Tomb Raider 2013 Rambly Review

So the past couple weekends I’ve been playing Tomb Raider on my laptop. It runs at a glorious 10-15 fps on low settings but I don’t mind too much cause it’s so fun. Since I’m about 70-80% through the game I figured hey, why not share my thoughts on it?

I first heard about Tomb Raider (the reboot) back from 2012? 2011? It’s been awhile. I wasn’t really familiar with the Tomb Raider mythos so all the talk about a reboot and a prequel didn’t really interest me. I can’t compare the new Tomb Raider to the old ones since I’ve barely played them, so I won’t be doing any of that. What I will say was that my initial reaction to the new Tomb Raider was holy crap awesome it’s like Uncharted but with more survival horror. And I guess the new Tomb Raider is pretty much like Uncharted… but then Uncharted is pretty much like the old Tomb Raider with Nolan North so yeah. Having played the game I cans say Tomb Raider 2013 is a lot like Uncharted but without some of the annoying parts Uncharted had and a few annoying parts of its own.

Gameplay

I’m divided on the gameplay. For the most part, it’s really fun. There’s a heavy emphasis on exploration and you can spend a ton of time getting immersed in the environment on the island you’re stuck on. There’s all sorts of extra stuff to find off the beaten path from relics which explain the island’s history to documents that give insight into some of the characters you meet to salvage which gives you salvage. Everything you collect really boils down to experience and salvage, both of which go into a faux-rpg system. You can use the experience points to upgrade Laura’s abilities which can be anything from revealing tombs on the map to doing one hit melee kills. Salvage goes into upgrading your weapons to dealing extra damage or having better range. You know, the usual. It’s a system that works well enough so no complaints there. There’s some replay value added as well since after upgrading your gear you can revisit areas to find new places to explore and pick up new relics/documents.

The combat can be really good or somewhat frustrating. It feels really rewarding to try to be sneaky and work out how to use the environment to take out a group of enemies without ever being spotted. For me this is the combat system at its most satisfying, where you’re depending on your bow and arrow to make stealth kills. It’s tense but not frustrating and requires you to be precise and careful. For the majority of the game you can play like this and take out enemies at will. This is where the game emphasizes surviving. 

Unfortunately there’s also segments where you’re suddenly blocked off and oh snap wave after wave of enemies! Better pull out that shotgun/rifle and go Rambo on them all! Personally I almost never enjoy these segments. They bogged down the later Uncharted games for me and just turned frustrating. You can take out fifteen or so bad guys but then one guy you didn’t see lunges at you and bam, you’re doing the whole segment all over again. It’s probably just a personal thing but when I’m out roaming the island and being metal gear croft it’s off-putting to suddenly turn into call of duty. And story-wise it doesn’t make much sense either, though I’ll get to that later. I will say the weapons handle well enough and after upgrading them it’s far less frustrating. There’s even a somewhat humorous segment where the enemies block you off then you pick up a random grenade launcher and start wreaking havoc, making the enemies scramble away. Little moments like that make these segments somewhat bearable.

My only other gripe with the gameplay is the QTE segments. They don’t really make much sense. In Tomb Raider 2013, the QTE segments usually take over when you’re escaping yet another explosion or cave-in. Better mash those keys then that key ad oh nope, you didn’t time it right you’re dead do it again. It’s made more odd by the fact that there are escape moments that aren’t QTE segments. The escape segments where you’re in control are great. You’re on the edge of your seat running and dodging and it really feels immersive. But then the QTE segments… why do we still have these segments? They break the immersion because suddenly you’re not running for your life, you’re being told to ‘MASH LEFT AND RIGHT TO ESCAPE’. It’s just so odd to see nowadays. I loved the escape segments where I was in control. Give me more of that mad scrambling, not the button mashing.

