June 6, 2011
E3 2011 – Microsoft- Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamics came out on to Microsoft’s stage to present their new reimagining of Tomb Raider. This is vastly different than we have seen her last in TR: Underworld. Lara is 21 and just beginning her adventures, the tone is much darker and gritty to the point during the demo Lara pulled out a piece out metal out of a wound like a pro; albeit much whining and moaning. The game play they showed looked like a mix of classic Tomb Raider and Uncharted. There were scripted playable sequences that looked very reminiscent of Uncharted 2. Not to say that Lara’s new makeover is a bad thing and all they did was copy and pasted from Naughty Dogs opus, there were some original ideas amongst the demo. Using Lara’s “survivor skills” you can locate things in the environments to use to create a path to progress. On example they had was using fire to burn certain things to lower a platform. The game did suffer unfortunately from the plague that is infecting most modern games ad that is the quick time event. There were several though out the demo, but they did not seem to slow the pace of the game down. The games aesthetics were beautiful and I think I can get use to a darker and grittier Tomb Raider. If it is anything like Uncharted 2 I will enjoy the game immensely and can’t wait to get my hands on it. The game will be out fall of 2012.
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