"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."