Posted: January 23
I remember playing the orginal Tomb Raider back when it as released on the original PlayStation. Over the years, it seems more has been written about Ms. Crofts ever expanding bust than on the actual games themselves. This changed with the release of the last Tomb Raider (which I haven't played as yet, though it is in my library to download).
I picked up this title as the description reminded me of the original in some way, but also cause I'm a sucker for a good action/adventure game. And I'd just finished playing Shadowrun Returns, so the isometric view felt like a good fit.
This game holds the tenents of the series close. As Lara, you must run, jump, shoot, bomb, swing, climb and puzzle your way though the temple with the Totec running point as you hunt down an ancient artifact and try to stop a catastrophe of epic proportions. Lara quips with the best of them as well. The puzzles require a bit of thought, some quick reflexes and when played in co-op mode, good communication to ensure you can make the most of Lara's and Totec's abilities.
While it may not be a "true" Tomb Raider title, Crystal Dynamics have crafted a game that takes the Croft name and does it justice. I've thoroughly enjoyed playing through this and look forward to playing the second installment when my budget allows.