Whether you’re exploring the shrines and environs of the mysterious and stunning Yamatai, or walking amid plane wreckages and World War 2 bunkers, Tomb Raider looks outstanding. The aesthetic managed to juxtapose tranquil paradisical settings with gruesome, visceral discoveries and bleak utilitarian structures more convincingly that any of its series predecessors. The sharp textures and greatly enhanced visuals for the PC version - courtesy of Nixxes - makes PC the go-to platform for this action-adventure, but the game is stunning even on console.
This Lara Croft origins story takes a familiar tale - Lara’s development from academic archaeologist to kick-ass tomb raider - and expands it quite magnificently. The annals of time are littered with stories of lost kingdoms, displaced families, and brave explorers, and Tomb Raider slots itself admirably into that canon. The well rounded characterisation and magnificently well thought out Yamatai setting provides an appropriate backdrop to this story of how the famous Lara Croft started out.