Story

Wow, story wise this game is… kinda okay? I dunno, I find the whole grim gritty reboot where EVERYONE DIES to be a bit old hat by now. There’s some cool parts of the story though and there’s a decent progression for Lara’s character from “Oh crap I’m shipwrecked I’m gonna die” to “LET ME AT THE BAD GUYS TIME TO SAVE EVERYBODY”. It falters at times though. For example, when Lara first kills someone else she freaks out and almost breaks down. Oh wow, that’s pretty harsh. I feel bad for her now. She’s gotta go through so much and it’s so sad ;-; oh but then a few minutes later she’s killing left and right without batting an eyelash. Wh-what just happened? Who knows, maybe Lara’s tougher than I thought. Or maybe the game’s pacing is a bit off.

Though she’s definitely tougher than I thought. Lara seems to intentionally try to fall off every ledge she can and flop around like a rag doll before landing at the bottom and limping it off. Sometimes her tendency to the most painful outcome is just amusing, other times it just feels like torture porn. Seriously, the first thing you do in the game is set yourself on fire, fall about 15-20 feet to the ground on a spike that goes through your side, LIMP IT OFF, struggle against some attackers, avoid a cave-in and rock slide and yes, everything on this island tries to kill Lara every minute. Not really but it still feels over the top at times. I suppose it stands out in stark contrast to the more restful moments where you’re just searching for loot and I’m not really complaining about it. I just question the need for such a high level of violence.

There is a bit of focus on the horror part too. Your enemy is a crazed cult who enjoy ritual sacrifice after all. If you’re squeamish… yeah, you should probably avoid this game. Don’t like blood? Lara bathes in it (literally at one point). There are skulls everywhere. Which to me isn’t really horrifying, though it did make me curious how they managed to get the skulls in every nook and cranny and what they did with the rest of the bones.

Oh, and I seem to recall there was some controversy over a scene that people were calling ‘attempted rape’. I’m not really sure what scene this even is since she’s being grabbed by guys all the time, though they pretty much always try to strangle her. When they’re not doing that they’re beating her face in. Lara gets treated like crap by basically everyone in the game. Do I think it’s misogynist or sexist? Not really. After all, she has a grenade launcher.

Finally (The TL;DR Part)

Tomb Raider 2013 is a really fun game. It’s super ambitious and there are parts where it falls short, notably when it falls back on old gameplay habits of QTE segments or enemy waves. But for the most part it’s a game that pulls you into a story of a lonely girl who pulls through struggles most of us would never even dream of. It’s an immersive game with a varied and interesting environment that usually tries to kill you but hey, you’ve got a bow and arrow. A girl’s chance of surviving increases by a thousand percent when she has a bow and arrow. I’ll probably do a video review or game stream of Tomb Raider some day when I get a better computer. Until then, enjoy this rambly review.

Oh yeah hey, I’m not dead. I got a job and I make real money now woo. It’s hard work since it’s a manufacturing job and second shift so I spend most of my day at work then come home at night physically exhausted. I have the weekends off so that’s my free time. It’s a good job though, pays over ten bucks an hour and I get free life insurance plus really good health and dental coverage. Paid vacation days, all that sort of stuff. I should be able to set enough back to myself a computer and a car within a couple months. So plans are coming together! Of course I’m going to say that and something horrible is going to happen but NOT TODAY.

sweet-chin-musical:

sushinfood:

the-unpopular-opinions:

