Excerpt: Do I really have to go through the whole sordid past of how the Tomb Raider series lost its way? Or should I just point to the sloppy almost-nail-in-the-coffin Angel of Darkness ? After that one, Eidos handed the game development reins over to Crystal Dynamics, who have spent most of this generation putting out solid Legacy of Kain action adventure titles.
Pros: Large levels that look great, Nice balance of action and platforming, Variety of locations and gameplay elements, Timetrials and unlockable content
Cons: Controls could use some tightening, Long loading times
Conclusion: If not for those nasty motorcycle bits and the fact that the game is just a bit too short toward the end, this game would have gotten an even higher score. It is a fantastic game, and well worth the purchase price. Believe it, folks, Lara's back.
Excerpt: The first lady of gaming has returned and what a glorious return it is! Lara Croft is revisiting the PS2 and in such a way as to completely erase the debacle that was Angel of Darkness . The graphics are lush and brimming with all the touches that made Tomb Raider such a successful series on the PlayStation. Crashing waterfalls, deep pools of water, dank caves and of course, the requisite musty tombs are all present and accounted for in Tomb Raider: Legend .
Summary: Tomb Raider Legend is the best title in the series since the original. Lara now looks and moves as we expect and the story is engrossing enough to keep you hooked. A fantastic return to form for a landmark series.
Conclusion: Nach der Pleite des letzten Teils war es lange still um die Archäologin. Doch die Ruhepause hat ihr sichtlich gut getan. Dank des Entwicklerwechsels ist Legends spielenswert und wird hoffentlich die Fangemeinde wieder zurückführen. Die Anleihen eines Prince of Persia tun ihr übriges zu einem genialen Ableger der Serie. Doch auch der größte Erfolg hat seine Schattenseiten.