Review | Tomb Raider – A Survivor is Born

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (reviewed), PC
  • Published by: Square Enix
  • Developed by: Crystal Dynamics
  • Genre: Action
  • ESRB Rating: M for Mature
  • Number of Players: 1, (2-8 online)
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013

There have been tons of Tomb Raider games before this but nothing quite grabs your attentions from the get go like Crystal Dynamics new Tomb Raider. We walk alongside a young new and improved Lara Croft in her first ever mystical adventure. We are quickly thrown in an unforgiveable island covered with danger and mystery and forced to escape and survive. You are push too your limits time and time again, from dodging bullets, to jumping across falling debris, and eventually Japanese Samurai Zombies. This game will have you constantly jumping with excitement.

Tomb Raider begins with a beautiful cinematic explaining your situation and arrival on the Island of Yamatai. The beginning sequence of the game is filled with an introductory cascade of button mashing QTEs (Quick Time Events). Tomb Raider is filled with QTEs which at times can get a bit frustrating. However they successfully do their job and truly immerse you within pain filled world of Lara Croft.

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Tomb Raider is fun. That certainly can be said without any type of hesitation. Lara Croft’s character is without a doubt amazing. However she easily trumps her sub characters, quickly making her the only person you actually care about. Sub character development can be very important but Crystal Dynamics did an amazing job with their character development.

A monetary system is utilized with salvage. Basically pieces of junk that can be obtained after looting guards or island natives. The salvage can be used to upgrade the items in your arsenal. Along with salvage you can gain XP points which are used to upgrade Lara herself. However the game doesn’t truly revolve around either. But it sure does help. Unfortunately one major downfall of the game is the lack of melee combat. If you do obtain enough XP and decide to upgrade, you can go around slashing around with an axe which can be pretty handy in a pinch. So you’re not completely out of water when you run out of ammo.

The game moves fluently whether you are climbing a rock wall or a running though a cloud of used ammunition. The game introduces a new type of directional system. Where games would usually use a map or a HUD this game uses an Animal Instinct. The Animal Instinct is actually extremely helpful when you find yourself stumped on a puzzle. It highlights inanimate objects that can be interacted with and help you achieve your goal.

Bitter gamer frustration, memorable cut scenes, brain picking puzzles and insane bad guys are everything that makes up an amazing video game. Once you complete the game you are greeted with an option to free roam the island to complete any missions you may have passed by. This gives you the option to explore any lost tombs you may have missed.

 

THE VERDICT

Tomb Raider was an absolutely amazing game, stunning graphics and beautiful animation. However If you are looking for a multiplayer game this is definitely not what you’re looking for. The lack of melee doesn’t help either but it certainly does not diminish the games shine. The replay value on this game is moderately high if you have an OCD with obtaining a 100 percent game file. This well made adventure game will have Drake himself impressed. Pick up a copy of Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics and explore the new world, of Lara Croft.

 

FINAL SCORE: 9.5/10

 

 

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