I've been playing the Tomb Raider series since the original on PS1. In fact, I had a copy of Tomb Raider before I even had the console. I'd put the disc in my CD player and listen to the music while imagining what adventure was to come. Over the years, I've loved and hated the series but I remained loyal.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider released about a month ago. Nobody is talking about it. Reviews were modest. I preorpre-or the Croft Edition but, for whatever reason I wasn't as excited as I'd hoped. I put the game off to the side while I played Spider-Man, Resident Evil 4-6, and Valkyria Chronicles 4. In the meantime, I'd watch the occasional YouTube recommended review. Yesterday, I finally gave Shadow another go.
It was good.
Damn good, actually. I haven't finished the game (though, at one point I'd thought I was at the end). Doing side missions, exploring the world, facing enemies, solving puzzles--there were a lot of times when I got flashbacks of Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, and Horizon Zero Dawn. All the while, the game looked and ran like a dream. There was even a couple of emotional moments that had me totally absorbed.
Like i said, I've loved and hated this series over the years. From the highs to the lows. I feel like I can look at the games objectively. I saw many complaints from previous games and it looks like they've created something that should please everyone. But they haven't. If anything, this game seems to be the most overlooked of them all. Even I, a confessed fan of the series, was discharged by the game's launch. Now, it kinda feels like there was an acting effort to not like this game. I don't know.
Anyway, I don't get it. A game with great production value, plenty of content, a ton of depth, great gameplay, ingenious puzzles, etc. It seemingly does everything right but here we are. I guess I should be happy that I have the game and the series reached its (I assume) conclusion. I just wish it had more appreciation. It really is great and I'd love another.