Tomb Raider Reboot Looks Incredibly Promising
E3 may have just gotten started--hell, the first day of E3 is still going on--but I thought I'd share my thoughts on the game that has managed to hold my attention the most so far. This little bit of editorial goodness will replace one of my usual news posts because, well, there's a lot of E3 tomfoolery going on right now, and for me to report on anything other than E3 goodness would be irrelevant. So here's an outlandish prediction from me, David Sanchez, that in no way echoes the sentiments of my fellow GameZone writers:
Tomb Raider is going to be freaking amazing, and it is going to relaunch the series to its old glory.
After checking out the opening cinematic and first bit of gameplay footage of the new Tomb Raider game, I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. The game looks stunning, with excellent visuals and wonderful aesthetics. Additionally, there were some totally kick-ass facial expressions. Lara Croft does sound a bit whiny, but I can overlook that if the game looks and sounds great the majority of the time.
But Tomb Raider doesn't just look absolutely gorgeous--the gameplay seems to have been reworked somewhat, as well. It's too early to tell, but from what I gathered, it looks like more environmental puzzles will take over this Tomb Raider game. One thing I love about action-adventure games and the Tomb Raider franchise is the puzzle-solving. I like using critical thinking and common sense to progress through games, and if Tomb Raider introduces new types of puzzles to make things feel fresh, fans of the series and newcomers alike are sure to be drawn to the game.
I reviewed The Tomb Raider Trilogy, and as I played these games one after another, it dawned on me that the series is in need of an overhaul. Tighter controls and mechanics are the two main things I want from the series at this point. If the new Tomb Raider delivers, we may be looking at one of the hotter releases of 2012.
Oh, and because I'm a sucker for side-scrollers, Rayman Origins looks pretty damn rad, too.