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"After three hours playing the game, it's clear that no expense has been spared on this reinvention of the action-adventure series and its iconic heroine Lara Croft. No trend has been left unfollowed, either. Tomb Raider is an exhaustively complete collection of fashions in contemporary blockbuster game-making." - Eurogamer.com
"_Tomb Raider appears on track to deliver a great cinematic action experience. _" - Gameplanet.co.nz
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Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened 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. Download the Turning Point trailer to see the beginning of Lara’s epic adventure.
Smart / Resourceful Lara:
Lara must use her brawn and her brains to overcome an impossible situation. The player must guide Lara through physics puzzles, challenging environments, and a high-octane story to overcome a harrowing situation and make it off of the island alive.
Tomb Raider is pushing the action genre forward with visceral third-person combat and a deep weapon and gear upgrade system that Lara will have to strategically employ to overcome increasingly difficult enemies and environments. If you like the Uncharted or Batman Arkham franchises, Tomb Raider’s offering will compare favorably to these high quality experiences, but with a unique Survival Action twist.
It wouldn’t be Tomb Raider without certain signature elements. In addition to platforming, Lara will have to explore large areas to earn experience points that will upgrade her weapons and gear. One of the key elements of dynamic traversal is the gear gating gameplay loop: over the course of the game, Lara will continually improve her gear and will be able to reach previously inaccessible locations that will allow her to upgrade her gear and weapons even further.
Great Reboot!MauroR | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all MauroR's reviews »
Normally when a software house decide to make a reboot of a famous franchise the risk of failing it's very high, but in this case Tomb Raider has exceeded my expectations. I've liked the very human aspect they gave to our beloved Lara Croft, the game it's very adult oriented and this shows that developers start going in another direction (I know there are a lot of violent and adult oriented game, but they're very few with this style) making games much more than a simple fun experience, just take a look at Bioshock Infiniten, maybe who knows, in the coming years people will start to give videogames more consideration instead of thinking of videogames like a children enternainment only, let's see.
I've enjoyed also the various added features of Tomb Raider, especially the RPG elements where you earn experience and the ability to improve your main protagonist upgrading her weapons and much more.
I won't spoil you anything because you have to try it for yourself and discover yourself, believe me, it's worth it, you won't regret it.
I strongly recommend this game to anyone, don't miss it.
Classy Rebootsiliconkibou | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all siliconkibou's reviews »
A good looking game worthy of the modern era, with good controls and some light RPG elements (upgrades of stats and such). Young Lara is incredibly realistic both in emotional portrayal and physical proportions and makes for compelling entertainment.
Pacing sometimes falters a little, with some sections feeling a little "same-y" or feeling like one is idling on their own for two long, but overall this is brilliant work, handled maturely and most importantly - fun.
One of the best action adventure games of 2013Takeshi_K | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Takeshi_K's reviews »
Tomb Raider is back in style. It's gritty, realistic and incredibly exciting. Not being a fan of the old games, this one caters so much to my taste. Uncharted comes to mind when I think of the imfluences. The story isn't the strongest about this time. It's the puzzles (although there could be more), the action and the ability to fully explore.
Two complaints though; a linear path sort of. It wasn't an open world which I would have enjoyed more. Also, the crafting system was incredibly simplified. Even more than FC3's was.
But all in all, an amazing game with a few things that could be fixed for a sequel which I hope comes.
Excellent reboot to excellent seriesKordas | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all Kordas's reviews »
Reboots of the known brands are often just a cash-grabs. I was afraid of what this game will be because I've been fan of Tomb Raider series for a long time. Fortunately, Square Enix lived up to fans expectations and delivered a game so good that I'm sure new Lara has more adventures for us in the future.
New Lara is not as sexualized as the one from previous intallments in this series, we are seeing her as young, and still not so experienced archeologist. Plot overall is OK with some really strong moments, but it's not something that is the best in the game. The gameplay is! Fighting, sneaking, solving little riddles (especially raiding the tombs! It's awesome!) is fun and while the game doesn't do anything really innovative in gaming industry, still every game aspect is at least decent.
If you're fan of previous Lara Croft's adventures you should definitely try this one! If you've never tried Tomb Raider, you won't have better occasion to start than playing this reboot!
The Most Relentlessly Exciting Game of 2013Bokoblin23 | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Bokoblin23's reviews »
Not for children, but for mature adults, this very well executed action thriller is absolutely worth playing for the pitch perfect gameplay.
While other games in 2013 may surpass Tomb Raider in certain areas, there is no game more exhilaratingly fun and exciting released so far this year.
The kinaesthetic experience of playing this markedly more mature, dark and grounded Tomb Rader is so good that even the simple act of jumping feels right.
The premise is simple, a young Lara Croft is shipwrecked on an island and sets out to survive, find her friends and uncover the secrets of the mysterious island inhabitants along the way.
Lara is a fully realized character, smart, intelligent, strong and part of a greater social dynamic, the story is certainly engaging, but don't expect to be confronted by huge moral conflicts or political themes seen in other recent releases.
It would have been nice to see such a violent game confront itself more frequently than the few acknowledgements we see amongst this theatre of blood and gore, but ultimately the story can be boiled down to a captivating thriller, rather than anything more deep - a missed opportunity, maybe.
However, if you are willing to forgive the indulgence in blood soaked content ultimately, the action adventure game play that sets a new standard for the genre.
The new cover system is revolutionary, the animations are smooth and responsive without feeling weightless, the gunplay is frantic and the set pieces are perfectly paced amongst light puzzles, traversal and atmosphere that drips off the screen: all of this is satisfying enough to keep the controller glued to your hands.
There is no PC game this exciting, period. The PC version is also very solid with added effects and details, it is recommended you use a 360 controller to play though, as with most 3D action platformers.
Pros: Literally everything except the cons
Cons: Such a violent game should have addressed Lara's morality in killing hundreds of human beings more seriously.