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Submitted by craigbic 533d ago | opinion piece

Lara Croft: The role of female characters in games

A look at whether or not the reboot of Tomb Raider manages to make Lara Croft into a strong female character (Culture, PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360)

DigitalSmoke  +   533d ago
Well she acts like a man, and somehow has the testasterone levels to endure beatings cuts falls wile beating up multiple men 200 pounds heavier then her.

Soo its actually not a female role at all, its some other crazy shat.
x5exotic  +   533d ago
More like she has the lives of a cat seeing how she survives, so she looks and acts pretty feminine to me...

It's much better than just being there for no reason at all (and being ugly) like Elena (haha I love talking crap about her)
Cueil  +   533d ago
females actually have a much higher natural pain tolerance then men. She's obviously had some serious physical training and this isn't her first rodeo it's just the first one where she's had to fight for real... you never know what kind of person someone is till rounds come down range
crimsonfox  +   533d ago
People seem to be making a big deal about her first kill being dramatic then the game not "explaining" how she continues to kill though out the game. If it came down to it anyone would have to get over it quickly if they wanted to survive. Like you said @Cueil I'm sure she had training before she got there as well.

But I have to say it really is refreshing to have a good female lead in a game. I always played Pokemon games with the chick leads since I had the option. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm really enjoying the game so far.
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Omni-Tool  +   533d ago
It all boils down to 1 basic instinct, survival. Nobody can truly and honestly give how they would react when they trigger the "fight or flight" response. Proper training or not, you would be amazed at what you can do when your life depends on it.

I see myself as a pretty laid back person that would never be capable of ending someones life. Not sure how I would react given a survival situation.

I guess a good example of this would be Heavy Rain. The part where you are questioning the old guy. I was in the zone at that moment. I was that detective and as soon as I saw the old guy pulling something out, I didn't even give the screen time to pop up with a command. I just "pulled" the trigger out of instinct. At that split moment, I knew what he had in his hand just as I pulled the R2. It was like a snap shot had flashed in my mind like the scene from Unbreakable when Bruce Willis gets that image of the gun in the guys waist line at the game.

You can take the "prior training" theory and shove it. You greatly underestimate what people are capable of when pressure is applied and the adrenaline starts to pump.
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Cueil  +   533d ago
She comment's about how disturbed she was that killing after that seemed easy
Zabby91  +   533d ago
I think her personality shines not much in combact,but rather when she argues with the secondary characters and during the breafings she sometime does when you find a camp site.
In my opinion she's a great lead, even if we saw little of her weaknesses: still, I didn't expect her to be as extrovert as nathan drake, but i'd love to hear more of her thoughts and see more character growth.
SilentNegotiator  +   533d ago
She wasn't a strong female character before because she made the decision to wear short-shorts as she killed sharks, men, etc...but now that she's been an attempted rape victim, has smaller breasts, and wears my idea of sensible clothing, she's a strong, independent woman!

/sarcasm
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