I’ve been a fan of tomb raider since the early games. I still remember the enjoyment I received from the games in my childhood. It was so fun trying to lock the butler into the cold room in Tomb Raider II. I bought Tomb Raider 2013 a while ago but never really got around to playing it. With my recent challenge to play and complete more of my Steam games, I decided to finish up Tomb Raider. That was a great choice.
While the game is quite different from other Tomb Raider games, I had a lot of fun playing through this game. This game was more focused on combat and had less puzzles than we would expect from Tomb Raider. If you treat it as a separate game, it is amazing. The controls are great and all the animations are fluid. You really feel like you’re in control. To make it even better the graphics are amazing. I recently purchased a powerful graphic card and it was good to make use of it instead of just playing my usual games which can easily be run on weaker cards. I would definitely recommend this game to all gamers. Treat it as a different Tomb Raider game and not like the previous ones and you will have a blast. Enjoy the following screenshots from the final moments of the game.
I’ve been enjoying Tomb Raider these past two days. The game is very well done, looks great, plays great, and has a nice story. Not much else to ask for in a single player game. Normally I hop in and out of single player games as I’m more of an online gamer but Tomb Raider gets me playing for hours on end. I’ll post a short review on my thoughts of the game after completion. Enjoy these beautiful screenshots of the game. Yes, it really looks like that throughout the game.
I have a habit of picking up a lot of games on Steam but leaving them lying around. I’m almost at 300 Steam games and have not played more than half of them yet. In order to fix this problem, save money, and make use of my library (there are a lot of good games I’m missing out on), I’ve started a new challenge to go through many of my Steam games. This challenge started with Watch Dogs.
I’ll talk more about this challenge at the end of this post but first I’d like to briefly review Watch Dogs. As most people should know, Watch Dogs features a vigilante hacker in a city running on one operating system. Every time I think of a city running on one operating system, I always think it is a bad idea. There will always be hackers and they will always find an exploit. Sure, you can fix the exploit but only after it has been used once. This can cause a lot of problems for the city as seen by Aiden being able to disrupt the traffic lights, shut off power, and even explode steam pipes. The concept of this game is very cool and fun to play out.
It does play out hacking a lot different than what it really is. In reality, you do a lot more thinking than typing when looking to hack into something. This is not something that would be fun for the target audience. Therefore, the game uses a puzzle system requiring players to connect power to access points and get past the firewall. You can think of it like those plumbing games where you need to make sure the water reaches the end by rotating different pipes.
There is a lot to do in this game but I just focused on the main missions with some fun driving on the side. I didn’t bother with the online portion too much but it is there for those that want to make use of it. Overall, the game is a lot of fun and I often found myself playing when I just wanted to relax and stop investing my full attention into games as is required for games such as Dota 2. It is horribly optimized so don’t expect to get as high frame rates as you deserve but with some modding (The Worse Mod Final), it can run smooth and look good. I would not recommend picking up this game for the full price but it is worth it if you get it for cheap. I received it alongside my GTX 770.
As you may have noticed, the above review is a lot less formal and structured than the ones over at OnRPG. This website is simply me typing out what I think without going back and editing too much. It will have these types of posts which I cannot feature over at OnRPG. If you want more formal, researched, and structured reviews check out my new author page: http://www.onrpg.com/author/abubakr/
The following spreadsheet shows a rough layout of my Steam Game Challenge with some brief comments about the games I’ve played. Use the chart tab at the bottom for a cleaner look. Spreadsheet
To finish it off, here are some screenshots from the final moments of Watch Dogs:
Today a did a Cataclysm dungeon. I really liked the instance area. It was an underwater dungeon, a nice change to the traditional caves we are all used to.
In the end, we got a buff that made us giants and amp up our damage. Finally not a short gnome anymore, that is until this dungeon is finished…
I finally got to level 80 and moved on to the next Cataclysm expansion. My final exam is tomorrow after which I will be spending a lot more time playing WoW and Dota 2.
I really love dungeons that are open and not in some sort of cave. It makes them feel much more immersive.
Tank didn’t go AFK this time so we managed to pass this part.
Completed the dungeon by defeating Mal’Ganis!
Loving the new zone so far!
Once again I had a late night gaming session. This time I progressed further in World of Warcraft. I completed an interesting quest line and ran a dungeon that triggered old memories.
I put on my Darkmoon Faire hat for some bonus experience. I quite like how it looks and the firework effects.
The final objective of this quest was to kill many strong enemies and hordes of enemies. It was quite interesting to be able to use new skills on a huge character.
I loved this role playing scene with Arthas and his followers. I instantly started to remember the days when I played Warcraft III.
Mal’Ganis shows up with his threats.
Pudge is coming for us!
Unfortunately our healer and tank dced so we had to quit midway. Hoping to finish this dungeon soon.
I couldn’t fall asleep so decided to play some Watch Dogs. I ended up playing for around 3 hours and progressed further into the story. This latest update was supposed to improve driving stuttering but it just made it slightly worse. Luckily the Worse Mod helps a bit with that. A bit sleepy now so no extra commentary, just enjoy the screenshots.