Tomb Raider – Review (Definitive Edition PS4 Updated)

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    I have to say I really disagree with this review. You can go anywhere in the game if you are willing to traverse the levels to get from one place to another. The fast travel is for faster travel lol. Also, how can this be stealing from uncharted when uncharted stole those elements from Tomb raider in the first place? The only thing I really think they should have done is added more “tombs” and made the ones you visit more essential to the story. Other than that I really liked the game and thought the action was very fun and well executed. It wasn’t the tomb raider game I expected but I think that’s probably for the best and what their goal was anyway.

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      …Uncharted took the Indiana Jones style adventurer scenario but then improved upon almost everything. Naughty Dog introduced the over the shoulder shooting mechanic, more fluid platforming, the hollywood style action set pieces, the multiplayer. All this then appeared in Tomb Raider. So instead of rebooting the series and giving it a fresh identity and something significant that separates it from the crowd, they took all the best things about Uncharted and slapped Lara Croft in the game instead.

      It’s not a bad game, I just have no interest in revisiting this one. It definitely won’t be in my Game of the Year nominations, and in all honesty I’d much rather play through any of the other 3 Crystal Dynamics developed Tomb Raider games, just because I believe they stuck to what Tomb Raider was all about in the first place.

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        lol I never said Uncharted invented them mechanics. I stated that in this specific scenario, if we are comparing Tomb Raider and Uncharted, this is what Uncharted brought to the table, which improved upon almost everything that Tomb Raider was offering at the time. It’s because these mechanics were introduced it was able to carve out it’s own identity, and Uncharted HAS it’s own identity. I’ve always been the first one to say what Uncharted took from Tomb Raider, but Naughty Dog was able to separate it from the crowd. When Drake’s Fortune dropped in 2007 I don’t remember any game, in this genre, at the time that had the tight gameplay mechanics, the awesome story, the excellent voice acting, the motion capture, the hollywood style set pieces, the amazing visuals, which was all cranked up a notch with Among Theives.

        Tomb Raider has not done anything significant that has improved upon what the Uncharted series has already done. Except acquiring XP which to me is just “a hook” to make players feel like their character is progressing throughout the story. They may have rebooted Tomb Raider as a series, but they haven’t pushed the genre forward like Uncharted did.

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          Lol dude you were the one who brought up the whole Uncharted and Tomb Raider thing in your comment. I simply stated in my review that THIS Tomb Raider has taken a huge leaf out of the Uncharted book and I think if you asked a group of people then 99% of them would agree that Tomb Raider feels like Uncharted, but Uncharted doesn’t feel like Tomb Raider, Uncharted feels like Uncharted if that makes any sense lol. Uncharted, at least up until Among Theives may have taken ideas from other games, like Tomb Raider but it improved on a hell of a lot of the mechanics. This Tomb Raider doesn’t improve upon anything. It doesn’t push the genre forward in any significant way.

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            I bought it up because its its your review. Um yeah they would point to the newer more recent and familiar game ..yes but that’s obvious and doesn’t say much and is also besides the point. lol

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            lol you pointed out my comment so I elaborated on it for you. Oh and let’s not forget that Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary and Underworld all appeared on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Underworld its self coming out a year after Drake’s Fortune and still didn’t harness the power of the hardware like Uncharted did. It took Crystal Dynamics a further 5 years to release a Tomb Raider game worthy of the machine that was running it.

            Anyway enough of that, because we could go back and forth about this all day lol.

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    I’m really impressed by this game. Having a blast playing it. I’m currently at the Shantytown.

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    Upped to include my Definitive Edition update. Enjoy guys! :-)

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