Excerpt: Being the first properly 3D action adventure series, the Tomb Raider games reached iconic status well over a decade ago and ushered a generation of boy gamers into the tissue-littered fields of puberty. Re-launching a franchise of such worldwide fame is brave indeed, but braver still is trying to pen a story that’s more in touch with a realistic female protagonist, because – let’s face it – designing a convincing woman wasn’t exactly the objective with the original Tomb...
Summary: Even though Tomb Raider fails to connect you with the main heroine, you will find yourself enjoying the game regardless. That’s a big nod to the game’s design, as it does a great job of making you continue on despite this amazing flaw. Tomb Raider delivers with heart pounding action sequences and a very rewarding gaming experience. It’s is a great game that, if you can get past the cry baby antics of the weak main character, gives you one hell of a ride.
Summary: Crystal Dynamics has done wonders in rebooting Tomb Raider for a new generation. There are times when the game snatches away control too freely and with too little warning, and when the story hits a few bumps, but the single-player campaign is otherwise a great experience. The multiplayer component doesn’t drag down the package, but it’s also not noteworthy whatsoever, so it’s there for those who want to give it a shot.
Excerpt: Tomb Raider Available on PC (Reviewed on a Sapphire HD 7970), PS3 & XBox 360 Move over Nathan Drake... Lara is back to take the crown! One of the most anticipated games of 2013 has finally arrived... Tomb Raider . Unlike the previous games in the series, the franchise has been rebooted which now stars a young Lara Croft ( Camilla Luddington ) who is just out of University and is beginning her career as an archaeologist.
Conclusion: While not every promising idea Tomb Raider has is pulled off successfully, it nevertheless turns in a tense and memorable ride that combines modern game design with its forebears’ adventurous spirit in some exciting ways. Some of its missteps may well come at the cost of your enjoyment, but most can’t hope to hurt the adventure in the long run. Although it never fully finds its identity, this is a game and a story worth seeing through.
Excerpt: Lara Croft has never been a role model for young women. She has always been a character created by an industry that sells sex and their idea of what the female image should be to anyone who is willing to pay. But with the 2013 reboot, Lara is far different; she's a survivor, she's desperate and learns to adapt facing the struggles that are placed in front of her - at least it starts that way.
Conclusion: It is always a concern when developers attempt a reboot or remake of a classic game, and whether or not it will live up to the high expectations that gamers of the original have. Tomb Raider is one of the few that have lived up to the expectations. The wonderfully presented story and the modern take on the original gameplay works extremely well. Lara again does it all – running jumping, fighting bad guys and solving puzzles, all in breath-taking surrounds.
Pros: Visually stunning, great controls and a great story
Cons: Some of the quick time events can be frustrating
Excerpt: in grand fashion to be anything but a shining success story. After years of decent (but not great) sequels and re-hashes, Square Enix and sub-publisher Eidos had finally kicked Core Design off of the franchise and replaced them with Crystal Dynamics, the developers of the original games.
Excerpt: I can't help but think of the return of Tomb Raider in grand fashion to be anything but a shining success story. After years of decent (but not great) sequels and re-hashes, Square Enix and sub-publisher Eidos had finally kicked Core Design off of the franchise and replaced them with Crystal Dynamics, the developers of the original games.