I am a father, with a wife and two young children.
Do not get me wrong, for what it is, this game is really good: Great story, graphics, gameplay, mechanics. But I believe it is for mature young players, as some of the adult concepts require discussion. Let me explain.
I only gave it 4 stars because it does not portray a strong female lead like everyone thinks or sees in the Tomb Raider franchise. In this game, Lara Croft amounts to nothing more than a sex symbol, covered up by a faux-Indiana Jones toughness.
Everyone has the idea that Lara Croft is supposed to be the quintessential female role model: independent, tough as nails, adventurous, respected as an equal.
Instead, if you pay attention, somehow in the middle of her doing all this badass stuff, the game's developers still manage to portray her as the cliché damsel in distress. The opposite of what we all believe Lara Croft to be.
- Personality contradictory to her character: Every single time she slips, falls, gets grabbed, surprised, attacked, etc., her reaction is that of some cliché cheerleader-type having 1st-world problems (keep in mind, Lara Croft is supposed to be what I described above; seasoned and tough).
- Objectification of women: The camera angles take every chance they can get to show off her over-perfect, unrealistic, female figure. The camera even goes so far as to catch inappropriate angles of her chest and behind.
- Excessive violence towards women: Lara winds up in terribly violent situations. It seems like the developers went out of their way creating some of Lara's misogynistic and deviant captors. The player is shown intense cinematic scenes with Lara as the subject of something straight out of a woman's rape nightmares. All the while, the tough-as-nails tomb raider is responding to her situation like a frightened sorority girl from B-rated horror flick. Also present here? The wrong message for boys. This is how we treat women when they are bad, so they know who's boss, right?
I am trying to raise my kids with equality in mind. My son can have his toys "for boys" and my daughter can have her toys "for girls", but they also know they can choose between the two, and that is perfectly natural, as well. My daughter plays Titanfall (a "boy" game), my son still collects plush dolls of his favorite anime characters.
I would rather my kids be older before they are subjected to the mature concepts present in this Tomb Raider game.