I have finished Tomb Raider for the second time and I thought I would share my thoughts on it with all of you.
I’ve never played a Tomb Raider game in the past. I know of the Lara Croft character but not much else. Therefore I am coming at this game fresh faced with none of the backstory or lore of previous games to base anything on.
I’m not really certain what made me say “oh yeah I have to play this”. I think I got all hyped about it after the interview with Camilla Luddington (voice of Lara in the game) on the Nerdist podcast. Anyway I pretty much knew I wanted to play this game.
I actually found a sale for it on Amazon at the end of March while we were vacationing in Texas. Unfortunately, Discover Card thought my purchase from my iPad in Texas was fraud and cancelled the order. I was totally bummed and not ready to pay full price for it because I am a thrifty Hobbit.
Luckily when we returned home I was grousing about it to my sister who said she had it on Xbox and allowed me to borrow it. This was my first play through and I was madly hooked and even talked about it a bit in episode 193. I played until I reached 100% completion and then gave the game back to my sister. I kind of missed it.
Then came a Steam Summer sale and I picked it up for myself but this time on my personal preferred platform of PC download. I just this week once again finished the game with 100% completion.
What Grabs Me About This Game
First of all the game is gorgeous. It is stunningly beautiful game to play and even though you are limited to a single island, I felt the areas covered were pretty vast and interesting.
This Lara is still very beautiful whose clothes get tattered and torn as she goes along however nothing gets too revealing. There’s plenty of rump shots as I was climbing and grunts and moans from the character but overall I didn’t find them over the top or annoying. 1 With the PC version I actually got the Survivor Edition so I changed her tank top out for a combat vest.
I was actually pleased about the character they gave Lara and made her seem real. She was in disbelief with what was happening on the island. She struggled with the realization of first human kill. I liked that often you hear her doubting what was happening or mumbling words of encouragement to herself to keep her going. Lara was a well done character.
The other cast members eh … I guess they were ok but yeah Lara was the star here. There was plenty of reading material on them to give them at least some development but really I don’t think it was enough for me to really care a whole lot about them.
This game has a mature rating and it earns it mostly due to some of the very gruesome ways Lara can die. I really did not enjoy a part of the game where I was careening down a rapid and having to dodge items and failing miserably. The result was me witnessing a very unpleasant death over and over. It was upsetting but I’m also a bit squeamish to such things.2 As a result be wary of small eyes that may be watching you play!
I also love that while I had a mini-arsenal of guns my weapon of choice was the Katniss Everdeen bow. I was all about shooting a baddie in the head from a safe distance! 3
Xbox vs PC Gameplay
Having played through on both the Xbox and the PC that I preferred the game on the console or at least I preferred playing with a controller. The PC mouse / keyboard controls seemed clunky and slower to respond than a game controller.
I tried fussing with the PC controls sensitivity settings to try to get it to match my difficulty and really couldn’t get the hang of it. I ended up playing the PC version on easy just because I was so bad with the controls I had no survivability in larger skirmishes.
The PC game also seemed to lag during big fight scenes which was really annoying. Even though the game was stunningly beautiful on the PC I ended up having to lower the graphics. This cleared up the big fight lag but it really didn’t make me very happy. I played with normal graphic settings on for as long as I could bare it out of pure stubbornness.
The issues with the PC controls / lag could totally be me. It’s possible you played it on the PC without a glitch and good for you. I’m just letting you know it was a struggle for me and if I hadn’t already played it on the Xbox and already loved the game, I may not have stuck with it.
I had enough issues with the PC that we ended up buying a Xbox Wireless Gaming Receiver so I could connect the Xbox controller to the PC. Oh my gosh was this a world of difference! I unfortunately played the game to like 82% with the PC controls. The last 18% was so much better with the controller. My recommendation if you get this game for the PC is definitely play it with a controller!
In case you haven’t picked up on this, I really enjoyed this game so for me this game is a buy! I’m thinking of going back and seeing if I can get some of the achievements I’m missing.
- Plus if it was Indiana Jones / Harrison Ford game, I’d kinda want the same thing. ↩
- Side note: I absolutely hate horror movies and don’t watch them because of my squeamishness. ↩
- This is also how I prefer to play Skyrim ↩
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