Lara Croft and the Very Strange Perspective Shift

Much has been made of the new Tomb Raider game, mostly because it’s not called Tomb Raider at all, but Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This is because Eidos and Crystal Dynamics were taking the franchise in a whole new direction, and as this gameplay video premiere shows, they meant it. So now Lara Croft looks like she’s in a real-time strategy game, but it still looks like a platform/action game, just from a high-up third-person perspective. I honestly have no idea how I feel about this, other than it’s certainly a bold, interesting move. I think I prefer the original third-person style — it certainly made you feel like you were exploring whatever world with Lara — but then, I haven’t bought a Tomb Raider game since the PS1, so I doubt Eidos gives a shit what I think.