Coming off Bioshock Infinite, I was anxious to start Tomb Raider, a game I have had my eye on since the first E3 reveal way back when. But once I started, there was one big problem: I just couldn’t get into it. There were a number of reasons for this: I was tired, I was trying to get in a little more WWE ’13 before trading it in and I had a pretty busy week with lots of “real life” obstacles getting in the way. I liked what I played, but being only able to play in 20-30 minute sessions a night wasn’t allowing me to get invested in Lara Croft and her tribulations in the Dragon’s Triangle. Even during cut-scenes, I found myself checking Twitter instead of paying attention.
But, as I knew it would, the game finally grabbed me this past weekend, when I was able to play for a few hours in one sitting. Little things like upgrading your weapons, exploring the areas and the really fun use of the bow managed to reel me in and after one gorgeous and harrowing sequence where Lara must climb an insanely tall radio tower, I am now riveted. The mystery of the island and how Lara overcomes these dangerous situations have got me playing through the story at a fairly decent clip now. The voice acting is great, with perhaps the exception of Whitman, who’s characterization just feels out of place with the rest of the cast and the gameplay is tight.
The thing is, I knew I would eventually come to love the game, it just took one good play session for things to kick in. As I said, this wasn’t the game’s fault but my own. Sometimes, you need to be in the right mood to enjoy a game properly. There have been games that I disliked at first, but coming back to them with a different mindset, I found myself loving them and questioning why I was so quick to dismiss them in the first place. You see, video games, as you know, are like gravity. All they take is a little push.
Not every game can be love at first sight. Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper and get to know the game. The rewards can be very fulfilling, as I am discovering right now. Has this been your experience with Tomb Raider or any other games that didn’t grab you at first glance? Or even a game you liked at first, but eventually turned you off (*cough* L.A. Noire *cough*)?
Let’s hear your tales of joy and woe!