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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PS2)

by Eidos
 Ages 12 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
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  • New Lara, new attitude
  • Sub-plots emerge through the course of the game
  • Cutting-edge graphics
  • Brand new control system and new range of moves
  • New playable character, Kurtis Trent, with his own distinctive moves
  • Character evolution--improve Lara’s abilities depending on how you play
  • Character interaction--Lara's conversations with other characters affect the outcome

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 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

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  • ASIN: B000065UQ1
  • Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,681 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

In Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, a series of grisly murders brings Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the centre of these mysteries are the Obscura Paintings--five 14th century pieces of art that the Alchemist is desperate to repossess. Accused of the murder of her one-time mentor, Werner von Croy, Lara becomes a fugitive on the run. Pursued by the police, she follows the Alchemist into a dark world of blood, betrayal and vengeance where it is up to her to defeat this unholy alliance, and stop them from unleashing their incredible powers on the world.

Amazon.co.uk Review

It's been three long years but finally Lara's back in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness with all the puzzle-solving, platform-clambering action you'd expect. The game's intro sees Lara being hunted down by Parisian gendarmes and accused of a crime she didn't commit. This forces her, once she escapes their initial attacks, to uncover the mystery of the evil Nephilim.

The first thing you'll notice when playing The Angel of Darkness is that they've changed the control system to try and make it fully analogue--but it hasn't really worked and lining up for jumps in particular is now infuriatingly difficult. You do get used to it but there's going to be a goodly proportion of fans who'll just immediately give up in disgust. This is a shame because apart from that one (admittedly fairly major) blunder the game is pretty good and far more inventive than any previous Tomb Raider game. For starters there's no set path through the game, but plenty of minor and major plot branching: you now have the chance to talk to people and further affect the route the game's plot takes.

You can also try out a new stealth mode, hand-to-hand fighting, a rather spurious RPG-style attribute upgrade system and even play as a new male character. The Angel of Darkness isn't even close to perfect but apart from the appalling new control system it's mostly all good news and once you start clambering over and under all the new buildings and tombs you'll start to remember just why this series has remained so popular over the years. --David Jenkins

