‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot: Crystal Dynamics gives Lara Croft a revamp


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Gamers have seen Lara Croft, as well as various alterations of Crystal Dynamics’ classic female hero, since 1996. 

Now she’s back in an all-new reboot of the “Tomb Raider” franchise that was released on March 5, and this time around, Croft is not the fearless explorer we once knew. 

The game’s title may be the same as the 1996 version, but that is where the similarities end.

In the new “Tomb Raider,” Croft’s story begins when she and her crew crash on a mysterious island where players discover ancient ruins and relics. 

Since this is Croft’s first expedition, she starts out very inexperienced with no weapons or tools to survive. 

As the game goes on, she tries to find relics on the island and uncovers something truly disturbing. 

You feel for the amateurish Croft as she grow into a fearless adventurer through this beautifully rendered story.

“Tomb Raider” is a third-person action game with survival-style gameplay. 

This means that as you play, you have to find the weapons and tools you need as well as hunt animals for food. 

The game’s first hour is filled with scripted events, but afterwards, the game world is yours to explore. 

You quickly learn that you need to discover collectibles on this island. 

Collectibles are usually an afterthought, but the rewards for finding them give you a good experience bonus. 

The artifacts you find can also be examined. 

As you examine them, Croft will explain the pieces: a nice little touch from Crystal Dynamics that will fulfill that tomb raider inside you.

Yes, there is actual tomb raiding, but not as prominently as in previous “Tomb Raider” games that involve complex puzzles. 

The reboot features hidden tombs with simpler puzzles and chests that give you experience to upgrade Croft’s skills.

The game offers new adventures for players while also giving them a taste of the past games. 

The story of Croft in this reboot is intriguing, and the gameplay will have you playing for hours. 

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