01.01.2013 @ 21:19
I have to say the new Tomb Raider is the first one in ages i am really looking forward to. It looks like Crystal Dynamics are really trying to make a really good game. Whether they succeed remains to be seen.
Having said that i do consider the first Tomb Raider to be the best of the series. It was a groundbreaking game at the time. This was the first game i had to use graphic accelerator for. Since then i've played all tomb raider games and none of the following games have really managed to improve the first one. They were some minor tweaks, thats all. You can say thats a good thing, but after a 2 or 3 sequels it became quite boring. It looked like the same game again and again. The franchise needed something new.
Crystal Dynamics took over and created 2 (3 if you count anniversary) rather average games. I still enjoyed them but they were very linear in terms of level design. There was almost no exploration at all. Tomb Raider Anniversary wasn't a better game that original was imho, in fact it was worse in nearly every possible way than original.
The very first game has some unique feel, almost claustrophobic atmosphere, that feeling of being completely alone trough the whole game exploring the levels on your own pace. Thats the thing, it wasn't about action, fast paced combat or anything like that, it was about exploration, not knowing what hides in this corridor or that one. It was up to you to figure everything out. If you reached a closed door that you needed to open using 3 items or so, nobody has shown you where they are or which path to take, you needed to find it yourself and that was the beauty of it.
Nowadays, creating a game of similar description is almost impossible, it just wouldn't sell. We have to remember that consoles are driving a market. There is emphasis on creating a product that is accessible (easy to use and play) to every customer. These days people just wanna play a game for few hours without really thinking about the game, just a bit of mindless action/shooting to ease your mind of. Its disappointing but thats reality. So any developers have to take that into consideration. I still think that you can create a great game that will have financial success and will remain true to the original. I hope CD will achieve that. Time will tell.
I really like the fact its a re-launch of the series. I also like the fact Lara will have some sort of personality (She looks better already imho) and story will play a bigger part than in previous games. Thats an improvement. Yea sure there was some sort of story in each TR games but it wasn't really that interesting. I hope thats gonna change and story will be more personal.
I also wish there will be plenty of exploration, maybe some optional stuff hidden somewhere in the island that will help you understand whats going on. Stuff like that.
I haven't really looked to much at any game videos or trailers as i don't want to spoil the game but from what i've seen it looks promising, at least enough to look forward to it.