Some vague spoilers for plot points in Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Here’s what it’s come to:
I’m a…..day gamer.
How’d it come to this? I used to be a PC guy! I KNEW shit, man! I built my own rigs! And now I’m a day gamer.
But now…soul was crushed after that chorus thing, there was still homework to do, then dinner to make….
So I begin this day like yesterday, by saying “I’ll play this morning.”
The hell happened to me?
Somewhere, my ex is saying “Told ya so.”
I’m…sorry? I guess? I think I might be missing something here since I’m not familiar with “day gamer” as a specifically shameful concept.
I mean, you play when you have time to play, right? Why is it worse if that time is in the day? And what does that have to do with your ex? Is there some sort of rule that PC gamers never play in the daytime?
So…I’m sorry for your horrible circumstances, but also, dude, if you have time to play in the day, do it! You’d better believe I seized the chance to play during Grigio’s afternoon nap over the weekend when Mr. O’ and O’Jr. were out at the game store.
I did play last night, but only to poke around picking up documents and things I’d left in previous regions. It was that sort of session. Also, I was still missing some mission givers in Paititi, like you, so I wandered around for a while and found two of them and did a bit of mission stuff. You have to be wearing the clever Serpent Guard disguise to get them, so that might be why we both missed them earlier.
Oh, and MY “it’s come to this” pathetic story is that I slammed my toes into the bedpost so hard that I’m currently limping.
Yes: I may have broken my own toe while trying to leave my bedroom this morning.
I should really have taken that as a sign that I should just go back to bed, but…kids gotta get to school…
Dude. We’re getting old enough that “waking up injuries” are becoming a thing?
You definitely should’ve stayed in bed.
And no. PC gamers DO play in the daytime. You know, the stereotype, live at home (don’t we all live at home?), live on pop tarts and cheetos, game all day instead of doing productive things, on the rigs they brag about building and all that. I was always tempted, but I resisted! I was productive! And now, I’m in the bruins hoodie, I haven’t even showered yet, and I strangely crave pop tarts.
BUT I PLAYED!
So I did stuff! Would’ve done more but you know how I said I was on my way out of that tomb? Shouldn’t speak on it. Cuz it took me FOREVER to find my way out of that tomb. I just kept going in circles. And then, when I WAS out, I couldn’t figure out how to get back up the cliff. Shit’s hard to see during the day! There’s glare!
But I figured it out, and freed Unuratu, and got another riddle, and learned the box is like a cross between the ring of power and the ark of the covenant, and watched Unuratu die, and said “Oh, that’s the Roarke Femmy was mentioning,” and had my boat shot up and now I have no gear like you said.
So there was some stuff there that was great.
Before getting her boat shot up, she’s all “All that for another riddle….” and that’s after what I think was an intentional call back. Remember way back when when we were a kid and there were all those artifacts in Croft manor to look at and observe that didn’t do much of anything game wise? Just made you observe? Well, here, in the temple place, Lara’s doing that again. Or we are. Looking. Observing. Just like in Lord Croft’s collection. And at the end, what does she get? Another riddle. It’s yet another instance of all this “Ooo, I’m gonna show off all I know here,” only to realize she/you know nothing. One thinks Lord Croft did the same, over and over and over. There was a nice parallel there.
Though, I still have a campsite I haven’t seen in Paititi, and I fear it’s by the monolith I didn’t do because I was chasing Unuratu. It will haunt me, undone, lo all this time.
But the manor/tomb parallels, good stuff.
Even if they once again fell upon a trope: Dude, if the hero is breaking you out of jail, Do. Not. Go.
Getting old. Falling apart. Nothing to be done but wait for the tomb raiders to come and completely destroy us.
Dude, I am so with you on the difficulty of finding my way out of tombs. I swear half the time it takes me almost as long to get out as it did to solve the puzzles and get inside in the first place. It not that you have to solve a bunch of puzzles to get out, but I just can’t find the way! Especially underwater. I’ll be swimming around for 10 minutes, looking for a crevice to squeeze through, thinking “how did I even get IN here?”
Which is realistic, I guess. It takes time to get back to where you started. Not every tomb comes with a pile of leaves to do a Leap of Faith into. Or a convenient back door that makes you think, “wow, if I’d known this was here, it would have saved me a lot of trouble.”
But also, at a certain point I just want to get the hell out, so I admit it can become a little frustrating. Like, at least make the most recent CAMPSITE easy to get back to, so I can fast travel!
But yeah, good parallels. She’s doing the same damn thing over and over, isn’t she? And is she REALLY getting anywhere? I mean, yeah, saving the world. But from a personal standpoint, is she improving her own life? Maturing as a person? Finding meaning? Or is she just solving another riddle?
I had a campsite I’d missed way back in Kuwaq Yaku! It was bugging me, so I went back and found it last night. It was just that one over on the beach by the big fishnet or whatever that keeps you from swimming off into the open water. Somehow I’d never bothered to go over there and grab that survival cache.
Oh, dude, I ALWAYS forget about underwater crevices. Always. So I look the right way, don’t see nice, bright water and swim away. FOR AGES.
But yeah! The last games, there was always a convenient zip line right out of the place (why didn’t they always just go in that way?). This, so many times I’ve been all “Phew. Finished. Ok, I’ll just get out of here then make dinner. Any minute now. Yeah, sorry Mrs. McP I know you’re hungry….yes, I know it’s been half an hour…..any minute…..”
And Lara…is she even saving anything? We talked on that the other day. Is she just going around in circles, prolonging the next threat, getting to the next riddle, wasting her time just like dad? Which, in a meta way, is an appropriate thing for a character who’s been in a million sequels to ask. After all, there’s ALWAYS a sequel, right?
Crap. Now I don’t know if I found that campsite. Way to drive me nuts.
I’m also missing a metric shit ton of crypts. They were so easy to find before!
I’m missing a crypt somewhere too. Most annoying. You scan around the map, thinking “where’s a sizeable patch of territory I haven’t already been, that a crypt could be hidden in?” Anywhere with a bunch of grayed out items around it is probably safe to rule out…
And then there’s a mural and a couple of documents in the upper city in Paititi that I COULD NOT figure out how to reach. But how much time can one really put in? I mean…a lot…but not an infinite amount, to be sure.
Not an infinite amount. Nope.
Which might become a problem in RDR2. You’ll have to curtail the magpie. It’ll be good for you.
So in this “I have no gear” bit, it says something like “Find Jonah,” not “Kill ’em all.” Is this a sneak by everyone as best you can deal? Or do I have to kill everyone?
I wondered that too. I wound up just killing everyone, because hey, murder!–but I did wonder if sneaking might have been an option as well. I feared that if I sneaked part of the way the guys I passed would turn up later when someone else spotted me and gave the alarm, so it seemed safer to just pick them off as I went, but you try it, see how it goes!
Or just kill everyone. Because hey, murder.