It’s Lara Croft, but not as you know her and like you’ve never seen her before. As an inexperienced university graduate on her first expedition, this rebooted Lara lacks confidence, is vulnerable and at times even tentative. Indeed, she spends the early part of the game injured and having to find food and shelter. In place of the glamorous adventurer from the previous games is a mud-streaked, blood-caked, scared yet tough amateur.
The island of Yamatai is as much a star of the game as Lara. The moment you escape from the cave at the beginning of the game and look out upon its stunning vistas and dozens of shipwrecks is breathtaking. Whether you’re sliding down a waterfall or escaping from a burning building, the slick action is matched by the jaw-dropping presentation.
Complete the game and you can explore the island to your heart’s content, searching for all those hidden relics, documents and other goodies you inevitably missed first time around. Perfectionists will also want to unlock all the videos, character models and concept art. The island is rich in secrets.