A re-boot of the franchise, Tomb Raider 2013 makes full use of the ideas, concepts and technology that many other games that it once inspired, have been utilising for the past few years. Indeed, there are little elements of other third-person games here, such as Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Batman Arkham and Prince of Persia.
An exciting action-adventure, Lara Croft is marooned on a deserted island, discovering the mysteries of her location while always trying to find a way home. Along the way, she goes from scavenger-survivor to a highly clinical killing machine.
The variety of weapons and skills, and their ability to upgrade or be enhanced, gives the player a steady method of greater power and control. More hand-to-hand and weapon combat than traditional Tomb Raider games, there’re still many puzzle elements and treasures to discover. Among the weaponry, the bow & arrow is certainly the weapon of choice, for it be very fluid, fast and deadly.
I should note, the game is explicitly violent, both in terms of the many gruesome deaths Lara Croft might suffer at any moment, as well as the spectacular carnage the player can make upon all enemies encountered. Tomb Raider is at times a dark, disturbed game and certainly not for those sensitive to the constant sight of blood, corpses and horror situations.
Overall, the game is wonderful, exciting and by far the best Tomb Raider game OF ALL TIME! A thrilling story, brilliantly presented with game-play that is challenging from start to finish.
score: 9 out of 10.