September 27, 2012

30-Day Tomb Raider Challenge Day 27: Thoughts on the upcoming reboot? Will you be buying?

Today we revisit last year's Day 7 challenge. Has anything changed for you since then? Do you plan on buying the new game next year and why or why not?

Lara Croft - TOMB RAIDER

19 comments:

  1. While I don't love everything I've seen about the new game, I will most definitely be buying it. I won't ramble on here since I've gone on the record about this before, but in a nutshell: (1) I'm not wild about the younger, more Americanized Lara but I'm willing to wait and be convinced; (2) I want to see more tombs; (3) the scenery is lovely; (4) the gear-gating and RPG elements seem interesting; and (4) I'd like to see more puzzles and more tombs. Soon! (And did I mention the tombs?)

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  2. I agree, Stella. I haven't seen much that draws me towards the game. Although, I really do like the idea of a reboot. Tomb Raider was going no-where. Legend and Underworld were exactley the same for me. Boring and a bit TOO MUCH of a change. I'd much rather see an Aod part 2 :) But I will be buying it, and I think most die-hard Tomb Raider fans,like myself,will. :)

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  3. I'm apprehensive about the upcoming game. I'm worried that the original formula of the game is being ruined, and that Lara's intentions for exploration are so different now that it almost seems as if she shares the same name with previous Croft incarnations, but nothing else. I mean, "I hate tombs!" Are you serious?! I do think that the location looks pretty, and I am a little intrigued by the mystery of the island, but I'm still apprehensive. I also feel as if combat will be a very big part of the new game. Of course, every TR game has had some element of combat in it - but I didn't like the way that TR: Legend went with regards to combat (i.e. I felt it was too combat-heavy), so I hope that it's not *too* Legend-esque, let's say.

    Ultimately, I will probably wait until after release date before buying it to see what the community thinks. It sucks - I want to cosplay this Lara, but I don't believe in her yet, so I feel as if I can't. Does that even make sense?

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  4. I will wait until I have seen reactions and reviews from other Tomb Raider fans who have played the whole game, before I consider buying it. Apart from everything said above I don't like the voice actress' voice. Just a personal dislike, not saying she is bad or anything, just don't like the voice. I think it would grate on me after hearing it for hours during gameplay.

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  5. I wouldn't ever miss a TR game.. EVER... so yes I will most defiantly be purchasing it. Im with you Stella... There better be Tombs, Tombs, Tombs....and more Tombs... cant wait!

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  6. Not crazy about it so far, but still excited to play a new game. Of course I'll be buying it, always willing to give Lara a chance. Now I just have to decide which console. ;)

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  7. im definitely gonna buy it just to add it to my collection of tr games. so far i have 8 games and im looking for more especially chronicles i just cant find it anywhere

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  8. I agree with Stella and a vareity of other things people said on here. I will be buy it because I love Tomb Raider and I know this game isn't the classic Tomb Raider type but I still want it. In a way I think and I hope that the game developers are trying not to reveal any tombs in the previews because they're probably thinking "those tombs are so special we need to save them up to show at the last mintue" I don't know, I'm just trying to come up with ideas as to why there isn't any "real" tomb exploring previews yet.

    They need a new tomb raider game that has a good story but nothing too deep like the Legend-underworld one. Maybe they should just remake the old games since the new ones they're coming up with seem to be so "meh but okay."

    Nice picture choice too, it sets the mood for this intence question... haha, just kissing.

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  9. Oh crap, I meant to say just kidding! Oops, haha.

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  10. I might buy it secind hand. If the reviews say it is too shooty, I'll have trouble playing it. I have to play it really before I can give my opinion on the gamepley, although if I get sick of it I'll watch the play throughs on Twitter and read Stella's excellent walkthrough.

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  11. If anything, over the past year I've only gotten more and more excited to play the new game. I feel like it was a game made just for me! There are the RPG mechanics, a cover system for combat, exploration and puzzle-solving, a promising story to be told... a gorgeous lead voice actress...

    I'm just really excited! The only thing I am on the fence about though *is* puzzle-solving and exploration. From the sounds of it, I shouldn't have to worry. Karl Stewart stated that there's a hub larger than Tomb Raider: Underworld. Add on top of that a ton of collectibles and it's gold. As for puzzle-solving, Crystal got a very good response from fans about the challenge tombs in GoL, and, once again, Karl has said that that has influenced their approach on the game. So as long as the puzzles are plentiful, I have full faith in the game.

