Review – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix brings us the latest addition to the Lara Croft series and this time it’s not your regular Tomb Raider.

The game begins with Lara discovering the lost Temple of Light, a resting place for an ancient artifact called the Mirror of Smoke. When she finally reaches the mirror, she is ambushed by an army led by a devious mercenary named Vasco. Vasco steals the mirror and releases Xolotl, an evil entity imprisoned in the mirror. Xolotl proceeds to kill Vasco and escapes with the Mirror of Smoke. Totec, The Guardian of Light, is awakened by the incident and confronts Lara, explaining the evil that has just been unleashed. With this, Totec and Lara must join forces to track down Xolotl, defeat him and retrieve the mirror before the world is plunged into a never-ending age of darkness.

The game is played in third person in a fixed isometric top down view. The right stick is for drawing and aiming your weapon while the left stick moves you around. The puzzles you’ll have to work through and solve are ingenious at times and fairly simple at others, but that simplicity might be the trickiest part. You may find yourself looking for a complex answer only to slap your head and say, “Why didn’t I do that ten minutes ago?” The puzzles may also have more than one solution, so feel free to try other options on future play throughs.

The bad guys you’ll have to blast through range from some sort of strange alligator type creature to spiders on steroids. All of which are well detailed to match the lush environments of jungles and the dark and dangerous dungeons.

The graphics really set this game apart from other top down games and the level of detail on the different levels is refreshing to see. The amount of time and effort that went into the design and layout of each level is impressive. The thought and detail behind the puzzle design matches that same level and add to the over all experience. Having two separate puzzles for co-op and single player is a very nice addition and adds to the overall replayability of the title. There are plenty of relics to be found, so make sure you explore every level.

The story can be played by yourself or in co-op. Offline co-op allows you to play side by side with a friend and 2 controllers, and online co-op will allow you to play with a friend online.The puzzles and tasks change from single player to co-op, so make sure you give it a shot that way as well.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is another great addition to the PSN and for the price of $14.99 it gives you hours of game play, not just for you, but for a friend as well. If you are looking to take a break from your average shooter, Lara Croft is never a bad bet.