Play On! 1 Minute Reviews: Tomb Raider (2013)

by Pat B on March 6, 2013

Game: Tomb Raider
Platform: Xbox 360
Game Type: Third Person Action-Adventure Platformer
Game summary: Tomb Raider is a re-imagining of the infamous action-adventure franchise and explores the visceral origin story of this character. In the game, Lara Croft ascends from a frightened young lady on her first adventure and emerges as a hardened survivor. With only her sharp instincts and her innate ability to push the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight, explore, and use her intelligence to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island and escape its tight grip.

What's Unique

  • A much-needed dramatic tone and more personal-feeling approach to the Tomb Raider series.

What's Cool

  • No H.U.D. (Think Dead Space)
  • Gorgeous, masterfully-detailed environment and weather effects. Dynamic lighting and shadows and solid character animations.
  • Silky smooth gameplay and zero load screens while in-game.
  • Large, open-world with tons of salvage and treasures to find in each area which encourages revisiting them.
  • The bow and arrow. Perfect for Lara.
  • Passive cover system during combat. Just run up to an object and Lara moves to cover automatically.
  • Simple and very tight controls which allow combat and movement to be very fun and never tedious or frustrating.
  • Dramatic camera angles and music during tense moments.
  • You actually care about Lara Croft for once.
  • Great upgrade system throughout campaign.
  • LOST-like story that keeps you interested and guessing.
  • Respectable campaign length at around 20+ hours.

What's Lame

  • Lara's transition from newbie-explorer to hardcore-killer is kind of jarring.
  • Multiplayer is boring and really has no place in this game. The addition of it doesn't affect the single-player game, so it's best to just pretend it's not there.

Overall Score: 9.75 / 10

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