Appealing Tomb Raider review embraces new Lara

Prior to next week’s release of Tomb Raider on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, we thought it would be a good idea to see what sort of impression this new game has had. The action-adventure series has seen Lara Croft take on many different forms all relating to the fearless heroine that overcomes all dangers in a quest to finish her mission.

The upcoming version of Tomb Raider will be the first of the franchise to be given an “M” for Mature rating, and the first TR title to be rated “18+” by Pan European Game Information. According to IGN this edition gives us more of a connection with the vulnerability of the character, as Lara Croft is shipwrecked and stranded on an island teeming with dangerous encounters.

Regarding this as an exciting expedition, it is fair to say that this Tomb Raider may re-install itself among the fans memories as an improvement on other instalments with a series reboot that seems authentic and captivating. Classed as a little self-indulgent at the beginning Tomb Raider needs time to get acquainted with the character, so it takes a while to get going.

The vulnerability of Lara makes this a more approachable outing and the storyline contains some surprising moments, which in-turn changes a survival adventure into an action epic. The combat has been implemented well for a Crystal Dynamics game, and new weapons prompt new combat styles.

An extensive review by IGN mentions high-octane action and a great variety of pacing, viewing it as well-written, exciting and well thought out, awarding Tomb Raider with an amazing score of 9.1, although they do not feel the lacklustre multiplayer is worthy of being tied to this rating.

Overall they feel this is a fresh start for Lara Croft, as this game does the franchise justice with great characters and exciting action packaged in a beautifully presented game, which has more to offer than you would initially expect. Tomb Raider releases next week on March 5, so have you heard enough to take on another outing with Lara Croft?