Everything about the single player campaign is fantastic.
The entire game feels like a struggle for survival where at every turn you're fight against the odds. You really begin to understand what made her into the modern day tough as nails Lara Croft. Every fight has you on the edge of your seat and leaves you feeling great as you step out of the situation as the lone survivor.
The weapon customization is great especially the fact that you need to search for more upgrades(via crates and chests). The character customization has you choosing(early in the game) between many options, I often found myself choosing the skills that I needed at the moment to survive instead of mapping out some end game path.
The fights are fun and interesting often with many different ways to do it. Stealth or brute force are often the basic choices with sub options of melee, silenced weapons, bow, exploding barrels, or just outsmarting them.
The platforming sections are fun but are mostly simplistic so don't expect a great challenge there, the tombs are a joke as far as figuring them out.
The multiplayer is terrible. Interesting for about 1 match in each mode until you realize that there is a Call of Duty pretiege system and you have to do the same thing over and over again to get to the top. The game modes are mostly unoriginal and the maps are skewed to favor one team or the other with spawn camping easily an option.
If the multiplayer were better(or just not in the game) I would give this game a 10 without hesitation.
I loved it. The single player is the perfect blend of great story telling, open world exploration, and fun combat. I previously thought Bioshock Infinite was the best game I've played this year, but now I think Tomb Raider might have the edge.
Ahhh Tomb Raider. A series that could be described as being on the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Sort of like Sonic though, Lara Croft is on her way back to the side of good games with this latest reboot. It does everything it need to get right. The story, while not the most amazing thing ever (people trapped on an island with a dangerous clan of other people because an Asian sun god won't let them leave) the characterization of Lara is actually, you know, likeable, believable, not a fictionalized version of Angelina (Seriously screw those movies.) The gameplay is spot on, from the shooting, the platforming, all of it feels more like Uncharted then older Tomb Raider games (yes I see the irony and that statement) and personally I feel it plays better for it. THe graphics are also really good, the game is absolutely stunning at times, again reminiscent of the recent uncharted games. Does this game have it's faults? Oh sure, the upgrade system, hunting, and online multiplayer seemed half baked. But with a 20 hour campaign, plus optional secret tombs, and I guess someone will like that multiplayer, you will get your money's worth out of this game.