In a continuation of this post right here, I’ll be replaying the Tomb Raider games and giving you my opinion on them, in honor of the 2018 movie release!
When I first spoke of this game, I mentioned how amazing the graphics were – that statement still stands today. This game is already around 3 years old, and even with all the technological advances we’ve had in both CGI and graphics, it still stands up with the newer games, which you’ll be able to see from all the screenshots I took of it. But you didn’t come here to read about how much I love the intricate details that the crew put into this game, so let’s get into the story!
The story opens with Lara Croft and Jonah, ( a character from the previous installment) trying to work their way up a mountain in Siberia. The first chunk of the game has a lot of lengthy cut scenes, which, if I remember correctly you have the ability to skip past, should you want to. If you’re playing the game for the first time, I’d recommend watching these scenes. Not only because the storyline is flawlessly executed, but the cut scenes prep the game’s setting, and give insight to what’s been happening since Lara was rescued from Yamatai. Not watching them COULD leave the player in a state of perpetual confusion. It also deals fluently with flashbacks, so if you’re not paying attention to the story, the timeline could get a bit twisted.
In this new adventure, Lara is being socially exiled for being “just as crazy as her father.” A shady organization known as Trinity has covered up the events of Yamatai, and so Lara’s account of what happened on the island was discredited. She’s realized though, that her father was not as crazy as he seemed and looks into finding answers. Not only for what happened on Yamatai, but the rest of the unnatural mystical things her father was investigating. Lord Richard Croft’s final excursion was in the search for the Prophet, a man who had an unusual influence on people and could be the key to eternal youth. But yet again, another overly-religious cultist organization attempts to take her out in order to acquire an artifact known as “The Divine Source,” for their own greedy purposes. But this new organization is different. They call themselves The Trinity, and they’re actually an ancient set of brutal warriors that have been hunting the Prophet and his followers for centuries, and are bent on using the “Divine Source,” should it really exist, to rid the world of what they see as sin.
So here Lara is, wandering through the mountains of Siberia, looking for the lost city of Kitezh in the hopes to redeem her father’s name and stop Trinity. Lara will face a difficult choice, however. Release the power of the Divine Source into the world, so that any entity, good or bad, may get their hands on something that may very well cure any disease? Or keep it secreted away so that evil can never access it, even if that means no one can access it? Get the game, play the story, and Be The Legend to find out for yourself what Lara decides to do with this artifact, and if this expedition really does redeem the Croft name, what will she do with her newfound fame?
As much as I love this game, I will admit I missed seeing the crew from the first game, and hope they make more of an appearance in future installments – should the developers decide to run with it. I loved seeing Jonah of course, but in this case, “The More The Merrier” should’ve been followed.
As always, thanks for reading, and if you’re not convinced on playing this yet, you can check out the gallery of screenshots below…maybe that’ll pique your interest! Keep in mind, I purposely put these out of order so as not to spoil anything from the story itself!