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Tomb Raider Underworld

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2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation2

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  • Master your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore
  • Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and more
  • What Can Lara Do?: Lara's skill-set has been drastically expanded to incorporate actions you would expect of a fearless, athletic adventurer. Lara now performs 1700 moves and is a far more intuitive character to control
  • Treacherous and unpredictable challenges: Each level is an elaborate multi-stage puzzle masked within an interactive environmental playground offering more flexibility over how the area is solved
  • New range of combat options: Choose to pacify or kill, target multiple enemies at once with the new dual-target system, and shoot with one hand while suspended with the other
  • New state-of-the-art gear: Utilize the latest technology in Lara's upgraded inventory to navigate the world including: Sonar map: A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations
  • Multi-purpose grapple: A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, rappelling, performing wall runs and manipulating objects within the environment
  • All-terrain motorbike: Built to handle everything from the jungles of Mexico to the icy glaciers of the Arctic.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

Platform: PlayStation2
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  • ASIN: B001BNDPOS
  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Release Date: 23 Jan 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,611 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation2

Amazon.co.uk Review

The first lady of gaming returns in Tomb Raider - Underworld with her deepest and darkest adventure yet. Ostensibly searching for the mythical hammer of the Norse god Thor, the real draw of the game is exploring the underworlds of multiple different cultures.
A pair of panthers make an uncomfortable safety net
When you're a tomb raider, exploring ancient tombs is all in a day’s work
Lara’s pistols are no match for the kraken
The Mediterranean level includes a huge area for swimming

The basics of the game are classic Tomb Raider, as you explore the trap-filled interiors of ancient ruins using Lara’s famed acrobatic skills (and dual action pistols). From an underwater temple guarded by a giant octopus-like kraken to ancient Mayan structures in the South American jungle, she makes Indiana Jones look even older.

All of the levels are much larger than in previous games and far more interactive. You'll leave footprints in the sand and find all the scenery fully destructable. Every puzzle has multiple solutions, and the hand-to-hand combat system has been completely revamped. A new 3D map system also helps to ensure you never get lost so that you can concentrate on saving the world.

Key Features
  • Dream vacation: Travel the world in search of ancient artefacts, from the steaming-hot jungles of Mexico to the frozen Arctic, from the coast of Thailand to the depths of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Think like Lara: An interactive, non-linear game world means anything that it looks like you should be able to pick up and use (or destroy) you can.
  • Bettering Bond: An all new grappling hook, sonar map, scuba gear, a range of new weapons, and Lara’s trusty motorbike make her the best equipped adventurer in gaming.
  • Help on demand: Receive as much or as little help as you want, from gentle nudges in the right direction to a full explanation of what you need to do next.
  • Behind the scenes: All of Lara’s animations in the game have been fully motion captured from Olympic gymnast Heidi Moneymaker. Her voice is that of Spooks actress Keeley Hawes.
About the Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Based in the San Francisco bay area, the Crystal Dynamics team has been making games since 1992, including popular titles such as Pandemonium, Gex, and Legacy of Kain/Soul Reaver. Crystal Dynamics began revammping the Tomb Raider series with Tomb Raider: Legend.

Product Description

For generations, stories have been told of the fearsome weapon of the Norse god Thor. Legend holds that he who wields the hammer has the power to smash mountains into valleys and the strength to destroy even the gods. For more than a thousand years it has existed only as a myth... until now.

Designed specifically to take advantage of the latest technologies Tomb Raider: Underworld represents a new advancement in exploration-based gameplay. As fearless adventurer Lara Croft explore exotic locations around the world, each designed with an incredible attention to detail resulting in breathtaking high-definition visual fidelity that creates a truly believable world and delivers a new level of challenge and choice.

Features:

  • Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilise objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore
  • Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and more
  • Lara's skill-set has been drastically expanded to incorporate actions you would expect of a fearless, athletic adventurer. Lara now performs 1700 moves and is a far more intuitive character to control
  • Each level is an elaborate multi-stage puzzle masked within an interactive environmental playground offering more flexibility over how the area is solved
  • Choose to pacify or kill, target multiple enemies at once with the new dual-target system, and shoot with one hand while suspended with the other

Lara's upgraded inventory includes:

  • Sonar Map - A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations
  • Multi-Purpose Grapple - A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, grap

