Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review (PlayStation 4)

A new way to play the Tomb Raider we all grew up with. Ditching the 3D exploration for a more conservative isometric top-down view. Take control of Lara and her new partner Totec, a Mayan tribesman, and uncover the ancient artifact known as the “Mirror of Smoke” in this all-new action-adventure game. A big change but a welcome change? We delve into our Tomb Raider And The Guardian Of Light review.

 

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Initial tutorial section with ongoing help.
  • Looks good, Has some really nice varied environments
  • Online/Offline co-op
  • While the level progression is the same, Doing it in co-op means you do it a different way. A more varied and rewarding way
  • Upgrades available such as more health and ammo
  • Challenge rooms can be found to up the puzzle count
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Loads of collectibles as you would expect, Artifacts, treasure, etc
  • New weapons can be found and used, Also new outfits
  • Has a score attack mentality that while often mission-based, Leader-boards are present for competition
  • Still has the whole Tomb Raider atmosphere
  • A lot of replayability value due to the collectibles and high score runs
  • A refreshing pick up and play approach

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review Cons:

  • Die-hard fans may not like the new style of play
  • Levels while varied in looks can feel the same puzzle wise
  • DLC Just skins or a few extra challenge rooms
  • Aiming can be fiddly and awkward
  • Jumping and climbing detection can be really bad. A wall you should be able to climb on doesn’t register
  • A lot of cheap deaths. Deaths cost you points which in turn up the rage meter
  • If it were not for YouTube you would easily get stuck and frustrated. The puzzle difficulty mix is a bit off

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light:

Official website

Developer: Crystal Dynamics

Publisher: Square Enix

Store Links:

PlayStation (currently unavailable)

Steam

Xbox

Expand your experience with the next entry in the series with the Temple Of Isiris.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

In summary, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a good game to play in short bursts. Prolonged play will highlight its problems and shortcomings. Co-op eases the frustration somewhat as if nothing else it gives you someone to blame! I like how they have taken a game and managed to integrate it into a new genre and it works really well, I loved the puzzles and how the co-op was executed. I could easily go through the game again and again as the environment, The atmosphere is all wrapped up such a neat bow that it’s hard not to fall for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light charm.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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