lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2011 , Posted by admin at 22:46
Special FeaturesTomb Raider Relics That Need to Stay Buried
Here's hoping these musty mechanics stay six feet under in the Tomb Raider reboot.
Lara Croft may be headed back to her days as a fresh-faced (for all of 15 seconds) globe-trotting neophyte, but her franchise has seen some things, man. Fortunately, reboots are great for kicking out the old, cracking foundation and replacing it with something less riddled with defects. And while Tomb Raider deserves heaping piles of respect and at least one honorary college degree in a subject of its choosing, let's face it: The franchise is about as far from perfect as Lara's latest island getaway is from proper civilization. So, what are the biggest sins of Lara's past? And is the new Tomb Raider deftly bounding over those pitfalls?
Hopefully these cinematic camera angles won't hamper control.
Then: Camera issues have been responsible for creative crafting of Croft-themed cursing since day one, but the most recent full series entry, Underworld, took things to new heights. The camera had a tendency to bob and weave and bob some more -- not unlike a professional boxer. And then you'd die because of its erratic ins-and-outs, and it felt like said professional boxer punched you in the teeth. Moreover, Lara's movement was a product of the direction the camera was facing, so even when you thought you knew what you were doing, there was always a chance that Lara would decide to fling herself into one of those bottomless abysses she's always hanging around.
Now: Tomb Raider's new "cinematic" direction all but ensures a more developer-controlled, situation-specific camera -- for better or worse. Here's hoping Crystal Dynamics tightens things up without shoving players out of the driver's seat altogether.
Goodbye dual wielding, hello pickaxe.
Then: Recent Tomb Raider entries have added a bit of nuance to what once best resembled a fire hose attempting to put out a volcano, but combat still leaves quite a bit to be desired. Enemies in both Legend and Underworld were garden variety bullet sponges with all the personality of regular sponges. Gunfights, meanwhile, typically involved targeting indiscriminately and then flipping through the air like a turtle who recently discovered it was also a teenage, mutant, ninja. Technically, hand-to-hand chop sockey was also possible, but good old gun-fu rendered it largely unnecessary.
Now: Well, what Crystal Dynamics has shown so far has placed a much greater emphasis on single threats -- as opposed to strength in numbers. Granted, creepy cave-dwelling cult man was dispatched by a conveniently timed falling rock, and a particularly angry wolf came out on the wrong end of a quick-time event. So, at this point, my crystal ball is foggy, smudged... and actually a Charlie Brown snow globe. It is worth noting, however, that Lara collected a torch, crossbow, and axe before the end of the E3 demo, so -- at the very least -- expect variety.
Then: In her earliest days, Lara was damn near perfect. After a long day of close shaves and tight-rope walks across the line between life and death, not a polygonal hair was out of place. On some level, of course, it made sense. After all, we're talking about Lara friggin' Croft here. Still, when Legend can present a scenario in which an enemy helicopter sneaks -- an action I was unaware helicopters were capable of performing -- up on Lara and waits until she's noticed and sprinted across a perfectly destroyable bridge before opening fire, well, things might be getting a little far-fetched.
Now: The Tomb Raider E3 demo opens with Lara falling 20 feet and impaling herself on a jagged metal pipe. Admittedly, the very fact that she survives -- let alone stands up and walks away without the aid of mutant healing powers -- sends plausibility plummeting into a bottomless abyss filled with Lara Croft corpses. However, it at least does so in a novel, provocative way -- as opposed to the hokey, almost campy method employed by previous series entries.
Miserable Boss Fights
Then: For a franchise that, more recently, began to carefully hold players' hands, Tomb Raider's oftentimes aimless boss fights were quite the anomaly. Legend's final boss fight, for instance, was an ugly mess of equal parts confusion, frustration, and the color purple. Why can't I hit it? Why aren't my dodges working? Why oh why did anyone think this was a good idea? And why is my keyboard suddenly in a million pieces? Oh, wait, I think I know the answer to that last one.
Now: On the upside, Underworld did away with boss fights altogether, and one would hope that the reboot is leaving that portion of the past where it lies. If not, though, can I at least request that they not be punctuated by...
Damn you, QTE. Damn you!
Then: Legend and Anniversary both sported copious "press X to not die" moments, because those were simpler days (back before everyone realized that quick-time events weren't even fun when they were called "Dragon's Lair"). Underworld, meanwhile, pressed X to dodge that bullet and gave the boot to QTEs altogether.
Now: The Tomb Raider reboot's E3 demo was almost entirely made up of quick-time events. The opening cave sequence was perhaps among the greatest nail-biters gaming has ever seen, but let's face it: the whole thing was -- aside from an all-too-brief puzzle -- completely on-rails. Crystal Dynamics, however, promises we've only seen the tip of the iceberg.
"One of the things which is absolutely important to us is to deliver an intense and cinematic experience," creative director Noah Hughes told GameSpot. "At very specific times, we feel we can do that best -- while still delivering challenging gameplay -- in a quick-time type event. Having said that, it really isn't the primary tool we use to deliver drama in the game."
I really, really, really hope he's not just telling fans what they want to hear
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Spy Guy says: Press X! Press Q! Press Z! Yeah, QTEs are all the game-design rage these days as devs continue to try to deliver "an intense and cinematic experience," as Hughes said. Unfortunately, they actually pull me out of the intense experience they're supposed to help create. We're putting QTEs in the rebooted Tomb Raider at the top of our list of concerns. What about you?
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