Cyanide back at ya with another review. This time on the absolutely fantastic game by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider. When it comes to games, especially like this I’m gonna review certain aspects that really stand out in the time frame that I’ve played. In other words, just beware of spoilers.
First of all, I just need to spotlight on the overall graphics of this game. Everything from the actual characters, the action and even the scenery is phenomenal. For example, when she’s in the creepy tomb with the shrine and the bodies strung up like Christmas lights, I really just wanted to spend my time admiring the surroundings. So much work was put into every single part of the game and I don’t think anyone can argue that. During her escape, there was so much going on with boulders flying at you and walls crumbling and you’re dodging things here and there, it was like an interactive movie. I kept finding myself yelling at the TV for her to make it out alive as if I weren’t controlling her. Its okay, I shook my head at myself too. When she’s outside and I saw the geography and the scenery, I mentally was thanking anyone who had anything to do with the making of this game. To the guy who took out the garbage at the offices while this was in the making, thank you sir, you have done this world a service.
Now, onto game play. Honestly, I’ve never played any of the Tomb Raider games, not because I didn’t want to, just never did. No reason behind it. I also SUCK at video games and if I could put the word ‘suck’ in big, bold letters that flashed, I would. So when I tell you I died a few times, just have some mercy on my soul. The first time I died, I dont know why, but Lara was like “screw you, im just gonna walk back and forth on the edge here for a minute.” When I finally got her to jump, it was like off into no mans land and I had a rage quit moment. Next few times, it was due to the button mashing parts. Fighting back and running up that steep ass hill using the left and right trigger buttons, fun, just difficult for someone like me. The climbing parts remind me a lot of Assassin’s Creed and those games I love, especially the puzzles. Yay, I’m good at these! I know the Tomb Raider games are well known for their puzzles, again I’ve never played them before so hush up.
Let’s highlight on the hunting and the miscellaneous finds now. Once again, I suck, so it took me a while to get the controls down of using the bow and arrow. Once I did, I was able to get myself a delightful deer and give poor little Bambi a hug. Sorry sweets but mommy became dinner. After killing Bambi’s mother and working my way back to camp I noticed two things, a little box that was tucked away and some wind chime thing. I shot the wind chime and received some notice for it, but I was too busy focusing on getting to the box. These are things that are going to bother me if I don’t get all of them, like the Templar flags in Assassin’s Creed or the riddler trophies in Batman Arkham City. In the box was a note written by a soldier which has made me extremely determined to find all of them because that storyline seems awesome. Finally, I worked my way back to camp and conclude my gaming for the evening.
Let me bow in appreciation of those who have created this masterpiece, for this is one hell of a game so far. In conclusion, get the game, play the game, laugh and cry with Lara. Prepare the feels my minions cuz this one is gonna be enjoyable but painful!