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Tomb Raider 2012 Trailer Review

The first game in the Tomb Raider series came out in 1996.  Since then Tomb Raider and its lead character, Lara Croft, have become household names.  The games even spawned two live action movies, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.  However, the series is about to get a makeover, by which I mean it’s getting rebooted.  Don’t be too sad though, this isn’t the first time Tomb Raider has hit the reset button.  The series was rebooted after they famously killed Lara off in the fourth game.  They did try to continue with the series after killing her off, but eventually they gave up and did a reboot.  Now years later they are restarting for the second time and the first trailer looks promising.

The game will simply be called Tomb Raider and should be on shelves in autumn 2012.  The plot will go back and show Lara’s origins, which differ greatly from previous games.  After recently graduating from college, Lara sets of to find adventure.  The ship she is travelling on gets caught in a storm and she is marooned on an island.  All alone, Lara is forced to become a survivor.  The story, unlike the boat, seems watertight.  The game is just fresh enough to bring in new fans without losing too many of the old ones.

As far as trailers go, this one is pretty impressive.  You see Lara as this young girl who wants to find adventure and people can relate to that.  Visually the trailer is great and it illustrates the plot well.  Already you know that she has recently graduated from college, is out searching for adventure, is dependent on others to rescue her and she is then trapped on an island where she must learn to survive on her own.  It’s a great trailer.  One flaw though, why would anyone make a bow and arrow, or at least strap one to their back, before they bandaged up their wounds?

Gameplay will also differ from previous Tomb Raider titles, for example players will have to aim manually opposed to the lock on target that was used in the other games.  Puzzles will be more complex, but a new feature, called survival instinct, has been added to aid the player through these difficult puzzles.  Jumping for a ledge will not be as simple as it once was as the player will now have to aim and will even be able to change direction midair.  This is opposed to other instalments were Lara would just grab the closest ledge.

If the finished game turns out as good as the trailer, then this could be one of the best reboots ever, keep in mind there are a lot of bad reboots.  The trailer is interesting and character driven, fans should be really excited, though I expect some are disappointed by the reboot.  The game is attempting to bring the series back to its origins without tracing over too much familiar ground and it seems that the result may be a really good game.

What do you think?  Are you a Tomb Raider fan?  Are you happy that they are rebooting the series, again?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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6 responses

  1. Amy

    Sounds like it going to be pretty good. I’m not a big fan of tomb raider but I think that’s because Angelina Jolie and the movies. I have played a pc tomb raider game before and it was actually good.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

    • More information should be shown as this years E3. You shouldn’t let the movies discourage you.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  2. Tendy jonathan

    tomb raider iz da bomb.,lara croft ati bwa.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    • It really does look like it’s going to be a great game, more information should be coming at E3 this year.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  3. henrico

    U really don’t mind. Loved the previous games and expect it to be an amazing game

    May 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    • It looks really impressive and as far as reboots go it looks like this has been treated very well. We’ll know more next month at E3, hopefully it’s all good news.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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