I’m very picky with video games because I don’t have much free time these days and don’t want to waste any of it playing a ho-hum game.
Like the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider feels like more than just a game–it’s a beautiful, interactive cinematic experience that never lets up or feels stale or redundant (oh how I hate games that just send you running from place to place to gather up widgets). One minute you’re solving a puzzle…the next you’re in a shootout…then you’re exploring…then hunting…then watching a stunning quicktime event.
The writing was also a bit better than I had expected. The story does a good job making Lara a sympathetic character and her transformation is believable and entertaining. It’s not The Last of Us, but it’s definitely a cut above the general (shit) quality of video game writing.