9 years ago today the Tomb Raider reboot by Crystal Dynamics was first released.

1 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:12 ID: t7f9pm
9 years ago today the Tomb Raider reboot by Crystal Dynamics was first released.
2 : Anonymous2022/03/05 20:20 ID: hzhpgjf

9 years ago today I sat down on my couch for 10 hours without moving, what a great game

3 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:53 ID: hzhdmsx

Great game and the sequels were great also.

A good example.of.a set of games that don't break new ground necessarily, just do what they do do really well.

If anyone is curious about these, they can be picked.up.inexpensively and are great.

4 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:34 ID: hzhawz5

Probably still the best of the trilogy

ID: hzheizq

Each time I've played the trilogy (three times), my favourite has changed each time. Originally, it was Rise. Then it was TR2013 due to the extremely linear design and survival-focus. But now, my favourite is Shadow due to the major gameplay enhancements (climbing, swimming and stealth) and the amazing DLC tombs.

ID: hzhku2h

Rise is still my favourite, but I can see why you'd like Shadow more. I think it's more suited to repeated plays due to the gameplay and tombs, Rise just has the best overall story and experience for me. I've got a soft spot for games in a snowy setting for some reason haha.

ID: hzi14nu

Same. I loved the first one, played the shit out of it, 2nd one, I didn’t like at first but I replayed the first and gave the 2nd a try and something clicked. And the 3rd one hit me differently, the whole structure is weird, but it felt a little more open, and honestly I really liked it right off the bat and I feel like it’s the most fun gameplay wise but 2 has a really strong story, the best in the trilogy.

ID: hzhmu0w

I went back and played it again about two weeks ago. Very good game, but Laura's moaning from pain and getting hurt all the time was almost pornographic-- it REALLY stands out, and is basically completely absent from the 2nd in the trilogy.

ID: hzhu2ps

It's pretty over the top how many times Lara gets brutally injured, screaming in pain, struggling to survive. Some of the death animations are really brutal. I'm not really squeamish I play a lot of horror games but it's a bit much.

I think the other two are better by a mile. less 'dramatic survival' stuff that is cool at first but kind of comes off as a bit ridiculous by the end.

ID: hzhxrjp

These games are reverse Uncharted. Ups the gameplay to a major degree but botches the story. Rise’s Open World environments were so impressive to me at the time, very similar to how i’m now feeling with Elden Ring in that there’s something around literally every corner to investigate.

ID: hzi4cnr

Rise was really great too. It has a special place in my heart. I hope we get an amazing Tomb Raider game this generation.

ID: hzhhlia

They are all relatively forgettable action adventure games.

5 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:26 ID: hzh9por

Great game.

6 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:59 ID: hzhmlf6

I really wish they would remake tomb Raider 2 from the ps1 era. It was my favourite one.

7 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:20 ID: hzhhcfp

Loved this game, the other 2 didn’t quite live up to it but were still really fun. I’d love to see the series continue in the same style

8 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:41 ID: hzhk5jw

I loved this game so much and was very upset that Xbox bought timeed exclusively for the sequel.

9 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:22 ID: hzh97a9

Still my favorite from CD.

10 : Anonymous2022/03/05 21:00 ID: hzhutck

I loved the first one! It was the first Tomb Raider game in a long while, and it felt so nice to get a reboot of the franchise for new audiences. It was gritty, dark and atmospheric. Remember all the gruesome death scenes, getting impaled in the first level, or crawling through rivers of blood?

The first time you walk out that cave and see the coastline in the storm, and dozens of wrecked ships on the rocks. So good. I think that's why I have a soft spot for the movie with Alicia Vikander. Watching it is like a nostalgia trip as it recreates some scenes directly from the game.

11 : Anonymous2022/03/05 22:29 ID: hzi6oss

It's been all quiet on the TR front. Isn't about time for a next-gen announcement for a new game?

12 : Anonymous2022/03/05 20:08 ID: hzhnt13

Best of the trilogy. Too bad Shadow had a mediocre story with a bland main villain of the trilogy - which lead to an underwhelming ending of the trilogy.

ID: hzibrkk

I like Rise the best, but agree 100% on Shadow.

13 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:24 ID: hzh9hqv

The first one, the only one I played of the (I think) three games, was great.

14 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:15 ID: hzhgjtu

They need to announce a new one for the new gen!!

15 : Anonymous2022/03/05 21:12 ID: hzhwelz

Always find it mad that Cory Barlog left Sony Santa Monica during production of God of War III & Ghost of Sparta, went off to work on the TR reboot then decided to bounce back to SSM to direct GOW 2018.

16 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:32 ID: hzhanqo

Really sucks that they deviated away from the narrative in favor of gun combat and more perks in the sequels.

ID: hzhfrde

Did you even play the other games? Tomb Raider 2013 had the most gunplay out of all of them. Shadow had very little in comparison, favoring exploration way more. You are just plain wrong.

ID: hzhfd6g

Tomb Raider 2013 had a lot of gun combat though. And my impression was that Rise and Shadow moved away from that a bit, with more focus on tombs and stealth.

