Tomb Raider Game of the Year
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Tomb Raider is a critically acclaimed action adventure that explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. The Game of the Year edition includes the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, 6 single player outfits for Lara, 6 multiplayer weapons, 8 multiplayer maps, and 4 characters.
A Turning Point:
Experience Lara Croft’s intense origin story from a young woman to a hardened survivor.
An All-New Raiding Experience:
Explore a mysterious island filled with environmental puzzles, visceral combat, and tombs to discover.
Fight to Live:
Salvage resources, gain experience, and upgrade Lara’s weapons and tools to survive the island’s hostile inhabitants.
Survive as a Team:
Play a variety of multiplayer modes as Lara’s Shipmates or Yamatai’s Scavengers.
Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition includes the following DLC packs:
- Tomb of the Lost Adventurer (Single player Challenge Tomb)
- Scavenger Scout
- Scavenger Executioner
- Scavenger Bandit
- Agency SPS 12
- HX AP-15
- JAGD P22G
- M590 12ga
- STG 58 Elite
- Hunter Skin
- Aviatrix Skin
- Guerilla Skin
- Demolition Skin
- Sure-shot Skin
- Mountaineer Skin
- Shanty Town
- Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack
- 1939 Multiplayer Map Pack
- Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack
Lara will get you hookedpaperfalcon | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all paperfalcon's reviews »
I bought this having never played a Tomb Raider game before, so there was no disappointment about the "essence" of the franchise. This is also to say that I didn't expect much. Didn't expect to be so blown away though!
Like some reviewers have already mentioned, the story is simply OK. Personally, what I found to keep me going was the characters. A few of them are rather flat, but I think it's specifically the character development of Lara that I loved. In this sense, it was really nice to see a video game character who actually had qualms about all the violence they tend to take part in. Her evolution into a character who does NOT have these qualms is a really fascinating journey.
Also, the art is beautiful! The picture GMG decided to showcase in the background was a place I personally hung out at for about 5 minutes just to admire the view.
About 20 hours worth of play time if you're not OCD enough to collect everything and play every dungeon. At the end, like any good book, it certainly left me a bit empty in a good way. That's how much I enjoyed this world.
Just short of a masterpieceNucularS | Dec. 30, 2014 | See all NucularS's reviews »
Tomb Raider is an excellent game. Gorgeous main menu with a convenient benchmark and breathtaking first few levels, in terms of visuals, audio, writing, and overall atmosphere of constant peril, leave only the best impression. Unfortunately, things mostly go downhill from there as automatic weapons and skill upgrades quickly make Lara overpowered even on the hardest difficulty levels, and no one seems to bother taking away her weapons when captured. Some of the optional collectables like GPS caches and maps turn out to be a mostly useless, mostly tedious chore. The ending feels rushed, and unfortunately a disappointing cliché. I also wish there were separate settings for the game and the cut-scenes, because while the game ran smoothly on the highest settings, cut-scenes were noticeably lagging. This may sound overly negative, but only because the game could have been a masterpiece, and instead it is just excellent.
Great game, Different Raider..anticerber | Dec. 19, 2014 | See all anticerber's reviews »
Now I must admit I have never been the biggest fan of Tomb Raider...It's always felt a bit clunky to me, even up to Legends. But here we have a fresh reboot which not only changes our Lara, but all the game mechanics as well. This is where it gets tricky as some will love this, and others will hate it. To me the game now feels like Uncharted with some Assassin's Creed mixed in. I know most people say Tomb Raider paved the way for Uncharted, but I personally feel Uncharted did right what Tomb Raider never could. Now it feels like Tomb Raider is riding on Uncharted's back. Everything about this Tomb Raider feels more fleshed out, refined, and smoother than all the other Tomb Raiders. It has a decent story, fun gameplay that will keep you from beginning to end. The only thing I would say is it doesn't have much replay value....Here is the only issue I have with this game as a Tomb Raider game....with so much changed...it hardly feels like Tomb Raider to me...It feels like the new adventure game with Tomb Raider's name pasted on it...Is this bad, is this good? Everyone will see it different.
didnt expect this much, but wowdeeraal | Nov. 30, 2014 | See all deeraal's reviews »
The story of this game added a lot of depth to the character development. It had stunning graphics that utilized the entirety of my gaming engine. So much can be said about the detail and setup but what really had me going were the constant high pace parts of the story where Laura found herself in deadly situations but somehow escapes in all of them.
I knew this game was going to be good, but this game is REALLY good. especially with the sale price, i dont see any reason to not buy this game. best game of the year for me.
Great, But Not That Greatshad0wriderz | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all shad0wriderz's reviews »
Okay, let's start with this. Tomb Raider (this one) is a TR game through and through. It's got great visuals, good combat, and that cinematic juice running through its veins. Runs great on PC in terms of optimization, options, and controls.
The plot itself isn't amazing, but it's good enough to keep you hooked into this story that they have created surrounding Lara and this island. There's not really any side content other than doing a couple easy puzzles, collecting GPS caches, documents, and relics. One 100% play-through should only take about 15 hours. You can collect salvage and parts to upgrade your weapons, also gain enough points to upgrade your skills. Of course that's all pretty basic and offers no customization. HOWEVER, what the game does is give you enough content and progression systems to carry you from the start of the game to the end, which is fine considering how well they've done it. If you buy this thinking there will be some kind of endgame or time-consuming side content aside from the story, you'll be slightly disappointed. Of course, I was pleased that they put in the effort to make the game's world much more open to allow for more exploration and more gameplay opportunities.
The DLC is pretty much pointless and I suggest buying the base game over the GOTY edition. All DLC are cosmetic (a few outfits in SP, and I believe a number in MP) or are weapons for multiplayer. Multiplayer is dead and isn't even worth considering. Even back when the game was released, multiplayer was just a extra feature that they crammed into the game rather than further developing and adding further improvements to the much more significant single-player.
I don't enjoy the fact that they felt compelled to spend time and money creating multiplayer modes just to give the impression that the game has more content, when their main focus should have been on single-player (the core of the TR franchise).
All my ranting aside, Tomb Raider is a solid game. You can't really complain a whole lot about the single-player and it really is one thrill ride from start to finish. Re-playability..well, the game is worth a second play-through on hard or whenever you feel like you need to immerse yourself in a cinematic story. It's not perfect, but it's a damn good game no matter what kind of quarrels I have with it. Base game is $20 now and often goes to $5 during sales, definitely worth it.