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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story is about questing for an artifact that will help keep an evil entity at bay. Violence plays a key role, but the creatures and animals players dispatch are evil minions. Plus, puzzle solving is as important as combat.
Positive Role Models
As always, Lara Croft is a smart, truth-seeking, and fearless explorer. She uses violence, but only in self defense. What’s more, her sexuality plays a lesser role here than in past games, making her a more palatable action hero for girls.
Ease of Play
The controls should prove broadly accessible. However, some of the tricky puzzles could stump players for a couple of minutes.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, spears, bombs, and environmental elements (such as big, crushing balls) to fight off animals and fantastical creatures, including humanoids. There is a small amount of blood and frequent yelps. Dead people can be seen littering the ground in some scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a top-down adventure game with the action taking place from a high perspective. Some blood can be seen, but the violence is against aggressive animals and evil, fantastical creatures, making it fairly easy to stomach. Since Lara appears much smaller on the screen, the developers haven’t accentuated her womanly assets. Consequently, she is a strong female hero with virtually no focus on her sexuality.
Is It Any Good?
Though relatively short (it takes only eight hours or so to work through the campaign), Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is easily the freshest and most entertaining game to star the iconic, teal tank top-clad explorer in years. The fights are simpler and more satisfying than they’ve ever been, and there are even more environmental puzzles and reward-driven challenges than in any of the Tomb Raider games.
Most importantly, it’s just plain playable; the sort of game players of all skill levels can pick up and become comfortable with in a matter of minutes. The fact that our heroine is -- for once -- hardly sexualized, only broadens the game’s appeal. Teens and adults alike will find plenty to enjoy in this affordable and compelling action/adventure/puzzle game.
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