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Welcome back Lara Croft,
This review is from: Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360) (Video Game)Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360)
This is how exploration should feel. Not once on my 360 have I come across a game that delivers the true feeling of exploration. Tomb Raider Anniversary came close and it was a fine game, but nothing compared to Underworld. When I started playing I was hooked onto the game like never before. I could not put my control down until the game was finished. Not only was the story intriguing but just moving around in these huge, atmospheric environments made me grin like a big idiot.
As you move further and further into the tombs, jungles and underworlds you really grasp what shines in Tomb Raider, what we haven't seen since perhaps the original. Lara Croft has had her ups and downs in the past few games but all is forgiven now. Not only does she look better than ever she also moves more gracefully and easily. Finally a perfect control scheme for our Lady!
Lara isn't the only thing that looks great though, the entire game looks almost photo-realistic. Here is some of the best graphics on the platform, especially the Thailand level as you progress further into the jungle. Even the soundtrack is unbeatable this time round. Frequently whilst playing you really feel uplifted by the dramatic score featured in Underworld. What's better is that the music isn't constantly playing, when it shouldn't be, it isn't, leaving the game seem even more atmospheric and bringing back that sense of isolation.
Granted, the combat isn't perfect, but considering the exploration is the main focus, this definitely does not bother me. It's not like the combat is painful, it just isn't as inspired as the exploration. Towards the end of the game we weild a very powerful weapon and the combat suddenly feels much more exhillerating so don't let this turn you away.
I blatantly disagree completely with the negative review on here. For one thing, the game took me longer than 10 hours to complete and I am still playing back through the levels. Underworld is a must buy for anyone remotely interested. If you've given Tomb Raider a chance in the past and have been let down then give the franchise another go. I promise you won't be disappointed this time. Welcome back Lara Croft.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2008 09:35:17 GMT
Lee M. Bridson says:
The puzzels in this game,by design, frequently only serve the purpose of making a level longer than it need to be and don't add value. Figuring out how to solve a puzzel is a good gaming experience but then actually implementing the solution should not be such a long and frustrating progress. Take portal for example - once you see how to solve a problem you can very quickly implement the solution and move on, the gaming time being spent on the puzzel solution itself not the execution. This version of Tomb Raider instead makes you spend ages going back and forth over the large map areas to implement your solution which i found painful. I loved the last TR game but this one isn't as good, suffering from dodgy camera angles at times and poor combat controls. 3 stars for me.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2008 19:05:41 GMT
J. Edwards says:
To put it bluntly, I disagree.
Posted on 8 Feb 2009 21:21:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2009 21:24:36 GMT
I played through the demo the other day and the textures of some of the graphics are flat, flat and even flatter ! (plants an vines on walls ect) you say that you could'nt put the game down till you had completed it. Any game your able to finish in one sitting certainly is'nt worth hard cash. You wan't exploration, play Fallout 3.
Posted on 9 Feb 2009 17:57:36 GMT
J. Edwards says:
The graphics are simply excellent, say what you want about "some of the textures" but I stick to my review, the graphics are some of the best on the platform. Also I've stated it took me longer than 10 hours to complete, around 12 on my first time through (which is about twice the time it took me to complete Gears Of War 2 but you don't hear anyone complaining about length for that game). One sitting? What difference does it make if I played the game for 12 hours straight or if had 12 one-hour sessions? Finally the gameplay is completely different in Fallout 3 and whilst there might be exploration, i'll stick with Tomb Raider thanks.
Posted on 14 Jan 2012 18:58:17 GMT
Mr. C. A. Salmon says:
Good on you buddy! sticking to your guns! standing up for tomb raider! i think im gonna give it a try! and i cant wait for the new tomb raider gonna be awesome! thanks for the review i no this is a few years late but im intrested lol! thanks! ;)
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