I’ve been a fan of Tomb Raider ever since I bought the original for my Sega Saturn. Ever since Crystal Dynamics took over the series it’s just gotten better and better. The latest game in the series, simply titled Tomb Raider, will be a relaunch of the series. All of the trailers I’ve seen, news I’ve read and hands on time I’ve had, lead me to believe that Tomb Raider has the potential to be the sleeper hit of 2013.
This latest overhaul of Tomb Raider will lead it down a new and exciting path. We’ll get to play as an inexperienced Lara Croft who isn’t the mighty adventurer that we’ve all come to know. She’s more vulnerable this time, more human and this makes her more relatable. During my time playing the demo, I felt real sympathy for Lara as she struggled to survive. Playing the game made me feel emotions that I don’t normally experience in real life, let alone in a video game. I felt Lara’s desperation, anguish and terror. These are feelings that I experienced during New York Comic Con, where I was surrounded by thousands of people. I can only imagine that these emotions will be amplified when I’m playing alone in my room.
Another reason I’m looking forward to Tomb Raider is because I want people to recognize just how important this series is. Everyone loves the Uncharted series (understandably) but few give credit to Tomb Raider for pioneering a lot of the elements that make that franchise so great. I want to see Tomb Raider reclaim the title of premiere action adventure game and for people to understand that modern gaming wouldn’t be where it is today without it. Lara Croft is a video game icon and it’d be great to see her have prominence again. Now that she’s been desexualized and humanized, I hope that Lara will become a positive example of female protagonists in gaming.
I can’t say enough good things about Tomb Raider and I think it may potentially be the most emotionally powerful game of 2013.
Tomb Raider will be released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 05, 2013.