Thursday, January 2

Game Review: Tomb Raider (2013)

Genre: Adventure/Third Person Shooter
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: 05/03/13
Developer: Crystal Dynamics

The Tomb Raider series is a long running franchise, dating back to 1996 on the Playstation, PC and Sega Saturn. After 17 years the franchise has been rebooted with the title 'Tomb Raider'. The game stars the young Lara Croft, whose ship crashes onto a not so deserted island, and her struggle to escape.

The developers choice to portray a younger Lara is an interesting one, as you are playing a hero who isn't a seasoned veteran with years of combat under their belt. The game reflects Lara's inexperience and shock frequently, such as her first kill or reacting to injury and death. Despite Lara's initial timidness she quickly becomes a cold mass murderer shouting "You bastards!" while mowing down enemies. Lara's transformation is extremely jarring in its rapidness, somewhat eclipsing the whole concept of Lara being a more naive and inexperienced character.