Reboots don’t always go as planned. More often, they just end up rehashing what the original series was trying to offer without providing anything new to experience. The first game on my top ten list for the year had none of these problems. Tomb Raider was an excellent reboot of a long-loved series of action/adventure games that had started to lose focus and frankly were beginning to be bad.
The new directions this game took the series were really fun and made for a game that really does deserve praise. The grittier tone in the game, while a little cliché for a reboot, works really well for it. The game’s shift towards a nice mixture of over-the-shoulder action and tomb-crawling adventure felt right and did not lean heavily in one direction over the other. The visuals are also often beautiful and make for a graphically stunning tour around the island. While I wouldn’t call it my favorite of the year, it certainly deserves it’s spot as my number 10 game of the year.