You would have thought now that the tomb raider formula would be beginning to tire especially seeing as the series, in numerous iterations, has failed to evolve and innovate to keep the franchise fresh. The core to all tomb raider games has always been its level design, and of course, Lara Croft; with the big busted lady's amazing ability to swing and jump across deep crevasses and sidle along ledges as thin as her waistline, without breaking sweat at the hundred foot drop looming below. So why then is this game, which is a re-make of the first tomb raider, so fun to play whilst feeling fresh and like a completely new adventure?
This is largely due to the Wii remote which the game exploits to its absolute maximum not only helping its supreme and utterly absorbing playability but also the series as a whole. Lara has never been so good.
The game may feel slightly linear but the enormous environments which you'll visit will allow for a lot of exploration and with secret items to collect, a reason to re-visit them a second, and even third time, just to get everything.
The aforementioned Wii controls are the true highlight however with a motion for almost every piece of lara's equipment. Use a pick axe by moving the wii remote back and forth as if hitting a wall, to open new secrets and pathways; aim your torch to light your way when it's too dark to see; take rubbings of ornate designs from the many walls and floors of the tombs you'll explore; and aim your wii remote to take out those dinosaurs and gorillas which inhabit the temples and areas awaiting you.
To do these actions before would just require a button press, which was far less satisfying and intuitive as the superior wii controls this game exploits. And with the upgraded graphics helping to bring life to the environments and the amazing work done to animate Lara as she scrambles around rock faces and swings through the air with her grappling hook, this game sees off all competitiion from the original and even other games in the growing Tomb Raider franchise.
With the exception of quite a steep learning curve in regards to the controls and a few glitches here and there where the game needed a bit more polishing, this is definitely Lara at her best as she relives her first and probably best adventure in the Tomb Raider franchise.
A must-have title for any Tomb raider fans or newcomers to the series.