With Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary coming up this autumn, I was wondering what some of you think about the game that started the whole franchise?
For some ideas, make sure to check out Survivor Reborn's Retrospective: Tomb Raider (1996) link!
For example, how does the gameplay, graphics, and story hold up? Do you still play it? What were your favourite/least favourite moments and why? What are your opinions on the portrayal of Lara Croft, both in-game and in wider popular culture?
It wasn't until 2001/2002 that I first played the original Tomb Raider. I'd already played Last Revelation and Chronicles, so the gameplay and controls seemed very simple and straightforward in comparison. That said, it was still challenging in places and a lot of fun!
This was the first tomb raider I played! I saw my friend's brother play it on their family PC, and they were in the Lost Valley hiding from the TRex... I was obsessed with dinosaurs at the time and had started gymnastics, so watching this woman backflipping and shooting at dinosaurs was like a dream come true for me!
I got it for Christmas that year (1996) on the playstation and I remember I didn't get very far because as soon as I came across the first wolves I got scared (I was 11 at the time)! That and my parents didn't think to get me a memory card, so I'd be starting the game from scratch every time!
It took a while for me to get used to the controls, but soon enough I became pretty confident with it and I eventually made my way through the game on my own, pausing the game for half an hour every time something jumped out at me!
It still holds such a vivid image in my mind of growing up with that game and the excitement it brought when I reached a new area or got to watch Lara in an FMV (like top of the range graphics man OMG!)
I still play it every so often when I'm feeling down as it's kind of like a comfort blanket to me now; and no matter how many games I play in between, the controls for this game never leave me and I find I'm probably better at it now than I have ever managed to be with any other type of controls!
With regards to Lara, I was too young to see any sort of sexualisation of the character... other than my very first thought when I saw the cover of the game "Wow! Her boobs are huge!" I never saw her as a plaything or a male fantasy, to me she was just kickass, gorgeous and intelligent and everything I wanted to be. I even got teased at school and called gay because I was so obsessed with her... but to me it was better obsessing over a character so strongwilled and intelligent than a boyband/girlband who'd inevitably be in the papers over some sort of scandal!
I think I was quite lucky really to find Lara when I did as I couldn't have picked a better role model to grow up with!
I hear you, Lori. Who needed Boyzone or the Spice Girls when you could hang around with Lara Croft?! XD (that was my attitude at teh time - since then I've mellowed a little... if only towards the Spice Girls). It tickles me that the videocall to Natla on the laptop was one of the stand-out demonstrations of high technology at the time.
I can't understand why Toby Gard wanted to just stick with one game; his character/creation was more than capable of more than just a stand-alone title (nevermind what the publisher thought!)