Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: Tomb Raider

Categories: Gaming

Game: Tomb Raider

Platform: PS3, Xbox, PC

Publisher/Developer: Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics

Genre: Action-adventure

Describe This Game in Three Words: You'll barely survive.

Plot Synopsis: In this reboot of the long-running franchise, archeologist Lara Croft leads a team on an expedition into the Dragon's Triangle in order to investigate a legendary Japanese queen. Adventure turns to horror, though, as their ship wrecks and they are menaced by a sadistic cult.

Up Up: I can honestly say that I have never been so completely immersed in a video game experience. Any number of titles can draw you in with superb graphics and a good story, but how many actually make you feel like you and the main character are one and the same? Tomb Raider does the latter.

Croft has grown a great deal as she evolves with gaming technology. The game moves at a brisk pace, with a player being immediately drawn into high-speed chases, devastating accidents, and a series of triggers that you must hit with perfect timing or risk a bloody death. It's just spell-binding how intense the adventure gets.

Rhianna Pratchett's script is top notch as well, and she and voice actress Camilla Luddington make Croft as real as possible with good timing, not too much out of place exposition, and some truly humanizing lines. My personal favorite was having Croft on the run through a flooded underworld suddenly stopping to identify relics from World War II before remembering that she was fleeing for her life. It's the most nuanced the series has been in years.

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