This is an opinion brought to you by a rancher, who knows quite a few other ranchers and dairy farms.
I recently watched a documentary called Earthlings, which gets praised on a lot in the Vegan, animal rights, and animal welfare tags.
This documentary is complete, biased, exaggerated, and twisted bullshit (At least when it comes to beef and dairy, which is what I’m talking about)
It opens on beef with branding, showing an animal being hot ironed on the face. In my state, you cannot register to brand a cow on a face. In fact, the face is the least common branding site available, as it can damage the cow’s jaw and make it difficult for her to eat. The most common branding site is the hip, rib, and shoulder, but the documentary simply says, cows are branded on their face.
Does it say why? No. Because obviously we scar our animals for fun, right? Cattle don’t have microchips like a dog. If your dog gets stolen, you can usually find it because of it’s Microchipped. Cows don’t have that. Cows are so expensive, they’re like gold, so often Ranchers brand their cattle. If a cow has a brand, she cannot be sold without the brand owner’s authorization, meaning, someone can not steal young, healthy animals from my pasture, and sell them for slaughter.
Next they go on to dehorning, stating that it is cruel, painful, and often done with simple pliers. HAaha.
If I have an animal, I don’t want to ruin it by painfully tearing off it’s horns. This animal will never let me touch it again!
Most cattle, and I DO mean most, are dehorned either as calves (Less painful, not remembered), or have a shot to numb the area at the base of the horn before it’s CUT off, not YANKED off. This way, the cow can still be handled.
Does the documentary say WHY cattle are dehorned? Does it mention that a cow with horns is a danger to itself, humans, and other animals? No? Of course not!
Beef cattle are not stuffed into trailers until it’s so full the animals die. This makes absolutely no sense. If the animals die before they reach the sale ring or slaughter house, no paycheck for you! You make less money if the animals die before slaughter.
Nothing the documentary covers is explained why. WHY do they do that? It’s biased. It makes it seem like ranchers and farmers WANT to hurt their cattle. They don’t. Most of us get attached to our cows. It exaggerates EVERYTHING
Dairy
According to the documentary, Dairy cattle are CHAINED to their stalls, in their own feces, with no water or food, pumped full of hormones to make them milk more. Wrong.
A dairy barn consists of a long isle down the middle of the barn, with a large alley on each side for the cattle. The cattle can walk down the main alley, or lay in a padded stall. They can stick their head through railings to eat food specially mixed to meet all their needs, or drink water. Dairy barns, because they produce milk that MUST be clean, cannot milk a cow pumped full or hormones and chemicals, and clean their barns daily to avoid bacteria. WOW! It’s almost like we take care of our animals so they produce! WHO KNEW?
Most dairy cattle are allowed to graze in a pasture with their calves, until they’re milked in the morning and the evening. Others keep their cows in a well airated barn. Calves are removed to avoid injury! Calves are often kept it smaller pens, with calf huts, pads, soft bedding, and even blankets! It is counter productive to not care for a calf. A calf is your future cow! Dairy farmers feed them the highest quality milk so the calves grow into strong, productive animals.
Dieing cows are not left in the isles. If a cow begins to appear sick, a vet is called. Simple as that.
The documentary states that a cow’s lifespan can reach 20. WRONG. at the age of 8 or 9, a cow starts to lose her teeth. If you kept a cow alive until 20 she would be malnourished and miserable, unable to eat. The average cow lives until 8 or 9, at which point they are sold. It would be cruel to keep an animal who cannot eat or fulfill it’s own needs.
Cows do not, on average, die at FOUR YEARS OLD because of exhaustion! Four years, at almost any dairy or ranch you visit, is a cow in her PRIME! We do not run our animals to death. We do NOT torture them.
You don’t eat meat? Great! Do your thing! Eat your veggies! That’s fine! But don’t make me out to be devilspawn if I eat meat. Don’t make me out to be cruel, (As stated by the documentary, as cruel as hitler to the jews), because I raise cattle. Fuck. You.
The shit thing about that documentary is it preys on people who have never been on a farm or dairy. If you’ve never been to one, it’s easy to believe things like this. If I made a documentary about how vegans grew their food, and showed it to people who have never met Vegans, or seen how crops are grown, I could easily exaggerate and make Veganism seem horrible, like this documentary does to livestock owners.
Please stop hating on ranchers and farmers. Please?

Signal boost because I’m tired of seeing people on this website base all of their “learnings” on farm life through biased cumentaries. Read it. Learn it.

