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The new 'Tomb Raider' game is out today — check out how far its star Lara Croft has come since she debuted in 1996

Business Insider Logo By Kevin Webb of Business Insider | Slide 2 of 12:  The success of the original "Tomb Raider" in 1996 can be credited to the fact that it really showed off the power of the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles, which were released worldwide just a year earlier. Lara and her environment were rendered in full 3D with an orchestrated score, helping create an atmosphere that was way beyond what was possible with earlier technology.

"Tomb Raider" (1996) - Lara Croft's First Appearance

The success of the original "Tomb Raider" in 1996 can be credited to the fact that it really showed off the power of the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles, which were released worldwide just a year earlier.

Lara and her environment were rendered in full 3D with an orchestrated score, helping create an atmosphere that was way beyond what was possible with earlier technology.

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