OK, tbh I wasn't too fond of previous tomb raider. They always made Laura seem to be like some kind of super hero with the power to raid tombs. This one they make her seem like a normal person caught in abnormal situations and having to use survival skills to get out of them. You know, like what a normal person would have to do. The game was life-like and I wish that there was a sequel.
Loved the game felt like i was in survival mode the whole time but after getting into the story a little i forgot what i was playing and thought of my character as Kate from LOST rather than Laura Croft. Bottom line is I loved the open world environment the graphics where amazing game play is great and the story line will keep you entertained through the whole game.
This game is absolutely stunning. From the very start this game sucks you in with its spectacular graphics, interesting story, and extremely fluid/solid gameplay. I never thought they could or would ever make a Tomb Raider like this, some of the first scenes consist of you drudging through water filled with blood, bones, and mercilessly killing people.
This game took gameplay to the next level, everything feels just right. The way Lara moves, shoots, jumps. climbs, or whatever else she may be doing feels like an actual human, which in my opinion only makes the story feel more alive, vivid, and most of all intense! In your epic and perilous journey you come accross documents, GPS caches, trinkets, coins, and journals that can all be collected along the way and if you miss any you can fast travel to any camp you've previously visited leaving tons of stuff to do after your completetion of the story, and interesting enough you will actually want to do this. The game makes what appears like a tedious and stereotypical task interesting and challenging. During your time on the island you also build EXP for skill points that you can spend in your Hunter, Brawler, or Survival tiers that give you new counter attacks, more salvage material when looting crates bodies, etc, and enhance your instincts. You also collect material or "salvage" so you can upgrade all of your weapons, you can even find parts of other weapons for the ultimate upgrade.
This game is almost fun just to look at... seriously the camera angles during a leap, climb, or even just standing on a cliff are gorgeous. This game pays close attention to detail, even in cutscenes Lara is shaking in the rain, has blood on her body from the objective you just completed etc.. they never leave you with a palm in your face saying "wow how ridiculous... he got up instantly from me shooting him with a shotgun, or shes wearing a tank top and just hanging out in the snow or rain"