Happy St. Patrick’s Holiday to all of my dear readers. Welcome back to my esteemed blog. We have seen several video game franchises make several attempts at returning to the spotlight of their glory days (Duke Nukem, Splatterhouse). Unfortunately, these attempts have failed miserably, and have only succeeded in damaging the franchise’s reputation.
Now another franchise has made an attempt at a divine resurrection. Lara Croft became the sexiest video game character ever with the release of Tomb Raider for the Playstation 1 in 1996. Since 2003 Tomb Raider seemed to fade out and most people considered the franchise to be extinct. Crystal Dynamics had other plans for the series however. They have completely redesigned Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise in it’s entirety. So, does Tomb Raider have what it takes to make it’s way back into the spotlight? Let’s find out.
Graphics: Anyone who is familiar with the Tomb Raider series will instantly notice how beautiful the game is, not to mention Lara Croft’s makeover. The environments are very lush and detailed, and whenever Lara suffers an injury you will instantly notice the effort that was put into the beautiful details of the character and environments. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The musical score is very well done, and fits the scenario of each location and situation within the Tomb Raider world. Jason Graves, who is best known for his work in the Dead Space series does a fantastic job of creating the right music for the right situation. The voice acting is also very well done with Camilla Luddington leading the way as the voice of Lara Croft. Score: 9.5/10
Gameplay: Fans of Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted will feel right at home with Tomb Raider. The gameplay mechanics have the same stealthy tactical mechanics and action packed gun, and arrow shooting as both game franchises. Real-time situations and environmental dangers will have you thinking quick on your feet. The storyline is also intriguing and told through cut-scenes, and in game voice dialogue throughout the adventure. Score: 9.5/10
Issues: The only issue that I have with this title is the multiplayer. While it was a cute attempt to add a little more variety to the game, it fails miserably. The multiplayer is very dull and pointless to say the least. While gamers might be entertained with this for the first hour or so, the interest will die very quickly.
Tomb Raider has made a huge return to the gaming spotlight in a big way. Lara Croft is back, sexier, stronger, and with more attitude than ever before.
Final Score: 9.5/10
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