Tomb Raider has been on my radar for a while and i've been anticpating the game since I first saw Lara Croft in the Turning Point trailer. I new from that moment on that the game was going to be special. When you get done looking at a trailer and you find yourself compelled to see that characters story come to an end you know that you have a game that is truly exceptional. Tomb Raider has not let me down, i''ve yet too play my other anticpated game but I can already tell you that Tomb Raider is in the running for game of the year.
The Story begins with Lara on a ship with an expedition crew looking for a lost island off the coast of Japan. It was rumored that a godess once ruled this island. The ship gets caught in a violent storm I can't remember the name I think its like Dragon's tail but apperantly this is more brutal than the Bermuda Triangle. Lara along with her crew is stranded on this island. where she must now not only find what she was looking for but survive. The story is about one womens will to survive, while its true there is also a great detail of history to uncover as well surrounding the myth of this island. its very interesting, and reminds me much of the Tomb Raider games of past as well Uncharted.
Lara's Journey begings as she is shipwrecked and wakes up on the beach only to be knocked out, she finds herself strung up in a bag in which you must escape, by moving the control stick out catch it on fire and from ther she falls onto rebar which impales her side. She yanks it out and yelps in pain as she then presses foward to find a way out of this cave. Once outside she is freaked out as man tries to grab her and a giant boulder smashes him. Lara then proceeds to a camp where she builds a fire to keep herself warm and goes to hunt food. The game prompts you to kill a dear, in which you aquire a bow and arrows. Killing and gutting animals gives you experince points. in which you use to upgrade your skills I'll talk more on that later. As for the the rest of the story it quickly turns violent as Lara fights of a man who seems to want to rape her. I could be wrong but you fail he strangles her to death. She makes the quick desion to grabe his gun and blow a hole into his skull killing him. She is creeped out by it but knows she has to kill more and this is where the story gets interesting. It's not like she enjoys the killing but she knows she has to do it to survive, she even comments on how easy it was scary at how easy it was to kill them.
The gameplay is incredible not only are you able to upgrade your skills to be able to be better you are able to upgrade your equipment as well and that plays a key part into how well your equipment works. The story also at points has you upgrade your equipment early on in the game you will be required to upgrade your pry axe to turn a crank. The games abilities are divided into two catagories Survival and Hunter. Eache has a set of skills thare are useful. Perhaps Survial has as skill that will allow you to learn to gut an animal better for more experince while Hunter allows you to hold the bow string longer. The enemies in the game range from humans to wild animals such as wolfs. for the first hour of the game you will be relying on your bow and I still find this weapon most useful as it is essential for killing silently. Stealth, sneeking and take enemies out silently play a major roll in the game. Another thing the game does expetionally well is makes you feel like part of the action. While we've seen the button pressing before it triggers you at certain times to press the button to shoot roll out of the way kill somebody ore even you the shoulder buttons to run up a cliff. While there is much platforming in the game you will have to climb up stuff and you get a climbing axe to help you do that. There is so much to do in this game those trophy hunters and completionists will have plenty to keep them busy. There are loads of notes and reliics to find. Imagine Uncharted meeting Assassin's Creed in terms of exploration. There is so much to do its overwhelming. The nice thing is you can back travel to proir areas and gather stuff you missed.
So if you haven't already go pick up Tomb Raider its and incredilbe game. I've never been a fan of Tomb Raider or Lara Croft in General but this game has me addictied and antipating a sequal. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have a hit on there hands that can't be overlooked.