Review Round-Up: Tomb Raider
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Tomb Raider reviews are now flowing in freely from many gaming publications, the Crystal Dynamics reboot of Lara Croft is getting much praise around the internet. The main campaign has been the focus of reviewers love, with the lackluster multiplayer seemingly impressing no one.
IGN: 9.1 – Keza Macdonald writes: “Tomb Raider is well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful and just incredibly well-made. The single-player rarely makes a mis-step, and though Lara’s quick transformation into a hardened killer seems at odds with the narrative at first, the game quickly moves past it. It is a superb action game that brings a new emotional dimension to one of gaming’s most enduring icons, and repositions her alongside Nathan Drake at the top of gaming’s action-hero heirachy.”
Gamespot: 8.5 – Carolyn Petit writes: “But no matter; the single-player campaign here is the main attraction, and it is excellent. It doesn’t try to rewrite the book on third-person action adventure games. But with its excellent controls, engaging heroine, thrilling combat, and fascinating setting, it doesn’t need to. Lara may be covering some previously charted territory here, but Tomb Raider is so well-crafted, you won’t mind at all.”
Polygon: 9 – Phillip Kollar writes: “Tomb Raider’s cinematic elements don’t get in the way of an intense, polished adventure that unexpected thoughtfulness extends to most of the game. It’s easy to point out the many ways that Tomb Raider borrows bits and pieces from other popular games of the last five years, but Crystal Dynamics has blended these disparate strengths into something remarkable. It’s cinematic yet open, intense yet laid-back, fresh yet polished. It’s a near-perfect embodiment of the age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a hint of what to expect next.”
OXM: 8.5 – Francesca Reyes writes: “Incredibly polished production values and super-responsive controls make playing a treat.”
Eurogamer: 8 – Ellie Gibson writes: “But they’re just tricks, and they leave little room for the elements that set Tomb Raider apart to shine. Beneath the noise there is an engaging story clamouring to be heard, and there are moments of true beauty, serenity and pathos fighting for attention. The game does get better as it goes on, and despite the distractions the last few hours are a pleasure to play. At the centre of it all is a brilliant character, still iconic but more human and believable than she’s ever been before.”
Destructoid: 8.5 – Jim Sterling writes: “I’m happy to go on record as saying this is the best Tomb Raider game I’ve played. Tightly produced, competent in both its puzzling and its combat, this is one reboot that manages to be unequivocally superior to its predecessors. “
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