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3.0 out of 5 stars Tomb Raider Underwhelmed more like!, 11 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3) (Video Game)
Since I first saw Tomb Raider running on the Playstation 1 on its release, I have been a huge fan of the series. There has been a great atmosphere to the games although nothing has ever quite matched that first playthrough where it was all so new. I enjoyed Legend and particularly Anniversary, I liked where Crystal Dynamics were taking Lara. Adapting the Prince of Persia style mechanics to the series fit very well and was great fun.
So now as the very proud owner of a Playstation 3, I was very excited at the release of a new Tomb Raider built for the 360/PS3 generation.
Let me tell you that a good test of a game is my wife's opinion. Sometimes she likes to watch me play (Portal being one of her favourites) and will let me know what she thinks. At first she was rightly surprised at the poor graphics. Fair enough they are good sometimes but a lot of the time they just look like a high-def Legend with identical animation. The puzzles are as good as ever but I couldn't escape the feeling that I'd played this before, a sentiment echoed by my wife who points out that it's just like the last one. It's short too, it took between 7 and 8 hours to complete the game and I was exploring pretty thoroughly as I went. I have to add that I'm only average at gaming so it wasn't skill that got me through it so quickly.
My biggest problem with it though has got to be the combat. It is absolutely dreadful. I even felt it was better in Anniversary, like this was a step backward. There is a scene where Lara gets onto a big ship and blasts her way through a small villages worth of rent-a-goons. I was just so desperate to take cover and shoot round the corner but no! You have to expose yourself to gunfire to proceed and so you jump around hoping that hitting a moving target will be too much for the poor souls. It was awful and tedious and I just wanted to be raiding a tomb somewhere instead. The worst part of it is that (SPOILER) later on in the game you have to do it again on the sister ship. THEY MAKE YOU PLAY THE WORST PART OF THE GAME TWICE!!! To be totally honest, it's an ok game but it could and most certainly should have been a lot better. I wouldn't compare it to Uncharted although Uncharted is by FAR the better game. Uncharted is more a shooter with a small amount of platforming. Lara is mainly a platformer/exploration game (but not enough of that) and when it steps out of it comfort zone into shooter territory it gets it totally wrong. With the new Uncharted on the way and offering more platforming, Lara might be made redundant. At least she knows that a certain Prince of Persia messed up this time too...
By the way, my wife agrees with all this.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2010 19:15:11 GMT
you completed it in 7-8 hours heck Ive been on the game for 2 weeks now and im only up to Croft manor

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2010 21:41:39 GMT
I had just become a dad and so gaming opportunities were rare so I guess when I did get a chance to play that I played like the devil himself! Hope you are enjoying game.
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