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The Gaming Review - Tomb Raider

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PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

A survivor is born.

The Pitch: Taking you back to when it all began, 2013’s Tomb Raider is a series reboot that dives into Lara Croft’s origin story, explaining how she went from a wet-behind-the-ears wannabe archaeologist to a big-boobed reincarnation of Indiana Jones.

What It Really Is: The key to a successful reboot is delivering the fundamentals your audience loved about the original while making the changes you know they want. Tomb Raider strikes this essential balance by keeping the puzzle-solving and gunplay of the original games, but wraps it all in a grittier, darker premise and a more realistic graphic style. Mix in some fantastic-looking cut-scenes and a wide variety of island environments, from blood-soaked caverns to snowy mountain peaks, and Square Enix has left very little for fans to dislike. We found plenty of reasons to praise Lara’s latest outing, but the one thing that stood out above all else was the connection we had to her as she evolved into the fearless adventuress we knew she was destined to be. The events of this game happen very early in Lara’s career, when she’s just a kid with good instincts but no experience. So you’re there the first time she’s forced to kill to save her own life, the first time she fashions a tool to bust through an obstacle and, most importantly, the first time she lays eyes on a treasure chest. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “When we die, we’re splurging for a mausoleum, because we really hope Lara will raid our tomb.”

Fun Fact: Acting as a testament to the fact that this is Tomb Raider like you’ve never seen it before, the ESRB has rated the game Mature, a first for the series. Don’t know if it’s justified? Wait until you experience your first death and the cut scene that follows. We’re still dreaming of wolves ripping out our throats.


Who It’s For: It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Lara Croft and we’ve reluctantly had to accept an overabundance of cosplayers instead of the real deal. Enough! Throwing on some sunglasses, a tanktop and green daisy dukes does not a Tomb Raider make. 2013’s Tomb Raider is a reminder of why girls started dressing up as Lara and why we fell in love with her in the first place.


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