Tomb Raider footage: 11 minutes of adventure

We've heard a lot of back and forth about the new Tomb Raider--controversial cutscenes, interesting changes to the character, worrying adherence to a certain half-tucked formula. Now Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have offered up 11 minutes of unaltered gameplay footage presenting Lara Croft's harrowing fight through a scavenger stronghold accompanied by developer commentary. They've put up, so we'll shut up:

Preponderance of quick-time events aside, the gunplay looks pretty fun, with the "fluid" cover system making for a less staccato stop-and-pop affair than most modern shooters. The new Tomb Raider is a linear, cover-based action game punctuated by semi-interactive cinematics--at least, these 11 minutes are.

Do you think the game's environmental emphasis, and its narrative arc depicting a privileged liberal arts major's transition into a hardened treasure hunter, will set it apart when it hits Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on March 5?


  • Fruitbat - February 13, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Obviously a very combat heavy section, but then I assume there'll be some tombs where the classic gameplay will start to kick in more. I guess we'll find out soon.
  • Imgema - February 12, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    I still remember Tomb Raider 1, how awesome that game was, the exploration, the feeling of isolation, the mystery, the Indiana Jones feel as you entered these abandoned (for thousands of years) areas and temples. And now its a dumbed action title for the masses, like every single mainstream game out there, nothing interesting, nothing new, just your usual brainless and easily digestible "game". Oh and Lara has that Ellen Page-cute faced-fragile-sensitive look because i guess that's the new sexy.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - February 12, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Wait...they previous Tomb Raiders thought provoking non-action titles with a ton of new elements with each new iteration that was hard to digest and weren't trying their hardest to sex up Lara Croft? Seriously. Did you think you weren't describing all of the Tomb Raider games?
  • winner2 - February 11, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    I'm really starting to consider preordering. And i know this is kind of pointless but I've got to say something: I don't think i'd be able to move after all those falls and crashes. I think most people would have broken at least a few ribs during that one rough sequence.
  • shawksta - February 11, 2013 8:28 p.m.


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