A great game that is definitely worth your time and money.
Many of the people who read the film section of Tech Luminal will know that I normally write for that section. Today however I am reviewing one of the better games to come out this year and that is TOMB RAIDER 2013. This game is a dark and intense game that at times will challenge your mental and skillful strength.
The game is about Lara Croft as she crashes on an unknown island before she was the famous Lara Croft that we all know today. When she crashes on a nearby island she is seperated from her friends by a someone from the island, which brings her and the gamer on a massive journey that involves, shootouts, climbing, crawling, and solving. The storyline is very engaging with lots of mystery to the island involved and a great character development of Lara and the enemies she faces. When you sneak up on enemies, before you kill them you can listen to thier conversations and understand how they gradually come to have different opinions on what they are doing later in the games and you also come across some very dark enemies that do some “unreasonable” things. The development of Lara herself is quite good. The game is obviously to show how Lara becomes the famous Lara Croft. In the beginning of the game she is panting lots and is scared when facing enemies. The first time she kills someone, she is somewhat disturbed on how she was able to do it. Later in the game she takes on several enemies at once and instead of being scared she starts yelling things at them like “You’d better run because I’m coming!” She may not say it exactly like that but it does show that she starts becoming who we want her to become.
The game play is fantastic. It is very enjoyable and the game allows you to shoot arrows and fire arrows, shoot different guns, explore different environments in the open world, and solve different puzzles to allow to get through different tombs. When I say puzzles I mean something like trying to get to a flight of stairs on the other side of an electricity filled pool of water with materials that you can find or salvage.
The graphics are beautiful. The graphics (when on the highest level) include glorious textures and reflections, with sun waves and a sky that looks practically real. For hair they have added a special feature that can be turned on or off called Tress FX. When Tress FX is turned off, Lara’s hair looks as good as hair in any other video game but when turned on, even though it has some problems, it looks absolutely fantastic. Individual strands of hair can be seen dropping across Lara’s shoulder or flickering in the wind. The shadows of each individual strand of hair can be seen. The problem with it is that because it is still new technology, it doesn’t look very good and you need a good graphics card to run it smoothly. I have a 512mb graphics card which is okay but with the Tress FX on, is lowers my frame rate to around 19 fps from a 42 fps average on normal graphics settings. My computer cannot handle the full graphics, I think it requires around a GB to do full graphics. However, the graphics are truly fantastic.
This game is a great game over all and is definitely worth buying for any console but I would recommend PC.