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Tomb Raider: The post-review Q&A

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Tomb Raider (2013) was an epic game and we’re glad that you have enjoyed our Tomb Raider review posted last week. The game is one of the most refreshing games we have played in a while (if you haven’t read our in-depth review, I encourage you to check it out) and it looks especially good on PC; I’d even call it a great contender with Crysis, graphics-wise. We’ve gotten plenty of questions from readers that it justified making a Q&A like this one to answer them!

I’ll try to keep this Q&A as spoiler-free as I can.

Q: Why does Lara Croft look different in this Tomb Raider compared to previous games?

A: Tomb Raider (2013) is a complete reboot of the series. We suppose part of the reason Crystal Dynamics did this is to reflect and differentiate the game from its predecessors. Another reason why Lara looks far from being an Angeline Jolie lookalike with exaggerated bust size is the shift of focus from Lara being a sex symbol to making her a likeable and relatable character. Instead of making her a model, who wouldn’t look out of place in a gentleman’s magazine, stranded on an island, Tomb Raider focuses on Lara being a normal girl who finds herself adapting to survive as she heads out on her first ever expedition, which happens to go wrong.

Q: Is Lara still a British girl from a wealthy background?

A: We see a full-reset of the timeline and Lara’s background in the latest Tomb Raider; meaning anything from previous games does not carry over to this reboot. Lara still sounds unmistakably British, but instead of having a posh upper-class accent, her English accent has a slight regional twist which makes Lara sound different from the “stereotypical BBC British accent” many are used to hearing in American entertainment media. Of course, Lara’s voice actress, Camilla Luddington, is an English lady who has been living in the United States for a decade and we suppose this also contributes to the uncanny accent.

Lara’s character is developed significantly in Tomb Raider but we definitely see more room for further development in possible sequels. We know from the game that her father isn’t around anymore, but nothing is mentioned about her upbringing, family wealth or mother. One of the characters was said to have treated her like his own daughter, so he might have been present during her upbringing.

Q: Are there any sex scenes in Tomb Raider? How about the attempted rape scene which generated slight controversy?

A: No, there are not any sex scenes in Tomb Raider, at all. We see Tomb Raider shares a storytelling method similar to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds – there’s plenty of non-stop action, including gore and Lara’s fairly violent death scenes, but sex does not make any appearance in the game.

Tiny spoiler: There is a non-graphic attempted-rape scene, if you even consider it that, in Tomb Raider where one of the villains finds Lara in hiding and grabs her. He puts his face on her neck briefly but this is quickly interrupted by a quick-time event where Lara bites his ear, making him yelp in pain, before she knees him in the stomach and a struggle over a pistol ensues. It was clarified before that the scene was NOT intended to show Lara as a victim of sexual assault, but rather it was set up as a situation that forced Lara into pulling the trigger and killing a someone for the first time.

Montage to the 'old' Lara Croft wielding dual pistols at the end of the game

Q: Does Lara use dual pistols in Tomb Raider?

A: Yes, but we don’t get to use them. Throughout the entire game, Lara is seen using a single pistol with a detachable silencer. It isn’t until almost the end of the game where we see Lara acquire a second pistol but this is only shown in a cutscene and we don’t get actual gameplay with dual pistols.

Q: What is the length of the game? How is replay value in Tomb Raider?

A: Gameplay averaged out to be about 12 hours with regular gameplay which includes some exploring and listening to dialogs/not skipping cutscenes. Replay value is pretty good with Tomb Raider since you can go back to find the collectibles and finish Secret Tomb side missions, bringing total gameplay up by at least 4-5 hours, depending on how much you’d like to further admire the gorgeous computer-generated environment in the game.

Q: What happens when you finish Tomb Raider?

A: The credits appear and we get to see some posed-photos of the staff who worked on the game. That’s it though, there are no hidden scenes or post-credit scenes in Tomb Raider.

Q: Will there be a sequel to Tomb Raider 2013?

A: As we approached the end of the Tomb Raider story, we did silently wish there will be a sequel made for the game and that we would see it soon. We have not received any official word or news about a sequel from Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics but there’s definitely room for more games in the series and seeing this is a reboot of Tomb Raider, we’d say the question is not “if” but “when” we will see a sequel. Lara also mentions at the closing scene of Tomb Raider that she doesn’t want to go back and wants to continue her explorations (in her father’s footsteps, we might add)

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