The reboot of Tomb Raider was a big dice roll. It takes Lara Croft—one of the most recognizable characters in all of video games—and puts her back to the beginning, with a new look in a game that's markedly different in tone. But the gamble works.

In the video above, video editor Chris Person and I discuss what makes the game succeed. The talk is no more spoiler-filled than my review, but you may want to stay away from watching if you want to go in totally clean when it comes out next week.