The New Tomb Raider or Poaching in Uncharted Territory?

Sometimes, life’s ironic. Remember when folks used to say that the Uncharted series drew inspiration from Tomb Raider? It seems the tables have turned, or rather, they’re about to turn pretty soon …

Yes, Rabidgames has pre-ordered the new Tomb Raider game, which features a younger and improved yet somehow distinctly reduced student/heroine. The isometric platformer Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light aside, it’ll be his first purchase of a Tomb Raider game. Now, if you remember, Rabidgames did not exactly fancy Uncharted 2 – too linear, too constrained, nothing more but an enjoyable yet shallow popcorn-action game. So why pre-ordering a game that steals back some inspiration from Uncharted?

If you take a look at the reviews, it becomes clearer: Yes, the new Tomb Raider tends to offer linear paths and action-ladden climbing stunts, too. However, it also features exploration in its calmer moments. Judging from the reviews, lots of exploration, most of them likely having something to do with, pardon the pun, raiding a tomb or two …

There’s also a decent RPG system, upgradeable weapons, gory kill animations (fairly shared between Lara and the enemies) and unfortunately and a possible dealbreaker, quite an abundance of those loathsome QTEs, especially in the beginning phases of Tomb Raider. Let’s hope it is just to illustrate that Lara has to learn to survive step by step (translated as button per button), and then, it’s game on. By the way, dear dev teams around the globe: Have a look at The Witcher 2, look closer and LEARN: It is possible to make QTEs purely optional, so please, fucking DO IT! Thanks.

Speaking of reviews, this hilarious video review from no other than Conan O’Brian is definitely … original:

Rabidgames hopes: It’s about time we get a solid game in 2013! Lara’s reboot might lack in gravity-defying size of boobs, but hopefully the size of the game will make up for it. If Tomb Raider turns out to be another digital medium of disappointed aspirations, it can still be sold to make way for Bioshock Infinite. And if that one bombs as well, all hope in gaming is lost anyway …

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