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When I knew this was going to be released I was so excited as I am a big fan of the Tomb Raider games but I must say I cant help but feel a little disappointed. Lets start with the positives - the graphics have improved greatly and it looks amazing. The story is great too and really fills in some blanks on how it all started. But now the negatives - the whole time I was playing this my mind kept saying this is not Tomb Raider now I understand it is supposed to be set before Lara got all kick ass and started hunting treasure however there where some elements that I missed greatly from this game. One thing that bothered me is the puzzle solving aspect of the game - traditionally Tomb Raider games are full of puzzles and logic solving - this hardly has any (but there are some - that are incredibly easy) this makes it a lot like every other game you can buy.
The fact there is less logic involved in this game gives way to a lot of repetitive crawl through a cave - shot loads of bad guys - run through the forest - shoot loads of bad guys - crawl through a cave - shoot loads of bad guys etc etc which I quickly found to get very tedious. Also Im nearly 80% of the way through the game and I am still on the same island! Yes I am aware that its set before she started all this travelling but I would of liked a bit of variety. I cant help but feel it is like every other shooter game around.
In all a good game...if I had never played previous Tomb Raiders. Dont get me wrong I appreciate the good graphics and the ease of game play - along with some new Lara style moves. However I just cant shake the feeling of disappointment as once again while writing this I cant help thinking......this isnt Tomb Raider.