I used to spend every weekend on my friends dairy farm as a kid. It’s NOTHING like the vegan documentaries suggest.


Reblogging because having been around dairy farms for most of my childhood, I think I can say everything in this documentary is complete and utter bull (pun intended).

sweet-chin-musical:

sushinfood:

the-unpopular-opinions:

This is an opinion brought to you by a rancher, who knows quite a few other ranchers and dairy farms.

I recently watched a documentary called Earthlings, which gets praised on a lot in the Vegan, animal rights, and animal welfare tags.

This documentary is complete, biased, exaggerated, and twisted bullshit (At least when it comes to beef and dairy, which is what I’m talking about)

It opens on beef with branding, showing an animal being hot ironed on the face. In my state, you cannot register to brand a cow on a face. In fact, the face is the least common branding site available, as it can damage the cow’s jaw and make it difficult for her to eat. The most common branding site is the hip, rib, and shoulder, but the documentary simply says, cows are branded on their face.

Does it say why? No. Because obviously we scar our animals for fun, right? Cattle don’t have microchips like a dog. If your dog gets stolen, you can usually find it because of it’s Microchipped. Cows don’t have that. Cows are so expensive, they’re like gold, so often Ranchers brand their cattle. If a cow has a brand, she cannot be sold without the brand owner’s authorization, meaning, someone can not steal young, healthy animals from my pasture, and sell them for slaughter.

Next they go on to dehorning, stating that it is cruel, painful, and often done with simple pliers. HAaha.

If I have an animal, I don’t want to ruin it by painfully tearing off it’s horns. This animal will never let me touch it again!

Most cattle, and I DO mean most, are dehorned either as calves (Less painful, not remembered), or have a shot to numb the area at the base of the horn before it’s CUT off, not YANKED off. This way, the cow can still be handled.

Does the documentary say WHY cattle are dehorned? Does it mention that a cow with horns is a danger to itself, humans, and other animals? No? Of course not!

Beef cattle are not stuffed into trailers until it’s so full the animals die. This makes absolutely no sense. If the animals die before they reach the sale ring or slaughter house, no paycheck for you! You make less money if the animals die before slaughter.

Nothing the documentary covers is explained why. WHY do they do that? It’s biased. It makes it seem like ranchers and farmers WANT to hurt their cattle. They don’t. Most of us get attached to our cows. It exaggerates EVERYTHING

Dairy

According to the documentary, Dairy cattle are CHAINED to their stalls, in their own feces, with no water or food, pumped full of hormones to make them milk more. Wrong.

A dairy barn consists of a long isle down the middle of the barn, with a large alley on each side for the cattle. The cattle can walk down the main alley, or lay in a padded stall. They can stick their head through railings to eat food specially mixed to meet all their needs, or drink water. Dairy barns, because they produce milk that MUST be clean, cannot milk a cow pumped full or hormones and chemicals, and clean their barns daily to avoid bacteria. WOW! It’s almost like we take care of our animals so they produce! WHO KNEW?

Most dairy cattle are allowed to graze in a pasture with their calves, until they’re milked in the morning and the evening. Others keep their cows in a well airated barn. Calves are removed to avoid injury! Calves are often kept it smaller pens, with calf huts, pads, soft bedding, and even blankets! It is counter productive to not care for a calf. A calf is your future cow! Dairy farmers feed them the highest quality milk so the calves grow into strong, productive animals.

Dieing cows are not left in the isles. If a cow begins to appear sick, a vet is called. Simple as that.

The documentary states that a cow’s lifespan can reach 20. WRONG. at the age of 8 or 9, a cow starts to lose her teeth. If you kept a cow alive until 20 she would be malnourished and miserable, unable to eat. The average cow lives until 8 or 9, at which point they are sold. It would be cruel to keep an animal who cannot eat or fulfill it’s own needs.

