I'm still thinking about Tomb Raider 2013.
At first, I thought: "finally, Tomb Raider is Uncharted!". Kind of ironic, since Uncharted is essentially Tomb Raider, but with a dude.
However, Tomb Raider 2013 takes all the things that Uncharted did to revitalize the 3D action/adventure that Tomb Raider tried to do back in the day and makes them all better.
Where Drake is the handsome, yet hapless everyman with ridiculous arm strength, Lara is the beautiful young woman coming into her own...with ridiculous arm strength. I swear, what kind of crazyass bullshit cross-fit world do these characters live in? I work out regularly and when I put too much intensity I end up injured (like I am right now natch). These guys climb and jump and fight for over ten hours straight without eating or pooping like Navy Seals on Captain America super serum. Anyways, I love how there's a weapon upgrade system as well as the level up skill system. Also brilliant are the fast travel camps that let you go back and get all the things you missed at your leisure. These are things Uncharted fails at--basically being a game above a story. With Uncharted, I tend to feel like I'm being pushed ahead by the cinematics and not being allowed to fully "play" before progressing with the story. With Tomb Raider, I really get to explore and...raid tombs! OMG what a concept.
Of course, there are problems. The same problems as Uncharted, actually--the squirrelly camera can lead to getting shot or melee'd by enemies you can't see. There are little bugs that, while aren't game breaking, are annoying. I died once just by jumping onto a rock with the camera at a weird angle--the game thought I jumped between the geometry of the rock and killed me. wtf. Also, QTE. Sometimes that shit is just a PITA more than fun,
In the end though, I think Crystal Dynamics and SE did a great job on this one...it's definitely one of the most entertaining games I've played in a while and I'm sad there are no DLC tombs or other single player diversions to add on until the next game comes out.
Random: Camilla Luddington was born in England and has the most English-y name ever, yet is fully Americanized and has no accent in her regular speech.