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Old 10-02-20, 08:54   #93
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Originally Posted by Tomb Raidering View Post
• The excessive combat amount.
I like the combat in TR2, especially against human enemies. It's a great feeling patiently waiting for a hapless goon to turn the corner into a couple of shotgun blasts. There's a lot of strategy you can employ to minimise your damage and feel like an action hero, without compromising the puzzle solving that made Tomb Raider what it is.

• Lara’s personality/writing - Is she even TRI Lara? Why overuse those 90’s oneliners over and over? Their jackonary days are well over...
It's made clear that Lara has matured significantly since the first game. She always came across as a meek university student in the first game to me, but TR2/3 Lara felt a lot more confident and akin to a female James Bond, which I really like. Judith Gibbins nailed the confident, upper-class adventurer with her voice work too. Maybe it helps I'm a big fan of James Bond.

• Lackluster level design in the Maria Doria and Tibet levels.
I disagree. 40 Fathoms and Catacombs are the only meh levels in that section, and they're not dreadful, just forgettable. I think 40 Fathoms would have been better combined with Living Quarters, as Wreck serves better as a stand-alone level. Catacombs could have easily been combined with Ice Palace.

And I probably don't have to sing the praises of The Deck and Barkhang. Brilliant levels.

• Who thought it was a good idea to send hordes of enemies onto the player at only the second level! At least give the player some time to save a couple of medipacks...
I think you're forgetting that Great Wall set the precedent for the difficulty spike in TR2. Yes, Venice is a different kind of challenge to Great Wall, but I like that, and that's part of the reason TR2 is my personal favourite: There's a wide diversity of enemy types, instead of a reliance on reskins. Venice is tough, but fair (although it's hellish on a no healthkit run).

• Excessive key-fetching type of quests.
I honestly thought TR3 was far worse with this. And TR1 had its fair share of this too. I don't think it's fair to single out TR2 when all the original three games are guilty of this.

• Bad voice acting.
Bear in mind this was at a time where developers were still providing the voices for their characters. Outside of exceptions to the rule like Wing Commander 3's all-star cast, the biggest actor doing video game voice acting gigs was probably Clancy Brown in Crash Bandicoot. It was nothing like today where you can pull a Keanu Reeves or Peter Dinklage into a game with ease, it was less than 10 years removed from the NES era.

The voice acting is bad, but it's bad in a cheesy, enjoyable way, much like the Resident Evil or House of the Dead voice-acting, and I wouldn't even say it's as bad as those games. I think it absolutely ages the game, but that also adds to the charm to the game. Enjoyably dated I think is the best way to describe the voice acting.

I do have some critiques of my own for TR2, but they're relatively minor, given that I've slotted TR2 firmly in my top 10 favourite games of all-time now. I'll probably make another post detailing my gripes with the game.

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