The circle of influence from Uncharted is apparent, but just as how Naughty Dog transcended its initial Tomb Raider comparisons, this reboot is already showing signs of carving its own identity; and this goes beyond creative camera work in the game’s platforming sections. It also helps that so much attention is focused in this being an origin story, something that Uncharted barely explored.

These first areas do not hold back in toughening Lara. It’s not that she had a cushy, charmed upbringing; she just comes off as merely inexperienced. “It’s scary how easy it was.”, Lara says when reflecting on her first kills. That said, the more I played Tomb Raider, the more I wanted to fire up Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, as opposed to say, the Tomb Raider Trilogy compilation.