Usually developer diaries tend to reinforce my previous ideas regarding how an upcoming video game is going to play. This new Tomb Raid video, however, has completely subverted it. I had sort of written the new Tomb Raider off as an Uncharted-style linear shooter/platforming/puzzle hybrid, but it looks as though the game has a feature set that makes it more like Batman: Arkham Asylum than Uncharted.
And I think that's a good thing. Don't get me wrong — I love Uncharted — but it's difficult to imagine anyone pushing the production boundaries like Naughty Dog. The Tomb Raider shown in the above video, in my opinion, has a much better shot of being a must play experience. The idea of backtracking, with a new set of skills, and being able to find and explore new areas? That really appeals to me.
Looking forward to this now.