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Crystal Dynamic's reboot of the Tomb Raider series is a success. 4

It's actually risky to reboot an iconic character. Not only do you need to bring fresh ideas, but to make sure that he character still has those traits that make the character memorable in the first place. Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry tried to reboot the Character of Dante with mixed results. Now Crystal Dynamics attempts to reboot Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. For the first time in 17 years, Lara feels like a real person. She is unsure of herself, cares for others, and feels pain as the events of...

17 out of 20 found this review helpful.

Whether you're a Tomb Raider fan or just in the mood for some thrilling action, this reboot's got you covered. 3

Lara Croft has had something of an interesting career in the video game industry. Once a pinnacle in the original Playstations' library of games, the Tomb Raider series began to lose some steam after the second or third title. With each new chapter, developers promised a return to Lara's golden days as an adventurer, but what players were left with was some poorly aging controls and questionable story decisions. So, when Square Enix announced that they would be rebooting the long standing series...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Lara's new adventure, while gravely steelier than usual, is perhaps her best yet. 1

Lara Croft's been through some shit in her storied career as a beloved video game character. Angel of Darkness, sure, but I also mean figuratively. The newest Tomb Raider game, from studio Crystal Dynamics who have been developing for the series since its last reboot, has chosen to retell her origin story with this in mind: How the archeologist heroine acquired her ruthless survival streak that's been at the core of her character from the offset, along with her sardonic sense of humor and back-f...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

The Will to Survive 0

It’s hard to ignore the deep impression that the Tomb Raider series and its rough-and-tumble protagonist have made on gaming, but it must be admitted that Lara and her adventures seem closely bound to a bygone era of excess crate puzzles and comparatively rudimentary characters and environments. The series carried on long after its original reign during the Playstation One generation, but it’s felt like it’s never quite managed to find its footing as part of the modern action-adventure genre. Th...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Crystal Dynamics and Lara both take the Reboot term seriously, delivering an adventure worthy of a true survivor. 0

Tomb Raider (2013) (Xbox360) REVIEW____________________________________________________________________________Long time veteran of the medium Lara Croft is no stranger to adventure, but in Crystal Dynamics new origin tale, we aim to achieve a closer relation to the newly redesigned heroine, and simultaneously bring a game long known for its puzzles and adventurous platforming into the new age of video game storytelling, all without sacrificing the tomb raiding the game built it’s name upon. Do...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I can't give this game 3.5 so I have to give it 4 out of 5 0

Tomb Raider is an alright game. In fact, in many ways, it's pretty good. But for everything it does right, it does something a little wrong, and the main impression the game leaves is one of "Imagine what it could have been".STORY:This is a reboot for the entire series, setting up Lara Croft as a recently graduated archaeologist on an expedition to find the ruins of a mystical island civilization off the coast of Japan. On approach to the mystical island located in the "Dragon's Triangle", the s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A queen of legend gets resurrected. Fast paced, gorgeous, and an exciting new beginning for the franchise. 0

The original Tomb Raider emerged as a significant and influential early 3D action game, taking the market by storm and spawning an industry of merchandising, sequels, and adaptations. She sprang into existence and seemed to become an instant archetypal touchstone. Something of a pop culture frenzy ensued, with major media outlets covering all aspects of the game.Everyone knew who she was. That popularity endured even as her games became more and more rote, and the gaming population's view largel...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hands free immersion 0

It’s become rather conventional for today’s games to open with a roller coaster of CG animation, scripted sequences and quick time events. It’s just what big name titles have to do these days to engage the player, like the first episode of a debut TV series where you can practically see the producers in the background throwing money at huge props, computer graphics, and expensive explosions. But what glorified linear sequences in games and grandiose episodes of TV series have often taught us is ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Amidst a PR flurry a survivor is born 0

Reboots have it rough these days. Trying to appease both fans of old and series newcomers is a balancing act I don't envy. Crystal Dynamics set out to redefine how people perceive Lara Croft in their latest Tomb Raider reboot and distance themselves from the buxom, sex laden image of the past. Gone are the long camera pans creeping up Lara's backside or superfluous shower scenes, and in comes a gritty story of a young girl becoming a hardened adventurer through a trial by fire. While there migh...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A reboot that completely ignores what Tomb Raider represents. 0

