Honestly, the game I thought I wouldn’t like but ended up loving is one of the greatest franchises of the 90s and later with an female protagonist. The true story of me with the game begins with part 2 of the franchise, which I purchased for a very low prince at the supermarket. As I put the game into my CD-ROM drive and installed it on my computer, I never expected it to be an endless week long experience of gaming. I loved the game so much that I had to buy the first part of it as soon as I found it. I got the directors cut for Tomb Raider on PC and started playing.
The very first Tomb Raider! Ahhh, I played it and I realized how much the game grew up with part 2. Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, Silent gameworld with non existing sound design. Some short music tunes from time to time, clumsy controls and linear level design. I honestly got bored after the first two levels, and wished that I never found and installed it. But somehow, the challenge to find my next steps in the gameworld, pushed me on.
Tomb Raider started to get something that many games of the mid and late 90s got, free movement and non restricted pathways. I could jump on any block I saw, I could reach any edge or swim through the most narrow underwater corridors I found. No highlighted edge told me where to go, no mission objectives forced me to accomplish something. I had to find the way to the end of a level all by my own and I started to love it! Chapter after chapter, level after level, edge after edge, the game began to entertain me. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I couldn’t wait to see what enemy waits for me around the next corner.
But there still were some scenarios that made me gone mad. I can’t remember in which level, but one day I had to do a very crazy combination of different jumps down a coliseum . I don’t know how much I restarted from the first jump, but I remember that I failed a thousand times. But guess what? I didn’t pulled me down. It waked the will to make it! And as I made it down the long segment of various jumps without break, I knew: “I am ready for whatever comes next!”