On Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Over the last couple of weeks I have been playing Tomb Raider Definitive Edition on my PS4. I had tried playing the game when it originally came out on the PS3 in 2013 but got to a part that was frustrating and quit playing. A month or two ago I went out and purchased the PS4 version of this, as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider because I wanted to give it another shot. The reason I decided to give it another chance was mainly because since 2013 my gaming preferences have slightly altered and I wanted to play the newer one without missing out on the story. Up till this game I have never played, or at least never finished any other Tomb Raider game. I can’t remember if I played the original 20 years ago, but I don’t think I did.

Overall I would say I enjoyed the game, it got a bit repetitive by the end of it though, but not enough to make me stop playing. Every area basically follows the same pattern of explore, fight off a bunch of people, fall down a hole in to the next area. But I enjoy exploring the areas and finding all the hidden backstory items, which help set up the next game. I gave up on trying to play stealthy early on because really it didn’t seem to ever really matter. If you had more than one enemy to deal with you could stealth kill one and immediately get spotted by the other one, or the one you didn’t see. But you have that problem in any game where you have a stealthy approach option.

For an action/adventure game I enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace to have a linear path to follow, story wise at least. There is some exploring once you have all the tools, and I like to get trophies so I certainly went back to do as many of those as possible. My single biggest complaint is that there are so many online trophies that are probably impossible to get because either nobody is playing the multiplayer or because I have zero interest in that. I couldn’t say I had any complaints about the game overall. My main thought while playing was along the lines of how I wish Uncharted had been more like this game, but I’ve only played the first one of that series so I don’t know how the others play.

I enjoyed it enough that once I got all the single player trophies I immediately put in the next Tomb Raider game and started playing it. I’m only a couple hours in to that game, but so far I’ve enjoyed it. I’m slowly making my way through my backlog of console games, and holding off making any purchases until I’m through it.

I thought I was going to have more to say on this, but honestly I just really enjoyed the game. The remastered graphics were good, the acting was for the most part okay. I’ll probably spend most of this weekend playing, though I do have game night Saturday, and sadly some work on Sunday. So not sure how much time I’ll be able to put in, but maybe get a bit further in to it.

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