I just completed Tomb Raider yesterday in a single day, thought that I should share it with you all. It is a really nice game, it has everything Tomb Raider should have: action, tombs and Lara Croft. The graphics are beautiful, the scenery is really immense and the story line is compelling! I would really recommend anyone that has the slightest interest in Tomb Raider to try it out.
The last Tomb Raider game came in 2003 (not counting the spin off) so it has been a long 10 year wait. Has it been worth it? In a word: YES!
This time around we are brought back to the origins of Lara. The story starts off on an expedition for finding an ancient civilization with a 21 year old Lara. After being caught off in a storm, they are stranded on an island in the “Dragon Triangle” where Lara gets separated from the group, kidnapped by a crazy native.
Tomb Raider play through part 1:
The player interaction is very fluent and even if there is a large open-ish world, there are very few glitches. This open world style often results in a lot of weird control issues as there is too much content for the developers to hammer them all out, but Square Enix has done a good job here.
When it comes to the graphics, Tomb Raider is made in Crystal Engine (also used for Deus EX) which has some really nice graphics, including TressFX for Lara’s hair. This treats the heir as physical entities, doing physics calculations on it, making it look great. The graphics in general looks very good(almost managed to max out my HD7970). Crystal Engine renders the light beautifully, making the environment very life-like and really sets the mood for the scenes.
Normally cut scenes really annoys me, but in Tomb Raider they really do a good job telling the story. They are also interactive, so even if there is a cut scene, you have to pay attention. Square Enix has made some really gruesome death scenes which really makes you want to close your eyes. This also serves another purpose: it really gets you to want to survive and getting really immersed in the story.
Tomb Raider play through part 2:
In conclusion: This might be the best game of 2013! If you like either shooters or adventure games, I would really recommend that you check it out. You will not be disappointed!