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Tomb Raider (2013) is the tenth installment in the action-adventure game franchise, developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. The game is a reboot of the franchise, telling the origin story of lead character Lara Croft embarking on her first expedition. It is a thrill to play and in many ways re-establishes Lara as the great gaming icon she once was.
In this iteration, there is a much stronger emphasis on character development and survivalism, in addition to the established action and exploration aspects. Over the course of the game, we see Lara grow from a young and inexperienced explorer to something much closer to the epic adventurer showcased in previous games. She will face many hardships along the way, testing the limits of her ingenuity and will to survive.
The combat has been re-vamped with a much more realistic approach emphasizing stealth, limited/improvised weapons, and melee attacks. More often than not, you will find yourself silently eliminating enemies with a bow and arrow rather than jumping in with guns blazing. Although when direct combat is encountered, the mechanics work quite well with Lara proving totally capable. There are also many elaborate action sequences such as escaping from burning/collapsing buildings and skidding down waterfalls.
The exploration is a joy as well. Whether leaping across cliffsides with a climbing axe, riding across zip lines, examining the many hidden crevices, or just admiring the breath-taking scenery, you will really feel like an adventurer. There are also several hidden secret tombs, each containing unique puzzles that lead the way to treasure.
Great Characterization: You really feel for Lara. This is probably the most convincing interpretation of the character to date.
Amazing Combat: Although typically not a strong point of this franchise, the combat really excels this time around and takes inspiration from other great action franchises like Uncharted.
Intriguing Environments: If you are anything like me, you will probably feel compelled to explore every part of the environments and find every tomb and unique item. It certainly helps that the environments are so well-designed and beautiful.
Lackluster Multiplayer: The multiplayer mode is a mostly mediocre experience. Although entertaining at first, it will probably not hold your interest for long.
Lara Croft is back and better than ever. With a compelling narrative, amazing combat and action sequences, and intriguing environments, the beloved gaming icon has undoubtably resumed her former glory.
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