Least Favourite Videogame Characters



  • Modern Lara Croft is an inhuman psychopath, and I'm ready for them to rereboot the franchise just to get away from that awful torture porn interpretation of her.



  • @mbun Old Lara murdered Dinosaurs. She re-extincted them. A genocidal maniac. I do miss her though



  • I mean, that's literally every protagonist in a game where you have to kill people.



  • It really isn't though. Throughout the new series, they progressively made her more and more "wild", like they were going for female Rambo or something, but it didn't really work, because they're also trying to have more civilized plot lines than that alongside it, so she just comes off as ...well, a psychopath. Completely unnecessary and I don't see how the focus of exploring tombs got shifted to behind enemy lines guerrilla warfare. Those two things don't really feel like they belong together, and the whole thing really feels like they took the wrong inspiration from games like Uncharted, but then they made the entire thing worse by placing such an emphasis on Lara slaughtering people instead of exploration, the adventure, or even the plot.
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  • I didn't like the new Lara Croft more so based on the acting and writing of the cast. I never really bought into the ludo-narrative dissonance problems. Sure, Tomb Raider 1 goes from "how could I possibly kill one of God's creatures" to "YOU KILLED 50 RABBITS, HERE's +75XP BONUS!!" but that straight up didn't make me like Lara more or less than before. I was really off put by some "meh" acting in a game that was taking its plot seriously.



  • @dipset I can't remember much about the first game but I played Rise of the Tomb Raider recently as it came to PS Plus and I was also put off by the writing and acting. It's just like you said, it takes itself very seriously but miserably fails to back it up. Lara's actress in particular never finds the right tone, and every dramatic scene falls flat. There's a very, very wide gap between those games and Uncharted on that front.



  • I always think of that Kyle Bosman moment where he though the sequel would insinuate a more serious and consequenced sequel and it was just a misinterpretation of the sequel trailer.

    I still hop for a time when Lara pulls out the double Pistols, but I'm not holding my breath.



  • @bard91
    I think it's because Paimon is talking food.



  • @mbun
    Personally I liked the "Legends " era of Lara.

    That said I don't necessarily hate the new era (Rise era?) But I do think that her first outing should have been more exploration based, like if the whole game was going to semi revolve around her freaking out when killing someone then the few human deaths should have been few and far between (like maybe 4-5 total), then there was the shoehorning of some shadowy group that wants to do the same thing they do every night, trying to take over the world in Rise and Shadow. Like seriously after playing Rise I went back to my old 100% file on my PS3 and found no mention of Trinity in the first game.



  • @dmcmaster Ye I am personally a fan of how Shadow did it, with a much heavier focus on exploration and puzzles, with barely any combat.

    Also, Trinity is mentioned in item descriptions, and Mathias is a member of Trinity.

    But I'm really not buying that Lara is any more a despicable person than the protags of any other semi serious action game in recent memory. She did what she had to do to survive in a really fucked up situation. TBH I'm a bit disappointed they never went for the "Lara has PTSD" angle they were hinting at from early trailers for the second game.



  • @mbun said in Least Favourite Videogame Characters:

    Modern Lara Croft is an inhuman psychopath, and I'm ready for them to rereboot the franchise just to get away from that awful torture porn interpretation of her.

    @el-shmiablo said in Least Favourite Videogame Characters:

    I mean, that's literally every protagonist in a game where you have to kill people.

    I like to think of this as the Nathan Drake Conundrum, lol.

    I wouldn't say I hate him, but I dislike Sephiroth. Though it's no fault of his own, and it's partially due to hating my teenage self who used Sephiroth aliases too much. I think he has weird characterization. He feels like a bad guy who read a book on how to be a bad guy.

    Big swords don't compensate for personality. Just sayin.



  • @crepe Sephiroth is very much a product of his time.
    Edgy trenchcoat wearing, sword-too-big wielding, long silver hair having, purple prose talking lookin ass mufucka.