ID: hzho1mi

Gun combat feel consistent to me between the three. But as they made more, they put too much focus on upgrades and perks (as you say), and making them more open world just for the sake of it, even when it’s detrimental to the story’s pacing.

17 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:10 ID: hzhfxe4

I still think of the new trilogy that Rise is the best game. I've always been a huge TR fan, but after Underworld I was like, maybe I'm done with this franchise. But then they re-booted and I was right back in.

Kind of unrelated but lowkey, Guardian of the Light was one of the best co-op games I've ever played. Me and one of my best friends spent a whiskey fueled weekend playing the shit out of that game and it was one of the best times I've had playing TR since probably Chronicles

18 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:14 ID: hzhgeij

Enjoyable game, but fell more like Rambo than Lara Croft.

ID: hziclhl

I agree. The cutscenes have you questioning whether she is a super soldier of some kind.

ID: hzicrzk

That's it exactly. Being able to cover yourself in mud and gonslicing dudes' throats in Shadow... yep, devs definetly wanted to make a Rambo game.

19 : Anonymous2022/03/05 20:19 ID: hzhpb75

Still the best traversal in any 3d action adventure game I've played (all 3 games that is)

Perfect balance of timing, observation and puzzle solving. More games should take note of these games for it. (Looking at you Horizon.)

Also a really nice balance between Open World and Linear in these games which is rarely in utilised in favour of one or the other.

20 : Anonymous2022/03/05 18:49 ID: hzhd17r

21 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:07 ID: hzhfi1j

Can't wait for the next game. Wonder what direction they take it?

22 : Anonymous2022/03/05 19:55 ID: hzhm51f

It's cool to think about how this game was nearly the first AAA game with a completely no cut camera, instead of God of War. Cory Barlog mentioned in the Raising Kratos documentary that he pitched it for this and it got rejected.

Wonder how that would have changed things in terms of the sequels or even how it would have changed God of War too.

ID: hzhx4q1

What is a no cut camera?

ID: hzi2nvx

Entire game is done in a single camera shot, so it goes from cinematic to gameplay and back again without ever cutting to black or switching to a different camera shot. Essentially it's like there's just one guy with a camera following the player the entire game.

ID: hzics4z

This game came out for 360 and PS3 originally, so I imagine there were some technical limitations there.

23 : Anonymous2022/03/05 20:09 ID: hzhnwok

Still in my backlog. Damn it.

24 : Anonymous2022/03/05 20:30 ID: hzhqpd4

Literally just replayed this last week lol

25 : Anonymous2022/03/05 21:40 ID: hzi04gd

One of the first games I plan on revisiting if I decide to get the SteamDeck. It has the combat that I felt was lacking in something like Uncharted, where as Uncharted comes on top in regards to its story.

26 : Anonymous2022/03/05 21:42 ID: hzi0hh5

Of all three my favourite is the first one as it really has an engagin story, the misteries you discover by exploring the island and the side characters that I truly cared for. It was a shame that the only character that survives or appears from the first game is Jonah only to be forgotten from the rest of the second game in the first minutes.

What I enjoyed from the second one were the graphics and the combat.

But the third one ditches the combat in favor of exploration but it's not funny imo. It's just puzzle after puzzle and that sense of wonder that had the psx original games it's gone.

Also, the third game eliminates almost completely those sequences we're you'd get new gear like the shotgun, the grenade launcher in the first or the rebreather in the second game. The third game only has one sequence like that and it's pretty crappy (the scaling boots).

27 : Anonymous2022/03/05 21:58 ID: hzi2k8r

My favorite of the trilogy. The mystery, the sheer brutality, the island, the collectibles… I still remember going to the store buying it and being glued to my console for a lot of days!

The two other games got worse and worse unfortunately (gameplay got better but the story was not interesting at all)

28 : Anonymous2022/03/05 22:00 ID: hzi2sul

Played it on 360 when it was about new and it honestly blew my mind graphically, and I loved the gameplay a lot too especially considering it wasn't exactly my top genre. For years I've been saying since then that I much prefer the tomb raider games approach to gameplay and really every aspect but story compared to the Uncharted games.

29 : Anonymous2022/03/05 22:33 ID: hzi77qn

I love this trilogy, but they became slightly worse as they went on. TR13 is a 10. Rise was a solid 9. Shadow spent waaaay too long in that village. Hours upon hours tracking back and forth. First time I was annoyed with a TR game. I'd give that one a 7.5.

ID: hzibxkj

7.5 is generous... I'd say max 7 or even 6.5.

30 : Anonymous2022/03/05 22:38 ID: hzi7wmc

God I’m old

31 : Anonymous2022/03/05 22:56 ID: hzia5wy

the best trilogy of tomb raider

32 : Anonymous2022/03/05 23:12 ID: hzic6xv

Goddamnit that's how long I've put off playing it. Not that it isn't good, it just hasn't grabbed me.

33 : Anonymous2022/03/05 23:39 ID: hziftnf

It's weird, I have played all of them... but I can't even differentiate any from each other.

They sort of just feel like the same thing over and over. If I had to give an award to most mediocre game, it would be any of these.


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