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IBTimes Tomb Raider Review: The Debate is Coming

"Over the next few months, there will be no doubt reams of healthy debate over Lara Croft and the "new" depiction of female characters in videogames. She's capable, she's feminine; she battles an all-male cult that considers itself enslaved to a Queen. But although there's a feminist dialogue happening in Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot, it's not, I don't think, the most interesting conversation the game is having.

"On the one hand, I'm reticent to ask people to try and forget that Lara is a woman. Through her backstory, her relationships with other characters and her plausible physical shape, Tomb Raider wants you to recognise Lara's femaleness. She's not a frail Princess Peach, nor is she a penis-envious, Aeon Flux-style ass kicker. She's perfectly normal; she's a woman. But on the other hand, I think it might help to look, somewhat, past Lara's gender."

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