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4.0 out of 5 stars Great game by why an "M" rating?, March 10, 2013
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First off, let me say that this game is a blast and I had a great time playing it. I have played almost all the TR games since the original in 1996. Also, I understand why the game received an "M" rating--the blood, gore, and language park it clearly in that category. My question is, why did Crystal Dynamics design this game with M-rated content when virtually all the other TR games were "T"? TR Underworld, the last installment in the series, was rated T16+. I have a pre teen daughter who loves Lara's character. For parents who take ratings seriously, they have blocked out a whole group of gamers who would love to play the game and experience Lara's origins. I know-and the developers know this of course--that teens will play the game anyway. While I have only played through about a quarter of it, I have gotten a good feel for the spirit of the game and for me, the "M" content--namely the added gore and the occasional "F bombs"--did not factor in how I experience the game. In fact, the factors that push the game into the "M zone" seem more like forced additions. While I am no marketing expert, I wonder why Crystal dynamics chose to go in this direction. The Uncharted games are all "T" and they are intense, thrilling games. Perhaps the creators of this new Tomb Raider want to distinguish this game from Uncharted and creat their own unique nitch instead of being labeled as "Uncharted 4." Comparing it to a movie, I would consider "M" the equivalent of an "R" rating. If it were a movie, I think a story like TR, with a young heroine trapped on an island, exploring tombs and fighting off bad guys, would be taylored toward a PG-13, not an R. I regret that the developers of the new TR decided to go in this direction as the game would have been just as fun with a "T" rating and would have been open to a teen audience which would really enjoy Lara's story.

Just to be clear, I am not offended by the game's content. In fact, it's becuase I like the game so much, that I've decided to write this review. I have played and enjoyed plenty of M rated games. It just seems that this great story of a young girl, barely older than a teen herself, being transformed by her survival experience is something worth watching and enjoying for a teen audience and I regret the game designers have, in a way, shut them out.
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2013 11:39:42 AM PDT
SF-Expert says:
Good question. Maybe the stupid teens want blood and gore games?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 8:07:59 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 9:57:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 3:31:23 AM PDT
Jason says:
I listened to the creators interviews and one of the reason the game contains the High gore factor is because it has always been intened to be that way, its just they only finally gotten the graphical resourses to make this come alive way they always wanted it to.

Secondly i think your completely right, this game needed to look different from the ever popular Uncharted games. One of the most difficult herdals it had to overcome was the comparision to the Uncharted series. Just read a few of the reviews here, and you'll see the overwhelming amount of comparisions, and one of the few things that strikes people as different is the gore.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 8:17:58 AM PDT
Jeffrey says:
Just like comedians who feel the need to drop curse words to be "funny", it's a sad, lazy, lack of creative effort for developers to dial up the gore and bad language to make a game seem edgy. Uncharted is a great example of a quality series that doesn't need to stoop to that level to sell games, the game play "speaks" for itself, pun intended.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 11:38:29 AM PDT
SF-Expert says:
"listened to the creators interviews and one of the reason the game contains the High gore factor is because it has always been intened to be that way, its just they only finally gotten the graphical resourses to make this come alive way they always wanted it to. "

What a lie! Graphical resources have nothing to do with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 11:39:24 AM PDT
SF-Expert says:
"it's a sad, lazy, lack of creative effort for developers to dial up the gore and bad language to make a game seem edgy."
Exactly.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 1:39:49 PM PDT
DoggyDaddy says:
They could have stripped out the F-bombs with no effect on the story and it could have been a T. Although the violence would make it borderline.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 5:47:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2013 5:48:14 AM PDT
Wiz says:
TYSM for a review that actually talks about the rating (they're rare). I've also been a fan of TR since part 1 and although this game looks amazing i think i'll skip it. Gore i can handle but F-bombs lower the intelligence-factor of any conversation and make me quickly lose respect for the franchise; if the developers have to sell out to find a new fan-base then i guess they don't need my money

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 6:08:16 AM PDT
TY for your post. The bad language in the game feels so forced and even some of the gore--Lara being impaled through the neck during a death scene,one of many, unfortunately, when I was playing--clearly shows that the developers went out of their way to make this game "M". The truth is, "M" games sell better than "T" games and they know that. They also know that most of the people playing the "M" games will probably be teens anyway. This game could have easily been "T" and it would have been just as great. Heck, I would have given it five stars if Crystal Dynamics hadn't pushed it so hard with the M-rated content.
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