Cows do not, on average, die at FOUR YEARS OLD because of exhaustion! Four years, at almost any dairy or ranch you visit, is a cow in her PRIME! We do not run our animals to death. We do NOT torture them.

You don’t eat meat? Great! Do your thing! Eat your veggies! That’s fine! But don’t make me out to be devilspawn if I eat meat. Don’t make me out to be cruel, (As stated by the documentary, as cruel as hitler to the jews), because I raise cattle. Fuck. You.

The shit thing about that documentary is it preys on people who have never been on a farm or dairy. If you’ve never been to one, it’s easy to believe things like this. If I made a documentary about how vegans grew their food, and showed it to people who have never met Vegans, or seen how crops are grown, I could easily exaggerate and make Veganism seem horrible, like this documentary does to livestock owners.

Please stop hating on ranchers and farmers. Please?

Signal boost because I’m tired of seeing people on this website base all of their “learnings” on farm life through biased cumentaries. Read it. Learn it.

I used to spend every weekend on my friends dairy farm as a kid. It’s NOTHING like the vegan documentaries suggest.

Reblogging because having been around dairy farms for most of my childhood, I think I can say everything in this documentary is complete and utter bull (pun intended).

didyouknowgaming:

Nintendo.

http://www.gamesradar.com/nintendo-doomed-not-likely-just-take-look-how-much-money-its-got-bank/

robotropoliszone:

Good morning everyone! Just wanted to let all the Archie Sonic fans here know that Tracy Yardley is working on an original series called Riding Shotgun and his team over there has started an Indiegogo page to raise money for a third volume of the book as well as an animated series based on it.

If you have a few dollars to burn, it would really be helpful for Yardley and his team. The link attached to this post will contain more information and a preview to the animated series. (Note: This is a very adult series and the link contains NSFW content.)

gamebuddy123:

ughsocialjustice:

poupee-chiffon:

vulpeslunae:

queenofthebaras:

i made a powerpoint for the weenies who judge this anime by the gifs they see and instantly label it as fanservice SO i showcased all the ladies of this show and listed all the great things about them and why they’re super important

and since most of those people are most likely feminist i wanted to shed light on the positive qualities of this anime and how it’s great

NOT TO MENTION IT HAS A SPECIFIC EPISODE DEDICATED TO NOT FEELING EMBARRASSED IN WHAT YOU WEAR BECAUSE IT’S WHAT *YOU* WANT TO WEAR AND YOU SHOULD FEEL EMPOWERED BY IT. 
And if that’s not something feminists fight for, then all hope is lost.

this post is perf

also OT but the OST is HELLA. seriously, listen to Blumenkranz and tell me that shit isn’t EPIC.

and Light Your Heart Up should be everyone’s jam tbh

-the italian one

This is dumb as hell and does nothing to explain away how de-powering the fan service is and all the creepy rape vibes.

"LET’S EXPLAIN THE CAST DIVERSITY"

"THEY’RE ALL HEADSTRONG AND DON’T TAKE SHIT FROM OTHERS"

Yep wow way to go sure would convince me to watch KLK. KLK is all about fanservice, the suits are powered by fanservice and every character in the show gives fanservice to some extent (except maybe the dog). Now one could mention how Ryuko’s revenge-driven fighting ends up hurting her and actually almost kills everyone in the school. You could mention her other defining characteristic which is losing more battles than winning because she rushes into everything headstrong and usually needs to be bailed out by her friends. And speaking of her friends why isn’t her God-Robe Senketsu on the list? Ryuko’s relationship with Senkentsu is one of the defining relationships on the show as they grow closer as friends and later in the show after some heavy revelations, trying to accept each other for who they are.

