Insert joke about using the words "good" and "Tomb Raider" in the same sentence. lawl.
The problem with Tomb Raider is quite simple: it is, and always has been, about Laura's boobs. I really, really
wanted to like Tomb Raider: Legend. I'd even go so far as to say I didn't regret spending the money on it. But even with the reboot, the new devs in the form of a studio I had spent years fanboying over since Soul Reaver and an actual, serious attempt at a narrative, it's still more about Laura's bulimic polygons than anything else, certainly to the rest of the game's detriment.
I don't care about the platforming/shooting ratio,
I care about how a mechanic is executed, regardless of how much it exists. Uncharted isn't better because it has more shooting (Legend certainly had more shooting than previous TR games anyway,) it's better because the platforming has better visual cues and controls that actually respond like I think they're going to based on what I see on the screen and what the camera angle is. That bit near the beginning of Legend where you're parkouring around that godawful pit with all the spiky deathtraps and you have to do it exactly right or start the whole thing over, assuming it doesn't kill you, was about where I decided that no, the reboot did not
fix the problems the series has always had. You can criticize Uncharted's platforming for being too easy if (like me and I'm sure like many others, especially anyone who's played this type of game before) you barely died or even just messed up a platforming segment and had to start over, but I'd rather that than die twenty times on one tiny chunk of platforming as an artificial, frustrating game-lengthening device akin to old-school arcade games with their quarter-dumping mechanics.
I've given up on Crystal Dynamics ever since Amy Hennig left (and headed up Uncharted.) I wouldn't even want them to make a go at another Legacy of Kain, since they can't even grasp that Laura's knockers and clothes that are overly sexualized even when they aren't
outright stripperiffic don't actually make an interesting character or a fun game. Maybe Underworld is leaps and bounds above the rest of the series and does
fix these problems, but the rest of the series has done nothing but tire me out from any interest.
NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES THEY'RE IN MY EYES