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Since the time is drawing near towards the release to one of the most anticipated games of all times, my preferred game of all times and who knows how many other people, I am going to review the last good Tomb Raider game. The game actually is far crappy than the first of the series, but at least it stands as an idea like the original. Even though the game had terrible optimization, I was able to complete it 3 years ago and I don't even remember to have played it!
I think that in this game, nearly everything was wrong, but the one which was amazingly terrible, optimization. Even though the graphics might be improved far better than the original series, it astonishes everyone to see a worse game than its old originals. One of the most important points Tomb Raider had, was the optimization and not super crappy fightings where you throw your enemies like garbage, sliding like there is no friction at all. There was no need for attacking the players since you could run away without getting hurt and pressing E occasionally. It felt really boring and there was no real pixel detection if you wanna ask me. It was like a big offense against the Tomb Raider fans and a lot has changed since the old series, which was the REAL game.
Let's take a break and talk about optimization. I really don't know where to start and personally I don't understand a worse menu and user interface than the one which was at first. Animation were completely ruined and that is a serious damage. You could just run and take the medipack than run again making the animation invisible. When you used a medipack, there was no animation, just a flash inside of Lara's body which is completely nonsense. When you recover from any disease does your body show a flash? Now it comes the time to talk about attacking, which was really stupid. First of all, if you watch the gameplay, I don't even get attacked by any shark, meanwhile the shark should have attacked a lot of times since I was not even moving, but only trying to get after those terrified sharks from Lara. Than are the human enemies, which were very boring, since you don't get anything from them, just a pile of garbage thrown away. The aiming system was terrifying because it says press G to aim, than it clearly aims itself.
Alright that was quite long, but it was really worth it. Lets examine other stuff, like the shadows in her head, which come from nowhere, but I guess that is only for AMD users. There are cases where she cant climb because of the clear bad optimization, or jumping off cliffs without even trying to at least slow down. Stuff which is thrown on her head sometimes doesn't even damage health. The health system was far worse than the original one, which was just a bar at the top of the screen. Lara's home was more of a mission rather than fun, since you had to open areas which were completely broken and not accessible before. Using the machine gun, doesn't hurt enemies from a distance which is the main use of that weapon, otherwise I would just use the pistols. Why did they even make such a crappy game???
There is good news about the upcoming Tomb Raider available on 3 March and it will normally be on our reviews! Unfortunately, this is what others will tell you, good news. It might be the end of the Tomb Raider series, since they put horror, open world and other nonsense features, which will ruin everything. What is even worse, they showed off their game which leaves no real surprises and even a guide before the game is out. This is my point of view, but from what I have seen, the people don't really care about the game itself, just that it is Tomb Raider. What is even worse, the developers announced that it won't be available on the original date thought to be released, which was on September 2012, because it was very buggy and not complete. They wanted to give the user the best experience possible, which won't be given. After contacting one of the developers, he replied: "If you want a buggy game, you can get it". I assure you that if the game is exactly as stated and just like in the videos we fans have watched, it will be a catastrophe.
I am really amazed how people who never played Tomb Raider at all, mention high claims for the game and I don't know if they are payed to do that or not. Either way, Tomb Raider Reborn will be maybe the new Tomb Raider, but I won't accept it at all. Going back to Underworld, I was really bored and uninstalled the game. I didn't feel anything that the old Tomb Raider games had and what was the worst thing, its optimization, ruined everything. The players felt like they were moving their neck around to catch Lara, sometimes they didn't attack and other weird stuff. Remember, that in the gameplay I choose the most difficult option and usually difficulty means more aggressive enemies.
Sound of the game was nearly as the one of Tomb Raider Legend, so they didn't do any great work, using the same game engine. When Lara dies, there is that screaming stuff, which was removed at the moment that Lara touched the ground, but now you get the idea, she goes on shouting making it a fun game, nothing to do with logic. All traps now are way more easier and intuitive than the old Lara, where you had to melt your brains before moving on to other places.
Overall, this is not Tomb Raider, this is not a game. They better use the old engine and I think that the real problem is optimization, than idea. The traps where so easy, I didn't even understand why they put them. There is a big problem though, since those who never played the original games from 1-5, those people will say, it was good. Even that was one of the first games I have played, just like its other fans, I assure you that it was very difficult, nearly no bugs during the gameplay, except those who couldn't be achieved at that time, magnificent ideas and you really couldn't wait to go on to the next location. Now its all underwater, enemies don't even feel like real enemies, but just some objects of the game. Some claim that it was the home, animations, passport to save the game which made the game amazing. Others say because it was a girl, but I absolutely assure you that it had nothing to do with this stuff. It was the tremendous traps and difficult areas which made you stay there for hours until you passed them.
Nowadays you watch the walkthrough and the game is done. It is not like that, really, because you won't even remember the game. If the game is easy for you, you won't even remember anything, meanwhile those who where tough and made you waste quite a lot of time. Imagine a new Lara Croft where you have the radar and GPS so you know what to do and if you go near a wall, a hand comes up to show you to press it. If you were in real life, will a hand show up and tell you that you need to press this button? Never. That is one of the worst things this game never should have, imagine giving you the map and how to pass the traps. The game will never come back, especially with bad stuff from the current company. I really do hope that this new one, will do something good, not collapsing everything. What is even more amazing, the game now has multi-player.
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