Tomb Raider 1/2/3 Remastered Switch SNAPP Review!

(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time or money.)

The original Tomb Raider games are some of my absolute favorite video games of all time. So, I was super excited when I found out that Aspyr was making a remaster of them. Those who have never played the original games, Tomb Raider is basically an action-adventure platformer. It’s almost impossible to cram a review for 3 iconic games into a single paragraph, so I’ll keep things pretty basic. Each game is split up between 16-20 super long levels where you are on your own to reach the end. There’s no maps, no hints, no hand holding. And of course,  there’s a light, but decent story that ties everything together. As far as the remasters go, I think Aspyr did an excellent job with cleaning things up, but not making them like completely new titles. Each game plays exactly the way I remembered, but with absolutely beautiful updates to the visuals. The old “tank” controls haven’t been touched, but a new “modern” control scheme was added for newcomers. I’m not a big fan of the new controls, so have been sticking with the original. I’ve been having an absolute blast revisiting Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3. They are everything that I remember and more. I will say that the game is a lot tougher than modern games, so if you go in blind thinking that it’s going to be like the revamped TR games, you will be disappointed. My only real issues with this remaster is that first, there aren’t that many extras. Sure, you get the old expansion levels from the PC versions of the game, but I would’ve liked to have seen old trailers, commercials, magazine ads, etc. Similar to the TMNT Collection. And my other issue is that THERE IS NO PHYSICAL VERSION! With a classic game like Tomb Raider, you’d think that there would be some kind of special edition physical version. Regardless, if you’ve never played the original games or want a trip down memory lane, Tomb Raider Remastered is well worth the 30 bucks!

Paul (@hashtagNOEN)

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