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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.
A graphically stunning, interactive cutscene manslaughtersmilzoboboz | March 7, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »
A game which plays itself. I'm a huge fan of games where the player has full control of the gameplay, possibly over the story too and this game (mostly interactive animation) is the exact opposite.
Story is a complete joke: you're stranded with your archaeological team on a supposedly desert island which turns out being filled with rogue assassins which you'll have to kill one by one... originality and deepness are completely lacking on this compartment. Not to mention character developing or insight: is Lara Croft a screaming and crying helpless girl or a cold-blood killer who one-man (woman) slaughters the population of an entire island? She cannot be both, just saying. Not to mention that after a few hours I really got tired of Lara's continous panting, gulping and crying, you don't do that if you're in danger, you don't make any noise, think rationally and survive (or, well, you can also cry and scream, get caught and die)
Gameplay is what disappointed me the most. Most of gameplay time (I'm not kidding, it's like a bit over 50%) you don't actually play. Instead you're offered cutscenes ending up in QUICK-TIME EVENTS and death... let me explain, when I see a cinematic/cutscene starting, I usually let my hands rest a bit, sit back and enjoy. Having QTEs on everything took back even that little enjoyment and relax I could get from watching graphically stunning cutscenes. Also just to add more, I didn't like how character turning animation/response worked, mice are not analogic levers.
Now, on the technical compartment, graphic is stunning and music and effects are really good too. Same goes for photography, camera on cutscenes is always where it should be to get the best visual effect. Also, graphic is extremely well optimized so you actually need average-to-low specs to achieve stunning graphical results.
So, if you like graphically stunning interactive cutscene manslaughter and you don't care what your character name is, you may like this game. Don't even think of buying it if you ever played one of the first tomb raiders, this will ruin your past experience even if it was a bad one.
The way Tomb Raider should bekingmanp | Dec. 26, 2014 | See all kingmanp's reviews »
I can't help but think these type of games improved significantly right after Naughty Dog released their Uncharted games. Yes, I am a big fan of Uncharted, and yes, I'm now a big fan of Tomb Raider. I hope the next few ones will follow the same concept and gameplay mechanics. The story of Lara's first steps as an explorer is very dramatic and interesting. The mechanics are quite fluid and the graphics are top notch. I do agree this is the best Tomb Raider game yet (played Legend and Underworld). I want Square Enix to just remake the entire lore of Tomb Raider with this as a baseline.
Highly recommended. It's one of those games that I enjoy so much I actually repeated the game to complete all the in-game challenges.
Best Tomb Raider Yetmikenotcaptain | Dec. 3, 2014 | See all mikenotcaptain's reviews »
I've been a fan of Lara Croft games for a long time now and this game really surprised me with how good one could be. Tomb Raider games have always been hit or miss for me, but this one has now set the standard of excellence for this series. This game has amazing graphics, solid gameplay, and great voice acting. In my opinion the best games out there don't feel like they are games. They feel more like movies, and this is one of those games that forces amazing camera angles and gives that cinematic feel. Amazing game and I would recommend it to anyone.
Great entry to the seriesvipe_1 | Dec. 2, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
I want to admit that I hadn't played any Lara Croft games before this one. The concept interested me, but I hadn't gotten into Tomb Raider back in it's day, but looked at this game as a good starting point. That said, the game is excellent and worth it for newcomers as well as fans of the series.
The game looks gorgeous, with terrific, varied environments spanning an entire island. Sound is solid, with voice acting, weapons, and the island around you all working together to give the player a great experience.
Gameplay is fantastic and easy to pick up. There is plenty of action, and the controls and gunplay combine to be one of the best of any third person game I've played. The game is a good mix of action, suspense, and puzzle solving. Though the story is linear, and not really "open" world, it moves at a good pace and may be one of the better linear games you've played in a long time.
I imagine this game would be great for anyone, but surely is a terrific way for those new to the series to get started.
Refreshing reboot to an ageing serieslillukey95 | Nov. 27, 2014 | See all lillukey95's reviews »
Its been some time so the last instalment of the Tomb Raider series, with the same mechanics in the old games and difficult puzzles that even the most veteran of gamers found challenging. However, I am pleased to say that this game is an astounding game, bringing a classic character such as Lara Croft into the modern world of gaming.
Firstly, this game looks stunning, climb traverse mountain cliffs whilst the camera pans back to show a jaw-dropping background shot is a thing of beautiful and shows just how far video games have come. If you have the gear to crank the settings to the max, DO IT! As for the gameplay mechanics, placing Lara into an open world, with RPG elements, such as unlocking new gear and upgrading different skills makes up for some interesting gameplay which still doesn't stray too far from its core, original game mechanics. Players of the old games will still find them tricky puzzles to deal with as well as an interesting story into how Lara became the legend we all know and love. Fan or not, of the original games Tomb Raider is a definite must buy for those who seek adventure and an immersive story telling, then this game is for you.