Spoilers are PresentTomb Raider has always been about free form puzzles that encourage the player to use their knowledge of the game mechanics and design to solve obstacles with little input. This produced both satisfying and engaging game-play that lead to the huge success of the original games. While the lack of narrative was a weak-point, they tried to rectify this with the next gen releases. Tomb Raider: Underworld being their last attempt before they wiped the slate clean and started over. ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

What do you get when Uncharted, Arkham, Die Hard, and the original Tome Raider get tossed into a blender? 0

This game is the answer. If that sounds like a fun time to you. Just get it and play it. You will not regret it. When you start the game you find Croft on a boat looking for a island, something goes wrong and the boat sinks. When the game really starts you are tossed into a world that is just beating you down for most of the game. And Croft takes it all, and grows from it in both her character and her combat skills.She will never just die. And the enemies start to get that...Throughout the game ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Uninspired, competent and faintly disturbing. Tomb Raider does nothing new but plenty well. 0

Something occurred to me during my time with Tomb Raider. As I repeatedly saw the numerous hard surfaces of Tomb Raider play hot potato with the new, young Lara Croft, it was like the team at Crystal Dynamics was trying to show me how serious they were about making a Tomb Raider game that wasn’t a pastiche of Indiana Jones and softcore pornography. The new Tomb Raider is nothing if not a very serious game. It wants you to believe Lara’s transition from a naïve young archeologist to assertive and...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider (PC) Review. 0

It'd be easy to look upon Tomb Raider with a cynical eye, one tinted with the knowledge that the men and women of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal had at some point, played the highly successful Uncharted franchise and said 'hey, let's make that game but featuring Lara Croft' and to be fair on face value that's how Tomb Raider appears, a less captivating Uncharted as it attempts to reboot a franchise many would called outdated.I can't remember the last time I saw an island filled with junk lo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider (2013) Review 0

I first played Tomb Raider about 4 months ago and I got 1.7hours into the game on steam. At that point I found the game very boring and I thought the quick time events were ruining the game somewhat. However I went back to the game 3 days ago and carried on from where I was not imaging it would improve much. However like out of nowhere the game started to get intense and I can now realise they decided to make the game progress really slow. You will watch as Lara goes from young and naive to a su...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Crystal Dynamic's reboot is a promising new start for the series 0

Lara Croft is no longer the cocky, cold-blooded killer she once was. After she’s forced to make her first kill in the new reboot of the Tomb Raider series, she doesn’t spout a cheeky one-liner, instead she trembles falls to her knees, sobbing in horror at what she has done. Moments like this lend a humanity to a character whose personality, in the past, has been mostly one-dimensional. It also sums up the new direction for the franchise, aiming for a more realistic, gritty approach, as opposed t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Survivor is Reborn. 0

With the latest, freshly rebooted Tomb Raider game, a lot of emphasis is placed on rebuilding Lara Croft as a character. Lara begins the game insecure, inexperienced, and indecisive. She was created as someone for the player to empathize with. In order to hammer this point in, Tomb Raider takes every opportunity to abuse the living hell out of Lara. The game more or less begins with her dropping straight onto a conveniently place piece of rebar and getting pierced through the side. I consider m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Very enjoyable game but can't help but feel they could be doing a lot more. 0

Let me start by saying I have never been a fan of the Tomb Raider series before now.I always thought there was more they could do with the character of Lara Croft. She always came off to me as a shallow male fantasy and never betrayed her as a real person it's only now that I'm older that I can look back at the previous games with any sort of reflection.I can see now what the entire series up to this point was trying to do it wanted to bring Pulp Fiction style Serial Adventures to gaming, which...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Breaking my Suspension of Disbelief with Lara Croft 0

We can almost assume that everybody knows by now that cut-scene bullets are the real deal, they cause pain and/or death and lead to "real life" repercussions in the game world that we are experiencing. Think Aries in Final Fantasy VII, your protagonist in Fallout 3 or any of the Modern Warfare games for evidence of thisCut-scenes need to have this power in order to bring some real consequence to the loop holes of conventional gaming mechanics; we can accept that our protagonist can take several...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Murder Girl Fun Time 0

