For some reason, I never got into the Tomb Raider games when they first came out. Part of that was probably because I didn’t actually own a Playstation during that time period, and they just kind of got lost in the backlog when I got a Playstation 2 and started playing through the original’s library. And part of it was probably because even back then, I was a bit cynical about inclusion in games. I had likely always thought of Lara as some kind of gimmick, a genderswapped Indiana Jones who was marketed toward a player base that was at the time considered male in the most unapologetic way.
So, when the series was rebooted last year, I still found myself with no real desire to jump into it. It was only after hearing that the game was actually pretty interesting that I decided that I’d give it a fair shot and see if it could impress me. As many of you know, I do have a thing for well-developed and realistic female characters, and while I don’t generally have a lot of hope that video games can deliver on that front, I was really curious as to how close this game could get.