To be clear this is specifically a character study of the latest rendition of Lara Croft from the new Tomb Raider game. David had suggested I do a review of the game, but I feel like the reviews are in and there is not much to add on that point. The game is phenomenal. My biggest gripe is that it is a bit of a slow start, but once you get into the game the story just keeps building. Thus ends my review of the game, it was great, I enjoyed playing it and it felt like I was playing a movie.
Instead I want to do a character study of Lara Croft. Doing it based on this game is particularly interesting because it is an earlier Lara Croft, instead of the already established Lara. We are there when she kills her first animal, kills her first human, and watches those she knows die. She goes through so much in the game and thus, in many ways, we get a lot of glimpses at her character and her attitude. The other reason I want to discuss this topic is a reflection on some of the initial comments made by people just based on the previews for the game. Some were saying that she was just another female to be rescued and that males playing the Lara would want to rescue her because she is a hapless female. I think we need to examine this idea again after playing the whole game. (Spoilers for Tomb Raider after the jump) Continue reading