Tomb Raider (2013) 3-Years Later ReviewGuest_Jim_* -
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For years in both the movie and video game industry, we have been seeing many franchises get reboots in the hopes of rekindling the interest of old fans and make some new fans. In this case the latter would be the hope for me, as I had never played a Tomb Raider game before this 2013 reboot. With its sequel being released for PC soon, it seemed like a good time to install it and put together this review.
In Tomb Raider you play as Lara Croft as a young woman. Inspired by the family story of her friend, Sam, you are part of an archeological expedition to find the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Sam is supposedly a descendant of Himiko, the Sun Queen who ruled the kingdom. On Lara's intuition, the expedition sails into the Dragon's Triangle and is caught in a horrible storm that destroys the ship. Several of the crew survive and make it to the island, only to have to fight nature and other survivors, if they want a chance to return home.
Tomb Raider is an action-adventure title played in the third person. There is also a level of puzzle gameplay, as you have to solve some challenges to access certain areas and acquire some items. Helping direct you is Survival Instinct, which highlights items and objects of importance with a glow. There are some RPG qualities to the game as well, as you earn skill points and acquire salvage to upgrade weapons.
The game has an M rating from the ESRB for intense violence, blood and gore, and strong language. It earns all three of those, especially when you consider that you can shoot arrows into enemies heads and in a finishing move fire several rounds into enemies from an assault rifle. As some of this content has been captured in the screenshots and videos in this review, this review might not be appropriate for everyone.
With that covered, time to get into the review.