Saturday, May 31, 2014
GAMER GIRL WEEKENDS: TOMB RAIDER
And then people began to talk as the game came out, ladies who had the same issues I had. But they were loving it. Some had never played Lara before and now they were getting to know her, see how she became the woman that you know and love. So I decided to try it out…just a year later. When we first meet Lara she is in her cabin listening to music when her ship keels suddenly due to a massive and completely sudden storm. You try to get to safety, but fail. When you wake up you find yourself on the beach and try to find your missing crew.
The game is gorgeous to look at. That is the first thing you will notice. I would spend time just gazing around before I decided to tackle the area. You have mountains, you have the shoreline, ice waterfalls, and gorgeous forests. Seriously it is gorgeous. I also liked the redesign on Lara herself. She is a bit more realistic than previous games and though there were some minor hair rendering issues (by the way she would look adorable with short hair), she is quite purty.
The game mechanics aren’t bad. I used stealth a lot (a nice feature is that Lara automatically gets into cover instead of standing there like an idiot until you get her into cover) and my bow quite frequently. In fact one of the things I really liked was how Lara interacted with the environment. She shivered when it was cold, reached out to walls when she was close to them, and lit torches when she couldn’t see. This made the game a bit more immersive for me as she was reacting in a real world way instead of as a video game character. The weapon upgrades using your salvage was nice. I also liked that you constantly interacted with the environment from scaling walls with your pickaxe, setting things on fire to get to a new area, and ziplining all over the place. Whoo hoo. Overall it’s a nice blend of your traditional tomb puzzle solving, a survival action game, and shooter.
Final thoughts: Sure there were a few tombs to raid, but this was Lara the hero. I saw the beginnings of an adventurer. I saw the beginnings of a total bad ass. It was great when a group of guys hollers, “She’s here. I need some help!” This was Lara the survivor. Amidst the mythology and the madness I felt like I played a pretty fleshed out character. Sometimes I needed stealth, sometimes brute force. I needed to be clever and adventurous. There was loss, there was peril, but there was also strength and hope. I seriously went from scared oh dear god Lara to damn right she owns it. And that is a great experience. I would not be disappointed if they continued in this vein. Let me see her become this bad ass. Let me grow with her. Because I loved it.