Excerpt: Lara Croft is one of a dying breed of video game icons from the mid 90s. She was once seen as a pin-up for PlayStation and helped convince thousands (if not millions) of gamers that they needed to ditch their 16-bit consoles in favour of a shinier, more powerful 32-bit monster. Needless to say, the rest is history, with Tomb Raider now standing as one of the most popular video game series ever created.
Conclusion: For me, the Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider games have been the equivalent of gamer comfort food. It is like revisiting my younger, less jaded gaming days and finding things better than I remember them being. Underworld is not perfect; there are camera issues that force blind jumps and shooting things is more a chore than anything else, but what it does right it does very, very well.
Excerpt: When you grab the edge of a platform you can hit jump to heave yourself onto it, but press down the X button a little firmer and Lara will haul herself up into a death-defying handstand, glorious physique stretched to fullest extent, before righting herself in a flurry of limbs. Pointless though it may be, this little manoeuvre makes for a satisfying end to an arduous climb or series of jumps, the acrobatic equivalent of "That's all folks!" running on a meatier engine.
Excerpt: What is it? If you are a fan of Lara Croft and her adventures, we are in the midst of really good times. It seems that we get a new game every fifteen months or so, even if one of them is officially a remake of the original game. Now, after the extended flashback that was Tomb Raider: Anniversary , we return to the current thread of Lara's story in Tomb Raider: Underworld . This is the third Tomb Raider game to be made for Eidos by Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes Software.
Conclusion: Guitar Hero 5 offers a strong variety of music, mixing various styles and eras of rock music. Overall there are 85 songs by 83 different artists. The artists range from classic icons like Johnny Cash, Santana, and The Rolling Stones to newer artists like Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend. Its an eclectic playlist and most people will find material that they are very fond of, but the set does feel scatterbrained with no central theme to hold it in place.
Pros: Career challenges add a new hook to the tried and true gameplay. Party Play and new multiplayer modes add a new way for players to enjoy the game together.
Excerpt: Underworld has pushed the series in a bright new direction, and despite a few flaws there's plenty of excitement to be had. Animations, environments and sounds are all marvellously executed, and although combat may be a bit rusty the size and scope of the game world more than makes up for it.
Pros: Awesome effects. Great cut-scenes. Everything we've come to expect from a Tomb Raider title. Character acting is probably the best so far.
Cons: Combat isn't without annoyances. AI is useless. Too many bugs. Camera angles just don't work.