March 5th, 2013
Ever heard of a gaming series that continued to decline in sales and popularity and later on getting rebooted because of the fresh approach applied to it? Tomb Raider is one of such games. Thanks to the entire development team of Square Enix’s western studios that has made it possible.
In this game, Lara and her team gets trapped on an island while exploring it. There is a saying that once a plane or a ship reaches the island and tries to return back, the thunderstorms tear them apart. The only thing left to do here is: explore the hidden secrets of this island and somehow find a way to get back home. This is the place that turns Lara into a strong woman who learns different skills, so as to survive in difficult situations. It’s the responsive controls that make all the combat sequences enjoyable. This time Lara is skilled with all the acrobatic moves and shooting techniques, required to bring down enemies on their knees. Luckily, the “Bow” and “Arrow” are the first two versatile tools that Lara will be using. Whatever weapons Lara finds on the island are auto upgradable, which is quite interesting.
Using “Axe”, she can climb rocks and can open doors as well. Handgun, Shotgun and Assault rifle are some other standard weapons that can be upgraded to do some more damage. At a few points, the game will let you experience the true survival. You will be seeing Lara shooting a deer for some meat. Tomb Raider features a lot of scripted events that gives it a Hollywood movie feel, which is good for such games where exploring activities are available in huge bulk. The entire island has been designed with realistic features to make it look more real and natural. By killing enemies, you can assign skill points and can upgrade your weapons, so as to make Lara stronger. While exploring the island, she will learn new attack moves. Lara will be getting proper items at regular time period for upgrading mechanics and weapons.
Tomb Raider features a complete mix of favorable and unfavorable points. At some point you may feel disappointed with the entire Lara’s crew as they have got nothing much to do. All the puzzles are poorly done and can be resolved in few minutes. “Here is what to do” buttons makes it easier to solve all the puzzles. It’s quite a lengthy game that lacks pace at some points. All the stunts and shrieking things suit best with the difficult situations, she has to undergo.
Even though there is a multiplayer option available, you would not find it that special. To enjoy this feature, you will be asked to choose any one between the Island Inhabitants and the Survivors. You can even customize things as per your satisfaction.
Overall, Tomb Raider turns to be an adventurous game as you can use traps and other stuffs to come over your opposite team. So either you play it solo or with your friends via multi-player option, you are definitely going to earn some new experience.