“We have got to try for the first time directly the new Tomb Raider.The game is very different than in the past, losing the sustained level of difficulty typical of the series. But it is an adventure and exciting film, with a sleek modern graphics engine. “
Deciding to do the reboot of a franchise is always a delicate operation. Usually, you feel the need to ‘update’ characters and situations to modern tastes and styles. It runs, however, always the risk of displeasing fans or betraying the spirit of the saga.
In the case of Tomb Raider, it seemed clear, from the earliest films circulated by Crystal Dynamics, the desire to move to darker tones and mature. To make the character ‘myth’ of Lara Croft deeper, multifaceted and believable. Able to bond empathetically to the player, surpassing that front as a hero without hesitation that has often characterized.
Already at E3, the video shown to the press it seemed clear change of tone. Lara is young, at the beginning. As – in embryo – has all the features that we know the heroic, yet moves with uncertainty and fear. Adding to the urgency of each situation, then, the hostile nature of the island where Lara has been wrecked, with the addition of the danger posed by an aggressive gang of robbers, who will not scruple nell’assalire the research team. The effectiveness in the realization of these elements of uncertainty and danger is extreme: Lara’s every move is uncertain, painful and tiring. Forget the tightrope we knew: the moves ‘acrobatic’ of the young adventurer are always approximate and communicate uncertainty. Touch of genius, in this sense, the constant comments – the talk to himself – that Lara does during the game. The archaeologist you strength, courage and tries to give the local mind is in every situation. Exactly how would a real person, thrown into a dangerous situation.
In fact, at age 21, Lara is in his first ‘mission’. For this part with all the enthusiasm possible.Determined to live fully the situation and determined to live up to. Soon, however – both natural causes, and for the presence of human intruders – the situation will be complicated and dangerous. Shipwrecked on an island wild and hostile – and soon chased by a gang crime – Lara will occur in an attempt to reunite with their comrades, avoiding the ‘pirates’ landed on the island.
We got to accompany Lara in an early stage of exploration of the tropical island, playing as we had only been shown at E3.