2013 Tomb Raider: Underworld Review
First off, been playing this game for 2+ years and finally beat it.
In preparation for this years release of Tomb Raider, It has re-sparked an interest in this utterly annoying platformer/puzzle game that one can only experience by owning an original Play Station and throwing in Tomb Raiders I through III. Regardless, some odd years later, the Tomb's haven't changed much.
Tomb Raider: Underworld is the most recent of the old franchise. It's at this peak that Lara Croft has the biggest "body features" of the series. Which is most likely why the new game is a prequel, featuring a more vulnerable, weaker Lara that not even Jolie could portray. Although the entire game and models like Lara look absolutely stunning in crisp HD, it all seems a bit to convenient. Which is the way of the old Tomb Raider franchise I suppose.
Over all, the mechanics of the game are clunky and out of date. Often times misdirecting jumps to utter and complete death. Death was overlooked in the animation department as well, not in the budget I suppose. And if it's not wacky jumps then it's the camera angels that kill you. Puzzles are tough, no strategy needed but a gift for common sense and practical solutions. Over thinking this game will leave you searching for hours, which like all Tomb Raiders gives you that HOLY ♥♥♥♥ WTF! moment when you figure it out. That has authenticity, which I like, but that kind of searching in games is so 90's. Story is way over my head, not a Tomb Raider story follower. The Tombs and places I went however where very interactive and enjoyable. Although NPC's are as smart as a door knob, killing them is always a good time if you can get past the horrendous shooting and melee mechanics of the game.
Over all, this Tomb Raider brought together what I loved about the old franchise, clunky mechanics smashed together with high levels of platforming, and put it on a grade A level with visuals. Although I doubt we will see a Tomb Raider like this again, it's a great benchmark for gamers who want to know what the game was like, before it became an "Uncharted like" masterpiece.
7.5/10 (A 7.5 out of 10) Original. Visually stunning. Doesn't compare to newer games but for 2011, it defiantly holds it's own. If your a Lara fan, play it!