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Tomb Raider Details: More Open, Challenging Platforming?

Developers are into reboots these days and if there's one franchise that needs a fresh start, it's Tomb Raider.

And thanks to Spanish publication Hobby Consolas and a summary of details posted in the NeoGAF forum, we have a clearer understanding of Lara's new adventure. On the cover of the magazine, we see a begrimed Ms. Croft with a bow and a climbing pick (what are those things called?), tying off a homemade bandage with her teeth. ...gritty. And oddly appealing. Beyond that, there's a brief description of puzzles and early events, along with the mention of QTEs, and then the seeming confirmation that the new Tomb Raider will be more open than previous installments:

"We wanted to escape the system of 'stages' that offered the previous titles. Always exploring the island, but from the central area of the same area, we can climb, jump or investigate."

Plus, here's one other interesting addition- rather than Lara "magically sticking" to a ledge, she's going to have to grab it while jumping. This should prove more challenging for the player, but we hope it doesn't make the standard movement mechanic cumbersome and frustrating. Feel free to read up on the rest; there's a "special vision to separate color," for instance, and the designers talk about influences. Those influences include names like Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, and "the origin of 'Batman Begins'." Solid inspiration, yes?

Related Game(s): Tomb Raider

Tags: tomb raider, tomb raider reboot, tomb raider ps3

4/27/2011 10:25:56 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Temjin001
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:02:51 AM
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I'm open to these ideas. I could imagine a pretty cool TR experience with a more open world design. Puzzles and exploration can be a pretty natural fit in this case.

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Karosso
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:13:22 AM
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I've been excited about this reboot from the first page I read about it on GI. I can't help but have a good feeling about it :)

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PorkChopGamer
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:23:58 AM
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I think those body measurements are a bit....off. This game is sounding pretty awesome. Despite it's little glitches, I enjoyed Underworld more than the first Uncharted because the puzzles, platforming, and climbing were a lot more satisfying.

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Karosso
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:36:37 AM

Her b**bs do seem larger than when I last set eyes on them, from the Game Informer's article...
Thought they were going for believable :)

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:40:28 AM

PorkChop, yeah, pretty different games. Granted the theme and settings are very similar, but the actual game design between the two franchises are different. The first Uncharted was mostly a pop 'n fire shooter with quality cutscenes and acting. Whereas Underworld was much more puzzle-exploration with quite a bit of bugs and some pretty poor gun play. Though, I do like the TR games quite a bit, so I'm hopeful for this release.

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:48:03 AM
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Sounds like a good plan to me, I think with these types of games, changing from stages to a more open, explorative world seems like a good way to modernize, but you don't have to give up the feeling or general mechanic that made the originals great.

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:08:59 PM
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Sounds like good additions if you ask me. I like all the Tomb Raider games, and I would defiantly get this one on day 1.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:15:02 PM
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I can honestly state that with Uncharted 3 on the horizon..

..I don't really care about Tomb Raider anymore.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:51:29 PM
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Woa, the comments are all messed up.

Anyway, very hopeful for the lara reboot. It's giving me an uncharted vibe, but since it'll be open world that should be a pretty sweet change.

Bewbs still aren't big enough though ;)

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:30:07 PM

I have such fond memories from the original Tomb Raider. I got it for Christmas and seriously almost shit myself when the T-Rex made its first appearance.


Oh how low the series as gone. I didn't care for TombRaider after the 3rd one. Sure I played them all but they weren't very good games.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:57:40 PM
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Yeah PSXe is having technical difficulties it would seem. Poopy hackers. Hopefully our security hasn't been compromised.

Sorry post-traumatic PSN syndrome =p

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:30:35 PM

Ya...I hope this scroll/comment thingy gets fixed pronto.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:31:46 PM
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Just add more atmosphere, greater amount of depth (high ass things to climb) and don't try to make it so action oriented. Tomb Raider is all about finding lost treasures and exploring.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:39:32 PM

I disagree, it needs more action. The shooting in TR has always been weak and kind of a sidenote. There has to be some kind of real combat added this time round in my opeeneeyeeon

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rogers71
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 4:33:38 PM
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AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Down with this damn suckbar. This is freakin' awful. I can deal with the PSN being down for months but this new comment section is outta control. If it is not broke, don't try and fix it. The PSX guys must have been bored.

Get unbored and fix this issue!!!!!!!!!!!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:16:09 PM
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Hey Ben,

I'm not sure if this is a glitch, we've been hacked too, or if this is supposed to something new for the PXSE, but I've got to give it a great big "down-vote" on this new comments side-bar-scrolling contraption.

Also, there's even a much serious problem with some of the threads that have a ton of comments, such as this thread....

"PSN Outage Turns Our Attention To More Important Matters".

It lists that there's 96 comments in there, but once inside that thread, there's only 4 comments that are actually showing up & the rest of the comments have gone AWOL.

So do you know what's up with the PSXE today?


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BengiePR23
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:45:36 PM
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Hey guys if you check at the start of the comments section it says: toggle scrolling/ reload comments, I just entered and got confused with the srolling too, but found a fix fast, hope it helps you!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:27:04 PM

Neither work for me. I can't turn off the scrolling and it's pissing me off.

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KNG201
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:41:02 PM
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dear sony,
please encourage devs to work together so we can have some franchise mash ups. like...
Uncharted (king) & Tomb Raider (queen).
thnx
your #1 fan

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:35:16 PM
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Sounds interesting. Haven't played a good TR in a while. Sadly, I've got my eye on Uncharted 3 right now, but if this turns out good I may have to rent it.

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___________
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 6:47:03 AM
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count me in!
always been a massive fan of the tomb raider series, i got the trilogy a while ago and am having a blast!
i was getting really worried about this, we have not heard any info since its announcement!
now all i need is some DMC info and ill be set.
crapcoms been strangely quiet on that, and i think i know why.......

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