Tomb Raider

Players: 1 Offline, 2-8 Online
Publisher: Square Enix
Genres: Action, Adventure
Release Date: March 5, 2012
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
MSRP: $59.99
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Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

Tomb Raider is AWESOME!, 7.1 out of 10 based on 26 ratings

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Tomb Raider Review (UK)

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    Tomb Raider is awesome. I’m excited for the sequel.

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Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is AWESOME!, 7.1 out of 10 based on 26 ratings

“I can do this!”

Hearing Lara Croft breathlessly utter this phrase to herself as she expertly jumps, climbs, slides, and shoots her way through her new canonically first adventure is both elating and harrowing. It is a line that is emblematic of how Tomb Raider feels–challenging itself to do better despite the struggles it goes through. Such struggles are always expected, especially involving a beloved game series that is attempting to redefine itself in a modern setting. Yet, through its all-encompassing “Yes I can” attitude, Tomb Raider is able to rise to the occasion, if becoming a bit bruised and battered in the process.

PROS Visually striking, Great gameplay, Strong characterization of Lara
CONS Weak storyline and supporting cast, Weaker multiplayer, Lack of interactivity
WTF?! Your first encounter with the not-Others

The first ten minutes of the game have Lara escaping a cavern littered with human remains, dirty water, and a crazed scavenger. Later, Lara must contend with murderous islanders who throttle her after deciding not to rape her. And that is if you let the scene play out, which is frankly just disturbing. Needless to say, it feels like Crystal Dynamics is overcompensating heavily in order to make Lara feel threatened in a world darker than Lord of the Flies, but it sometimes comes across as gratuity for its own sake.

There are a lot of savage images like this on the not-Lost island.

It also doesn’t help that Tomb Raider feels like a new episode of Lost. After shipwrecking on a mysterious island vaguely off the Coast of Japan, Lara and the team literally go through the beats of the TV show. Meanwhile, there are tombs that are desperate to be raided. Many of these small diversions are great testaments to the previous titles, offering clever platforming puzzles that are both challenging and rewarding to accomplish. In fact, one thing I can’t say is bad about Tomb Raider is the scope; despite being a collection of deceptively linear areas, there is enough to explore in each area to uncover the island’s secrets and massive amounts of collectibles for the fanatical completionists out there.

This is really Tomb Raider‘s strength. Traversing the grimy shantytowns, decrepit mountain ruins, and hidden caverns is just a visual treat. Lara also puts her skills to the test, showing that–despite her own verbal reservations–she more than capable of asserting her dominance of the elements by parkouring across the natural landscape. It is just fun to explore in Tomb Raider, giving off waves of nostalgic pleasure as you figure out the terrain’s natural puzzles.

What is not that fun, however, is the random acts of combat. Perhaps that is a misnomer though, as the moments where Lara becomes as destructive as Nathan Drake are well done action pieces that would make Indiana Jones furrow his brow. To say they are not fun would be a great disservice. But truth be told, they take away from the majesty of what makes Tomb Raider special. Lara doesn’t need to mow down waves of enemies in cover-based combat, let alone fight so many not-Others in one sitting. It is really the earlier parts of the game, where Lara is just using her abilities to survive in nature, that grab you and demonstrate how savage and dangerous the world can be.

Sequences against the elements and nature are brilliant in terms of visuals, but a letdown in terms of interactivity.

Like most action-adventure titles, Tomb Raider has its fair share of quick-time events to contend with, but for the most part they are fairly tame in their use. For example, when the camera changes perspective for a great cliffhanger moment, there is often no danger of failure attached. One of the best moments in Tomb Raider is a very cinematic sequence where Lara climbs a radio tower, reaching the top on the rusted ladder rungs in a visually brilliant scene. But there is little danger to be had other than one QTE in a whole two minute sequence–no excitement other than taking in the view of the scenery, making much of the platforming in such instances just an exercise in pushing forward.

This is not necessarily a bad design choice. It gives us great moments of Lara being adventurous in a scene of danger, and does help in crafting a point of view that visually captures the essence of what Tomb Raider can be. But without the threat of failure, or worse, the fact that failure is sometimes unavoidable, it takes the form of being nothing but a cinematic overload, where your “interactivity” is limited to pushing left or right on the thumbstick.

It also doesn’t help much that the storyline of Tomb Raider is fairly blasé. Our group of survivors is filled with the stereotypical mix of hardened mentors, spunky fighters, and a nerd for comic relief. We also get a damsel in distress thrown in for good measure, and of course, one guy who is such a bastard, it would have been impressive if he didn’t turn on the survivors. The story is supposed to show Lara growing as a character, and while it does succeed in this aspect, it is somewhat forced in other respects.

Again, her exclamations of “I can do this!” come to mind as a narrative motif, showing her transition from a reluctant heroine to a capable adventurer. This transformation is fairly paced, but tonally dissonant with a majority of the game’s cutscenes, which do not mesh with her spoken attitude. Simply put, the ludonarrative dissonance is off the charts in Tomb Raider, although this is often the unfortunate sacrifice for good game mechanics.

Multiplayer is what you would expect, although that is not necessarily a good thing.

The rest of the game mechanics are well thought out and paced. Leveling up skills and weapons is mandatory in order to collect all the valuables found on the not-Lost island. Fortunately, gaining experience points is easy enough, although the various random challenges in which you can grind out extra points are often too easy to pass up. Hunting, scavenging, exploring, and completing mission goals all allow you to move faster, fight dirty, and increase the effectiveness of your arsenal. It’s a very simple progression system that offers you incentives, while locking out areas that you can fast travel back to for increased rewards. Admittedly, some of these aspects are better than others. For example, the survival tree is only thrown in to offer XP and salvage boosts for the most part, but is completely superfluous to your own skill-set.

