Tomb Raider is on its way and reviews are starting to appear to be quite positive. As we wait for the release on 5th March what is the best way to prepare for the return of the female adventurer? In the best way possible, a trip down memory lane to play some of the best games in her history. There actually about nine main games in the franchise, and to be fair we can’t go through all of the games so which are the best to choose from?
One choice would be to cheat a bit. Yes, we could find our old Playstations or load up the PC version of the original game, and I’m sure a few old school gamers may do that. For the rest of us though that feel like taking a few shortcuts there is a way to get up to date in a more modern way. Arguably if we start with Tomb Raider: Anniversary we can save a lot of time.
A Shorter Trip Lara Croft’s History
Tomb Raider: Anniversary was a remake of the original game, for the most part it kept the main storyline intact and it gave you a feel for Lara’s origins. I’m sure a few gamers can argue that it’s not as good as the original and that it changes too much, but the point is it’s a Tomb Raider game, it improved the graphics and it made progress in playability and modernised the controls. Remember though if you are taking this trip through Lara’s history you can pick the games yourself.
If we follow on from Tomb Raider: Anniversary the next game to play will be Tomb Raider: Underworld. Although it had mixed reviews when it was first released, it was fairly positive but it was at least an attempt to pull the gameplay back to the puzzle elements and exploration of actual tombs. I’d argue this is one of the games you should re-visit as it’s a true Tomb Raider game for this generation of consoles. After this there was also Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, but I’ll have to admit to not trying this game so I probably should try it out myself.
I know that I rushed past the earlier Tomb Raider titles, but as time is short it was needed really. The older games do have some highlights, especially the first few games so if you prefer the retro feel then go ahead and play them. Just remember you don’t have much time, unless you are going to hold off buying the new game. I know I for one would want to get straight into what should be one of the gaming highlights of 2013.
Another way you can prepare for the big release is to watch the movies. Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in two films Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life (2003), both films are watchable and entertaining and will kill a few hours but to be honest they don’t really stick to the game storylines but as you find out, the new game is about to change everything anyway.
One thing you’ll note in the new game though, this is a reboot. We are looking at a character that has been re-written, and we are going to have the chance to play her origin story. The Lara Croft we are going to be introduced to is a modernised version of the character with a story that is going to emphasise this fact. The signs are good though, especially with a story written by Rhianna Pratchett who is fast becoming one of the standout writers in gaming at the moment (her work includes Heavenly Sword, Overlord, Mirror’s Edge and of course Tomb Raider) this is definitely a game that is worth checking out, especially with the positive reviews it’s garnering at the moment.