Lara Croft Hates Tombs in New E3 2012 ‘Crossroads’ Trailer

E3 2012 Tomb Raider Crossroads Trailer

We are mere days away from E3 2012 and my excitement can hardly be contained. For starters, it is my first time going to a big wig convention, and also this bold new trailer for Tomb Raiderhas just been brought to my attention. Can this reintroduction of everyone’s favorite video game vixen refuel the fire on a once glorified franchise?

Continuing on the misery porn train established in last year’s Tomb Raider trailer, “Turning Point,” we see our heroine, Lara Croft, in one sticky situation after another. The threat level shown in the “Crossroads” trailer never lets up, which could prove very exciting once gamers are able to bring home the game.

E3 2012 Tomb Raider Screenshot 1

There are a few moments in “Crossroads” that reuse footage shown in last year’s gameplay demo. But once we’ve escaped the cave, there’s a whole new world to explore that audiences have yet to see. The trailer doesn’t give any hints as to where Lara may have been shipwrecked, and there is absolutely no context as to who any of the people in the trailer are either. A lot of mystery surrounds Tomb Raiderthus far, let’s just hope the game answers a lot of these questions. Check out the trailer below:

Supplying us with more gameplay and cutscene footage, I have to question the quality of the graphics. The animation looks a bit outdated. Don’t get me wrong, this is incredible compared to Pong, but as pretty as some of the environments look, certain elements of the animation among the characters look a bit off.

E3 2012 Tomb Raider Screenshot 20

As I’ve said before, there is little to no context as to what is going on in this trailer. There are new faces introduced that we haven’t seen before. If Crystal Dynamics wants to sell me on character origins and development, they’re going to have to give me a little more reason to care about what’s going on narratively.

Tomb Raider Crossroads Screenshot 5

We know this isn’t the same Lara Croft we’ve grown accustom to, but there sure are some suggestive events going on in this trailer. Many fanboys/girls are up in arms about one sequence that borders on attempted rape. I can’t say I’ve ever heard or witnessed anything like that before in games, but since they wanted to go dark and gritty, it sure looks like Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have definitely hit their mark.

Tomb Raider Crossroads Screenshot 15

The good news is, we finally have a set release date! Expect to see Tomb Raideron shelves March 5, 2013 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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