“Superfluous” is also the word I’d use to describe the boilerplate multiplayer that Eidos Montreal developed. Considering it was farmed outside of Crystal Dynamics by Square Enix, it just adds to the tacked-on feel that gives multiplayer modes a bad name. There is really no thought put into Tomb Raider‘s multiplayer–it is a truncated version of Uncharted that is functional, but formulaic. This alone is not enough to be interesting anymore, especially in a game market where multiplayer has become varied in its approach and requires itself to be more than an afterthought. The fresher approaches from Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood are emblematic of this change, and it shows in the stagnant grouping of modes and progression found in Tomb Raider. Frankly, the less said the better, as it serves as a mere footnote to the main attraction.

Despite my own personal reservations regarding the flaws of this reboot, one cannot deny that it is a good game. Well crafted and visually striking, Tomb Raider does Lara Croft justice, allowing the heroine to come full circle into a new generation. If you can look past the numerous abrasions suffered along the way, Tomb Raider is able to show the world that it can do this. No doubt, this success will springboard the brand in new, adventurous directions.

A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes and completed in about 12 hours, with an additional 2 hours spent with the multiplayer component. The title was played on Xbox 360, but is also available for PS3 and PC.

7/10

Tomb Raider Review (UK)

Did you know the original Tomb Raider was designed as a Saturn exclusive? Did you know Yousif didn't review the new Tomb Raider on the Saturn? Perhaps you should read it, just in case he did and got confused. They do have the same name.

Sage Reviews: Tomb Raider

With a series that has nowhere else to go but up, the re-boot Tomb Raider does its job and little else.

Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is able to rise to the occasion, if becoming a bit bruised and battered in the process.

RAD Episode 285 - Tomb raider

A new challenger appears to take over RAD for a week! Its Ryan "The Uneven flow" and his take on the new Tomb Raider reboot!
  1. March 10, 2013 at 02:41am
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    I haven’t played the game yet, or even a Tomb Raider game in general. It sounds like this is an okay choice for a newcomer for this series to get started with.

    For the most part, this sounds like its a good game. But there are also some things that could have been better as well. Like, I don’t know, more tomb raiding and less pointless multiplayer. Here’s hoping the developers listen and change that for next time.

    • March 12, 2013 at 04:59pm
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      It is worth pointing out that the multiplayer component was handled by a separate studio and as such didn’t have any effect on the development of the main story campaign.

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    So basically it’s a great game to introduce newcomers to the series, but for fans of the series, it’s mixed, like every other remake/spin-off/sequel of franchises that feel…different. I have a feeling this will get me into a series I was not initially interested in. Either that or the PS3 Tomb Raider Trilogy collection, which I’ll also pick up now that it’s cheap.

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    I’m dissapointed in the so-called “survival” aspect of the game that they mentioned in those trailers. Like I predicted you only have to hunt for food once during a tutorial and then it’s completely optional from then on. Food is just XP as far as this game is concerned. I think it would’ve helped even out the pacing a bit if between the sections where it’s “ohmygod Lara is sliding down a hill and everything is f’ing exploding!” if they had her do hunting quests, maybe with a more platforming and puzzle solving.

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    You know, I would be praising the crap out of this game if I didn’t play Far Cry 3 first. Way too many times have I been comparing these 2 games while playing Tomb Raider. Similar setting (island), upgrading skills, gear upgrades, fast travel… The whole time I had the feeling that I was playing a linear Far Cry 3 clone mixed with Lara and some Uncharted elements. I was never a fan of those game segments where everything around you goes to hell and all you have to do is push forward and jump occasionally to get out of danger. I hate that “railroad” feeling. There is no real danger. Tomb Raider has plenty of those moments, even a bit too many for my taste. On the other hand, the tombs and puzzles are a joke. Too bad, I wish the tombs were longer and more challenging. I know it sounds like I’m bashing the game, but I’m not. I actually like it. It’s a good game, it’s just that I got spoiled by Far Cry 3.

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    “No doubt, this success will springboard the brand in new, adventurous directions.”

    Maybe one that actually has Tombs and Raiding in it, like the first game had, which is my big main gripe of this game. Great game, just wish it had those large, ruinous tomb-like areas of historical past.

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    It was a nice game, but on the PC there were issues with the game and my nvidia card, apparently it is only supported for AMD graphics cards as of yet, once in a while the screen went purple and black and sometimes CTD.

    Let’s just say that its a good game but if you have an NVidia card then wait for the next patch.

    • March 09, 2013 at 07:11pm
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      Works perfectly on almost max settings on my 560 Ti.

      • March 09, 2013 at 07:57pm
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        Well I’m was on max at first on gtx 680.
        Had to disable tressfx to start with and even then I had visual glitches later into the game like the main menu turning into multicolored triangles.

        And here’s an anouncement from NVidia:

        “We are aware of performance and stability issues with GeForce GPUs running Tomb Raider with maximum settings. Unfortunately, NVIDIA didn’t receive final game code until this past weekend which substantially decreased stability, image quality and performance over a build we were previously provided. We are working closely with Crystal Dynamics to address and resolve all game issues as quickly as possible.

        Please be advised that these issues cannot be completely resolved by an NVIDIA driver. The developer will need to make code changes on their end to fix the issues on GeForce GPUs as well. As a result, we recommend you do not play Tomb Raider until all of the above issues have been resolved.

        In the meantime, we would like to apologize to GeForce users that are not able to have a great experience playing Tomb Raider, as they have come to expect with all of their favorite PC games.”

        http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-geforce-314-14-beta-drivers-released#comment-820105287

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