One game we've barely seen much of over the past year is the new Tomb Raider. Our first, and really last, look at the new adventure was way back at last E3. The only piece of news to pop up since then was the delay announcement, pushing the game into a 2013 release window.
Tomb Raider (Xbox 360 [previewed], PlayStation 3)
Lara makes here way into the island where she comes across a gap, and the only way she can cross it is by climbing onto a World War II-era plane hanging against a nearby wall. Lara jumps onto the cockpit, climbs upwards, and then to the right of the wing, finally jumping onto the other side of the cliff. Contextual menus appear telling you how to climb objects and such. As she lands, the plane wing comes down with her, almost smashing Lara.
This whole time it's been raining, and Lara is just wearing a tanktop and pants. She's seen visibly shaking, freezing from the cold and rain. You can't help but feel for her. She finds a path with a cover overhead, and a fire-pit where she starts a fire. With the fire going, she falls asleep, and wakes in the morning with the sun piercing its rays through the cloud and jungle top.
There are plenty of deer in this little area, and once you've killed one, a cutscene kicks in depicting Lara begrudgingly eviscerating the deer, with blood splattering on the screen. Not really counting the creeper from the caverns, this is the first time Lara has had to kill anything on her own in such a way. Lara starts this journey as an innocent 21-year-old college graduate, full of aspiration and dreams. Tomb Raider is her origin story, and will depict her transformation from a relatable girl to the strong iconic woman she's known as.
Lara enters the shack, and proceeds to head down some stairs after grabbing a torch to light up the dark path. The underground cavern is slightly flooded, with water reaching chest high. She eventually makes it to some high ground, and the passage ahead is locked. There's a room slightly blocked by some wooden objects nearby, but placing your torch against the boxes will instantly burn them. The game is smart enough to automatically pull out the torch stick when near a fire source if you need to relight the torch, too; a small thing, but something I loved, as it saves players some time from annoying item management.
Crystal Dynamics has done an absolutely stellar job at creating a gritty, and dark new take on a much beloved series. I found myself disgusted, shocked, and surprised all during the Tomb Raider demo. My heart plunged at multiple points, feeling pain for Lara in her ordeal. Most of all, I was surprised at how emotionally invested I found myself right from the start. This is one game you truly can't afford to miss.
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