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High Hopes for the Tomb Raider Reboot

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The Tomb Raider franchise lives on! Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are rewriting the tried and true Tomb Raider formula in favor of a more realistic, survival-based experience. The upcoming action-adventure game is a standalone within the series, exploring the foundation of its protagonist, Lara Croft rather than building upon the narrative of any particular title. The cultural icon who revolutionized the action genre, who made it possible for a female hero to exist, was once a fearful young woman fighting for her life on an island inhabited by fearsome animals, people, and worse.  Interesting.

Growing up I was a Nintendo kid, my first console was the NES and my favorite of all time is the N64. I can whistle every Mario song and I once contemplated getting a Triforce tattoo. Since then my gaming interests have diversified quite a bit but I always have a special spot for the Nintendo classics. Due to my gamer history, I’m someone who has never been a fan of the Tomb Raider series, an individual who has never embarked on any of the 10 (including the newest game) titles in the past. In a strange inner conflict, I’m finding that I might be willing to give the newest installment a shot.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Reboot

Oh Lara, your inappropriate adventuring outfit just doesn’t cut it for me.

Why? A fresh take on the series seems more appealing than a chick with giant boobs and infinite pistol ammo, just saying. I’m hoping that the darker, grittier atmosphere will be a welcomed addition into Lara Croft saga with survival maintaining the core principle. The whole point in the reimagining of the franchise is to show Lara Croft’s progression in response to adversity, and that may very well be a trip I’d be willing to go on.  

What are your impressions of the new Tomb Raider video game? Do you think fans of the franchise will appreciate the changes or have the developers bitten off more than they can chew? I myself have high hopes for the game, but my optimism does not mean I’m willing to shell out $65 on launch day.

Tomb Raider will be released on March 5th, 2013.

Editor’s Note: Lara Croft is not the only character the pave the way for female video game protagonists, Samus is my personal favorite. I do have to ask though, why is Lara getting beaten up SOOOO badly in this game?

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Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Lover of cats. Cartoon aficionado. Overall big kid. Over the past 5 years I've held a number of different positions in the video game industry from content writer and game critic to marketing specialist and social media guru; it has been an absolute dream come true. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

  • Herman Scott

    I think tomb raider looks great from what i seen. They’re making fun of it saying that its all “unchart-ery” like, but what can you expect!? Games borrow from other games alot of the time, but i think (ok i,m hoping lol!) that it will have something that atleast sets itself from apart from uncharted.

    • Taylor Stein

      It’s so funny that you bring that up. When Uncharted first came out, people immediately referenced it with Indiana Jones and some with Tomb Raider and now it’s happening in reverse. Hey Uncharted is a great series, if the developers can capture all the good stuff from those games and put those aesthetics to work in Tomb Raider I’m not opposed to it. Plus it looks a lot more realistic. Have you seen the trailers? When that chick falls, she FALLS! No soft landings what so ever lol.

    • Herman Scott

      LOL yeah i noticed that when i went back and watched them. I,m really anxious to see what other “real life” elements they will put in the game. Probably might go the fallout route!! adding thirst and starvation to gameplay…..or wait??…didn’t they already confirm that or no??

    • Taylor Stein

      They showed Lara hunting a deer so maybe?? Not sure if it’s going to be a regular occurance or just a story moment. If there is truly hunting, it’ll be like Red Dead Redemption all over again I’ll never get anything done! haha