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! 28 Jan 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Now we know why us PS2 owners have had to wait so long for this game to be released on our console. Clearly, whoever was responsible for porting this over from the PS3 coding simply doesn't have a clue what they're doing. It is atrocious in every conceivable way. And no, that is not hyperbole. Even 'Angel Of Darkness' is wa-a-y better than this (and you ought to read my review of that!)
If anyone is coming straight from 'Anniversary' to this, you're in for a shock. The graphics are astonishingly bad. Think PS One quality. Really. Lara looks like Claire Redfield from 'Resident Evil 2', except RE2 was playable - this isn't. The flames you encounter on the opening level, for example, are so laughably programmed you'll think you actually are playing a PS One game. The camera is all over the place - through walls, Lara's head, the floor. Anywhere but where you want it. Worse - the game has absolutely no fluidity whatsoever and the cut-scenes are beyond abysmal. At the end of the first level, you see Winston in the burning mansion, then someone shoots at you and - zip - the next thing you're underwater in another level. No voice-over, no explanation, nothing.
Please - DO NOT let yourself be ripped off with this. If you're new to Tomb Raider and want to know what all the fuss is about then buy 'Anniversary', it's fantastic. If you've played 'Anniversary' and want to play this, then buy an Xbox (Don't buy a PS3 as they're no longer retro-compatible!) - but whatever you do, steer well clear of this rushed, confused and horrendously bugged nightmare of a game.
You have been warned!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Downhill from the start... 14 Feb 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Once you finally get over the seriously annoying camera, wanting to look at everything except where you are trying to actually make it go...the game's over...took me around an hour, possibly an hour and a half to complete it.....
i waited hell of a lot longer for the game to come out...ridiculous...very disappointed in this game. I'm an avid TR fan..and this is by far the worst version yet (I can't comment on the PS3, XBox360, PC etc) on this particular console.

The controls are about as fluid as a stone, you just about get the hang of getting them under your control and the game is over, yet again..I mean I was at the point of thinking 'oh, this game does seem to be getting back to the old style of working out puzzles and not just a shoot em up', and then there were the credits....

I can't emphasise just how short, over rated and mediocre this version is.

And the huge build up, then the huuuuuge waiting period for this platform version...just made for a bigger fall.

Save yourself the money and go and play on Anniversary, Legend or even Angel Of Darkness...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not the best game yet. 28 Jan 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I pre-ordered this game as soon as it was listed on amazon and I was so excited by everything I heard about this game.
However when it finally came through the post and I popped it into my machine, I have to admit that I was disappointed in more than one way.
Yes, the graphics are pretty and yes the puzzles are much more thought provoking but they are over shadowed by the PS2's ability to run the game. Right away on the first level my machine (only a couple of years old) stutters and jumps because there is far too much going on in the level for the PS2 to cope with. It comes and goes in different levels, sometimes it is not there at all, but in the later levels (where alot is going on) it comes back.
The cameras are more than annoying, particuarly when you have a puzzle to work out and things trying to kill you. I'm not just talking about cameras getting stuck, it's the constant zoom out when you grab something to move it and then zoom back in when you let go. Yes it can be pretty neat but when you've got other things to worry about other then the puzzle it is more frustrating.
Other little bits annoy me too when paying this version of the game, like the medi packs, Lara tops up her health automatically for you while it is a good feature, I miss the running around picking up medi packs from corners and such like.
The big annoyance for me, is it is nice to be able to use the walk throughs online if you are stuck and have missed something obvious, but they are all for the PS3 version. You'll know this straight away when you notice they mention a medi pack hidden in the corner, which triggers the thought of how much different is the PS2 version than the PS3?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if you have a sense of humour 8 Feb 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
This is a good Tomb Raider adventure that returns to the roots of the original by having Lara explore the tombs, caves and forests in solitude, which is quite a relaxing experience. Encounters with animals and humans is rare so you don't have to worry too much about shooting stuff and losing health. Some of the puzzles are cool and require some thought just like what made the older games so great.

The amount of bad reviews the game has gotten here isn't very surprising, as this PS2 version is kind of like the red-headed stepchild version as it obviously hasnt been given much attention. There are alot of glitches and strange happenings which might irritate some people, but I see it more like watching a bad B-Movie and laughing at the mistakes and poor quality of the film. Like for example, there is a part near the beginning of the game where you encounter the Kraken (large octopus creature) and in this version, it does not move, it just sits there, stagnant. If you swim up to it and touch it then you just suddenly die. Probably the laziest programming i've seen in a game, but still I couldn't help but laugh.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terible Game
This is an awful game, terrible gameplay. Get it on xbox 360, it's much better apparently. I love Tomb Raider.
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2.0 out of 5 stars terrible
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Published 14 months ago by Rashpal Samra
3.0 out of 5 stars Lame With Many Puzzles For Your Brain
Another TR game on the shelf I buyed it yes but soon find that it's just a let down to all other TR games

*firstly when I played this you are underwater trying to stolve... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. L. C. Emmott
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, depressing, and dark... and not in a good way.
I'm a fan of the odd dark and depressing horror film with super freaky monsters made out of bones jumping out at you, but in this game, all those things make it awful. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Keri
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I am an absolutely huge Tomb Raider fan. I adore the PS1 games, I even like the notorious Angel of Darkness, and I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed Legend and Anniversary... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by saintsophie
2.0 out of 5 stars rubbish compared with the others
i liked most of the lara croft games but this was a bit rubbish. after playing on the one that came out befor this (legend) i was expecting this game to be even better but it was... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Abbieeee
1.0 out of 5 stars Putting Tomb Raider Underworld To Shame
Tomb Raider Underworld is the game we had all been waiting for. From 2006 we were hit with an expected cliff hanger. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars not impressed
I am someone who doesn't have every tomb raider game, so this is not coming from an avid gamer, but this version of the game really does strike as an 'after thought', there are no... Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Ellen B. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal
I bought this as a gift for my partner to finish off his set of Lara Croft games. Great price and good game.
Published on 1 July 2010 by MP
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Platform: PlayStation2