TSA’s Top 100 of 2013: 2 – Tomb Raider

2. Tomb Raider

We’re tantalisingly close to announcing our most anticipated game of 2013, but you’ll have to wait for tomorrow to find out who’s fought their way to the top of the pile. No, today it’s Lara Croft’s turn to take the spotlight, as the Tomb Raider reboot has made its way to second place in our countdown. In fact it’s somewhere the game’s been before, with it also clocking in at number two in our Top 100 of 2012. That 2012 date was revised to 2013 back in May, with the date eventually confirmed as the 5th of March next year.

Of course that delay means we know rather a lot about the game, including the most recent announcement: the game will feature multiplayer. We don’t quite know what form it will take yet, although a leak from GAME suggests that you’ll be able to play as Lara’s Shipmates or Yamatai’s Scavengers in various modes.

[drop]Lara’s shipmates is a reference to the other survivors of the shipwreck that left Lara stranded on the island that the game’s set on, Yamatai. You’ll be seeing a lot of the island apparently, as Crystal Dynamics are promoting this as an open world game. Although the main campaign looks like a 12-15 hour affair, presumably the game will last longer if you take part in side missions and search the island for the collectibles and challenge tombs that will be on offer.

However, despite Crystal Dynamics talk of openness and a whole island to explore, a recent preview of the game from PC Gamer wasn’t all that positive. They claim that you simply press forwards a lot, something that really does fly in the face of any claims of an open world. Their preview seems to have been based on about three hours of play, so even if the game does open up after that somewhere between a quarter and a fifth of the game may be very linear. We’ll probably have to wait until reviews hit to get a true sense of how much of an issue this is though.

As the game’s a reboot of the series, the Lara that features is the youngest we’ve ever seen. She’s setting out to explore the world and make her mark when the ship she’s on is struck by a huge storm in the Devil’s Triangle, marooning her and some other survivors on the uncharted island of Yamatai.

While they may not have any information about the island, it’s hardly uninhabited. In fact it’s quite the opposite, with the island seemingly crawling with mercenaries determined to kill her and her companions. It’s not just them either, as some of the island’s animal inhabitants aren’t all that happy with their presence either. These dangers mean Lara will have to learn to defend herself quickly, and based on what we’ve seen of the game she’ll be doing it with a bow and arrow.

[videoyoutube]Initially she’ll be using that bow and arrow to hunt animals for food and defend herself against the more aggressive ones, but it’s clear that she’ll have to bring herself to killing other humans if she wants to survive her ordeal. Seeing her grow and adapt to her new circumstances seems to be one of the most interesting elements of the game, and I’m intrigued to see how close she is to the Lara of old by the end of the game.

Despite the negativity of some recent previews, I still can’t wait to get my hands on this title in March. If the open world elements pan out and the development of Lara’s character is believable this could be something truly wonderful.


  1. Sure, it looks ok, but the previews lead me to believe this will get an average score of about 6.5. Mark my words!

    • They should just return to Nosgoth.

  2. Love the look of this. The tone, tension and idea of having to protect your character feels fresh in games. Love the idea of a game where your character can actually get hurt.

  3. Huh?????? think i”ve missed this one, thought tombraider was somewhere around 20th place. hmmmm guess there no until dawn in the entire list then. bleagh stupid list lol. ah well can’t have everything on the list now can we. i am surprised that one of my most anticipated titles for 2013 isn’t even on the entire list. maybe no one has heard of the game before then.

    my personal top 5:
    1 The Last of Us
    2 Until Dawn
    3 Beyond: Two Souls
    4 Bioshock Infinite
    5 Dead Space 3

  4. This is also my #2 of 2013 (just behind Rome Total War 2) and I’ve been looking forward to it since it was announced. The gameplay vids look great, as does the new direction with the more gritty Lara.

  5. This was right up as one of my top games for 2013 but the previews have me a bit worried. I get the feeling the game might lack a bit of substance. Linear is ok if it’s done well (Naughty Dog being masters of it), the previews suggest this tomb Raider isn’t.

    I’d guess Watch Dogs is number 1 but I’m surprised Ruin hasn’t featured in the top 100 for Vita. Still hopefully Mirrors Edge 2 and Thief 4 will be out in 2013 as they’d easily make my top 10 and I think they were both in last years top 100.

  6. This is high on my list too but i’m hoping they haven’t followed the Uncharted template too closely – Uncharted games are great but after four of them i want something different from Lara. From what i’ve seen it looks quite promising.

  7. I’ve been in oh.. this might be alright mode with Tomb Raider. I don’t think it will be getting all like 9/10s or 8’s thanks to the previews so far… but it does seem interesting. Just hope it isn’t too much like Uncharted, too much of an arcade shooter than a adventure.

  8. Hopefully this ends up being great as I’m a huge fan of the series, however recent previews suggest it may be Uncharted 3 all over again (i.e. all style, no substance)

    • I’d be happy with Uncharted 3 again, to me the previews have suggested it’s nowhere near that.

  9. Wauv not even i top10 for me :) It looks alright, but I don’t see anything to get my really psyched for the game.

  10. My interest in Tomb Raider has fallen due to the recent MP announcement and the PC gamer preview. I tend to dislike linear game unless the plot is excellent as i can forgive the linear style. I was hoping TR would at least be a UC clone, which would be ironic but if it’s going to be a press forward for 3 hours affair, i may just wait untill it’s £20 and depending on reviews.

    If TSA’s number 1 game of 2013 is TLG, i’m going to cause Kris to do the biggest ragequit in all of recorded history. :P

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