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A Worthy Reboot

BlazingGlory53 | June 13, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider

I had never played a Tomb Raider game in my 20 years of life, being raised as the kind of guy that appreciates females for their personality, not for their bust size. When I heard about Tomb Raider adding more humanity to the game, I honestly was a little skeptical. Then I stumbled across it for $16.99 in a deal (since expired), and I decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did. It's a great self-sufficient game, and really made me feel like I was in the middle of the action. The graphics are mindblowing, especially running on a midrange PC, I was able to almost max it out on 1080p. I didn't use the TressFX, and I don't remember what else I did, but I got it running a slightly tweaked Ultra at 35 FPS.

The action in this is pretty darn epic, just with a ton of crazy how-did-she-survive-that moments. I had a friend come over, and he watched he play and he was gaping-mouth half of the time. I had to keep focused or else I would have done the same.

When Crystal Dynamics said they brought humanity into Tomb Raider, they meant it. No longer is Tomb Raider the cold-blooded sex toy of gamers dreams, she is a genuine human, with emotions, pain, memories, and most of all, companions. I won't spoil anything, but you see her go through a lot of turmoil through this game, and you truly feel for her as she goes through this journey.

Speaking of journey, the story is actually intruiging. It has a sense of supernaturalism, while still being fairly grounded in reality. You will find no dinosaurs in this game, but you will find savage humans, trapped on an island just trying to survive. The story does jump the shark a little bit in a way you may or may not expect, but it's a satisfying story. Also there is a replayability factor, where you can explore, and actually find treasures relevant to the storyline, and helps flesh out this strange environment you are in. I am going to go back and try to find a lot of the different treasures, and raid some more tombs.

This game was incredible, like a mashup of everything good about Assassins Creed 3 and Uncharted 3. I definitely enjoyed this game, and would recommend it to almost anyone (some violence may be offputting to some, but I felt it was never truly over the top for the setting)