Yes, the pigeon can play games, regardless of the fact that I have wings for arms and suck at Super Smash Bros. But then again, I was able to play this game smoothly.
Tomb Raider is basically a back story, a beginning, and a origin, as the motto of the game itself says ‘A Survivor Is Born’. Lara Croft is shipwrecked onto a mysterious island with her crew. As they try to get themselves rescued, they discover that the island is already inhabited by not only dangerous men who are also trapped, but sinister spirits who won’t let them leave.
As we all know, we should never attempt to make a game-to-movie adaptation, as the tomb raider movies were disasters. Then we had a string of Tomb raider games that were good, but not really reaching the heights of the original games. And now we have this game. AND IT’S … AWESOME!!!. (Reason for the ellipsis was I couldn’t think of a good adjective or swear word that did it justice).
So, why is it … awesome? Well firstly, the story and character development. The story takes place before Croft was really who we as the audience recognise her in previous games. In the beginning of the game, she is portrayed as a girl, but as the story progresses, she transforms into a strong and adventure seeking woman, many thanks to the Camilla Luddington for her committed performance. The characters aren’t two dimensional, but nicely fleshed out and there is a rather great amount of depth to the character of Lara as she tries to overcome the heinous nature of the island and survive.
The gameplay is actually quite fun, with a mixture of combat, puzzles and quick thinking when Lara has to escape certain death (such as swimming through rapids, parachuting in the forest and escaping burning buildings on mountains). As Lara progresses through the events that happen on the island, you can obtain skills such as dodging, attacks through points you get and get upgrades on weapons you gather through salvaging the island.
The graphics are superb no doubt, helping to elevate the game to exciting and beautiful heights, and nonetheless, Adventurous.
And so Ladies, Gentlemen and Pigeons, we have this game was an absolute adventure in itself playing it, when it’s not a brainless shoot ‘em up game, but a mixture of a lot of different types and presents to me a great story of the legendary Lara Croft. I’d say this is one of the best games I’ve played in a while.