Video Game #4: Tomb Raider (2013)

PC Boxart Tomb Raider (2013) - laracroft.wikia.com

Almost a year, and no post. My bad. It’s not from a dearth of video games, I assure you.  It is, unfortunately, a lack of motivation. Hopefully that will change. I will probably even be posting some older games that I’ve discovered and enjoy.

I’ve always been interested in the Tomb Raider series, though I had difficulties with them. Then I just couldn’t get into a character I knew little or nothing about. That was my though, originally with this game, a reboot, if you will, of the Tomb Raider series. If they keep going with this Lara Croft, I think I’ll keep getting the games.

This Lara is young, hasn’t started her adventuring and is more interested in the more, realistic side of history and legends, than believing in the fantastical side. She starts off, not weak but not fully confident in her abilities and with her own flaws. As the game goes on, and she deals with more and more brushes with death and comes out stronger, she grows. I think that the character development on this game is amazing.  I have seen some criticism about how the narrative character differs from the game-play, and that is valid but I don’t think it’s as big a deal as it’s given out to be, as Lara mentions several times that Roth, an uncle figure in the game, had taught her a lot given he’d worked with her father.

Storyline is pretty linear and was, to me, pretty interesting. The various places visited on the island upon which you’ve been stranded are very well done. The characters look real and not so pixelated. I think that all the additional sights to explore, the storylines to pick up are very interesting, though sadly this part I didn’t start doing until the end of the game and I know I missed a lot. I plan to go back and hunt for more of these little tidbits.

The ending left it open for a sequel and I hope that there is one. This is a game that deserves to head up a new Lara Croft and I can’t wait to see what the developers do.

Story – 7

Playability – 7

Visual Appeal – 8

Overall – 7.5

~Tyger

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