"Sacrificing your darlings. That's basically what the new Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider game is all about. Some reboots dare to meddle with the beloved memory of a franchise. Some go so far as to rework the aesthetic for older audiences, gritting up wholesome, family-friendly colouration, dunking a few swears into the script, messing the lead character's hair.
But none, to our knowledge, have ever kicked off with a gaming icon strung up to die in a cave, obliging her to swing into a fire to burn off her restraints, before dropping her onto a rusted spike with a screech that sends our pen skidding off the surface of our notebook."