Reviews by Direfuldodger85

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Impressive Reboot, but is it Lara? (Single Player Review Only)

Direfuldodger85 | Jan. 25, 2014 | Review of Tomb Raider

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I am an old school Tomb Raider player and fan, and was a little sceptical about this game, especially when the Square Enix suits it as 'redefining Lara'. There was nothing wrong with the old games and I still go back them now - I enjoyed them all (even with some of their quirks and strange design decisions). There has also been a reboot with Legend, so to do another reboot was a risky move especially with the Tomb Raider faithful.

It has paid off, but not by replacing old (or even older Lara), but making a brand new game, which should have been a franchise in it's own right with a different name - it would of held! The game is a pleasure to play and you become emotionally attached to the main protagonist and find yourself forgetting that you are playing a game. Even though Lara is a little annoying at first (constantly groaning about the situation and always seemingly able to get hurt by most things in her surroundings), this goes quickly as you endure the story with her and start to see her grow stronger. The story is captivating stuff, even though the ending feels a little oddly out of place.

Graphics (90): The graphics are fabulous, and really immerse you into the surroundings, and doesn't detract you from the story unlike previous outings and the anatomy that can be calculated by Pythagoras. Some of the settings are beautiful and others don't work so well (shanty town) but are not hideous.

Sound (85): Apart from the grunting, groaning and general all around whininess, the voice acting is excellent quality and very believable.

Gameplay (83): For the most part very solid, with the usual levelling up. There are some very odd moments with the specifically placed wooden pillars for Lara to zip or climb to different vantage points. Combat is goo, but nothing special. On the plus though - nothing quite as satisfying as using your arrow to take down the wildlife inhabiting the island. The tomb sections felt a little tacked on and add no real great value to the game, unless there is a little pandering to the old guard.

The length of the game is a little short, but that might be an indication of my enjoyment of the game. Not too sure about the grind of collecting artefacts to extend the lifetime of the game. I did enjoy the game enough to complete twice though.

I haven't played multiplayer and probably unlikely to do so, as I feel it may detract from the experience of the main game, but as I have not played it, I cannot say whether it is good or bad.

Overall, the game is well worth purchasing and playing (with an open mind if you are old Tomb Raider faithful), as it stands shoulder to shoulder with most AAA games released at the same time.

85

Impressive Reboot, but is it Lara? (Single Player Review Only)

Direfuldodger85 | Jan. 25, 2014 | Review of Tomb Raider

I am an old school Tomb Raider player and fan, and was a little sceptical about this game, especially when the Square Enix suits it as 'redefining Lara'. There was nothing wrong with the old games and I still go back them now - I enjoyed them all (even with some of their quirks and strange design decisions). There has also been a reboot with Legend, so to do another reboot was a risky move especially with the Tomb Raider faithful.