they hit quite hard... bit too hard if you ask me (at least from the videos i've seen, not that far yet). magic is really better later on, healing or damage. the figher levels go up pretty decently anyway.
Do you ever feel even kind of sad once you get to that point in the game? Like I could keep playing this type of game for months on end. I think I'm happiest most when I get to Opinwood. The swamps, the woods, the mines...by this time you're really in the thick of the game. Knee deep and you're kind of getting powerful but not too much so you're still kind of nervous a lot of the time. But everything still feels kind of mysterious. Especially without having Paulson it makes things that much more intense.
yeah, Oppinwood was quite fun (with the exception of the goat monsters that almost one shot me...). the Draracle's Cave was also real fun, even though i forgot to save that girl (and paid extra for the final ingredient for the elixir..). will know better next time
Ah well, the only thing she's really good for is taking a blow so you and bacatta don't have to first. Pretty useful when fighting those cavemen actually. And by the time you get to Yvel you usually have so much money anyway and won't need to buy anything ever again. But still, Lara is fun cause she makes a lot of keen observations in the Draracle's Caves and is very enthusiastic.
How interesting it would've been to get to keep all party members you find. To have Timothy and Lara with you the whole time would be pretty sweet. The Eye of the Beholder series let you have quite a few party members if I'm not mistaken. No there's a game I'd like to play again.