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About the Game:
Tomb Raider is the eagerly anticipated relaunch of the extremely popular Tomb Raider Series. Known for its iconic character, Lara Croft, as well as its engaging and challenging environments, it is certain to be a hit with gamers of all types. This stunning art book is designed to give those fans just want they want – a closer look at this one-of-a-kind world.
When Lara set out to find the legendary island of Yamatai, it seemed convincing the crew of the Endurance to head into the dangerous area of the sea known as The Dragon’s Triangle would prove to be the greatest challenge.
Finding the island was only the beginning. Lara must explore, fight, and, above all, survive to escape the island’s relentless hold. Reveal the secrets of this forgotten island with this essential Signature Series guide!
Review of the Brady Games Strategy Guide:
As video games have gotten to be more complex and provide more in content, the strategy guides can't seem to always keep up. Bradygames has, over the years, been a mixed bag. Whenever I see a guide from them they're usually thick and seem to be ripe with information... until you actually start sitting down to use it. There's a lot of stuff here, sure, but Bradygames simply refuses to go the extra mile when it definitely should. The Tomb Raider Guide is going to help you get through the game, but it will not go much beyond that. For those hoping to come out as Tomb Raider experts, this strategy guide will only get you started.
The guide begins with an introduction. It isn't really necessary. If the forward were from the developers I might've been interested, but rather the introduction is by the authors themselves. But the only thing the introduction tells you is, "We're here to guide you." Apparently being a strategy guide wasn't enough to tell us this.
But that's just being nitpicky. Once we get into the actual guide we start seeing the strengths and weaknesses of Bradygames in real fashion. All the stuff before the walkthrough suffices to get players acquainted to the game. Tomb Raider doesn't have a demanding tutorial, but it's nice that Bradygames is willing to go over the basics again for players who may need them. The option is there. The survival guide and survival skills is actually quite in depth and straightforward in detailing everything you need to know about the games mechanics. The only real downside is that it doesn't really offer any tips on just how you might want to invest your skill points. It more or less tells you the skills, but never really offers any advice on which ones help or which ones you might want to consider first. The walkthrough won't do this either.
That's not to say the walkthrough is totally useless. The maps are very detailed, the objectives are in good order. Each time the game gives you a new objective, it has its own header in the guide and the section that'll take you through it. There is a waypoint system the guide uses, but not as effectively as other strategy guides. On the map you'll see wayponts. There is waypoint 1 in a red circle. Then 2 and 3 etc. There is no "1. Objective" in the guide, though. As you read through the text you might just stumble across one and realize it's talking about what to do at point 1. There are lots of symbols on the map to show you things like where tombs or where ammo is or other goodies like challenges and collectibles. Just because it calls out those things on the map, however, does not mean it will detail it in the walkthrough. It will... sometimes. For the most part you'll need to flip to the collectibles chapter just to find them all.
There is also a lot of coverage on the multiplayer. As of this writing I have not dived into Tomb Raider's multiplayer, but this section is nearly sixty pages and talks about quite a bit of it. It may be worth a look, but it may only cover the most basic of basic stuff.
There is then an achievements and trophies guide which list all the achievements and trophies. This is a good time to talk about how Bradygames just doesn't ever want to go the extra mile. It list the achievements and trophies and the requirement to get them (ripped directly from the achievement/trophy list) but it never gives strategies on how to get the tougher ones. Or suggestions. Trophies or achievements that could be difficult to get the guide pretty much sets you on your own. There is an extras chapter but, again, it's just a list nothing about how to actually achieve them.
The reason it seems like Bradygames should be going the extra mile is because their strategy guides are so unusually large. The Tomb Raider guide isn't bad but it's getting increasingly annoying to see Bradygames only provide the most basic of basic information. A walkthrough that'll get you through the game but if you're expecting advanced strategies they just won't be here. Likewise, for those wondering about gameplay differences between the difficulty settings... nope. Nothing. Want some tips on how to pass some moments on the "Hard" difficulty setting? You're on your own.
This strategy guide is 320 pages long but it manages to say so little despite having so much text. But the ONLY reason the guide is so huge seems to be because Bradygames insist on using enormous screenshots and maps to fill in a lot of space. The problem with all this is that it isn't always organized about it. The section breakdown of each objective is nice, but the guide isn't tailored to quick referencing if you need it. It's a silly complaint. Almost nitpicky. But in an era of fast paced games I'd rather use a guide as I go. Bradygames doesn't really make their guides for quick referencing. Being a thicker guide doesn't automatically make it a better guide. In this case the thickness only serves to show us how Bradygames likes to inflate the size of their guides so that it appears to be giving you more information than it is.
It's a helpful strategy guide in the long run. It gets you through the game but really doesn't provide a lot of depth for those looking to master Tomb Raider. Only for those hoping to get through it.
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