Blaugust Day 2 (Come participate in this month-long blogging challenge!)
This was gonna be a post about juggling multiple games. It’s become a post about just one game, cuz it deserves it.
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I finished a game and it was glorious. Now that I think back on it, I should have bought myself a cake. In this age of ginormous digital game libraries, we should take time to celebrate these special occasions, don’t you think?
Tomb Raider, have some cake.
I never played the original series – although I do remember all the Lara Croft/hot-video-game-chick jokes floating around as a teenager. This new iteration of the franchise has won me over, and is now special to me for several reasons:
1. It is the first full game I completed so far in 2015*. It felt like forever since I finished one, considering how much my Steam library grew over the past year.
2. I beat it with an XBox Controller. I haven’t shot a gun on a console since N64’s Golden Eye.
3. It was just freakin’ awesome. It was beautiful. It was thrilling. The coordination between the visuals, the camera movements, the music, the sound effects, the rumbling controller… it truly created an “experience” that made me want to see it through to the end.
4. The discovery that Rihanna Pratchett, the daughter of one of my favorite authors – Terry Pratchett, is a video game writer and that she wrote for this game! She also worked on the Overlord series, which I’ve now added to my library. Mirror’s Edge, I’m coming for you soon.
I’m really looking forward to the next game. I can’t wait to play it! Oh, if you still haven’t played this version of Tomb Raider, you are seriously missing out!
Go do it, before we’re no longer friends!
Onward, to Day 3!
P.S. Someone on Twitter called it a Lara Croft Torture Simulator. I think that sums it up pretty nicely.
*I did finish Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea earlier this year, which was also significant for me, but that was a DLC and has already been addressed in a previous post. I also completed Gone Home post-Tomb Raider, but that is a topic for another day.