The new gameplay showed an all-new side of Lara Croft, and a game that is based heavily on set-pieces and intense shooting action; in addition to some up-close combat and a lethal assassination or two.
After seeing Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the gameplay footage of Tomb Raider looks stiff in comparison, but I don’t know that its right to compare the two, what was shown of Tomb Raider 2013 looks absolutely awesome. I fully expect it to truly revive the Tomb Raider brand.
Here’s the Tomb Raider 2013 Pre-E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference Campaign Gameplay Video:
All kinds of really cool scenes are shown off in the gameplay footage. We see Lara Croft manning a crossbow throughout the trailer (although she also switches between a Shotgun at one point and blasts dudes away with it), blowing up canisters and shooting down candles to light guys on fire. At one point she takes an arrow and stabs it through a guys head at close-range, in extremely brutal fashion that is uncharacteristic of Tomb Raider games of the past. That scene alone will get this game an M-Rating.
We also see Lara get sucked down a waterfall through some raging rapids, crash and then fall-through a wrecked plane and land on the glass at the cockpit that’s now dangling over an edge… glass that is beginning to shatter with every movement Lara makes (Jurassic Park-style!). We see Lara falling as the glass shatters and then parachuting from the sky, with the player having to guide Lara through treetrops… the demo ends with Lara falling through a series of trees, seemingly breaking every bone in her body as she crash lands to the forest ground.
It’s interesting and “gamey”, to take note that Lara gets shot with guns by enemy humans with firearms, and yet doesn’t die from it. Although it’s a break from “reality” and the “realism” that his game is shooting for, I think it’s a necessary evil, and you can’t knock the game for it. At the end she is as beat up, scratched, bruised and bleeding as can be; as well as moaning in pain, holding her side and limping, which is very cool and VERY realistic.
Overall, Tomb Raider 2013 is shaping up to be an incredible game. It does look a heck of a lot like Uncharted, but what game doesn’t nowadays? Uncharted set the standard, and now all third-person action games are expected to play in similar style. Tomb Raider 2013 fits the bill. And can’t come soon enough!
Last but not least, here is the Tomb Raider 2013 Crossroads Official Trailer from E3 2012.