Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Despite its alluring box art, Tomb Raider has never held my interest until now. Maybe pulling the camera way out helped the developers focus on creating an engaging experience instead of being distracted by Lara’s butt. Whatever the case, Guardian of Light is a very good departure from the series. Lara once again finds herself traversing ruins and killing dinosaurs, only this time with a friend: the grappling hook. Oh, and Totec, the spear-wielding Aztec warrior, came, too. While twin-stick shooting is still the name of the game, the grappling hook and spear make for some unique puzzles. The different abilities make co-op more fun, and I already want to play again as Totec to get the full experience. The game was designed to be co-op, though, and I can’t imagine it’s very fun playing alone. My only real complaint about Guardian of Light is that it’s too easy. Checkpoints are numerous, and you only get sent back when both characters die. It’s still a fun game, though, and highly recommended if you can rope a friend into joining you.