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Best Tomb Raider Game Ever Free on Xbox Live This Week


I haven’t been too nice to Microsoft about the Xbox Live Games With Gold program, but this is one instance where I need to tip my hat to them. Lara Croft and the Guardian Light is now free for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and you’d be doing yourself a real favor to check it out. It’s far and away my favorite game ever added to the campaign.

Editor’s note: The “best,” Ron? I don’t know… -Joey

Crystal Dynamics needed to do something to re-imagine the iconic Tomb Raider series in a whole new light because the old formula wasn’t really working for them. I had no problem with Tomb Raider: Anniversary or Tomb Raider: Legend, but hey, why not experiment and throw Lara Croft into a co-op isometric action and puzzle solving game? What’s the worst that could happen?

Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but this is actually one of the best Tomb Raider games ever made. Dare I say, better than last year’s reboot?

Lara and her native sidekick, the Guardian of Light, take their skills to death defying leaps, huge hordes of enemies, and traps of the worst description as they plunge deeper and deeper into tombs. Uncover treasure, complete challenges, earn performance points, learn from your mistakes to go back and earn even more points. It’s a rinse and repeat formula inspired more by arcade games than anything on today’s market.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was an excellent way to bring the series to modern audiences, taking it away from its slightly tired third-person shooter roots and putting an wholly original spin on the series. It’s a shame that it didn’t catch on as Crystal Dynamics found more lucrative rewards in turning Tomb Raider into an Uncharted clone, thus returning it to its tired third-person shooter history.

At least we got one slick little game out of it. Check out Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for Xbox Live With Gold and see what I mean. You won’t be disappointed.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...