Video Game Review: Tomb Raider (2013)

Details: Played on PC for about sixteen hours. Mature rated action adventure game.

What a brutal game.

I must have watched Lara Croft die around a hundred times, each time more horrific than the last. Below is a video of some of those painful moments.

It was awful. But it was also the main motivator of doing well in the game. The fear of having to watch Lara go through anymore of this horrific nonsense was terrifying. I felt the uncontrollable urge to protect her. Which I failed at. Excessively.

In regards to gameplay, the game was surprisingly fun. I went into the game not knowing what to expect, but was surprisingly entertained. There’s stealth portions, platforming, lots of shooting, puzzles, and lots of collecting for the obsessive compulsive of us.

I should also take note of Lara’s appearance. Historically, Lara was really a tomb raiding stripper. She had breasts that defied the laws of physics. In this game however, the design of Lara Croft is refreshingly practical. There can be some elements of sexiness if you want to read that into the character, but the story and design of her character set her up more as a survivor and a fighter. It’s a nice change from the Lara Croft of yesteryear who was essentially a porn star with guns.

Score: 7/10 Fun game. Lara Croft’s deaths made this game more horror than action adventure.


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