Childhood Games That Don’t Hold Up
Lara Croft is one of gaming’s most iconic protagonists, and at this point, her adventures have been far more extensive and incredible than any Indiana Jones ever embarked upon.
Her original adventure debuted back in 1996, in an adventure so influential it is still seen as a touchstone of 3D action games to this day. The game was also a commercial success, selling more than 7 million copies, which was no small feat back then.
But as influential and successful as it is, the original Tomb Raider is finicky and frustrating. There is a precious little action; in fact, you spend more time fighting the camera than any endangered species, and the nature of platforming on the PS1 means you are going to fall to your doom more times than is fun.
Much has been made of blocky Lara, and like a lot of PS1 era games, this games graphical style has not held up at all. However, Lara herself has stood the test of time, with multiple mainline games, remasters and reboots.
Tomb Raider remains as relevant as ever, but stick with the newer games, as they are infinitely more playable.