Excerpt: From watching the making-of featurette included on the Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness DVD, you’d think that Core Design, the long-time developers behind the Tomb Raider series, had recreated the Spanish Inquisition.
Excerpt: First off, let me start this by saying that I am a long term, hardcore fan of the Tomb Raider series. I've stuck with this series through thick and thin, and found good things to say about each sequel because I truly had good things to say about them.
Excerpt: Even at the beginning of Lara’s life, Tomb Raider was “love it or hate it”; for every ogling fan was a complaint about truck-like controls and slow gameplay. But most credible sources can tell you, Tomb Raider ’s first two incarnations exemplified how to do adventure games right.
Excerpt: Lara Croft. Just mention that name to anybody with even a passing knowledge of video games and they will instantly know what game you are talking about. Not to mention the rather robust... "Images" that the name evokes. OK, she has big breasts! There, I said it!
Excerpt: A series of grisly murders brings Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past, and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the center of these mysteries are five 14th century paintings – the Obscura Paintings – that the Alchemist is desperate to repossess.
Conclusion: I could even nitpick and tell you about insignificant things like the unintentionally amusing ragdoll physics, enemies that die from gunshots but appear to have been hit by a rocket launcher, subtitles that don't keep up with the dialogue and at least one spelling mistake in the end credits, but I...
Pros: Lara's jiggling boobs., Some nice graphics., -, Tomb Raider is back after nearly three years!, Some atmospheric sound and nice music.
Cons: Lara feels slow and clumsy., -, Tomb Raider is back., Frequent deaths mean you'll spend a lot of time watching loading screens., It feels untested and has a tombful of bugs and glitches., Often during the game we just want to shout at Core: Oi, Core, NO!, This is just NOT what Tomb Raider Game is...
Conclusion: "So Miss Croft, you have provided little new since your first visit six years ago. You may look better, and the world around you may have improved, but you still have the same game underneath.