E3 2012
Games of E3 2012

The Escapist Staff | 8 Jun 2012 16:30
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Tomb Raider

A reboot is a reboot is a reboot, but the Tomb Raider reboot might be exactly what the aging franchise needed. Lara Croft is back, but she's younger and less experienced at raiding tombs. You could say that Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have been caught with the "gritty" bug, but if that means a more realistic and vulnerable Lara Croft, I'm on board. Plus, she gets to use a bow.

Read the rest of Steve Butts' full preview here. Tomb Raider is due out March 5, 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Steve Butts: Lara's first job is quite literally to survive by finding food and starting a fire. Through the very act of living off the land, Lara will get better at the various skills that are required to survive in the wild. And while she slowly gains mastery of the world around her, the nagging possibility that other survivors are out there keeps her yearning to be rescued. It's a great reversal for the character, so when she hears the ship captain's voice come in over the radio, she immediately sets out to find him.

On the way, she hears strange noises coming from a small, seemingly abandoned cabin. Looking inside, she sees lots of tribal paintings and hears the music is coming from a hole in the ground. In the only part of the demo that seemed to go against this great character the developers have built, Lara decides to climb down into the hole to explore. It's a nice bit of foreshadowing for her character, but it works against the sense that she's just looking for someone to get her out of the situation.


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