Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Guest
The newest Tomb Raider game was showcased by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix at last years E3 conference. It featured a more realistic Lara Croft being shipwrecked on an island and searching for the rest of her crewmates. The latest trailer to launch (days before E3 2012) shows more of the gameplay we can expect, and a darker, more grown-up storyline showing Lara’s origins as the explorer we all know and love.
Firstly, this review contains some spoilers for the events and gameplay featured in the trailer, so watch the video first, then read the article below it at your leisure:
Firstly, the trailer starts with a recap of the glorious E3 demo from last years event. When the scene after the titles starts, everything that follows is created with in-game character models.
There are a number of new features in this trailer, confirming the idea that this really is a reboot for the series, rather than another lazy sequel. Some things remain the same though, as it wouldn’t really be a Tomb Raider game without them, would it?
Things that appear to have carried on the Tomb Raider theme:
Things that are new to Tomb Raider:
The overall impressions of the trailer are good. The story looks exciting, and the gameplay seems to have taken its’ lead from Uncharted with the set pieces and cinematic action sequences. The use of the bow and arrows is an interesting tactic, and combined with the surroundings and shooting animals in the eye, is more than similar to “The Hunger Games” in style and theming. One thing is for sure; the last time someone “changed” the format of Tomb Raider was when Angel of Darkness was released in 2003. It nearly spelled the end of the heroine until Crystal Dynamics stepped in and saved her in her hour of need.
The question remains though; could this be Lara’s finest hour, or will it all end tragically for the heroine? We will have to wait until March 2012 to find out.
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