Jan 252014

In my professional gaming opinion, the best game of 2013 was Tomb Raider.

It is such a good game that the Xbox One is re-releasing it and charging full price again! Yup, that’s right. The new and exciting Tomb Raider coming to the new generation consoles is exactly the same game that you can pick up for $15-20 on your xbox 360. What would I recommend? …get it for the 360! The sooner you can play it, the better.

I don’t know what it’s like for die hard Lara Croft fans, but I was new to the scene and this was my first Tomb Raider experience. Naturally, I’ve seen all the films, but never played the games. Lara Croft wasn’t my type of character. I didn’t want to play a game where I became “her”. I would generally prefer to spend my time creating and developing my own characters, or playing Rock Band.

I don’t know what drew me to this version of Tomb Raider. Maybe it was the amazing graphics, or the unique death scenes, or maybe it was just watching the trailer and actually finding a character that looked more realistic and like me! That’s what girl gamers want right? We want to find a character that we can “become” when we are playing a game. So I decided to give it a chance.

Tomb Raider takes the player through an emotional storyline with in a beautiful setting. You get to play a new and improved Lara Croft who is separated from her team of scientists. She moves through new locations searching for her teammates and battling against bad guys. There are loads of little trinkets and collectables to find along the way.

It’s important to me that I feel successful while playing a game. I hate dying over and over again. I want to be able to play a game for 30 minutes and feel like I accomplished something. Tomb Raider does that. Within 30 minutes, you can kill a bunch of people, find unique collectables, and get closer to finding your loved teammates.  All you need to do is find a fire pit, and poof. Your game is saved and ready to go the next time you want to play.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the game was the multiplayer. It included all the weapons that you would use in the single player story, but it felt like a Call of Duty or Battlefield game. You spawn, kill people, run around a map where other online players are killing people, and you die. I’m a fan of playing through a story and watching my character progress, so the multiplayer wasn’t for me.

What makes this the best game of the year? It is flawless. I didn’t come across any bugs. The controls are easy to use. The story is entertaining and it moves at a decent pace. The extra collectables and missions add game play to the story. Oh, and the graphics are stunning! Plus, I can’t forget the brilliantly gruesome death scenes when Lara Croft dies. Basically, I couldn’t put it down and it is the game I highly recommend everyone to play!

This game gets a 5/5!

Tomb Raider

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