With the timeless charm of Lara Croft and her series, over the years countless players have approached (or simply remained faithful to) the acclaimed Tomb Raider saga. We had the good fortune and pleasure to meet many friends from this point of view: so, according to our personal experiences, we broke down our thoughts on the different ways fans tackle Tomb Raider and we imagined a list of the 10 Types of Tomb Raiders.
The Cleaner: They loot and raid everything on their way. These players explore every corner, unearth every secret and solve primary and secondary puzzles, usually since their first playthrough. No stone unturned. They prefer to take things slowly and think them through, even at the cost of using a considerable amount of time. They aim at a 100% perfect game since the beginning and there’s nothing that can hinder them.
The Rusher: When the plot of the game captivates them, they prefer completing everything in a hurry to unveil every mystery of the story, neglecting minor puzzles and too hidden treasures in their first playthrough. Once they have completed the game and uncovered every detail of the main plot, they choose to start a new game to proceed calmly, solving puzzles with meticulousness and patience, advancing in small steps to prolong the adventure as much as possible and devoting themselves to exploration without pressure.
The Marathon Runner: right after completing the last TR title which came out, they take the opportunity to replay all the previous games in the series, or viceversa (waiting for a new TR title, they play all the previous ones). Starting from the very first Tomb Raider of 1996, they run again every single adventure of Lara with the same enthusiasm and passion of the past, sipping every moment of their free time to dedicate it to their beloved Lara.
The Collector: not only they love to sit in front of their console and have fun with the games of the series, they also aim to collect everything that revolves around it: Action figures, Collector’s Editions, gadgets and anything that might allow them to feed their unconditional love for Tomb Raider. They’re also a Guru guide for purchasing: they have all the contacts and they know all the right places to shop in and they never miss a good deal, especially when there’s a discount on it.
The Athlete: they take full advantage of Lara’s athletic skills and do not mind highly challenging adventures, no matter how hard they’re put to the test. They like taking the riskiest shortcuts or paths and performing the most complex and acrobatic jumps… and there is no way they can let Lara pull herself up from a ledge without her doing her pretty handstand.
The Admirer: where there is Lara, there they are. Lara alone is more than enough to give them the motivation to play a Tomb Raider game: it doesn’t matter if it’s a card game, a Gameboy title or the latest adventure on next-gen consoles. Lara is everything they need to feel at home, a priceless guarantee of quality, regardless of the console on which they will have to play.
The Nostalgic: fond fans of the so-called “Classic Core Tomb Raiders”, the first titles out on Playstation 1 (considering also Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, out on Playstation 2). They do not feel a connection with the new model of Lara and prefer to find her in her earliest and oldest adventures, delighting in their spare time with the most beautiful fan-made levels created with TR Level Editor. They do not disdain a possible remake of Lara’s past adventures on next-gen consoles. All they dream for the series is just a turn back to basics.
The Hermit: they play in monastic silence and prefer to isolate themselves, just like Lara, for all the duration of their playthrough. They do not like to be disturbed, and in the days following the release of a new TR adventure, they become untraceable to most people around. The legend tells of a return to light only after a thorough excursion in the various intricacies of Tomb Raider.
The Easy Winner: when the going gets tough, they prefer not to waste any more time, so they research the cheat that best suits their needs: how to skip a level, how to have infinite health or ammo, how to immediately unlock the most deadly weapons…they prefer to play it safe and enjoy the exploration of the levels in their own way, without a hitch.
The Anaffective: they can’t remember what Tomb Raider is or what the purpose of the game is, but they remember that the protagonist is a sexy archaeologist whom it’s worth exploring some tomb with. They vaguely remember the series for a poor butler locked up over and over in a cold room. In their spare time, they don’t mind playing the first TR title they have at hand.
And you? Which category (or categories) do you identify with most? If you want, let us know in a comment below or tell us which type of Tomb Raider you are. ^^