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Played a few hours and it's been very, very good. It's very much another game that's taken more than a few pages from Uncharted's playbook, except it switches a wise-cracking protagonist for someone much more vulnerable and insecure. Well, at least to start with anyway.

I've always loved the Tomb Raider series, the original TR was the first ever game I bought for the PS1 and I played it to death, but the series was massively in need of a complete reboot. They've done a fantastic job with this game and the character. Lara is almost unrecognisable from her hotpants wearing, confident predecessor. I say almost as they decided to stick with her two most distinguishing features for some reason. Cans ^_^.

The sections where you squeeze through a gap or are only able to progress forwards are probably the most elegant way of disguising a load screen I can think of. It's totally seamless and in some case even adds to the experience by allowing Lara time to express how she's feeling.The same goes for the logs she records at some of the base camps, only a few lines of dialogue, but it adds so much.

Each area seems to have a discreet sub-objective like smash 10 lanterns or burn 5 banners, and they only activate once you hit the first thing, you're not notified about it otherwise. I can see myself spending a chunk of time completing these as well as picking up all the collectables dotted around.

I tried turning on the new TressFX hair technology but it looks a bit weird tbh. It also hits the framerate pretty hard in certain situations. It's a cool idea as game hair usually looks pretty rubbish, but it definitely needs tweaking a bit before making it standard.

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Hey Nag, I won't go into a big post but bottom line is I like this game. Just thought I'd say.

Nice to hear... although given your post over on gTM you could of fooled me. :)

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Played abit of the MP this afternoon, while it is tacked on and completely unnecessary it isn't completely terrible and has some pretty decent ideas... i'll spend some time with it but i can't see me getting to level 60.

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This is fucking action packed! And harrowing too, Lara is going through a right load of old shit, poor bitch.

So the basic sum is Lara Croft + Uncharted = Tomb Raider? I can dig it.

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Plus a bit of Arkham Asylum too, I'd say. In other words, fucking brilliant.

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Kind of ironic seen as Uncharted was an upgrade of Tomb Raider.

The combat is fantastic but it could really use a blind fire option.

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The combats turned out surprisingly good even the melee fighting ain't bad.

Its early but this could sweep up quite a lot of game of the year awards i reckon.... brilliant game so far.

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I'm coming to the end of it now. I've found a camp that said you can't fast travel past this point so I assume something big is going down soon.

But I've not gone on and I have gone back and set out to collect everything. thanks to the skills you can unlock improving your instinct skills I can see treasure through walls and stuff so 100%-ing it should be easy enough. Gotta say, though, I'm fairly disappointed in the amount of optional tombs there is as they are pretty cool but going back to see I found I just missed one, and I think I only did about four or five. It does look like they will add more with DLC, which I'll probably buy, but still, I would have liked more of that.

It's annoying that it does such a good job with the action early on, like it contextualises pretty well, but then you unlock dumb shit like shotgunning someone in the throat and sticking a climbing ax in someones skull, which really devalues the tone of the game that others have set. Someone at Crystal Dynamics needs a fucking slap.

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When this year began I assumed Dead Space 3 would be my personal GOTY. I hadn't even thought much about Tomb Raider at all, but I'm enjoying this a hell of a lot more than any of DS3.

I agree with what you said about the optional tombs, DC. I'm more than willing to buy more as DLC, but it could've done with more of them in general.

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I think there are 7 optional tombs DC.

I've played this for about 4 hours, really enjoying the single player, it really just throws you in there straight away, action packed as hell.

Are you guys using most weapons? I always find myself using the bow unless the enemy has a shield.

I've tried the multiplayer mode, it really is quite awful and really unbalanced. I might play it a little bit more but single player is where this game is really at.

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I've done the mopping up but I didn't get the trophy and I'm pissed about it (I know, pathetic, but it's a gold!).

I've gone through all the stats and I have definitely got all journals, relics and GPS caches. Gutted.

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Also finished up today, turned out to be a truly special game... Lara Croft is actually relevant in gaming again, can't wait to see what Crystal Dynamics can do with a sequel on the next gen machines.

My game stats are 94% completion with everything done bar the challenges... so i reckon I'm about to start a new game to get those done.

DC have you tried checking the Cliffside Bunker area... its not a fast travel area so maybe have a butchers there.

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Cheers, Nag! I had three GPS caches left there. Got them now and have my gold trophy.

I don't think I'll bother with the challenge stuff though, as it's not that fun scouring for those things. Some are hidden a bit too well.

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Cheers, Nag! I had three GPS caches left there. Got them now and have my gold trophy..

Nice.:)

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Are you guys using most weapons? I always find myself using the bow unless the enemy has a shield.

I'm channeling Mark Nutt the whole way, unless the game forces a gun on me, feels more survival-y. Plus, It is the Year of the Bow after all.

Currently taking a break from the story and heading back through previous areas to clear up some of the collectables. I'm doing it more to waste time as I really don't want this to end.

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It's horrible to think that this has come out so early in 2013 it'll be largely forgotten about for goty.

I really don't think it will. Journey got a lot of goats last year.

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I really can't see this being overlooked for some awards this year... and if it is, it'll be a travesty.

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Only played the first couple of hours, footie on the tele and all that, and blimey its good!! , must be the best game ive played in ages!! Its very uncharted like just without all the extra bad guys and ammo everywhere.Looking forward to a bit more of this later today, im guessing theres no snow level??

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im guessing theres no snow level??

You might be surprised... ;)

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