AHHHHHHLara just fell onto a piece of rusted rebar. It's okay, she got it out. Wait, she's bleeding out. It's okay, she put her hand over the wound.OOOOOOHLara just stepped onto a bear trap. She's fallen and she's in pain. It looks like that might have broken something(s). Wait, no, it's okay, she's gotten up.OuchLara's fallen from a thing. That was a huge fall. It's okay. She's okay.Oof?Lara just parachuted into a tree and hit a branch before falling sideways onto the earth. Okay, anyway, movin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider is definitely a step in the right direction, though far from perfect 0

I can't say I didn't like Tomb Raider. In fact, I can't say I fully liked it either. The game is solid overall: the graphics are great, the cinematic action sequences are honestly amazing, the gameplay (though nothing overly original) is up to the task, the story is serviceable, the characters are (somewhat) likable, the length of the game is appropriate and the performance on PC shows a good porting job on Nixxes' part. That being said, I feel that its negative aspects weight more than its pos...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Solid Reimagining, And Taking the Uncharted Formula Further. 0

I'm probably like most of y'all, who were quite skeptical with how this game will turn out based off the early previews and footage, but by the end of the ~10 hr game, I feel like I quite enjoyed it. It borrowed heavily on Uncharted style , but it smartly noted the criticisms people had with Uncharted games (way too linear, combat sections are too long, huge disconnect between cutscenes and gameplay aka mass murderer psycho Drake), and addressed them in a way that the game feels different and po...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider Review 0

It is finally time to see how Lara Croft got her start, and in this game you get to peer behind that very curtain. You of course will be playing the part of Lara, a very, very reluctant archeologist/adventurer. She is accompanied by a band of friends, and one arrogant prick of an expert. You are in search of a hidden city that is said to be the throne of the Sun Queen, a being that was said to be able to control the very weather. Lara finds that they might be headed in the wrong direction and a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A strong start for a new kind of Tomb Raider game 0

The Tomb Raider franchise has been all over the place in the decade and a half since it began. The first three games were quite loved, but soon the quality started to decline and followers began to drop off. A reboot, Angel of Darkness, was meant to start a new trilogy but failed to entice customers. Crystal Dynamics was passed the torch, and they began a new trilogy. These games were well-received, but Crystal Dynamics wasn’t happy with making the same old games. They wanted to take the protag...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider is a hell of a Game 0

An arc is very important to any fictional character. At the end of their journey the hero must have changed either for better or worse as the narrative dictates. A few games have undertaken this narrative tool and attempted through various means the transition a routine video game character must undergo through any myriad of tasks. This being video games and that meaning being married to the gun, bow, and knife most of these character changes revolve around going from an innocent human who may o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tomb Raider 0

Great adventure, though I don't think they quite succeed with the whole "a survivor is born" story arc that they were ambitiously aiming for. But they were admirably close. It's a game that borrows heavily from the Uncharted formula, but it improves the combat while at the same time not quite reaching the same level of spectacle. The game does feel too long, with some unimpressive story padding bogging down the pacing in the later third of the game. There is a great, small moment towards the end...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A pretty good slice of action/adventure gaming and a great way to kick off the franchises reboot. 0

The RadGood balance of combat, puzzle solving and platforming.Good characterization, voice acting.Great visuals.The BadUnnecessary multiplayer.Open world and survival aspects severely downplayed.Tomb Raider is one of those franchises that I don’t have a lot of experience with. When I was a kid I played the first game, but never got anywhere. Of course I’ve seen the movies, but the only Tomb Raider game prior to now that I’d played to completion was Legends. And that was pretty good in it’s own r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It's Bow Time. 0

Reminiscing about this game is honestly a challenge. I cannot say that there was any one moment from the campaign that stuck out to me. The entire game was just one solid piece of content from start to finish, and I mean this in the best way possible. Forgetting about the cognitive dissonance to Lara's mindset and her actions, this was easily one of the most polished experiences I've had in a while. Whether this was due to the incredibly smooth bow mechanics or the finely tuned upgrading system,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fleetingly thrilling, but mechanically dissonant and narratively incoherent 0

