First of all, thanks to Square Enix for stopping at MTV HQ to show off Lara's new adventure. Also, thanks to Patty Tenicela who helped me keep me cool through the whole process that otherwise would have been sorta embarassing for me (I'm not such a great public speaker '~'). Ok, so with that out of the way, we're taking a few shakey baby steps with a (hopefully) recurring video series about the latest big game releases. First up is 'Tomb Raider.'
All in all, we had about an hour and change to run through the violent and mysterious island, solve a few puzzles, eat a deer or two, threaten a rat, and tear our way through several psychotic bad guys. I'll let the video speak for itself but there's a quick mini-impression after the break. Hope you enjoy!
As you can see, Crystal Dynamics' "Tomb Raider" reboot is shaping up pretty nicely. Lara fluidly moves through the surprising lush environment as she slips, slides, leaps, and clambers over obstacles. The lighting and animations, especially the tumbling and shambling enemies, look pretty lifelike and help cement the reality of Lara's world. That, along with some pretty decent internal monologuing provided by one Camilla Luddington, make Lara a more well-rounded character than simply a 13 year old boys idea of sexy meets badass. She still a looker alright, but she's seems a bit more down-to-earth and approachable as a human in a dire situation and simply a blow-up doll with handguns taped on.
Combat was more or less par for the course with a simple and intuitive scheme that anyone worth their salt should pick up right away. It looks like you'll have a fairly wide variety of moves and weapons to work over the most fearsome of foes. There wasn't much raiding of tombs (as our demo showed off mostly combat) but SE PR mentioned that there will be side missions that will test your out of the box mental skills as well as your thumb dexterity.
You'll still have to wait and see for yourself as "Tomb Raider" releases next for XBOX 360, PS3, and PC. Also! We'll have a full review for you from our very own Charles Webb soon!