A week of reviews: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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Continuing my week of Christmas Sale reviews, today’s Steam review is for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. One of two similar spin-offs from the Tomb Raider series, Guardian of Light is an interesting game. It has essences of Tomb Raider at its heart and core, and yet it plays a little differently, split into levels you are timed on, with various missions and puzzles to complete throughout.

Once you’ve got the hang of the controls, it’s not too bad, but you really have to think on your feet before something comes and gets you. With a keyboard, such controls can be awkward in tense, high-impact scenarios, so I’d strongly recommend investing in a controller if you plan on giving this game a proper smash. Still, it can be played with a keyboard and mouse, and it can be played in co-op mode with a friend if you’d prefer not to take on its challenges alone, so there are options for everyone, no matter how you choose to play your games.

You don’t learn very much story-wise, and are pretty much thrown right into the first level without an awful lot of context. Lara is just there in some kind of ruins with a random dude we’ve never met, and we just have to accept that. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s not good fun, launching right into the action without the need for a long-winded introduction and tedious training.

I’m not the best at action games, I’ll gladly admit, but even I could give this a good go. Sure, maybe I’m not as fast as some gamers and maybe I’ll gain less achievements, but it’s playable, and I’m confident just about anyone could soon get the hang of it – providing you can handle the increasing difficulty levels…

To sum up, it’s like Tomb Raider but simplified, with slightly less dazzling graphics than the later titles, more puzzle elements and less story development – though it is cheaper too. So, while it’s not the best game out there, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy playing it at least for a little while.

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