Tomb Raider Review

In several years I could sign off on this game as “& ldquo; Game Of The Year & rdquo; outright. It’& rsquo; s that good. In a year like 2013 is shaping up to be and the reality that this video game appeared early enough in it, the jury is still out.

I can ensure that by the end of the year this game will be still on many individuals’& rsquo; s GOTY shortlists, consisting of mine.

That’& rsquo; s probably enough of an evaluation right there for a lot of people yet wait, as they claim, there’& rsquo; s extra! I & rsquo; m going to explain how and also why I assume so highly of this game.


Beautiful eye sweet down to in-depth foliage textures.

Max out all the eye candy and you’& rsquo; re seeing a beautiful, varied, completely understood island globe begging to be checked out.

I remain to be grateful that I splurged on a GTX 680 in 2014 as we get more demanding video games like this and also Crysis 3 as current examples. There’& rsquo; s no way also a casual observer would certainly puzzle this game maxed out on the computer as a console port.

The world’& rsquo; s physics are much appreciated and also I value the interest to detail that clearly has actually been displayed in all elements of this video game.

Extensive graphics and control choices are available in the food selections with all the options PC gamers want to see.

It ran flawlessly at the highest possible setups on an Intel qx9650 Ocd to 3.5 GHZ, 8GB of RAM PC8500, and also GTX 680 at 1920×& times; 1200. TressFX is a system hog yet I was able to run it. It generally makes Lara’& rsquo; s hair strike in the wind in a very free flowing, natural, eye catching style.


Superb as well as I can’& rsquo; t stress and anxiety sufficient the need to play this game on a high quality noise setup whether it be audio speakers or my personal preference: Stereo headphones. I wear’& rsquo; t indicate $ 20 Ipod buds, either.

A totally realized audio style from jungle animals, adversary voices, weather condition, squeaking buildings, surges, pleasing weapon appears & hellip; all of it integrates for among one of the most generally satisfying sound designs for a game I’& rsquo; ve encountered in a while.

Hats off to composer Jason Graves, perhaps best recognized for his songs for the Dead Space games, for placing on an entirely various hat in terms of music flavor, design, as well as taking his video game to the following degree. He rotates between thematic material, ambient, a dashboard of scary elements, as well as often downright skin creeping music. I’& rsquo; m thrilled the soundtrack is readily available for purchase.


Limited, balanced, pleasing. Gunplay feels excellent and sounds terrific.

The video game hides its linearity VERY well in huge areas. I’& rsquo;d identify the game as soft linear/quasi open world although there are times throughout the course of the story where the direct rails appear for a quick time for the narrative.

Hit Man Absolution and also Batman Arkham Asylum “& ldquo; vision & rdquo; capability exist in this game but not superpowered. You have a map that you can put a marker on to find things much easier as well as it’& rsquo; s very practical in several of the substantial and thorough areas Lara locates herself in.

Keyboard and mouse are totally remappable.

As computer veterans might expect: Once in a while you may experience a circumstance where the electronic camera angle as well as a directional scenario could lure you to switch out to a controller. You can do that conveniently enough but over the years excellent strides have been made with these kinds of games on all platforms.

I directly never ever had a time where I was attracted to grab a controller as well as I assume that is worthy of congratulations taking into consideration many third individual platformers as well as activity experience type games can often tend to have problems. It utilized to be also I would certainly simply go with a controller at the drop of a hat consisting of with previous TR installments.

Obsessive uncontrollable kinds: Celebrate!

There’& rsquo; s a lot of concealed prizes as well as goodies to locate as well as discover and also the game compensates you with tool and also ability upgrades making it all very well rewarding and also never ever tedious and repeated. Surprise burial places are spread throughout the video game globe as well so Lara is certainly a “& ldquo; Tomb Raider & rdquo; actually throughout this

video game. I ended up the tale with 22 hours under my belt and also 94 percent total completion which is high for me. I went fairly OCD with my playthrough.

For people that intend to blaze via the story mode I would certainly beg them not to do so. You’& rsquo; re missing out. You’& rsquo; re robbing yourself of great tale narrative that gets fleshed out in audio recording, created journals, and also the abovementioned skill as well as weapon upgrades. It’& rsquo; s a function playing lite arrangement and also it works terrific and supplies a lot of incentive to the player.

