How to make Lara Croft more family friendly

Grandad's Lara is a proper lady. Of course she has to be mindful of her skirt in those damp catacombs, so every once in a while you might just catch a glimpse of petticoat. Or ankle! (gasp) But don't go getting any ideas about taking liberties with her kneesduring a date to the pictures- she's packing a flintlock in that holster. A much-neededaction heroine for the crustier generation, this is the real 'Lady' Croft.

Dad's Lara is everything a red-blooded man could want. Check out those pouting, collagen-enhanced lips; those seductive curves and thattinylittletop. She's worthy of any lads' mag. But look - she's also making you breakfast and bringing you beer. Next she'll be deliberately switching over to watch the football.

Finally, there's Mum's Lara. She's been brought up with confidence to believe she can beat Indiana Jones at his own game, but if she's going to doit then she can at least be safe. So elbow and knee pads are in, as is a crash helmet and a scarf. And even daring archaeologists need to eat properly, so she's got her old packed lunch box from school filled with a banana, Penguin bar and some nice sandwiches. Made with brown bread. And she has to eat the crusts, or there'll be hell to pay.

23 Jan, 2009

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Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.