Day: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider gets labelled as being groundbreaking or a pop culture phenomenon, but let’s face it – it’s Indiana Jones with tits. It has also aged really, really poorly – but hey, the first three are definitely better than the three that followed.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider GRE
This Greek ad for Tomb Raider for the Sega Saturn seems like a pretty standard ad…until you look closely and see that there’s a picture of the Nude Raider hack in action. This ad is from the official Greek distributor for the game too – crazy!

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Fighting Force

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Fighting Force, as we’ve said time and again, was at one stage intended to be Streets of Rage 4. However Fighting Force turned out so rubbish that we thank Zombie Jesus that it wasn’t.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Sydney 2000

Sydney 2000
Sydney 2000 is the official video game of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. Like just about every other athletics game in existence, Sydney 2000 is a controller-destroying button masher with about 20 minutes of interesting content.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Fighting Force


Fighting Force is a beat ’em up developed by Core Design that’s pretty much the poster child for why the beat ’em up died off. Dull environments, shitty character design and gameplay that’s freakishly slow.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Tomb Raider Chronicles


Tomb Raider Chronicles is kind of an anthology collection of Lara’s early adventures, told by her friends as they share their memories post-Last Revelation, where Lara is thought to be dead (but totally isn’t). Of course, being the fifth Lara Croft adventure in as many years, franchise fatigue led to it being poorly received by critics and the lowest selling PlayStation entry of the series.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Akuji the Heartless


Akuji the Heartless was one of those subpar Eidos games that the company advertised to death. If you’re ever wondering where those fat Tomb Raider profits went, look no further.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga


The 90s were pretty dark times for comic book characters, not just in terms of the darker stories and the aftermath of the collector driven market crash, but also the fact that Acclaim Entertainment controlled the Marvel license for most of the decade. Even when some characters escaped the Acclaim brand, they wound up in absolutely terrible games as evidenced by The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga, which is generally considered to be the worst superhero game before Superman for the Nintendo 64.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Chicken Run


Chicken Run is a stealth-focused platformer based on the Aardman Animation film of the same name, but shares more in common with the classic film The Great Escape. The stealth gameplay led to some folks referring to it as “Chicken Gear Solid” at the time.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Fighting Force


Core Design’s Fighting Force is a classic example of how the 2D brawler didn’t really make the graceful transition to 3D that many had hoped. It’s fun at first, but the novelty quickly wears off, and you’re left with a clunky, unattractive mess.