Excerpt: For the past twelve years, Lara Croft has been the Hollywood starlet of videogames. When she made her debut in 1996, she was instantly established as a hot new property, an object of desire for male gamers and a welcome role model for gaming’s small but rapidly growing contingent of young ladies. In a very short time she had become a true icon, a figurehead for gaming’s accelerating emergence as a significant aspect of popular culture.
Conclusion: I honestly made it with only a second or two to spare on a couple of levels, so it depends on what levels you're strong in and what you aren't. This is a game I would highly recommend to fans of the Tomb Raider series, former fans of the series, fans of 3d platforming in general who want to relive a great title and especially folks who have never played a Tomb Raider game. This is the one to play.
Summary: After a decade of depressing sequels and lame movies, it's finally good to be a Tomb Raider fan again. Although it is nowhere near as exciting as Tomb Raider: Legends, Anniversary is still a solid adventure game that you can pick up for a budget price. Sadly this is hardly the first console to see this remake, but as they say, better late than never. Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: The Tomb Raider franchise is over ten years old at this point, but still seems to capture a portion of the gaming community that enjoys a solid adventure title. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is very similar to the last entry on the Xbox 360, Tomb Raider: Legend. The presentation format is almost identical, using recorded movies in between levels to push the story along and in-game button-sequences to accentuate the action scenes.
Excerpt: Anniversary, first introduced on PS2 and PC earlier in the year, is the rejuvenation of the original Tomb Raider, filled with each familiar location, characters and enemies that you’ll remember from the first game of the renowned series…
Conclusion: Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a solid title whose next-gen credentials are offset by a concept that’s starting to show its age. Those with a penchant for all things Croft will relish this overhauled blast from the past, but ultimately this alone isn’t quite enough to make Tomb Raider: Anniversary a must have title for most other people.
Conclusion: Despite the above-mentioned failings, Anniversary is still a fun game at the end of the day. The puzzles, whilst repetitive and not particularly challenging, are still enjoyable in their own way and never come close to being frustrating. Once you get used to the poorly implemented camera, you will find that Lara’s move-set is actually quite fun to use and you’ll be swinging and jumping through levels in no time.
Summary: "The game also contains some of the hardest achievements I have seen on the Xbox 360. Unlike most titles that award you for completing levels and number of kills etc, Tomb Raider Anniversary requires you to do a heck of a lot of searching around the levels for ALL of the artefacts strewn about the place to get the achievements.
Pros: Some cool level designs, Decent Graphics, Great Puzzles, Cheap
Cons: Can be really hard, Graphics could be better
Conclusion: 10 years ago a heroine was born. Tomb Raider broke from the traditions of a male lead character, and instead gave us a well spoken English archaeologist named Lara Croft. At the time of its release, Core Design, the original developers of this Indiana Jones-esque crusade were not to know this game would define a generation and become an influence for many future titles.
Conclusion: Big explosions, using tanks as a wrecking ball, more big explosions and sandbox style levels, yes Pandemic Studios have done it again. No they haven't re-released Mercenaries, it's their latest third person shooter Destroy All Humans!