Satsuki’s interesting in that she is the antagonist but by all accounts she’s the hero. She has seemingly never lost a battle since kindergarten and she has striven for an enlightened path where she leads the world into a more orderly future. Even from the beginning of the show one can get the vibe that she’s the reigning shonen hero. She’s had her battles, she’s united her people and now she reigns from on high. Ryuko enters the story has an upstart looking to dethrone the hero and to be honest, Ryuuko’s reasons for doing so aren’t glorious or heroic. She wants some bloody revenge and she’ll do anything to get it too.

So we’ve got subversions of standard action hero tropes. There’s a lot of other anime tropes that get played with. High school clubs? Sure KLK has those except they’re completely bonkers and pretty much want to kill each other all the time. Magical transformation sequences are obviously Senketsu and Junketsu except you know, powered by BLOOD. Mako and her family is that sort of hyperactive deformed comedy which I think is more played straight here just to serve as a real world anchor against all the craziness that happens with super powered suits and socialist schools and evil fashion wizards.

TL;DR Yeah KLK is basically all fanservice but there’s a lot more to the show’s characters than just ‘omg so badass’. Empowering? No, not in the way of clothing choice, but later on in the show for accepting who you are? Definitely. It’s not a show for everyone I’ll admit but there is honestly an interesting story behind all the boobs flopping around everywhere.

so-many-monsters:

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Finding the source of a Holocaust protest poem should NOT be a fun guessing game.

A fun game is ‘Apples to Apples’ where you try to guess what words someone will associate with another phrase.

Plagiarism is not a game. Disrespect is not a game. If you ‘borrow’ copyrighted material such…

A game?! How unbelievably out of touch can a person be? “Hey kids, let’s try to guess what historical atrocity today’s comic references!”

It’s interesting because I’ve been listening to something that talks about a similar case of being out of touch with history. A friend recently showed me Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, a fun history podcast that’s super informative and just great. I’ve been listening to the Wrath of the Khans series about the Mongols and Genghis Khan and Dan Carlin frequently mentions how the Mongols killed a ton of people. Like mass genocide scale of killing here, tens of millions. Yet history often looks favorably on the Mongols without any respect for those lost because hey, the Mongols united the world and they had all these codes and laws and trade routes were opened etc.

In the first episode of Wrath of the Khans he talks about we would consider it to be absolutely awful for someone today to ignore the millions killed in a recent event like the Holocaust because it’s recent and there are a ton of people alive today still affected by these events. Dan Carlin goes on to say maybe we should extend that level of respect about recent events back even further and… I won’t really go into depth about the whole episode here because it’s pretty good and people should listen to it themselves if they have time.

My point is that it seems there are actually people today who don’t even respect these recent events and the people affected by them. “Holocaust poem? Say, that’s a good fit for my book about fast hedgehogs and freaky echidnas! No reason to cite it or anything! I mean, it’ll be like a game for the kids to guess what real world event this poem references, even though nothing like that is actually happening in the book!” And the fact that this line of thinking exists in today’s world and there’s even worse disrespect or outright hatred for a group of people based on their heritage, history, religion is just really sad.

rakewn:

MEME LE MEME

IF I HAD WRITTEN KILL LA KILL IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO GOOD. REPLACE ALL THE GROSS STUFF WITH MEMES. A++++++++++++

christ, kojima

thekkm:

I mean I suppose well done, I’m actually really fucking horrified by this

christ

archie-edits:

I Have A Right To Be Offended By This

so-many-monsters:

Ken Penders, former writer for Knuckles the Echidna comics, is guilty of plagiarism. In 1999 (years before I had Internet access) he published a Holocaust protest poem, made minimal and tasteless edits (ie…

As I said elsewhere, there was absolutely no intent on the comic’s part to ‘inform the children about the Holocaust’ or whatever argument Penders is using on twitter. The children reading a furry drama book have no way of connecting a rewritten ‘anonymous’ poem with an historical occurrence without having a source there with the rewritten poem. But there was no source therefore the poem was plagiarized on top of being a tasteless seriousohgoshsodeep rewrite. It really doesn’t matter how one looks at it, it’s just bad taste all around.