Posted: December 19
This game remind me that this whole series was part of my childhood.
The last game I played was Legend, and after that, I completely ignored the series for whatever reason. After seeing this during the Autumn Sale, I decided that I would pick this game up to pass the time until the next (and hopefully better) sale. However, I was blown away that I regret not buying this earlier.
The graphics impressed me for nearly the whole game. I have exactly 100 screenshots in 12 hours of gameplay. Almost everything to it looks beautiful. However, at times, I feel like the characters (or more specifically Lara Croft) looked lazily done and the textures looked awful. But, like I said, 100 screenshots in 12 hours. Can't remember when I last took 100 with a game like this. The environments looked beautiful the whole way through, regardless of how bad Lara looked at times. Actually, this game was a nominee for the "Best Graphics" award for my blog, but it didn't win.
The gameplay is very smooth and the difficulty is relatively fair. The switch between stealth and shooter gameplay mixes well and switching from one to the other is a smooth, flawless transition. The game is somewhat open world, but you won't do much post-game unless you're a completionist. The bow was my personal favorite weapon and using it was a blast. All the weapons share a purpose so you'll use them all in different situations. But, as much as I enjoy the gameplay, I did find a few flaws. One thing is that if you want to buy this game for multiplayer, don't. It's dead. Another issue I had is that hunting is pointless in the game, all it really does is give you some XP to level up. The third flaw I had wih the game was that the QTEs are really unfair. Sometimes, no matter how much you mash that button, the game says you failed the QTE. This is especially annoying with the water scenes, where you're sliding down a waterfall and you have to shoot barricades and use the slow controls to dodge all the spikes so you don't get impaled. Other times, when you have to hit a certain button, they don't reveal that button until the very last second, and by the time you realize it, you're dead. They really need to be fixed. But other than those issues, I was very impressed with the gameplay.
Lara Croft's origin story is pretty intense the whole way through. After the ship she was on crashed on an island, she tried to look for a way out and also had to rescue her friend Sam. Although the whole "save your friend/family/etc" thing is very cliché, Tomb Raider does this right. The whole journey keeps you hooked, until the rescue mission finally comes. After that, then you'll learn that the game is "just getting started," and from that point on, the last few parts of the game really drag on. First you waste your time killing some members of a cult, then you go find a samurai and the antagonist's real plan, then you have to go rescue Sam again. Instead of this part of the story being thrilling, I nearly fell asleep. However, the "final boss" the Oni
was a pretty crazy fight. Other than the really draggy final part of the game, I'm happy with the dark, gritty origin tale of a legendary video game character.
I did some research, and realized the composer of Tomb Raider's soundtrack is Jason Graves, who is known for composing the Dead Space series' soundtrack. That being said, you can expect that the songs sound more creepy than intense. Because of this, the themes had trouble matching and so I wasn't very happy with the soundtrack. But, the voice acting was amazing, especially Lara Croft and Roth (Camilla Luddington and Robin Atkin Downes respectively) who really give the characters personality. Overall, the music needs work but I enjoy the voice acting.
The game lacks replayability mostly, and at least 14-15 hours is needed to 100% the game. Plus, the multiplayer is dead. Don't get this game if you want a game to waste your life with.
Tomb Raider has a lot of flaws, that's for sure. However, the experience was still intense, thrilling, and interesting almost the whole way through. If you loved the older Tomb Raiders or just adventure games in general, this game's a definite must-buy.
+Intense, gritty origin story
+Amazing voice acting
+Cool "final boss"
-Music doesn't match
-Textures look messy at times