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When I received my copy of Tomb Raider in the mail I was ecstatic. In my younger years, I would play Tomb Raider on the computer for hours and hours until Parental Unit Alpha or Bravo would find out that I hadn’t moved from in front of the screen for an extended period of time. I would then be forced to shut it down and go to a friend’s house for some more raiding, or an Allied Assault tournament, either one. I know, rough childhood, the epitome of suburban teen problems.
Well needless to say, I expected a lot from the new Tomb Raider game, and holy crap did it deliver. In this series reboot, we join Lara Croft before she was the crazy ass Tomb Raider we all know. Lara Croft is on her first job after graduating, and it certainly shows. She is just a mild mannered archeologist who barely knows which end of the gun makes things go away. She shows fear, and lacks confidence in her own abilities, but by throughout the story, she develops into the determined survivor and adventurer we all know.
On this Tomb Raider’s journey to find the island of Yamatai, she encounters a devastating storm that leaves her and the ships’ crew stranded, as luck would have it, right next to the island they were searching for. All of them reached their destination, however, there is very little time before they begin to encounter all the craziness the island has to offer.
By no means is this a dull game. A little piece of advice: be prepared at all timed. Random stuff happens all the time, and some of it will require you to react quickly to survive. It’s awesome. Even traveling from place to place is entertaining. Jumping from cliff to cliff, rock climbing, leaping from heights that would seriously injure any other person, it’s just thrilling. There’s always something to do in Tomb Raider. When you have a little bit of downtime from the mass amounts of people trying to murder you in the face, there are plenty of items to collect and secret tombs to explore.
The weapons and items you come across during the Tomb Raider gameplay get a little intense. You start off the game with a bow that eventually gets upgraded throughout the game to some hellacious bringer of face bursting fire arrows. No matter what other kind of weapon I got, I always found myself using the bow as much as possible because of the entertainment value. Nothing like shooting someone with an arrow, then having them burst into flames, you know just to be sure they’re REALLY dead, not just mostly dead.
Instinct ability is one of the most used features of the game. It highlights items, paths, or people important to the game. It’s great if you can’t figure where to go, or if some random dude on top of a cliff is shooting at you and you have no idea where he is. Whether you need Instinct or not, you’ll find yourself tapping the button anyway. Hey, you never know, it may reveal some awesome stuff you may have missed.
During the several hours of gameplay, I seriously never found a downside to Tomb Raider. The whole game is freaking gripping and demands to be played. If you’re into the whole adventure game thing, Tomb Raider is a must buy, no need to even Gamefly it, you’ll want to play it over and over again. And be sure that when you do get it to have plenty of time set aside, because once you start, you wont want to stop until it’s 100% complete. Sleep and responsibility be damned!…or at least until you do complete it.
TheGeekHq Rating: 10/10
ESRB Rating: M
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