The weapon upgrades are pleasant. Having every little thing maxed out Lara makes Representative 47 from the Gunman series blink in respect. She’& rsquo; s loaded without being a cast away from a sci-fi film. She’& rsquo; s a bad butt maxed out and you owe it to on your own to get her built up.


The James Bond/Batman reboot idea works like a charm right here. Salutes and winks to the previous video games are spread throughout yet individuals brand-new to the collection will have no problems leaping right in.

I assume this is conveniently the very best Burial place Raider video game to date. The narrative takes young adolescent Lara with her first scrapes and it’& rsquo; s fantastic to experience this game as well as watch Lara go from scrappy as well as wet behind the ears teen to basically the badass Lara Croft in waiting by the end of the video game after a multitude of extraordinary events that occur.

The story is a cross in between the Uncharted games, Lost (the television collection), and also differing mythologies that integrates in a mysterious and also occasionally typically troubling principles and narrative.

This is a more practical Lara instead of the borderline busty anime personality of previous video games. Grit, maturation, and also realistic look, and gloss are the focuses of this game and also personalities, with the exception of the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-style bad guys as well as over the top occult necromancy that ultimately borders the resource of the island’& rsquo; s & ldquo;

enigma. & rdquo; It & rsquo; s the very best of Uncharted, Tomb Raider, and Lost all intermingled in even more methods than one without being an outrageous copy of any one of them.

None of this could be as effective as it is if it weren’& rsquo; t for Lara as well as what’a great task they & rsquo; ve done making her an understanding, likeable, and also practical personality with shades of gray. She’& rsquo; s a & ldquo; actual individual & rdquo; even though she inevitably progresses into a badass by game’& rsquo; s end. That doesn & rsquo; t make her Supergirl, though, as you & rsquo; ll have plenty of evidence of throughout the video game when you make blunders as well as face terrible death computer animations.

In all severity, the voice acting for Lara is place on and she’& rsquo; s the celebrity and emphasis from words & ldquo; go. & rdquo; She has tips of vulnerability and humanity whatsoever times as well as we see her go via the range of feelings throughout the game.

For those of you out there that say people don’& rsquo; t care as much regarding female lead characters in games and it doesn’& rsquo; t job also then I wish to present you to Lara Croft 2013. All the best not obtaining drawn right into her tale as well as not preference and getting behind her really rapidly.

I desire more video game lead characters were as well-written and paced out as Lara remains in this game. Extremely well done. I’& rsquo; ve check out publications where personality story was taken care of far worse than what I saw in this game.


Nits mainly.

On the PC at the very least the food selection system is functional but leaves something to be desired as well as can have a tendency to problem in position sometimes. It won’& rsquo; t freeze yet the animation will be “& ldquo; off. & rdquo; I expect a patch to fix that in extremely short order and also it might very well be a moot point by the time this evaluation is released.

Employer fights are straight out of any number of games where you need to time rolls, struck the QTE at the correct time, and then you win. Not completion of the globe but if you’& rsquo; re not a big follower of QTE or boss battles you’& rsquo; ll be irritated.

QTEs generally. In the first hour of the video game they’& rsquo; re borderline too much but this is forerunner story as well as the good news is when Lara is cut loose forever the QTEs are minimized to really sensible frequency.

I’& rsquo; m a QTE hater as well as even I couldn’& rsquo; t gripe with exactly how it was applied for the bulk of the video game yet the initial hr so it’& rsquo; s a little bothersome.

Terrible deaths. Some people will certainly like them. Some won’& rsquo; t. There are a handful of times where story narrative as well as logistics require you to go a specific means and if you mess up be prepared to see that distressing death often times over. That can be aggravating.


Not a perfect video game however what it does right it does truly best and its drawbacks are locations that can easily be refined in future installations. Probably the best third person activity adventure video game to come along this side of the Undiscovered series.

I’& rsquo; ve seen various other reviewers claim that this game combines the most effective of previous Burial place Raider games with Batman Arkham Asylum elements as well as I can recognize that contrast.

You’& rsquo; re obtaining a great deal of comparisons to some actually excellent video games as well as they’& rsquo; re all legitimate yet I intend to worry again: This is not an immoral swindle of any one of them.

2013 is mosting likely to be a crammed year for video games as well as it’& rsquo; s a testimony to just how good this one is that I fully anticipate to see it on my Video game of the Year shortlist when the year is out.

Burial place Raider gets a 4 out of 5: WONDERFUL.


  • Eric W.

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