As for the new game...I'm interested, but it looks like quite a gameplay departure and I do worry they're trying to compete a bit too much with the likes of Uncharted--which does nothing for me--so I'm just going to wait and see.
Heh, for me, it's the opposite. I love the Uncharted series, and in fact I'm playing the 3rd one right now, and I'm excited to see some new energy and direction reinvigorating the Tomb Raider franchise. What Uncharted did was polish up much of what Tomb Raider did already and perfected on the formula, so I find it fitting that Tomb Raider is now taking to Uncharted to improve itself. It's kind of like a Padawan teaching his master new tricks.
Hah, Cutter, I know what you mean about the animals. Yes, they were rather random, weren't they? Even in the most recent games, they tend to be in rather random places.