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Tomb Raider’s grisly death animations are outdated

"Now, the thing I haven’t mentioned in all of this is that, yes, these grisly death scenes are especially weird because Lara Croft is a woman.
She’s every bit as powerful, resourceful and agile as her male counterparts, but where Nathan Drake and Master Chief and Agent 47 and Solid Snake and Kratos and Link and Gordon Freeman simply get knocked off, Lara Croft needs to be beaten up, bloodied, impaled and garroted for all to see.
And when these animations are made by a majority-male development crew, for a majority-male audience, under the shadow of all sorts of nasty tropes that see women suffer on screen, it’s understandable why so many people feel uneasy about these scenes." Polygon says.

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NovusTerminus37d ago

It's not because it is a she, Tomb Raider has always had special death animations, and it's a lot like Death Space, which mind you Isaac had FAR more gruesome fates them Lara. It's a design on the game to show the result of your failing. If anything it's equal opportunity, she is treated no different then most male characters, it's just most devs don't do custom death scenes.

Lord_Sloth36d ago

Agreed. Isaac had some absolutely terrible fates, as has Leon in RE4.

Gaming10135d ago

It's funny that on N4G people universally think this author is an idiotic, soy boy half man cuck who complains that MEN of all things created a game depicting women dying (as if women depicting this would be just fine and dandy) and demonizes the male audience, as if men should never view such things.

Then you read the comments on the actual site, and they're all the same idiotic, soy boy half men cucks who completely agree and think women being realistically killed is so out of place in a fantasy setting where a woman shoots and brutalizes men with a pic ax among other weapons. As long as it's a woman killing men and not the other way around we're ok. Because equality, or something.

Male feminists spouting third wave feminist garbage make me sick.

Skull52135d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Polygon is less of a gaming site and more of a estrogen factory.

Don’t like it, don’t play it, don’t force your sad world views on us normal folk.

NapalmSanctuary35d ago

@Gaming They put their articles up here so that they can get those annoyed clicks.

annoyedgamer35d ago

@NapalmSanctuary I put the article up here, I don't support polygon in any way.

For those wanting to see the article without giving the site clicks use an archive link
https://archive.fo/VPm01

CDbiggen35d ago

N4G Rule - Never go straight to the article, it could be Polygon.

abstractel35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Dead Space was in the thriller genre, as is the Resident Evil series. You are comparing apples to oranges.

Having said that, I don't mind the death animations other than that sometimes I feel they take a bit long.

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FallenAngel198437d ago

Death animations will never be outdated. It’s far better than seeing a character do the same thing every time it’s game over no matter the situation

It goes to show how creative the devs can get to show the player’s failure

rainslacker36d ago (Edited 36d ago )

I still can't help but laugh at the Conan O'Brian segment where he was playing the first game and he kept dying on the river section and his reactions to being impaled over and over again in different ways.

NapalmSanctuary37d ago

We're living in parody. Its like we all died and went to spaceballs's unfunny prequel.

NapalmSanctuary37d ago

Nah man, your thinking of the sequel that was a shameless ripoff of the original with an uncompelling lead and Dark Helmet & President Skroob wannabes for main villains.

bloop36d ago (Edited 36d ago )

My father always used to say "things were different back in my day" and I always thought he was just being a grumpy old man. In my thirties now, I'm beginning to turn into that grumpy old man too, and can't help but roll my eyes at something I see online, practically every day at this stage. There's so much stupidity in the world right now. Everyone seems to be offended by everything, and I tend to like the world less and less as time goes by.

King_Noctis36d ago

I’m 100% agree with you sir. I’m nearing 30 myself and I’m starting to feel the same way.

Tody_ZA35d ago

I'm 25 and I feel more like this daily. Wonder what it will be like when I hit 30.

chiefJohn11735d ago

I'm 23 and feel that way lol. I can't stand the younger generation 😆.

Snookies1237d ago (Edited 37d ago )

How does a death animation, have anything to do with Lara Croft's gender...? Oh wait, it doesn't. Stop making something out of nothing. Please tell me these Polygon "Jounalists" don't actually get paid to write this garbage...

jambola36d ago

Lara Croft is a women, therefore everything is about her gender,

Sciurus_vulgaris37d ago

Polygon with another article that helps further cement modern gaming journalism as a joke. How is having a variety of death animations for a character dated? Also, why is Lara’s gender suddenly an issue, male characters have brutal death animations also, just look at Doom (2016),the Gears of War series, God of War...

Dixiedevil36d ago

Funny you should bring up Doom. Here’s some super sweet gameplay highlights from the “gamers” over at Polygon. https://youtu.be/d3pQ0oO_cD...

The_Sage36d ago

Wow! I'm surprised they can get through any game to review it.