So we’re at the beginning of 2012, and what better way to look forward to the New Year than by hyping up the games that are slated to be released this year. I’ll start this feature by going over one of my most anticipated games of 2012: Tomb Raider.
It’s been around 15 years since we were first introduced to Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider series. Lara Croft made a big impact in the gaming world as a British adventurer trotting the globe searching for archaeological treasures. Such was the series’ reception over the years that it spawned a movie adaptation featuring the lovely Angelina Jolie as the leading lady.
My fondest memories of the Tomb Raider series has always been the large environments Lara finds herself in, and how we always returned to those areas as different pathways took us to different puzzles and items. Those paths would further allow us to view our surroundings differently, and figure out puzzles accordingly. And of course, never forget the swan dive!
Fast forward to 2012 and the gaming community has been promised a revamp of the series with the latest instalment, simply titled Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics has promised us something refreshing after a few lacklustre games in the series that seem to have stayed in the past in terms of gameplay mechanics.
E3 2011 showcased an intense and gritty atmosphere to the new Tomb Raider game. The game will focus on the origins of Lara Croft and how she matured into the elegant lady gamers fondly remember. The E3 showing was very telling, as we saw a young and vulnerable Lara escaping a perilous situation. I was instantly hooked by that E3 showing and can’t wait to see more of Lara and this new take Crystal Dynamics have on the franchise.
Many people have said that the Uncharted series is what Tomb Raider should’ve been in this new generation of gaming. Indeed, even the little footage we’ve seen of the new Tomb Raider seems to have taken cues from the Uncharted series, with scripted events and cinematic gameplay present in the game. Whilst the games do have a similar feel, both games exude a different atmosphere and are still dissimilar enough that a great Tomb Raider game would be more than welcome.
Tomb Raider is slated for release during Fall 2012.