This new (young) Lara Croft game is really something I am looking forward to. The new, less curvy Lara croft as many seem to call it.
To be able to play as the less experienced Lara, thats not a daredevil independent woman as her future self. In fact the developers are saying that, “when people play Lara, they don’t really themselves into the character… They’re more like ‘I want to protect her.’ There’s this sort of dynamic of ‘I’m going to this adventure with her and trying to protect her.”
I thought that was an interesting way of looking at the game. Its like playing as Nathan Drake as a child or a teenage Kratos. You would see a whole different side of this character and how the became the legend. Sometimes we see the video game Avatar as a representation of ourself. Here they are saying you and the character are separate entities only bound together by the controller.
This isn’t really something revolutionary, I don’t think I am Solid Snake or Mario when I play those games. Where this really hit’s home is how human she looks. The tattered clothing and realistic look of the new Lara is much more powerful then the older sexualized version with insane proportions. It’s almost as if the industry is moving away from the titillation of women and now making strong female protagonists that can use something other then plain avatar graphics to enhance their character.
By making a video game character feel real, move realistically, it makes the action and fighting hit closer to home. If I am playing as Snake in MGS 3, I really don’t give a damn if he dies. I just get pissed of that I have to reload my save. Here you are playing as a cornered animal in an island surrounded by threats. To be able to go from an everyday person to a hero is fairly existential.
From the demo’s I saw at E3, this and Watchdogs are the two games I really want to play.