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Tomb Raider Demo (2013) - Game Review

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Published October 13th 2012

Crystal Dynamics showcased their latest demo of the new Tomb Raider reboot at this year's EB Games Expo.

The demo depicts a young inexperienced Lara Croft, as she recovers from being stranded alone on a dangerously inhabited island, and does by all means everything to survive from the hypothermia and starvation that she now endures.

Unclear of the story line behind Tomb Raider, Ned Browning, the Export Brand Manager at Square Enix, explained to me the backbone behind this amazing title.

The game goes right to the beginning of series. Lara is twenty-one and she's come straight out of college. She's never been on an adventure before and decides to embark on board a ship known as The Endurance, which is commanded by Conrad Roth a friend of Lara's uncle. Upon sailing they encounter a storm and she gets stranded on an island. The game then unfolds into a story of survival as well as the transformation of how a frightened young woman becomes a hardened survivor.''

Playing through the demo, there are elements that closely resemble the Uncharted series, mainly through climbing obstacles and the sense of exploration and gameplay.

Square Enix, developers of the Final Fantasy series, are also on board, helping to provide an amazing visual adventure.

Tomb Raiders flexible aiming system is also explored as you try to find meat to heal your starvation.

Collectibles have been distributed among the levels adding more to the element of exploration. Collectibles and discoveries such as base camps, documents, relics, challenges, tombs, food caches and food plants are included which will expand overall game play.

Towards the end of the demo and after clearing the objective to prevent starvation and hypothermia, you earn survival points, which are used to purchase survival skills to help develop Lara into becoming a more effective survivalist.

This title has an exceptional sense of adventure and has already managed to rake in thousands of pre-orders, already setting it to be one of the greats for 2013. For those of you still troubled that the Uncharted series has come to a close for now, this is definitely a title that will rekindle the fire for another amazing story of adventure.

Tomb Raider is set to be released March, 2013.

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Why? An exceptional origins story, telling of how one of the greatest heroine's of PlayStation came to be.
Cost: $98.00 (Preorder)
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