Excerpt: You wouldn't think that a mirror would cause so much trouble. Yet as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light begins, intrepid explorer and tomb raider Lara Croft finds herself--at gunpoint--lifting a mystical mirror from a pedestal in South America. Barely a moment has passed before bullets are flying through the air and a mystical deity (or is it a demon?) has appeared from some sort of mystical portal. Chaos reigns. People die.
Conclusion: Regardless of whether Lara Croft: The Guardian of Light marks the future of the series or if is merely a side-project while the next full instalment is prepped and polished, it remains a remarkably successful experiment, and something of a bench-mark for downloadable gaming. The sumptuous visuals are married to engaging and addictive gameplay and there is enough content and collectibles to keep you playing for quite some time.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review [Xbox 360]
1 November 2010
Excerpt: Lara Croft’s latest outing is a strikingly different affair. Gone is the tightly cropped third-person camera of Tomb Raider, replaced by an auto-zooming aerial perspective. And added is an enormous focus on high-tempo action. It’s Tomb Raider: The Dungeon Crawler – a fiery barrage of increasingly ludicrous enemies, punctuated by the occasional lightweight puzzle. It’s surprising, then, that its most impressive aspect as as traditionally Tomb Raider as you can get.
Excerpt: It doesn’t have the words “tomb” or “raider” in the title, but Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is the best Tomb Raider game in a long time. This is a very different adventure for Lara. She’s still spelunking for treasure, but Guardian of Light finds her playing cooperatively with a partner, introduces fun new arcade features, and gives players a new perspective on the iconic British action heroine. The result: you’re going to fall in love with Lara all over again.
Review: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Xbox 360)
20 October 2010
Summary: Lara doesn’t quite hit the ball out of the park with Guardian of Light , but this is easily the best title in the franchise I have ever played and this “adult”Â� version of LEGO Indiana Jones has some competent action and puzzle elements stored under its hood. If you can fight through the repetition, weak story and gameplay bugs, you’ll find some stellar presentation for an Xbox LIVE Arcade title, well thought-out co-operative gameplay, some tense tomb raiding moments...
Summary: " Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light " is an interesting game. It’s a great principle, and it reminded me a lot of the old fantastic Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance games. But, the temple is rather samey, and there’s not enough visual variety. It’s also annoying that there’s no online yet, and the delays are getting more and more annoying. The level design can also be a bit dull or vague in places.
Conclusion: They looked almost impossible at first, but as I am sure you are all aware, a little practice makes it a lot easier. All in all this is one of the best Xbox Live Arcade games I have played, and I picked it up in the Christmas sales, so the price was very nice as well. I would highly recommend taking a friend along for the ride, as well as using Kane and Lynch (free DLC) for your second play through.