Tomb Raider The Reboot

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Adventure, Gaming Previews
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For those of the PS1 generation, Lara Croft was a stable of life. Admittedly the game play was little bit questionable, and the physics engine was quite primitive even by the standard of the day, but what made it worth while was the legend that grew up around Lara. Now the legend is back in a franchise reboot.

Lara Croft from Playstation 1 Era

How times have changed. Here is what Lara Croft used to look like.

Lara Croft on the Playstation 3

And now she looks almost real. Sorry for the quality but as mentioned this game is Top Secret

Details are being kept under wraps, however we do know it will be set round a much younger and more fragile Lara croft than we are used to. The story is based around Lara being on board a research vessel which crashes into a small island off the coast of Japan. Lara then has travel from one side of the island to another in the normal Tomb Raider fashion of survival, and problem solving.

Some of the features include an adaptive environment. What this means is that rather than going from “A to B to C”, with everything handed to you, you will have to scavenge and adapt everything you find. This game will also allow you to choose your fighting style as either the hunter or the hunted. Finally, in a potentially extreme departure from tradition, you will not start with the signature dual wield pistols. There appears to be a much larger emphasis on hand to hand combat. However for those who prefer to use guns, there will be a collection of weapons, including most exciting of all for the hunter in you, a bow and arrow.

There currently is no release date shown yet, except for a vague reference to 2011, however given all the info and screen shots on the website http://tombraider.com/ I think that this will be a game worth watching, and I haven’t even got to the best bit. It’s being published by Square Enix. Given their success with the Final Fantasy series, and shooting titles like Parasite Eve 1 and 2 I think we may have something pretty special on our hands.

More details to follow

Review by: Big Dave

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