Developers: Crystal Dynamics, Edios-Montreal, Feral Interactive
Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Warning: This game is for mature audiences (17+)
Review by: Mom
I’m behind the times when it comes to gaming. It doesn’t matter whether it’s console or PC, I’m typically playing games that came out years ago. So, it wasn’t until recently that I finally got around to playing Tomb Raider even though it came out back in 2013. One thing’s for sure: I don’t know why I waited so long to play this amazing game!
If you aren’t familiar with Tomb Raider, it’s a single player puzzle solving game that follows Lara Croft and her crew as they embark on her first quest to not only find artifacts, but also to solve the mystery surrounding a lost island.
I played Tomb Raider on my Dell Inspiron 15 5000 through Steam, and after years of having a laggy desktop that chugged along through games like Little Nightmares, it was awesome to have the laptop upgrade so I could dive into Tomb Raider and actually enjoy the dark, visual storytelling.
While I’ve always loved the puzzle platforming style of classic Lara Croft games, Tomb Raider brings her story to the next level by incorporating survival style play, hand to hand combat, and such rich graphics that I felt like I was trapped on the island with Lara.
Here’s one of Tomb Raider’s trailers. Please be aware, this trailer was not made for kids. Quick, put on your headphones and turn your laptop so they can’t see!
Some players who have loved the series since the first game released in 1996 were unhappy with Tomb Raider for not being true to earlier games in form and function. I was delighted that it wasn’t purely a puzzle solving game. The added mechanics, multi-layered world, and multi-character storytelling were an incredible upgrade for me.
My only gripe with the game was that there were so many side quests spread over the massive map. I got tired of trying to find all of the hidden bonus items, especially on multi-level maps where not only was there a lot of ground to cover, but mountainside heights as well. In the end, I decided to enjoy the main story and forgo hunting for GPS markers, journals and the like as completing those side bits ended up detracting from getting to the next quest.
If you want to fight bad guys, solve puzzles, and watch a cinematic story unfold before your eyes, and you’ve got the energy to get some gaming in after the kids go to bed, then this game will be right up your alley.
I’m looking forward to playing the next game in the Tomb Raider line. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks just as dangerously appealing as the 2013 Tomb Raider was.
One other thing to be aware of, if you’re one of those rare PC gamers who wants a console experience, at the time of this writing the Steam Link is still available on Amazon.
Dad plays a ton of the games in his Steam library using the Steam Link and a controller, and it’s been an awesome crossover device for him. Get yours here!One other thing to be aware of, if you’re one of those rare PC gamers who wants a console experience, at the time of this writing the Steam Link is still available on Amazon. Dad plays a ton of the games in his Steam library using the Steam Link and a controller, and it’s been an awesome crossover device for him. Get yours here!
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