Series: Tomb Raider Diaries

Tomb Raider Diaries #1: In the beginning…

I had not intended to play Tomb Raider. I wasn’t much of a Lara Croft fan, beyond Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the character in the movies, and more importantly, I didn’t want to play a game whose marketing team thought they’d win me over with an attempted rape scene as part of its initial promotion. A few factors have since changed my mind, including Gail Simone writing the new comic–which she’d initially refused to do because she felt the same way I did about the game. After playing it, she quickly changed her tune. Then there this this trailer, followed by a Steam sale, to seal my gaming fate. As a result, April has become Tomb Raider Month in my house, and I will be sharing my play through here. I’m just a few hours in and am already willing to forgive SquareEnix’s poor promotional decisions, assuming they have learned their lesson.  In fact, I’m quite enjoying it for many reasons, which will become evident as this journal progresses. So far, I’d be pleased to recommend this to other gamers, especially those who, like me, were sceptical. Be warned: Here be spoilers! ENTRY #1: In the beginning… PLAY TIME: 2 hours. The game opens with Lara in her cabin on the Endurance, a ship that immediately suffers some sort of accident that results in a shipwreck. Lara is trapped in...

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Tomb Raider Diaries #2: It’s Way Better in Context

My adventures with Lara Croft continue as I slowly work my way through Square Enix’s Tomb Raider game. Check out part one, In the beginning… HERE BE SPOILERS! ENTRY #2: It’s way better in context    PLAY TIME: 1 hour With the basic survival requirements of food, fire, and weapons satisfied, Lara returns to her exploration. She immediately finds her best friend Sam, which was surprising since I assumed the game would spend more time hunting for the other survivors of the shipwrecked Endurance. Sam has found a nice man named Mathias, of whom Lara is extremely suspicious. Both Lara...

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Tomb Raider Diaries #3: Into the Wolves’ Den

In my previous adventures with Lara, we’d escaped the violent cult and found Lara’s mentor, Roth, in an abandoned village. He informed her that the wolves attacking him had also stolen his pack. Of course they did. Because what wolf wouldn’t want a sweet sack filled with important band aids and communications devices? SPOILERS AHEAD! ENTRY #3: Into the wolves den PLAY TIME: 2 hours ACHIEVEMENTS: Big Game Hunter, One Smart Cookie Before I got into my next gaming session, I decided to check out the downloadable content (DLC) options to better attire Lara for her adventuring. Because gaming fashion is very important...

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Tomb Raider Diaries #4: Hard Mode

Previously on Tomb Raider Diaries: Lara raided the enemy bunk in hopes of accessing the communications room only to find it useless. Now she has to climb the radio tower itself in order to send out an S.O.S. ON WITH THE SPOILERS! ENTRY #4: Hard mode PLAY TIME: 2 hours ACHIEVEMENTS: Predator, Unfinished Business, Bookworm, Tastes Like Chicken My only real complaint about this game has been how easy it is, which isn’t really a complaint. It’s not so easy that a skilled gamer would be bored, but it did make me more willing to accept my friend’s double dog dare to...

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Tomb Raider Diaries #5: I Need A Hero

When last we left our intrepid hero, Lara Croft, she was determined to, well, be a hero. Feeling responsible for the plight of the downed pilots whom she’d summoned to the island to rescue herself and her friends from the deadly island. ENTRY #5: I Need A Hero PLAY TIME: 2 hours Lara leaves Roth (who’s handily found himself a sniper rifle, which I hope he will put to good use) and heads back down to the abandoned village below. Now armed with several new tools and abilities, such as flints and rope arrows, I gained access to a few other places...

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