RIP Tomb Raider 1996 to 2013

With the release of the Tomb Raider reboot it is obvious that the game I have loved playing for more than a decade is gone and has been replaced with something far darker, more bloodthirsty and (for me) disturbing. It was always my hope that Tomb Raider would become more light hearted and even include more of Lara's dry humour but it seems that the developers have decided to take the opposite route and I have no wish to play a game which focuses on the pain and suffering of any character let alone my favourite, Lara. FWIW I believe that the old formula had a lot of life left in it and many more areas to be explored. Tomb Raider has joined a genre that I have no interest in no matter what name is given to the game or character.

Reportedly the developers have at least gotten the gameplay right with the new game. It's just a pity that they could not have implemented this within the old format.

With all of this in mind I would like to pay tribute to a game which has given me many hundreds of hours of gaming pleasure but has now (for some of us) come to an end.

Unless the developers decide to steer Tomb Raider back in a more palatable direction in the future I will not be reporting on or providing any infomation on the new games. It seems that "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is following the same path as the 2013 game and the trailers would suggest that I am no more likely to play this game that the last.The situation is made even more puzzling by the fact that the developers seem quite happy to continue with the old Tomb Raider formula (more or less) with the isometric view games; Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris.

I will acknowledge that the new game has received excellent reviews. I think it is a pity though that the developers have had to alienate some die hard Tomb Raider fans and take the path they have.



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