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Watch Out Lara there's a new Tomb Raider in Town!!!
on 27 April 2003
Indiana Jones is back and ready for some more whip swinging action on the Xbox, Ps2 and Pc, but is it worth the cash?? Well Find out now! (Review of the Xbox version)
The first thing which will struck you other then the Beautiful graphics is the Superb face animation and voice of Indiana Jones, it has to be the closet thing i've seen and heard to Harrison Ford then meeting the Man himself, this doesn't just add a Polish to the game but it makes it feel more real and you'll truly believe that your Indiana, a great touch to a already unbelievable game.
The Graphics are lovely, if your not swinging in the Abandoned Forest Tombs in Ceylon with Lush forest areas and So many year old vines taking over the place, your Fighting Nazi's in the Sandy towns of Istanbul. It's this difference of levels that make it such an adventure, just like the films. The Enemies are also realistic and do not stand out like a Bright Yellow ball on Snow, instead they merge into the environment like there meant to be there, another polished aspect of the game.
While we are on the subject of enemy Al let me assure you that there not push-overs. Indiana will have his work cut-out with these clever little Buggers, you can't hide from these bad guys like me assure you, as they do anything to see blood from our Hero. If you climb up a ladder thinking your safe from evil hands you might be surprised to read that they climb up after you!! They also pack a punch and you'll have to hit them at least 10 times and shoot them three or more times to make them stay down.Obviously this is quite unrealistic but it makes you sit at the edge of your seat because your health has nearly drained and there's four or more Bad Guys sprinting towards you!
The controls are a pain at first, and the size of the Xbox controller doesn't help, but after half and hour of play you'll be pleased to know that you wouldn't want it anyother way. Indiana Jones, Jumps with the B button and Performs and variety of Operations with the Y button, this often is Pulling Levers, Picking up Objects etc. While in Combat the X and A buttons lets Indiana Punch, Jab and Kick and he can also use a variety of weapons that include Swords, Grenades and Guns to get rid of his enemy. The main weapon of choice and one you can't actually finish the game without is his Whip. This lets you swing on objects to get over holes in the ground or Shark invested water, and the game often tells you when you must use the whip by showing a command button in the top-right hadnc corner of the screen.
In all there are about 10 levels which range from all over the globe. Indiana Jones must search for three hidden pieces of a mirror that is very important and in the wrong hands all hell can be let loose, each level last's about 4 hours and the whole game is HUGE! In the levels Indiana must solve a number of puzzles, climb up Abandoned tombs, swing on chains and vines, Kill a giant Croc and swim in Shark invested water, some of the levels are also on tracks where you are put into a first-person view and must defeat the enemy just like 007 Nightfire. The list goes on and on. It truly is a masterpiece. There are also many hidden Artifacts that must be found thus making alot of replay value.
Even the guide book is fantastic with maps, and cut out pieces of Newspaper articles just like Indiana's Journal. Even the instructions are written as though Indiana had written them himself. Brilliant.
In all Indiana Jones is without a doubt better then Lara's first outing on the PSONE: it's got style, it's highly polished and enjoyable and it's got his famous Whip in it. I highly Recommend it. :)