    But, perhaps I'm being precocious. I haven't played it, yet! But Come March 5th, it's a Collector's Edition buy for me. ;D

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  12. Although Tomb Raider 9 may turn out to be a really cool game, I also have my fears about the game. My main problem is that I think that Crystal Dynamics is pushing way too hard the darkness and cruelty in the new TR games. They partially did that with Underworld too and I didn't like it and they also did it with Guardian of Light. When I play Tomb Raider, I expect a big adventure where I go to a lot of different amazing locations. This is just one of the reasons why I love TR3 so much. TR9 on the other hand, seems to take place in a dark and unspectacular environment the whole game through, and that just makes me really sad. I especially hate the increased violence, like the close-up kill shown in the E3 2012 demo. The fact that Lara is actually a 21-year-old inexperienced girl just makes it even worse and more nonsensical. I am also concerned about whether the game is going to be challenging and varied enough. So far, I literally haven't seen ANYTHING to get me excited about the gameplay. I actually feel that this game is not made for Tomb Raider fans, but to attract other gamers to this new "Tomb Raider" that really doesn't seem to be Tomb Raider the way the fans know it. I highly doubt that it is ever going to reach the brilliance of TR3 and TR4. Having said all this, I'm still definitely going to buy the game and I'm sure I'm going to get at least SOME enjoyment out of it, but I am just absolutely thirsting for a new game with the spirit of the classic Tomb Raider games!

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  13. I've already pre-ordered the game and intend on playing it the first day, but in all honesty, I am very worried about it also. The scenery is certainly gorgeous and the new Lara has potential, but the horror feel that they're going for scares me very much. I've always enjoyed the Tomb Raider games because they were third-person shooter with a lot of puzzling and some combat, just to fill in the gaps with intensity, ya know? But, from looking at the released footage, it seems as though combat will be very heavy in this one and it's no longer kept to a minimum (blood and gore wise) but instead, it looks like they were purposely trying to go for some horrific, violent scenes. I really, really don't like that and I hope that it doesn't extend past what's already been released to the public.

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  14. I had an order placed the day I heard pre-order was available in the UK (21 Dec 2011).

    It's not going to be a Tomb Raider game and it's probably self-deception to pretend it will be anything like the previous games. As Maarrkkk said above, TR was going nowhere anyway.

    It's been so long since TR Underworld (Nov 2008), that I've had a lot of other games. The reboot may be as good as my others, but I really hope it will be better.

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  15. I'll be pre-ordering it closer to its release date, unless they do something idiotic with the DRM like using Games for Windows Live or limited installs or something like that (GFWL or limited installs mean I wait for the price to drop to less than £10. Steam I'm OK with because 90% of my games library is on Steam these days anyway).

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  16. The preview of Lara sounds so weak, not brave anymore. Feel like a random girl somehow trap in an island and trying to survive. I will have to wait until people's reaction before buying..... I am still looking forward though.

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  17. Hopefully, the game does well. Knowing SquareEnix, if the new game tanks sales wise they will no longer have any desire in supporting the Tomb Raider franchise. I think the reboot was a means of getting new fans interested in the series because companies can no longer depend on the die hard fans since they tend to be more jaded and overly critical of new iterations of their favourite games, and are less likely to make an immediate purchase. Ever since AoD, Tomb Raider has become an example of diminishing returns.

    I haven't placed a pre-order yet. I'm still waiting for news on a Special Edition or bonuses, and if Dragon's Crown or Last of Us is released during the same month as Tomb Raider I might have to put off a purchase for a couple of months.

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  18. I grew up playing the Tomb Raider games with my dad. I wish they'd stick to the original story sometimes, I'd love to see a remake of the older games, especially TRII because the story would be so cool to see with the modern way we make games! I do however like seeing a fresh appeal to it and I like that they're keeping us on our toes with new stories and new excitable ways to play. The games do seem to be getting darker... even though there isn't too much "tomb raiding" but I'm still pretty excited for it and can't wait to play! I also love the aesthetics. It looks amazing. :)

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