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Submitted by Thantalas 510d ago | review

Tomb Raider review - Handy Tips

New Beginnings Lara Croft was the pin-up girl for nineties video game chic. She represented a new era of titles for young adults that were cool and socially relevant. She appeared on the front cover of lifestyle magazine The Face – the first fictional sex symbol to do so. She starred in three well-reviewed games and inspired multiple press articles about whether she was or wasn’t a feminist role model. But then things went wrong. Square-Enix bought Eidos in 2009 and decided they wanted to start again with a brand new game.

Tomb Raider (2013) is a reboot of the legendary series and an origin story for a younger, more innocent, Lara Croft revealing how she becomes a tough adventure-seeking archaeologist. (PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360) 8/10

FreshRevenge  +   510d ago
How about a review without spoiling the damn game? You don't need to spoil everything about the game. Eventhough I played this game and beat it, it still respectful to let gamers play for themselves.
Thantalas  +   510d ago
There are no spoilers. Explaining the setup about how the game starts is not a spoiler.
FreshRevenge  +   510d ago
okay I will copy and paste all your spoilers.

"There are times where you anticipate danger but you’re not allowed to draw a weapon because the game wants to create dramatic tension, like when you are in a cave and you know there is a wolf nearby but you can’t arm yourself. Once it attacks you then have to button mash a Quick Time Event to kill it."

"As you traverse the environment and try and perform leaps and bounds you will inevitably fail and Lara will die in a unique and very grisly way. Try landing a parachute wrong and see a branch pierce Lara’s throat. Fail to fight of an attacker and see him strangle the last gasp of air out her throat. Fail to jump across a ship’s deck and see Lara smash her head against an underwater rock. Fail to see that a Guardian is coming and see Lara’s head crushed by a giant mace. Fail to escape whilst tied upside down and see Lara’s throat slit open. Or watch a cutscene where Lara’s face is punched in by a gang of men. You get the idea. I found myself making “errggghhh” sounds in reaction to the grossness (give me another game with this and I’m sure I’ll become desensitised)."

You don't need to reveal things like that. You might as well just finish the story. Now people will be thinking a cave and QTE .These are self discoveries. You don't need to spoil that for people! They can easily see how the game starts off.
FreshRevenge  +   510d ago
There are more things that you mentioned but I didn't post about but , think about it before you post your review. If you are going to talk about how Lara dies, than say their are possible spoilers in this article!
Thantalas  +   510d ago
Hi FreshRevenge. I certainly am not here to argue but I will present my point of view and i hope you understand where I'm coming from. I think it's about us both having a different definition of what a spoiler is.

Spoilers as I know them to be refer to giving away the plot or twists of what happens in a game or movie. The review does not reveal plot events.

But whether a gamer plays Uncharted or Tomb Raider or Gears of War they know that a the playable character can die. In Halo Master Chief can be shot, or stabbed or thrown from a great height - but this is not a spoiler. In Tomb Raider In the new Tomb Raider Lara is shown to die in many different ways - but this isn't a spoiler. Many different magazines and websites have referred to this and talked about this but not placed spoiler warnings because a playable character dying does not give away any plot because it is not like a movie where death is permanent. All a player needs to do is reload the game and the character is alive again!

Ultimately when writing a review a balance has to be struck between sharing helpful information about the game whilst keeping the plot a surprise. I interpret your meaning as saying that you would like as many experiences kept a surprise for a player and on this point I would have to agree with you. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and I will pass them on to the author. Your feedback is really appreciated. Thank you. :)
Mr Pumblechook  +   510d ago
Excellent review that gives you a sense of the adventure.
That's a excellent in-depth review that goes deep into the mechanics and gives you a sense of the emotions you feel when playing. I love Tomb Raider and would probably give it a 9.

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