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The pack will include TOMB RAIDER Legend and TOMB RAIDER Anniversary, both newly remastered in HD quality, as well as TOMB RAIDER Underworld, previously released on PlayStation 3. A number of items were also created exclusively for this pack, including a THE TOMB RAIDER TRILOGY PlayStation 3 theme pack, the official Lara Croft female Home avatar outfit, the Viking Thrall male Home avatar outfit and a collection of "making of" trailers in HD for the entire series, a must for any TOMB RAIDER fan.
The pack will include TOMB RAIDER Legend and TOMB RAIDER Anniversary, both newly remastered in HD quality, as well as TOMB RAIDER Underworld, previously released on PlayStation 3. A number of items were also created exclusively for this pack, including a THE TOMB RAIDER TRILOGY PlayStation 3 theme pack, the official Lara Croft female Home avatar outfit, the Viking Thrall male Home avatar outfit and a collection of "making of" trailers in HD for the entire series, a must for any TOMB RAIDER fan.See all Product description
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Made for the PS2, Anniversary actually holds up stunningly well on the PS3 - cut scenes aside - it really is a staggeringly faithful re-creation of the original game which manages to successfully integrate all the game-play benefits introduced in the 2000's reboot of the franchise without seeming jarring or out of place. The way the way Anniversary has to dove-tail the re-boots ongoing storyline, feels a little forced but makes perfect sense.
The first game of the trilogy, Legend – clearly updates Lara for the 21'st Century. If these things were Bond Movies – the Tomb Raider trilogy games would be the Peirce Brosnan era – not quite the grittier, harder edged Daniel Craig Tombraider has since become – but you can see that they're trying and getting there.
It's funny how, these days we're more inclined to compare the modern Tombraider games as clearly influenced by games like Uncharted – but if you go back over the HD Trilogy you can see right from the off, Legend introduces quick time events and really updates Tomb Raiders already established cinematic approach to game play and story telling. Each of these games was it's own feature length movie, and if thats the standard of modern games today - we realy have the the original PS1 Tomb Raider games to thank for that.
Which brings me back to where I started, Anniversary – the re-make of TR1. It's now the better part of 20 years since TR1's original release, and this game still plays excellently and authentically well. Like I say, it incorporates many of the innovations the re-boot series introduced - but you can also turn off auto-grab in the settings and play the old fashioned way, where you actually had to mash a button to grab on to anything....
Dear God, my first case of PlayStation thumb. How all those horrendous memories come flooding back!
For such a fun pursuit, gaming was never actually really all that much fun in the old days. It really was mostly just frustrating as hell, you died more often than you didn't. After a while it actually physically hurt and yet the whole experience was totally engrossing. It taught you persistence. If nothing else, you learned how to become a truly stubborn cuss. Clearing a level felt like some kind of genuine achievement – largely because it actually was. And clearing a level after having found all those naughty secrets - that was the pinicle of a day triumphantly well spent. And it actually took that.
You'll find the levels on Anniversary labyrinthine death traps of stunningly epic portions for more than just the first play out. The Egypt levels alone constitute the entire content of your average modern game – the sections are huge.
And the mad thing is, they mostly are the same original rooms and puzzles. All just gloriously textured up the way your imagination had to do for you the first time out. The puzzles still frustrate, the rooms force you to use your brain – it's all horribly, horribly demanding. And still fun.
The one glorious little touch I really love about Anniversary is the save game crystals – when you clear a tomb completely, on replay the old jewel-like blue save game crystals re-appear, only this time they trigger the developers commentaries if you fancy them. The same original team members came back as development leads for Anniversary, and they fill in a lot of backstory – why any given level ended up the way it did originally and how they were able to tackled it 10 years later. They really are fascinating little incites....
Well, that turned into an epic. Sorry, wasn't expecting that. Enjoy the games. If you've never played the original TR1 – give Anniversary a go.
As to the rest – Legend and Underworld are good games. Despite being by far the most technically advanced, Underworld is largely a curiously flat experience. It's possibly down to the darker storyline, which is basically all about Lara – and Lara's fans - learning to finally let go of the past.
The HD Trilogy games really do do a stunningly good job of capturing everything that was really great about the old PS1 outings – but in so doing they also capture a thing of its time, a time that has essentially passed as far as game development both goes and went.
Underworld very definitely acknowledges that and – from Underworld on Tombraider is a now a very different game. Better, certainly for it – there's no doubt.
So I guess really, this HD trilogy is kind of the equivalent of – in their own way - actual Tomb Raider relics.
They're gems, well worth discovering for the first time, if you never did. And hours and hours of you're life you'll not mind at all happily re-living over, assuming you did.
Anniversary is my favourite, by far. Legend always feels a little short, but is always fun, though different. Underworld took me a while to enjoy but it's got some solid levels and a few good puzzles.
They're very different from all Tomb Raiders previously, apart from Anniversary of course, which even then is still rather different. But with nice fluid controls (which unfortunately change slightly depending on the game so if you marathon all three you can get mixed up in the first level or so), perfectly good graphics (especially Underworld), interesting stories, and a whole load of other stuff, this trilogy right here is definitely worth however much I paid for it. £10 or less. Don't even think twice if you haven't played these games, if you have, but not recently ie. Anniversary (and Legend?) back on PS2 then they're as good now, if not better than they were. 9.5/10 (as underworld annoyed me occasionally, like the very first level where you have to search underwater for potentially hours trying to find a little cog. After that it's pretty great all the way through)
breaking it down,
Tomraider Legend is well story driven, however of the 3 it is the most Linear, and least explorative.It is good cos progress is quick. though the game is long.
Tomraider Underworld, is very good, my favourite, Exploratively and graphically superior to the other two. you can hunt for long periods of time, and make no progress, which is what I like.
Tomraider Anniversary is a good modernisation of Tombraider 1. However because I thought tomb raider 1 and 2 are fantastic, TR 1 should not have been level altered, except graphically into HD. Now is it me or is the Atlantis pyramid level insanely tough. I like a challenge, but not when tweaked to impossibility. also, they cut areas out, like the top bit in the Cistern level, and overally the game feels easier, though all of a sudden there are ridiculuosly tougher areas. the Centaur battle has been made tougher than TR1.
Cos I love TR series, with the exception of Angel of Darkness. I overlook these faults.
Keep going Core Eido, Crystal Dynamics. If you rehashed TR2 and TR3 into HD, I will be the first to pre-order.
hate them at time during play, LOVE Them now it's all over !!!
However, this is a great trilogy - Tomb Raider Anniversary I was especially skeptical of as it's a remake, however I would say that it's probably my favorite Tomb Raider game of all time.
A great bargain for all three games bundled together.
I decided to start with Tomb Raider Anniversary and I'am a little disappointed that its mostly puzzle solving, which does get a little boring after a while. However the game is still quite addictive and I will always love Lara Croft.