I want to start off by saying I never played the original Tomb Raiders on the PlayStation. In those days it was Final Fantasy and other rpg’s that mattered. So there really will be no comparisons here. That being said, my experience playing through the modern trilogy, (we’ll get to the sequels later), has been one of the funnest gaming experiences I’ve had in a while.
I remember the advertising for the original games just being a relatively endowed woman dual wielding pistols and exploring tombs. The Lara Croft of the modern reboot, is a caring, curious woman that is not only strong, has a high degree of survivability.
Taking place on an island in the Pacific, Lara and her companions are shipwrecked on an island in the south pacific. After being separated, you have to escape a local savage and find her missing friends while dealing with a local militia also trapped.
The game offers a balanced supply of exploration, puzzles and combat. To my knowledge, this trilogy has also been the birth of the staple bow that she carries with her. Proving to be one of the more valuable weapons in the game due to the stealth necessities. You have access to a variety of weapons and as you progress the ability to upgrade them for more damage, better recoil and more rounds.
There are little things that help fill out the game: finding hidden items in the wild and artifacts from throughout the islands history. Lara carries climbing picks to get her to otherwise unreachable areas where the sides of rocky cliffs may have specific qualities.
Taking over voice work for Lara is Camilla Luddington, who is most recently known for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. She brings a passion to Lara, that really helps bring the character to life.
As stated, the trilogy is definitely something that I found refreshing. If you haven’t I highly recommend giving it a shot. Take the time to explore and look for the hidden tombs while enjoying the story and characters as you play through it.