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Which is Your Favourite Tomb Raider Series?

First Series (I, II, III,... 223 28.85%
 
Second Series (Legend, An... 61 7.89%
 
Third Series (2013, Rise of, Shadow of) 311 40.23%
 
Lara Croft Series (Guardi... 6 0.78%
 
Handheld Series (Tomb Rai... 9 1.16%
 
Other - I Don't Like Any of Them 163 21.09%
 
Total:773
CGI-Quality said:
Miyamotoo said:

Simple, TR 1/2/3 were much better games for its time than laters TR games were for its time. Things like exploration, platforming, atmosphere, puzzles, level design, huge focus of game was on exploration and finding right path...all that was all much better in original games. But offcourse with badly aged controls and movement, camera, graphics...those games aged poorly, but same thing could be said for huge majority of game from 5. generation.

Cool. And, that's where I disagree. I found the exploration to be more entertaining in the second series. The atmosphere was stronger in the original series, but the second one had refined gameplay and I preferred the puzzles. 

Yeah we definitely disagree, also later games all have stronger focus on action than previous game.



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Miyamotoo said:
CGI-Quality said:

Cool. And, that's where I disagree. I found the exploration to be more entertaining in the second series. The atmosphere was stronger in the original series, but the second one had refined gameplay and I preferred the puzzles. 

Yeah we definitely disagree, also later games all have stronger focus on action than previous game.

The second series had a comparable amount of action to the previous (with a bit more, which wasn't a bad thing to me). The reboot series is my least favorite, so I haven't commented on it.

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Didn't know so many people loved the second series, rarely hear it getting talked about (then again, it's pretty small on the poll)



CGI-Quality said:
Miyamotoo said:

Simple, TR 1/2/3 were much better games for its time than laters TR games were for its time. Things like exploration, platforming, atmosphere, puzzles, level design, huge focus of game was on exploration and finding right path...all that was all much better in original games. But offcourse with badly aged controls and movement, camera, graphics...those games aged poorly, but same thing could be said for huge majority of game from 5. generation.

Cool. And, that's where I disagree. I found the exploration to be more entertaining in the second series. The atmosphere was stronger in the original series, but the second one had refined gameplay and I preferred the puzzles. 

That's interesting - remember how original games had a lot of things being in dark, invisible, you had to go close to the area do see what's there - and potentially find your way up or something. For me at least, exploration felt much, much more exciting and mysterious in originals than in any game later.

It is what defined TR - exploration, puzzles and acrobatic platforming, with occasional combat. It's sad to see to what TR devolved with reboot.



HoloDust said:
CGI-Quality said:

Cool. And, that's where I disagree. I found the exploration to be more entertaining in the second series. The atmosphere was stronger in the original series, but the second one had refined gameplay and I preferred the puzzles. 

That's interesting - remember how original games had a lot of things being in dark, invisible, you had to go close to the area do see what's there - and potentially find your way up or something. For me at least, exploration felt much, much more exciting and mysterious in originals than in any game later.

It is what defined TR - exploration, puzzles and acrobatic platforming, with occasional combat. It's sad to see to what TR devolved with reboot.

I found Underworld's exploration to be the absolute best. So many hidden areas. Then again, the refinement in gameplay might just be why it felt better to me. Totally agree with you on the reboots, though.



                                                                                                             

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CGI-Quality said:
HoloDust said:

That's interesting - remember how original games had a lot of things being in dark, invisible, you had to go close to the area do see what's there - and potentially find your way up or something. For me at least, exploration felt much, much more exciting and mysterious in originals than in any game later.

It is what defined TR - exploration, puzzles and acrobatic platforming, with occasional combat. It's sad to see to what TR devolved with reboot.

I found Underworld's exploration to be the absolute best. So many hidden areas. Then again, the refinement in gameplay might just be why it felt better to me. Totally agree with you on the reboots, though.

Contrary to a lot of people, I quite liked Underworld - I have no huge beefs with Legend Trilogy like many Core fans had back in time (and still do), though they were a lot, lot easier and, for me at least, lacked that same feel of mystery from original games. Still, they retained all elements of originals, and though I find them not as good as Core's games, they are indeed quite good, and most of all, proper TR games.

Hopefully, somewhere down the line, even if it's 10 years in the future, there will be another TR game with original Lara and gameplay that made TR what it is in the first place.



Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld were my most wanted BC games for Xbox One for years! We got Underworld on Xbox One a while back. I own it physically but I bought it again, digitally. Then, at the beginning of the second level, the game glitched and I never played it again.

I got 100% in Legend back in the day. Then, they released Anniversary as DLC and as a stand-alone game. I bought the game. As a result, my perfect score was now garbage.

I beat Anniversary on PS2, and again for Xbox 360. Great game.

I've purchased every one of them multiple times since Legend. Every made a thread cataloging it, a few years ago.

Legend: Physical on PS2, Physical on Xbox 360, digital on PSP, digital on Xbox One
Anniversary: Physical on PS2, Physical on Xbox 360, digital on Xbox One
Underworld: Physical on Xbox 360, Physical on Xbox 360 (the first disc guy scratched) digital on Xbox One

2013: Xbox 360 physically, PS4 Physically, PS4 Digitally (PS+ I think), PS4 Digitally (really good sale), Xbox One digitally (GWG)
Rise: Xbox One physically, PS4 Pro Digitally, XBO X digitally (really good sale).
Shadow: XBO X digitally--but, unless there's some VR stuff for PS4, I shouldn't every have to buy this one again.

Also bought every single one for PS1 and Angel of Darkness for PS2. Still have them all!



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HoloDust said:
CGI-Quality said:

Cool. And, that's where I disagree. I found the exploration to be more entertaining in the second series. The atmosphere was stronger in the original series, but the second one had refined gameplay and I preferred the puzzles. 

That's interesting - remember how original games had a lot of things being in dark, invisible, you had to go close to the area do see what's there - and potentially find your way up or something. For me at least, exploration felt much, much more exciting and mysterious in originals than in any game later.

It is what defined TR - exploration, puzzles and acrobatic platforming, with occasional combat. It's sad to see to what TR devolved with reboot.

Tottaly agree, like you wrote mystery is also one of things that first games also done great.



HoloDust said:
CGI-Quality said:

I found Underworld's exploration to be the absolute best. So many hidden areas. Then again, the refinement in gameplay might just be why it felt better to me. Totally agree with you on the reboots, though.

Contrary to a lot of people, I quite liked Underworld - I have no huge beefs with Legend Trilogy like many Core fans had back in time (and still do), though they were a lot, lot easier and, for me at least, lacked that same feel of mystery from original games. Still, they retained all elements of originals, and though I find them not as good as Core's games, they are indeed quite good, and most of all, proper TR games.

Hopefully, somewhere down the line, even if it's 10 years in the future, there will be another TR game with original Lara and gameplay that made TR what it is in the first place.

Yeah, I just don't feel as fondly for the Core games. Even after playing them again on PC. The refinement of the second series was the finishing touch it needed. That said, as long as they try to return to any of the roots of the series, I'm game.



                                                                                                             

The rebooted series, though I've only played the 1st one so far.