I have been on the fence about playing Tomb Raider for some time. I’ve never played the original games, because I know they are mostly platforming and they didn’t really appeal to me. But after seeing the new Tomb Raider at E3 a couple of years ago, I’ve been a bit curious. It definitely doesn’t look like any Tomb Raider game I’ve seen in the past in terms of gameplay. If anything, it looks more like Uncharted, which is funny because I know that Uncharted has always been accused of ripping off Tomb Raider. I always understood that rationale in terms of overall story and purpose for both Lara and Drake, but TR always seemed to be more puzzlesque and definitely had a more platforming focus than Uncharted.
But that’s all besides the point.
Despite my intrigue for the game, my March schedule for reviewing guides is fairly full. With both Gears of War: Judgment and BioShock Infinite releasing over the next two weeks, I really don’t have time to squeeze in something else, as much as I would like to. I’m not a reviewing machine…yet. However, my April and May are open, so my intrigue has remained open.
I visited a friend over the weekend who is a huge TR fan, and she showed me what the game was like so I could see if I would ever play before spending the $60. I really enjoyed what I saw. There is some stealth, which initially disappointed me, but seeing that there isn’t a “game over” sequence if you fail the stealth brightened my prospects. Even if there is some more serious stealth later, at least that isn’t a primary focus. And the platforming didn’t look difficult, not unlike what I see in an Uncharted game, so I’m confident I can handle that without much controller throwing as well.
So in other words, a review of the Tomb Raider strategy guide is most likely coming, but it definitely won’t be timely. Kind of defeats the purpose, I know, but eh, I do what I can. And if I already have the guide, so I might as well, right?