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy it used 13 Aug. 2003
When this game FINALLY arrived, (after having it's release delayed by god knows how long,) I was really happy. I started my PS2, whacked the game in, wowed at the impressively dark and moody intro. When the I was finally given control of Lara... Well, I had expected the controls to be a LITTLE different, but these took me by surprise. After spending a few shaky minuites trying to hop onto a trash can, I started to feel at ease. It was going well so far: the graphics were amazing, Lara was much more versatile, able to pull off more fancy moves than before. Ten minuites later, I wanted to phone sony and tell them that My playstation had suddenly started playing games bad. It couldn't have been the game itself: it's Tomb raider for god's sake!
But no, the sad reality is that the new Tomb raider is Lara with a really bad makeover. Sure the graphics are great, and the music genuinely stirs, but the gameplay that made all the other tomb raiders so fun has been buried. Even with the addition of some character interaction and a new playable character, (Kurtis, and no, you don't get to use that cool flying disk of his,) it's duller than a rainy day at a pensioner's cricket match. The inclusion of having to do something in each level to build up Lara's strengh in her legs, arms etc. really kills the game too. Basically, you wouldn't want to buy this game unless you were quite an avid Lara fan, and even then, it's better to get it used,(which won't be hard, considering the number of people that will want to get rid of their copy.) I won't put the game down completly though, it does have it's moments...just not very many of them.
In short, it could have been much, much better but is an overall disapointment, seeing as we had to wait so friggin' long for it to arrive.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Old Time's Sake 4 Aug. 2003
This game nearly received a 2 star mark from me but being the sentimental old fool that I am it just squeezed three. You see, i'm old. Old enough to remember the Amiga (now in my loft) and old enough to remember being blown away by the arrival of the Playstation and in particular the original 'Tomb Raider' and Lara Croft. Yes, Lara's much more well-rounded on the PS2 and the very grey PS1 graphics are now, well, less grey. In fact it's noticeable on some levels more than others but there is a little more eye candy than before. Gameplay is still a combination of run, jump, push this, pull that and solve the puzzle etc. Not everybody's cup of tea I know but if it ain't broke.... Sound wise it's actually very good and the music is superb and v. atmospheric even though after a while Lara's grunts do tend to grate on the nerves. I've tried to be positive so far for old times sake but here goes.... For starters, it's way too short. I finished it in under 10 hours which for a game these days is poor especially for the amount of dosh needed. If I'd saved pocket money for this I'd be p****d off. The Kurtis Trent character? A good idea but too fleeting and as you only play him for only 1 level you are just getting into the character. His character doesn't really have any different moves to Lara either, in fact he's even more slower and cumbersome than she is during boss fights. Lara's stealth move- again a nice idea but whether you sneak up on the guards patiently and choke them or blow them away it doesn't make any difference to the gameplay. I'd like to have seen some pay off for stealth and patience v brute force. I could go on but finally...Tomb Raider is about raiding tombs? YES? Where were the bloody Tombs? The game's release date was put back and put back and... it shows. Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't Believe I waited 3 years for this... 7 July 2003
By A Customer
I must admit I was extremely excited for the this title. I mean Lara Croft in her own right is a Legend. After putting the disk into my PS2, I was expecting a game that would surpass my expectations and hopefully set new standards.Boy.., I was VERY VERY WRONG!Nothing at all feels finished. Everything, is sub-standard. By that I mean controls are useless and puzzles are just not puzzles.There's horrendous slowdown when more than two characters are moving on screen. Clippings everywhere, and you can get stuck behind boxes. Items can literally disappear if they're not picked up in a timely fashion (making progression impossible), game logic is ridiculous at best (you can take out a dog with a couple of kicks, but 100 bullets won't knock it out of commission). Enemies disappear when killed. The game has an obscene number of load times. Even the documentation is wrong.Bosses, or whatever they are, are just plain stupid. Just circle 'round them while shooting, and you'll win nearly every battle. Only one of the boss fights is challenging, and that's simply because the game's target system does not work properly. However, much I try to like this game, I just can't. I just went out to buy the PC version, and that to put it bluntly "sucks as well".The narrative and set pieces could be the best thing about this game, but overall the game lacks in the key ingredient.., game play!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so move into next generation. 6 Oct. 2003
By A Customer
Maybe the franchise is tired, or maybe Core didn't pull off the upgrade into the next generation, but this didn't leave me thrilled. Whereas with TR and TRII I was gripped by the screen until I had completed the game, this game became tiresome after a while. The controls are ok, but can let you down. Level design as ever is strong, and the plot is very engaging (if Eckhardt is no Natla). Some tasks are simply a matter of saving at the point of disaster and reloading time and time again until it's passed. The 'strength development' thing is incredible, linear and irritating. If you're anticipating/fearing RPG-style character development, you will be disappointed/relieved accordingly.
On the upside I do think it looks good, and the locales are very effectively represented, in Paris and Prague. Kurtis is a nice addition. I also enjoyed it, but much less than the earlier installments of the franchise. With two more to come I won't be buying again unless I hear word of a renewed game engine in TR7 and 8. The story, though great, is just a story I can do without. So... worth the wait? No. Worth buying? second-hand, yes probably. There is something about Tomb Raider that makes the old fan in me like this more than perhaps it deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst tomb raider game I have ever played and thats ...
Worst tomb raider game I have ever played and thats coming from an old school only lara fan. The controls are really clunky and horrible gameplay.
Published 25 days ago by sherrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by s
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Game EVER!
If your thinking about buying this game, don't. I bought it after reading the bad reviews thinking "it can't be that bad." Oh, how wrong I turned out to be. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jennifer A
3.0 out of 5 stars okay game, difficult controls
I bought this game for nostalgia reasons. I thought I would enjoy playing a game that I played on my PC all those years ago, boy was I wrong. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kalysha92
4.0 out of 5 stars I ignored the hate and it was worth it!
... Some points must be made, though, even if they have been made before.

Firstly: the controls. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games in the series, (after the new one that is xD)...
The setting of this game is quite different from the other Tomb raider series. I love it because its different, the controls are the same of the previous 5 titles. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sashev
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad as described
For years I kept away from this game because it has had negative reviews. But I must admit that I enjoyed playing it, it's fun. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anto
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good game....but not for all players!
For 10 years i was to buy Tomb Raider AoD and finally decided to buy it because I could not leave spending more time without playing, and being a fan of the saga! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Duarte Grencho
5.0 out of 5 stars great
the product is what i wanted its easy to fit does the job and cheapits a very good product highly recomend
Published 23 months ago by james thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Lara Croft
Between the three games I've played, this one is my favourite...I really would have given it four and a half stars....very absorbing!
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