Writtn By: Jordan Barela
In 1996, a gaming icon was born. “Tomb Raider” was one of the first titles for the Playstation to be released to the gaming masses. With her trademark dual pistols and ponytail, Lara Croft raided both the gaming world and my parents’ wallets.
I have been a fan of the Tomb Raider series since the first title. I own every subsequent title after that as well.
When the idea for this column came up in a meeting, I jumped up at the opportunity to write about video games, especially old video games.
I dug in the bowels of my closet to find this gaming gem, and popped it into my PS3. When the game started up and the classic Playstation sound came on, the sound brought out nostalgia from my childhood.
Once I actually started the game, I was taken aback. The graphics were state of the art for 1996. When you compare the very first “Tomb Raider” to the 2013 reboot, it is unfathomable that the series has evolved so much.
When I started playing the game, I felt like I did when I was 10 years old—excited and ready to play. I remember that excitement quickly turned into fear when an animal jumped out of nowhere and attacked me. The animal lunging out of nowhere was nothing compared to the haunting music that preceded it. After that initial fear, I always controlled Lara with guns blazing, literally.
Playing the game now, I appreciate just how far ahead of its time Tomb Raider was. Tomb Raider was one of the first in-depth and challenging games that I played as a child, but it was not until playing it again now, that I realized its value. Exploring the tombs and caves and other dangerous locations also made me realize why I loved this game so much as a kid. I loved the amount of exploration in the game. It was like being transported into a new world, a world of pixels and tombs.
Tomb Raider was one of the first games that really got me into video games. With its immersive gameplay it is easy to see why the series is still around today. To appreciate the newer titles in the series, it doesn’t hurt to take a trip down memory lane and raid the original tomb.