Tomb Raider, one of the most beloved video games of all time, has revitalized the Tomb Raider franchise into a whole new experience. Will Tomb Raider return to its roots, or will it become another standard first person shooter game with generic gameplay? It’s doubtful, but let’s hope it doesn’t become just another” Saints Row” type games. In this article, I’m going to try to answer the question, “What is the longest Tomb Raider game?”
The first game in the Tomb Raider series was released in 1995, featuring heroine Maya in her struggle against the evil Lord Chamberlain during a museum attack. The game follows a series of events, from finding the ancient relic that can help her get through the museum to scaring off the guards that are after her. While playing as Maya, you find out that her mother has been killed, and she must save the young adventurer before the clock runs out. Unfortunately, things do not go as well as she and her son are ambushed by some locals who want to use the children as bargaining tools. This causes the game to go into a rescue sequence, where you get to save the son while dealing with some tough enemies.
Since then, the Tomb Raider series has featured several sequels, which can be grouped into three main categories: Anniversary, Retribution, and Episodes. The Anniversary game is the most recent entry into the series and sees the return of the character Maya in an all-new adventure. In the Anniversary game, as in the earlier games, the player is allowed to control a much larger, zoomed-in Maya as she investigates the site of a series of murders that took place decades ago. This time around, she must investigate the crime scene, discover clues, make allies and enemies, and complete puzzles to save the infant who was found alive at the scene of the crime.
The second game in the series, Tomb Raider Resurrection, sees the return of the first game’s heroine, and the game starts in the same way as its predecessor. However, this time around, Maya isn’t working with an ex-boyfriend, but with someone new in her life, Kip, who happens to be an orphan whose family owned a ship full of treasure. Along the way, she has to deal with a series of nightmares, a group of cannibals, a dangerous snake-like creature, and even an evil princess. The story line in Tomb Raider Resolutions follows the same formula as the first game, but does it successfully maintain the adventurous spirit that made the first game so popular in the first place.
Then, we have the third installment of the Tomb Raider series, Tomb Raider Unleashed. Like the first game, the focus is on exploration, and this time, the emphasis is on how you can fight back against your enemies. You are given new weapons, more health and armor, special abilities and skills, and you can even upgrade or buy new weapons for the characters in your game! There are new puzzles to solve, and the overall goal of the game is to find the “Tiger” -a mythical creature rumored to be stronger than the Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Orcas, and the Statue of Epona.
The graphics and effects in Tomb Raider Predator are nowhere near as dated as those seen in Tomb Raider: Anniversary or the first games in the series, but this is really not saying much. The action is intense and the scenery is picture perfect. Playing the game for the first time is an experience that will stay with you. If you are a fan of the Tomb Raider series, then you owe it to yourself to play Tomb Raider Reloaded instead of any of the previous games in the series, and even if you haven’t played them before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good the game is!