Having played this to it's completion (exept for the entire collectibles part) i must say i find it to be one of the best games of it genre. The games is a must-have for playing with your best pal, if you are into puzzles and combat.
A quick resumé: - Gameplay: Damn good! - Visuals: great - Coop: Amazingly fun and a challange. - 9/10
First of all, this is MEANT to be played in co-op. It is definitely of the best coop games out there, and I have enjoyed every minute of it with a very good friend of mne. Many of the levels are designed for coop, but has a sort of hot-fix for singleplayer solving etc... Much coop, very fun, such laughter. wow.
The game is fairly short in single-player, unless you try to accuire every collectible in one run. This is also the case in co-op. My advice; play the coop and take your time to explore and have fun. No need for rushing (unless a challange requires you to do so).
The game features a full controller support, which is always a plus. Having tested both mouse/keyboard and controller, i find that they are equally pleasing. A matter of preference really.
The overall movement mechanics really has a flow to it, you feel in control when you dash around the map, aiming your gun og moving at the same time. Movement on the keyboard however may at times be a bit annoying as you can only move in vertical, horizontal and diagonal with the WASD, this is however nothing that you will not get used to.
the combat system is very easy to get used to, and is actaully pretty straight forward. (point => shoot => kill) it does however feature a lot of custimization later on, which I am not going to spoil. All I can say is, mutiple options are great!
The game features puzzles which will test both your brain and timing. The combat system is easy to learn and utilize, especially with mouse/keyboard, which may give the user move aiming freedom (yet again, a matter of preference). In the singleplayer part of the game, many of the puzzle seems to fade out in becomming mostly timingskills. Quite easy to figure out, somewhat difficult to execute. In the coop part however, the puzzles require teamwork, timing, and some space to experimentation and to think (although timing and executions are still present).
Visuals are pleasing, and the astosphere is great. The theme of the game is present throughout the game, which is nice. The only think the games actually lacks, is a better storyline. It's pretty straight-forward; Lara must help the good guy defeat the bad guy, solving puzzles and defeating minions. BUT! the story is not the main focus of the game, the gameplay, the levels, the coop is indeed the driving force!
I rate this games 9/10.
Visuals are good, gamplay is amazing, broad custimization options. lack of a better story is just about the only thing dragging the score down. The story, however, is not the main focus of the game, and therefor the drag-down is not much.