This reboot of Tomb Raider took the series into a whole different direction, yet it was a formula that worked really well. Previous Tomb Raider games emphasized more on exploration and puzzle solving, while this new game blended both of these elements but mixed with explosive Hollywood-style action.
Rebooting the Tomb Raider franchise is quite possibly one of the best decisions Crystal Dynamics ever made. Telling the story of a younger Lara Croft and putting her up against the perils of both enemies and nature made this game more exhilarating than ever. Not to mention the game had one of the best looking graphics to date. The game will look even better than before now that it’s being ported to the PS4 and Xbox One early next year. If you’re one of the few people out there haven’t played this game yet, make sure to buy this when you have the chance. It’s an adventure worth signing up for.
Overall, Crystal Dynamics’ attempt to reboot the Tomb Raider series is indeed successful. Incorporating new gameplay elements while retaining the series’ core gameplay of exploration was successfully achieved in this game. A well written storyline, perfect balance of exploration and action and a non-linear gameplay will make long time fans of Lara Croft happy. The multiplayer portion may not get any attention, but the adventure players will be going through with Lara Croft is one ride that will stick in everyone’s mind. Out with the old Tomb Raider and in with the new Tomb Raider. Oh Lara Croft, you don’t know how much we’ve missed you. – Mark Fajardo, Editor-in-Chief