They’ve got another trailer out for the new Tomb Raider game, now coming first quarter next year. I used to like the old Tomb Raider games, even with their awful controls. My wife was a big fan, it’s one of the few platformers that she was really good at. The original series of games done by Core Design were pretty decent for the time they were done, especially the first couple of games. I’ll be honest, I agree with their decision to kill off Lara Croft following the fourth game, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. They had done as much as they really could with the character without just releasing an annual copy of the game before.
When Crystal Dynamics took over in 2006, it looked like the series would go back to what made it special in the first place, but after a while, we sort of lost interest and even the movies with Angelina Jolie couldn’t do much to reinvigorate our interest. They had made a very nice, interesting background for Lara, but now…
I had really stopped looking out for any further games, I think the last one I even bothered playing was Legacy, but I recently stumbled across this trailer for the new game.
Um… that’s not Tomb Raider, people. That’s survival horror. Okay, granted they’re trying to “reimagine” the franchise, but reimagining hasn’t really produced anything good that I can remember. The new Battlestar Galactica? Utter crap. Batman and Superman every time they do it? Just worse and worse.
The problem is, they’re not “reimagining” Lara Croft as Lara Croft, they’re doing it as Claire Redfield from Resident Evil. All we need now are the zombies. There’s nothing particularly tomb-raidery about that clip except the names. Change those and you can do anything you want. It’s like taking the Indiana Jones franchise and making a romantic comedy about people in a modern-day skyscraper in New York. Just because you use the names doesn’t make it a worthy continuation of the franchise, even if you slap “reimagining” on it.
I know I’m probably alone these days, but I just wish that they’d let these franchises die a noble death at the top of their game rather than remaking them over and over and over because they can’t come up with anything better. Originality seems dead these days. Everything is a remake or a reimagining or a “do-over” because they’re desperately trying to appeal to nostalgia. If you want to make a new Tomb Raider game, make the best damn Tomb Raider game you can. Don’t make a different game and slap the name “Tomb Raider” on it.