Posted: May 30
Games are not always "fun" for me - they're often work that I like to do. This game is fun. It's work too, but it's also actually really fun. This game is like a perfect mix of Diablo and Mario Brothers. If you like isometric platform games, you'll love this game. If you get annoyed by fast-paced action puzzles, you will hate this game.
Let's get my cons out of the way first:
-Controlling this game with a keyboard and mouse is REALLY confusing and difficult! You have to reorient yourself to move Lara in the direction you actually want, and this is the cause of lots and lots of deaths (points lost.)
-There are some bugs, some of which are to your advantage, but most of which ruin your efforts. None of the bugs are so bad that it's unplayable at any point.
- Some of the levels are repetitive, meaning you have to do the same type of puzzle, just in a new setting.
- Some of the timed puzzles are made very annoying because controlling Lara is not easy. She can jump too far (when she jumps just right every other time,) go in the wrong direction, react too slowly, or get hidden behind an object.
Now on my to pros:
- Turning the combat down to "easy" does not reduce the difficulty of the puzzles. This means that if you prefer playing the game for the puzzles and the fun experience without the annoyance of difficult monsters, you can play it that way. It's still a lot of fun if you're not interested in difficult combat.
- The levels, though repetitive at times, are designed well. They are fun, interesting, and pose just enough challenges. Some of the challenges will make you frusturated, some will take a long time to figure out, while others are a little too easy. If a puzzle is too hard for you, there are tons of Youtube videos available to show you what to do. There was only one instance where I had to get help because I tried about a 100 different things and kept failing. Once I watched the video I felt like an idiot, because the solution was so easy - just not obvious.
- You can repeat levels over and over. If you're a completionist, this game gives you as many chances as you want without having to repeat too much.
- If you're not a completionist and just play for the experience, not all the accomplishments, that's okay too. You can still fully enjoy the game without worrying about every detail.
The so-so parts:
-The story. It's nothing special. There's nothing meaty here.
-The music is rarely fitting. It's either too repetitive, or too dramatic for the scene. It isn't bad music, just too much at times. The longer it takes you to make it through a level, the longer you have to listen to the simple repetitiveness of it.
I can't see anyone disliking this game if they're a fan of the genre. It's not the best isometric platform game out there, but it's still great and really enjoyable. If you don't like the genre, this title will not convert you. If you're a fan of Tomb Raider in general, you'll enjoy this, even if you're not typically a fan of isometric games.
I personally don't care about getting every achievement in this game. I even completed one level with zero points in the end because I died so many times. I know it makes me look bad, but with this game I don't care that much. I don't need to score well with each level in order to keep progressing, and I'm enjoying just passing every level without worrying about the details. I'm thankful for a game that lets me do that!