Submitted by NYC_Gamer 1064d ago | preview

PCGamer-Tomb Raider hands-on: “a lack of meaningful interaction”

PCG:On screen, Lara Croft is inching her way up a rock face. She’s wedged in a narrow vertical gap, chimneying her way up. It’s complicated, gruelling work. She grunts as she works her way past outcrops, exerting herself totally with the effort of remaining suspended some 40 feet above the jagged ground below. She slips, losing her footing for a second, before she jams her boot against the wall, steadies herself, and heaves a lungful of air. She climbs on. (PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360)

Mariusmssj  +   1064d ago
Not surprising but still sad :( It did look promising
MikeMyers  +   1063d ago
From the article:
"Sometimes, Lara slips and tumbles as I’m pressing the thumbstick forward: collapsing into a heap after diving past a falling rock, missing a handhold halfway up a radio mast. It’s meant to feel thrilling, moments of near-death to keep the pulse racing. It succeeds instead in frustrating me. I can see the obvious coming, but I can’t avoid it. I can’t do anything but press the thumbstick forward as control is wrested away from me, keeping the scene rolling as Lara finds out about her own survival instincts on her own.

The closest parallel is the PlayStation 3’s Uncharted series. But where the linear leaping of those games was leavened by Indiana-Jones-style humour and silliness, Tomb Raider is pitch black in tone."

This is where gaming needs to evolve. The player needs to have more control but it's limited because games are scripted. How many times have you died in a game only to go back a bit and the same scene plays out? That's why I hope The Last Of Us really does break free of that mold that the Uncharted series does. Playing games like Call of Duty are the same thing. It's all scripted and you're being forced to follow the same path.

The original Tomb Raider games gave me so many memories. I loved the puzzles and the exploring. I don't want the series to turn into what the Resident Evil series has where action is the main importance. It also seems like the graphics are key and because of that the more linear it gets.
FunAndGun  +   1064d ago

I will miss doing backwards flippys with dual pistols.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1063d ago
Had a good run on ps1-ps2 but I will stick to uncharted now.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1063d ago
Did you even read the preview? He is complaining about a lack of interactivity, pretty much saying all you do is push forward and jump and then he says the closest game he can compare it to is Uncharted because it too is a linear push forward to win kinda game.
The whole time I was reading the preview I was thinking Uncharted even before I read the part where he himself mentioned it. How it's predictable, how you just KNOW that a ledge is going to crumble when you jump to it, how you just KNOW that Drake is going to fall and then at the very last mili second grab on to a root/hand/rock sticking out of the side of a cliff.
Uncharted is saved (according to the writer) by its humour.)
Personally I'm looking forward to Tomb Raider even after reading the preview.
Bolts  +   1063d ago
Yeah Uncharted easy mode platforming is wearing thin on me too. I can can only stand so many death defying by the finger tips grabs before the thrill of it is completely gone.
VonBraunschweigg  +   1063d ago
Tomb Raider lost it's crown to Uncharted and now tries to be Uncharted, and it fails. Imo Uncharted never lacked interactivity, and although linear (just like Tomb Raider was) the gameplay never breaks down to pushing the stick forward forever. Perhaps he should compare this to Enslaved, which also tried to be Uncharted and failed.

These type of games walk a tightrope between storytelling and gameplay and Naughty Dog is one of the few developers that doesn't fall off, all 3 games are complete adventures from A to Z and imo they never get boring, uninteractive, predictable or too easy.

Most people play Uncharted games with a big smile on their face from start to end, after reading this preview I do not expect this to be the case for Tomb Raider, unfortunately. They just lack a talent like Amy Hennig that can keep a story driven game from falling off the rope.

And with The Last of Us, they will probably do an even better job.
DeadlyFire  +   1063d ago
I personally see nothing discouraging even in this article.

Why so negative. Tomb Raider defined Action Adventure in PS1 days now Uncharted does and its only natural that Tomb Raider takes some of that and builds on it.
CGI-Quality  +   1063d ago
Sounds like your issue rests solely with Uncharted. Thankfully, you're wrong on nearly every point about it - especially interactivity.

OT: I'm still picking up this game! Yeah, the recent previews of it have been less than stellar, but as a Tomb Raider veteran, this hasn't pushed me away.
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AsheXII  +   1063d ago
I don't care about what PCGamer has to say about the game, they have been pretty messed up and inaccurate with their reviews lately.
dirthurts  +   1063d ago
Simply a gamer complaining about the things that are in all games...
Despite judging a game before it's released (poor journalism at it's finest) I'll be anxiously awaiting the arrival of this game.

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