Lara falls off a cliff and is caught by a rushing mudslide. As mud and debris rush down around her, she pulls out her shotgun to blast away a man-made barrier that is for some reason in the middle of this waterfall. She succeeds, but she sees another drop where the mudslide stops. She falls over the edge, crashing down onto the ground face first. “I bet the others found a faster way down,” she pants as she rises, zero bones broken and only minor lacerations across her arms.In rebooting the waywa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Decent reboot that can't decide if it wants to be an action-comedy or a serious horror movie 0

[Warning: Some spoilers might follow]The Tomb Raider reboot is overall a rather uneven mix. It completely fails to find a consistent tone. It start out like a horror movie. After getting ship wreaked, Lara gets captured and tied up. On her escape the has to wade through dead bodies and past the remains of ritual sacrifies. This portion of the game is heavily driven by cutscenes and quicktime events and in general just not a whole lot of fun to play.Soon after the game switches to the survivalist...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Game Review for “Tomb Raider” (2013, Xbox 360) – Highly Recommended 0

Tomb Raider and I have had an interesting, if fleeting, past. I really did not play the original games in the late 1990′s, not sure why exactly. Likely I was deep into other games at the time. I actually had more familiarity with Lara on the movie screen and enjoyed both outings of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and The Cradle of Life. It wasn’t until Tomb Raider: Legend that I actually played a Lara Croft game from beginning to end and though I quite enjoyed it, I really didn’t play any more of...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"It's great to see Lara finally back at the top where she belongs." 0

Reboot. The word can give mixed feelings to an audience. The potential is huge as a once great series that has lost steam can be rejuvenated when a good reboot happens. On the other hand, if done badly it can spoil a franchise and with no potential sequels or fresh ideas on the horizon can almost bury it without a trace. Lucky for us Tomb Raider is most definitely a reboot that rejuvenates the series. Whilst not without it's problems, it's great to see Lara finally back at the top where she bel...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Lara's reboot brings fun gameplay, great graphics and solid story to the Tomb Raider franchise. 0

Crystal Dynamic’s latest Tomb Raider offering is a complete reboot on the series, and attempts to create a more gritty and realistic world for, and character in, Lara Croft. The story starts you off on a ship, on your way to your first adventure as a fresh-faced, naive to the dangers of the world Lara. Naturally, things go wrong and Lara finds herself trapped on a remote and mysterious island, forced to learn quickly as she desperately fights for her life.Lara starts out with a bow, but graduall...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Despite falling just short of perfection, Tomb Raider is well worth your time. 0

I got my first game console when I was 12. Back then, my parents weren’t fond of the prospect of games taking up my free time. However, I was able to convince them that all I wanted for that 12th birthday was a Dreamcast and the latest Sonic games, Sonic Adventure and Sonic Shuffle (I was a bigSonic kid). For weeks after I got the system, those were the only games I’d play, but after my excitement for them had died down, I discovered that a demo disc had also come with my system. Not having anyt...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

My Tomb Raider Review 0

I have never played any of the previous Tomb Raider games. I have seen some of the first couple played from time to time, but nothing about them caught my interest at all. So I can not do any comparing really from those to the new rebooted Tomb Raider that has given birth to a new Lara Croft. Crystal Dynamics did what I think a lot of developers wish they could do with big budget well known game series. Not only did they go out on a limb to reboot Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise, but th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Lara is Reborn 0

The original Tomb Raider games we're fun and offered PlayStation players one of the best playable female protagonist characters with Lara Croft, an adventurous, dual pistol wielding explorer who could take on bears, dinosaurs, and mercenaries. Ever since the PlayStation era of Lara, Crystal Dynamics has had a hard time creating a Tomb Raider title that was both critically and commercially successful, and many thought the series would simply fade, especially since Uncharted has been on a role sin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

9/10 This new Tomb Raider is just the reboot that this series needed 0

The first Tomb Raider practically redefined the action adventure genre. For such an old game, it was brimming with adventure and discovery as you guide Lara Croft through ruins and ancient tombs. Lara has returned for several more adventures since then, but the series was starting to show its age as it was surpassed by others in the genre like Assassins Creed or Uncharted. Finally, in 2013, Crystal Dynamics took it upon themselves to reboot the series with new gameplay mechanics, a new story and...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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