Some may, or may not, for the most part, have noticed this blog took somewhat of a hiatus. In the midst of dealing with general daily life, I admit that gaming took somewhat of a back seat. Whilst I’ve kept up with the latest releases, I haven’t been as dedicated as I once was to experiencing those games first-hand or documenting my experiences.
However, it seems fitting that the latest Tomb Raider game, a franchise I have followed for over 20 years, is what brings this blog back to life.
My dad passed away in July 2017 and he was instrumental in my adoration of the Lara Croft character. I have memories of many late nights spent playing the original Tomb Raider games on PS1 and the excitement of the latest title being released – he would walk around and explore the endless caves and tombs for hours whilst it was my job to take down the native wildlife.
The Tomb Raider games were always something we loved and had a mutual appreciation of. He ended up disliking the latest entries of the franchise due to their focus on combat and less puzzling but it was always something we would talk about.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the first entry in the franchise that we never got to play together. For the first time, I was on my own. The puzzles, the exploration and combat were my responsibilities alone. It was an odd experience. Whilst he became mostly a passive observer and barely played ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’, it felt strange not having somebody to share that experience with and talk about how the character of Lara Croft has evolved over the years.
For the most part, I loved the game. The story felt like a nice conclusion to the rebooted series and whilst it wasn’t short of flaws, it will stand up as one of the stronger titles in the series. Yet, it’s my love for the franchise, the character and the memories spent playing with my dad that has reinvigorated me and given me a new found excitement to talk about the games that I love.
Next up will be my review of ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’. So stay tuned. I promise not to take so long next time!