Incoming 2013: Tomb Raider

Can the new game breath fresh life into the franchise and into Lara Croft?

What we know:

Tomb Raider games may still occupy a special place in the memories of gamers from around the world, but recent titles haven't exactly impressed through gameplay or story, as they just relied on Lara Croft's sex appeal to draw in customers.

The Tomb Raider reboot promises to implement a paradigm shift, as Lara is no longer designed to draw in male gamers, while developer Crystal Dynamics has overhauled the gameplay and story.

In the new title, Lara is now a younger and more inexperienced woman who's more interested in reading books than going on islands and exploring tombs.

Unfortunately for her, the ship she's on crashes on a remote island, so she must now survive and resist in front of the deadly mercenaries who made their home there.

In terms of gameplay, the new Tomb Raider delivers a more survival-oriented experience, as Lara must not only raid tombs in search of artifacts but also hunt down wildlife and use make-shift items to gain an advantage over her enemies.

What's more, there's also a special multiplayer mode included in the upcoming game, designed by Crystal Dynamics' sister studio, Eidos Montreal, but no concrete details have surfaced as of yet.

Why it matters:

The Tomb Raider series has a long and impressive history, so it's crucial that the upcoming title manages to reboot it and once again make Lara Croft an iconic character, not just because of her ample assets.

What's more, while the action adventure genre has been saturated, few titles have brought a survival-oriented experience in it, so it's going to be interesting to see just how it performs.

Tomb Raider is out worldwide on March 5 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms.

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