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Best Tomb Raider game ever...
on 27 March 2007
I've played every Tomb Raider game, with the exception of the widely disliked Angel of Darkness, so I can confidently say that Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (TLR) is in my opinion the best game of the series. However whether you'll agree with that really depends on what you're looking for. At the time of its release, TLR had the best graphics of the series and the improvement from TR3 is fairly noticeable. Even so, the difference isn't huge and the game still uses the original TR's engine. If you've played the previous games and are happy with more of the same, then you'll love this game. Anyone looking for an original experience though won't find it here. It's certainly a great game in its own right, but as a part of the series it hasn't really changed as much as some might hope. The changes in TLR really should've all happened in TR2 and the series definitely has progressed at a slow pace. Lara has a few new moves, but nothing amazingly different.
Fans of the original game who were disappointed by TR2 and 3 may still want to give this game a shot, as it definitely moves back to the original's tendencies. TLR contains quite a bit less combat than the previous 2 games, and the quiet, atmopsheric exploration of the original has returned. The next TR game, Tomb Raider Chronicles, was good but I didn't like how you're forced to use stealth in some areas a la Metal Gear Solid. To me, TR just isn't that type of game. Luckily TLR doesn't bother with that and sticks to the formula that we originally fell in love with. As with most games in the series, the difficulty level is extremely high and a walkthrough is pretty much a necessity if you're not extremely patient. Some of the puzzles seem like they'd be impossible without a guide to help you.
To summarise, this is my favourite game of the series, I like it more than all the other games of the series (including Legend). It's a huge game that will keep you busy for a long time, and is great value for money. It may be a little too familiar for some, but at least the minor changes that have been made are definitely in the right direction, and it ultimately comes together as the best TR game there is.