Three posts in a row? I'll make this one and then I'm done.
Tomb Raider: Great game. Everybody loved it.
Tomb Raider II: Great game. Everybody loved it.
Tomb Raider III: Starting to get stale
Tomb Raider TLR: ...okay. Enough already!
Tomb Raider Chronicles: Please die, Lara!
Tomb Raider AoD: Fuck this franchise!
And then, we got the reboot from Crystal Dynamics and everybody was happy. When THAT franchise started getting stale, we got the Square/Enix reboot. And, for some reason, there arose this group of people who say "Oh, they changed the franchise soooo much! Why did they ruin the essence of Tomb Raider!?" They changed it because the game got stale and sales reflected it.
I've withnesed this same thing with Resident Evil. By RE3, it was just more of the same. They tried to innovate with REZero but the old fashioned RE gameplay was dated and needed to go. It was a joke of the industry. "I need to open this door. Let me find a plaque, a spark plug, the armor key, and light a candle." RE4 was a breath of fresh air, a change in direction, and the savior of the series.
I'm sorry for those who wanted more slow paced, puzzle solving, convoluted stories (well, we still get that) but that is a product of a bygone era. Enjoy the excellent but super short REHD that got overlooked by so many when it released. Hope they re-release RE0, too! But don't tell me things were better, then. I lived through it. I bought the series on PS1, Gamecube, Dreamcast, etc. It wasn't better, then. Your memories are lying to you.
Joke of the industry or not, this adventure aspect was awesome, made RE a game that made you think, you had to manage the very itens you could carry, make important choices, made you think:
Do I take a extra Herb or the Key?
Am I going to pass near that tiger statue?
Should I take a Ink Ribbon or go for broke?
There, two zombie, fight or light?
How many pieces of that crest do I already have?
There was a room with a item on the second floor, but I had no place in the inventory, time to go back?
These made the game imersive to me, like my little choices really mattered, in a actually unique way,
RE5 and RE6 were just cheap shots, just Michael Baystic steps into something else.
Altought I still praise RE5 visuals and art direction, I really miss games like RE HD, Adventure-horror-survival hybrids, so unique.
Never again, there is just no market anymore.
It is just depressing to realize this...