I’ll never forget the day I bought the first Tomb Raider for the PSOne. I had recently purchased my Playstation from one of our editors, Matt Gardiner, who at that time decided to sell it to me with all his games so he could go buy the then brand new Nintendo 64 (“It’s twice as powerful!”). With my leftover money, I bought Tomb Raider, Jet Moto, and Twisted Metal 2. It was a good day.
But I also remember the day I bought Tomb Raider 2, and I’ll never forget when I turned it on and wondered where all the tomb raiding went (then proceeded to lock the butler in the freezer).
Well, a new generation of gamers gets to relive that moment today, as Tomb Raider was just released by Square Enix. This is Lara’s origin story, and also the launch of the reboot for the series—likely the first in yet another series of games that gives us a new Lara. The game also features a multiplayer campaign, which should be interesting (I’ve always been a fan of multiplayer campaign modes).
The new game also seems less about tomb raiding, and more about surviving. According to a press release, “TOMB RAIDER explores the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from an untried and untested young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.”
Tomb Raider is now available for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC.