Reviews and Problems with Tomb Raider: Anniversary
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Tomb Raider: Anniversary PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: The Tomb Raider series is now in its eleventh year, and it’s with good reason that this anniversary edition has been released. Lara Croft herself may have become bigger than the games that brought her to life in many ways, although the original Tomb Raider was still a groundbreaking game for its...
Conclusion: Moving around in this exotic playpen is awfully advanced when you look back to the original Tomb Raider for reference. Much of Lara’s movement extends from Legend, with her newly agile controls granting much more dynamic jumping, climbing, swinging and combat.
Conclusion: I liked the original Tomb Raider for its interesting story and challenging, intriguing, environments. Camera and control problems put a damper on it, but with Anniversary, all things are much improved.
Excerpt: Last year the legend returned, but now Lara Croft is going back to her roots. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original game that made such a splash ten years ago, meaning Lara's oldest and newest adventure is very different to the action-packed title more recent fans might be expecting.
Excerpt: Ahh, Lara Croft. How I loved her and Tomb Raider all those years ago. I've been a serious fan of the series since then, aside from the Angel of Darkness debacle, and so I was anxiously awaiting Tomb Raider: Anniversary as it was the original game that first sparked my love for action/adventure...
Conclusion: the emphasis is on Lara’s acrobatic nature. She leaps off ledges, clambers up poles, goes swimming, flings herself off crossbars, dodges spikes and springs the occasional trap all in the name of what passes for archaeology in video games.
Excerpt: Tomb Raider fans rejoice, everyone else, move on. I suppose it goes without saying that a Tomb Raider remake would really only appeal to people that appreciate the series, of which, I, am not.
Summary: Using an enhanced Tomb Raider: Legend engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion up to today’s tech standards and offers gamers a completely new gameplay experience.
Conclusion: Maybe Tomb Raider Legend spoiled me but Anniversary just paled in comparison to the latest Croft adventure. The gameplay isn't quite as solid, the graphics aren't as good, and the sound isn't as impressive.
Excerpt: Hey! Look what the cat dragged in... through the mud, off a cliff, down a chasm, over some spikes, sopping wet, half scorched, pulverized by Centaur hooves, skewered by spears but otherwise lookin' good and still sporting those two huge guns and a pair of pistols, it's Lara Croft.