September 20, 2012

30-Day Tomb Raider Challenge Day 20: Are You a Ruthless Killer or a Pacifist?

When you play Tomb Raider do you always try to get all kills? Have you ever completed a level with no kills? Or is your play style somewhere in between? Do you go after the baddies but deliberately avoid harming non-enemy creatures like the Barkhang brothers in TR2 and the monkeys in TR3? What about endangered creatures like tigers?


Lara rides (or perhaps wrestles?) an endangered snow leopard in the
TR2 Golden Mask expansion. Screenshot courtesy of Perusing Pixels.

11 comments:

  1. I've played all sorts of ways over the years, all kills for thoroughness, avoiding unnecessary kills, even no kills in a few levels--notably TR1 Lost Valley, which I mentioned in my comment on Day 13. In general I try to conserve health by avoiding confrontation, shooting from a distance, etc. Wouldn't say that makes me a pacifist, though, more like a chicken. ;)

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  2. I am always a coward when playing Tomb Raider, like the Guardian of the Talion I always safe-spot, same with all of the T-Rex's. There are sometimes when I say "Stop being a wimp and go kill it!". So I go over there and put a grenade in it's belly, it roars at me and then I scream and turn off the PlayStation. Simple really. :)

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  3. I don't really think about it, if they are in the way I kill it. I'll always kill the T-Rex just so I can feel like a badass for a few seconds :p I do my best not to kill the monkeys and the monks and for some reason I don't like killing the first two Tigers in TR2.

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  4. i have always aimed for all kills and will go for upfront action, walking upto the giant t-rex stella mentioned in her comment(tr 1 lost valley)and actually standing upto it while shooting. i don't enjoy killing the animals on the tr games but i will just to be thourough on each level

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  5. I think I've pretty much defeated all enemies. I mean, they're so mean, if you even leave one enemy standing there not so nice, they don't exactly always let you go undamaged, haha.

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  6. I had a really hard time in the beginning killing animals. Animals are my thing so I only kill the ones that are trying to kill me.

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  7. Pacifist. I'll do almost anything to avoid getting into a fight in Tomb Raider. If I can sneak past or even run past without engaging I will. That one of the many reasons QTE annoys me. If I wanted to get into gun fights with constantly cloning Red Shirts I'd play Uncharted.

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  8. Definitely a pacifist. I really don't care about the shooting in Tomb Raider games. The whole reason why I play Tomb Raider is because of the puzzles, traps, exploration, and atmosphere. I could absolutely do without any shooting at all. I like boss fights if they are rather "thinky", but I hate pointless shooting or combat in general. A really bad game mechanic, in my opinion, that is being used very often in games these days, is to create magical barriers around an area, which would only disappear after killing all enemies; practically forcing you to fight and eliminating the option of running away. Thankfully, this mechanic is not used in Tomb Raider games, but es pretty common in Action-Adventure games with melee combat. Anyway, so I'm pretty much anti-combat. I do like Diablo-Style action-rpg, though, and this is why I prefer the action in Guardian of Light over the action in other Tomb Raider games.

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  9. Ruthless killer! I never feel comfortable exploring until everything is dead on screen.

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  10. I will kill whatever is trying to kill me, or if I can climb up somewhere and avoid them I'll do that just to save time and conserve ammo. And I find safe spots for big enemies. I definitely leave the monkeys and Barkhang guys alone.

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  11. I don't like killing endangered animals, and if I kill something that I didn't have to kill I feel bad. Once in Assassins Creed IV, I knocked some girls into the water and they all drowned or tried to climb up a pole that they couldn't get onto land with, and they just kept at it. I felt bad because I thought they'd climb back up, so I pretended they were evil and got on with it.
    -GrtGreekBear

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