Look busy, Dinosaurs and other endangered species – Lara Croft‘s back…
It’s been a few years since Crystal Dynamics‘ last Lara adventure and this eagerly anticipated new game constitutes a reboot of sorts for the aristocratic Burial Ground Botherer, taking her in a direction which can only be described as a post-“Uncharted” action adventure (though, ironically enough, the PS3‘s favourite action hero lead Nathan Drake‘s first game was dubbed ‘Dude Raider’ by less-than-impressed initial observers).
I’ve been following the game’s progress via the ‘Final Hours Of…’ web series fronted by “Chuck” star, Zachary Levi, and feel confident that this game will deliver a different Lara experience – one which is perhaps best placed to deliver on the series’ potential with the horsepower that developers can wrestle from the Xbox 360 and PS3 this late in the current gaming generations life cycle. I really enjoyed the last Lara outing – “Tomb Raider: Underworld” – but felt that it really needed to look at the combat mechanics (the pistol lock-on in the game still causes me to shudder involuntarily from time to time…). And I was wholly sold on Keeley Hawes‘s voice-over work, so it remains to be seen if new incumbent, Camilla Luddington, brings much more to the character than a splendidly posh name.
Somebody must like what Crystal Dynamics are doing – producer Graham King‘s GK Productions indicate that this new game’s direction and storyline might yet be the jumping-off point for the equally anticipated movie franchise reboot. As somebody who really liked the Angelina Jolie flicks, I’m sure that the time has come to give Lara a new outing – though who would play the world’s foremost tiger-punching, archaeological grave robber is anyone’s guess…
- Tomb Raider Review (godisageek.com)
- ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Intros Younger Lara Croft (variety.com)
- Tomb Raider review: A believer is born (joystiq.com)
- Review: Tomb Raider (gameological.com)
- Game creators confirm new Tomb Raider movie (metro.co.uk)