Im split about this game.
On one hand i dont like the whole re-boot idea. As it scraps some of the important things that have happened in lara's past. Example; when lara, amanda and some others explored that tomb in peru as teenagers. Although i suppose it is possible that it could of happened a couple of years after this new game. I think it will be very hard for Crystal Dynamics to link how the lara in this game, becomes the Lady Lara Croft that we love.
Although on the other hand i think that this is possibly just what the Tomb Raider series needs. Though i loved the original games, i can see why people would start to get bored of them, i think that rebooting the game like this could potentially draw in so many people, and it come be the thing that saves tomb raider from eventually fizzling out. I also think that although we know alot about lara's personality, and can guess how she would act in certain situations. There was definitely room for them to explore this area of the character more, and i think it looks like thats what they do in this game. I was also replaying the legend levels earlier today, and was thinking to myself how in the original tomb raider games, in certian tombs i would turn corners shitting myself at the possiblity that something would jump out. But in the most recent TR games, i almost feel like it has become a little more PG, for example i could stand there and be shot and you wouldnt really see any blood, and be mauled by a lion which would push you to the floor, but then you would just jump back up as if nothing had happened. I think that adding in this more realistic, gore factor could bring the tension and gripping edge back to the games. I also think that even though she doesnt use the traditional looking outfit, the blue top is very similar to the future blue top that she wears, and the trousers are pretty much the same shorts that she wears in future games. So i think they have very much so kept with the whole lara look there.
Also part of me thinks that they should of created a new character for this game, who can go on to form her own identity. As it is a little annoying that the Lara we love is being altered.
But on the other hand its the fact that your playing as Lara Croft that i think will keep the older fans gripped. Its almost like the a comfort factor, in that you already love and know lara, so you want her to survive so much more in this game. And it kind of drives you forward in it. If you get what i mean?
But i am really looking forward to playing it!!!! And then that way i can properly decide whether i like it or not!