Tomb Raider reboot revives gaming standards

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor

Every plot has its beginning and that’s exactly what the latest installment of the “Tomb Raider” series has. The 10th addition to the highly established franchise follows lead heroine, Lara Croft, and her origins as a tomb raider.

Rather than extending the series, Crystal Dynamics, the creators of the Tomb Raider series, chose to create a long overdue reboot. The recreated storyline finds Croft stranded on an island alongside her crew.

While on the island, Croft must gather food, maintain her health, defend herself from unknown entities, and must find a way for her and her crew members to leave the island safely.

Right from the start, Lara’s limits are pushed and her emotions are immediately tested, which is undeniably one of the strongest elements of the game. Her real life characteristics illustrate and characterize Croft as a realistic figure, which was lacked throughout most of the franchise‘s history.

Other standout features of the videogame include enhanced visuals, strengthened action/combat scenes and an overall increase in plot line creations.

The wide array of setting locations throughout the game, enhance the overall structure and establishment of the plot line. Establishing an eerie and scary feeling, almost complete darkness fills the game that are only illuminated by fragments of light created by a torch.  Every plant, every person, every wound seems more realistic than any Tomb Raider game made due to Crystal Dynamics.

In addition to the setting, the highly intense action sequences also keeps the gamer from losing interest. There isn’t a moment of boredom throughout the videogame; whether Croft is fighting off enemies, hunting for food or just bandaging up a wound, she always has a motive.

Croft’s actions also play a huge role as they seem more realistic. When she is wounded, she cannot complete as many actions as she normally would. She also takes matters into her own hands by taking cover when she nears  close by objects.

The extensive game play also plays a key role in the success of the game. The plot line contains unexpected twists and turns and even pushes Croft into a larger depressive state.

The highly anticipated action/ adventure game, “Tomb Raider,” saw its release on March 5, 2013 to wide critical appraise and positive reviews. Tomb Raider is undoubtedly one of the strongest and refreshing games of the year.

Tomb Raider sold over one million games within less than 48 hours of its release, thus making it one of the highest and fastest selling games of the year.

The only problem Crystal Dynamics will encounter with the latest release of Tomb Raider will be producing a sequel that is just as refreshing and entertaining.