Tomb Raider was the way forward in 1996. Everything about the game was revolutionary; the gameplay, the graphics, the story, the heroine that would go on to become the most identifiable icon in the gaming industry. It was critically acclaimed and sold millions, and I HATED it!!
It was the opposite of what I felt a game should be, what was about, at the time was mario, sonic, street fighter 2; games that were fun, colorful and, well... not very challenging. Even the more mature gaming titles of the day like goldeneye, doom etc. were nothing like this, nowhere near as difficult as this, or as frustrating. So my first venture into lara's world lasted about half an hour before i threw the disc across the room never to be played again.
However, as other games came to catch up with the idea that challenging is the way forward, the way to capture your target audience Metal gear solid, resident evil, splinter cell), my opinion of games started to change (5 years behind everyone else on the planet, but better late than never.) I went back to Lara, this time on the Ps2, and realized just how wrong i'd been.
This game, and the others in the series are among the best games ever made on any console. They have their flaws and of the many entries in the series there are one or two sub par games, but even these are engaging, challenging and will entertain you for hours.
This is the best of the lot, though; and that is high praise. This version of tomb raider is almost the perfect game; the graphics are great on the PSP, the game is polished and looks great, the levels are vast and beautifully detailed,the gameplay is exciting and addictive, the puzzles are difficult enough to get you frustrated and scratching your head at times, but its the reward of figuring it out for yourself that has always been at the heart of what makes TR a truly great series. Also, the story in TR anniversary is the strongest of any TR so far.
My only complaint is the controls can sometimes be dodgy, near ledges where you are required to jump to a pole it will sometimes go for the opposite of what you were aiming for and you may find yourself on a ladder to the left or right where you intended to be and having to retrace your steps. This gets more annoying as you tackle harder traps within the game. The same applies to the gunplay, if you have a static target on your screen that needs you to shoot it to progress this becomes Lara's target if you are facing it, even when in the middle of a fight with some hellish bad guy.
As annoying as these control glitches can be they are not very often, and while I have taken a star away from my rating due to the glitches, they are a small irritation in what is otherwise an excellent game.
If you like adventure games and have a PSP then you need this game! Its as simple as that. Spending many hours in the company of the queen of games, what are you waiting for?