What happened to Tomb Raider?
Back in 1996, I was presented with a revolutionary game. A game designed by a team called Core Design based in Derby. Then their gargantuan story began at that very moment...
Tomb Raider 1 exploded onto the PC and consoles and the main protagonist of the game Lara Croft, became a mascot. Some of us may remember the brand name, Larazade? Yes, Tomb Raider 1 really did spice up the gaming industry from that point onwards.
Tomb Raider 2 soon followed, which was also a critical success and slowly we had many other sequels following. However, by the time it reached the fourth sequel The Last Revelation, it was clear that this was the end of Lara Croft and she was going off with a bang.
But Eidos had other plans, they saw Tomb Raider as being a big money maker and so made the decision to carry on the Tomb Raider series and now I just feel that the franchise has been butchered to death by re-birth upon re-birth upon re-birth.
Lara is nothing like I used to remember her as. She's a symbol of how awesome gaming was back in the PlayStation 1 generation and I feel that this adaption to accommodate the needs of this new generation of gaming has been awkward and poor. That's not to say that Crystal Dynamics have not done a good job; I believe that the Tomb Raider games they have developed have been ok, but they do not capture the sense of enjoyment and excitement that the original Tomb Raider games did.
For me, Tomb Raider should of ended at The Last Revelation, it would of been the perfect finish.
I invite anyone to discuss their memories of this iconic game character and what they remember her for.