Reviews for Tomb Raider: Underworld


The conclusion to a trilogy

lconanl | Jan. 1, 2016 | See all lconanl's reviews »

Tomb Raider: Underworld marks the end of the original Lara Croft timeline (whether or not the Crystal Dynamics trilogy takes place in the same continuity as the six classic games is up to debate, but for for this review's sake, we can say that it does), closing the curtains on Lara's journey to find out her mother's fate as well as her rivalry with Amanda Evert (introduced in Legend). We also get more information on the demise of Lara's father, as well as the reappearance of old enemies, Lara's revamped doppleganger and the Atlanteean queen Natla from the first game, which serves as the game's antagonist (I should note that Natla is basically an immortal demigod, which makes her conflict with Lara that much more interesting; the fate of the two foes is further explored in the Xbox 360 exclusive DLCs). Seeing as I focused on details of the story, it is natural for me to think that the story is the game's strongest point. It is based on the Nordic myth of Ragnarok (Armageddon) and features well-known artifacts such as Thor's gloves, belt and hammer, all scattered around the globe in forgotten underworlds (hence the title). Locations explored include: the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea (it returns from Tomb Raider II, though it's not a sunken ship this time), Thailand, the catacombs under Croft Manor, Central Mexico, the Jan Mayen island is the Greenland Sea and finally the Arctic Sea (hey, Lara's already been to Antarctica in Tomb Raider III). The intricacy of the plot is complimented by the game's beautiful graphics (this 2008 game has some of the best graphics I've ever seen, even compared to current games), which make the well-designed underworlds (essentially the tombs of Underworld) even more intimidating and immersive. The sound design and gameplay are also well-done, though not particularly remarkable. Quick-time events return from Anniversary, there are more guns and less outfits then before (which is a downgrade in my opinion), collectibles consist of treasures -which are small and pretty hard to find- and relics -of which there's one per level; they are even harder to find and offer health upgrades, making the game easier-, there are no real boss fights and the combat is simple and unimpressive. While may not as notable as other games of its kind, Tomb Raider: Underworld manages to present an intriguing story, with stunning visuals and fun gameplay, making a must-play for any adventure fan.


Last of the "true" Tomb Raider

Obsessor | May 26, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

Title pretty much sums it all up. Released in 2008, Underworld is the last TR game that is true to the series' roots. Lots of exploration, puzzles, combat typical to Tomb Raider series. Climbing, jumping, game is filled with platforming elemets. Apart from being so old school, it has very good graphics, for it's time of course. There are also numerous improvements to the well know(and a bit stale)gameplay, of which you can read in the game's description. I picked this game up here on GMG, because I needed to have it on Steam, as a double. It is, by far, one of the best titles in the TR franchise. And I'm with TR series since late 90's, so I know my Tomb Raider games.


Epic, in the good way

PlayTyrant | May 8, 2015 | See all PlayTyrant's reviews »

The last Tomb Raider that was loyal to its roots, with a dark and epic background story. The graphics are awesome for the time this game came out, the lightning is great and there's a lot of animations for Lara (you won't believe when you see her climbing walls and moving on obstacles, reacting to her surroundings...). The fighting system is good, just like the previous game, it's truly a great game I've finished like... 5 times or so in 2 years. Probably my favorite TR game, together with Legend and Anniversary.


Fantastic Game

Kveni | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Kveni's reviews »

My dad and I used to play through the Tomb Raider games when I was younger, and he would show me all the tips and secrets to the game. This was the first one that I actually played by myself (mostly because he got really busy with work) but I really enjoyed it! Lara Croft is a great video game character, and this game has its own unique feeling to it, and it's a game in which you can play all the way through without having the storyline feeling like it's lacking, just because it's such a great game! All the characters seem to have great voices, and the graphics (still today) are great, along with the nice smooth gameplay. Honestly, I recommend this game to ANYBODY who's either played a previous Tomb Raider game, to people who HAVEN'T play a Tomb Raider game, or to people new to gaming, because this game is a great one! The Puzzles are awesome, and it's not so much shooting and killing as it is really thinking through different scenarios of the game. Truly an awesome game.


As good as it gets

rjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

This is the pinnacle of the Tomb Raider franchise and it shows. The graphics are stunning, the controls are cleverly implemented and this is helped by stellar game play and the story really shines. Also the various puzzles you will encounter throughout the games are fun and involving and span across a very long campaign where, in true tomb raider style, you will visit many locations across the globe and explore the varied locations. The sense of adventure is still there and it runs through the entire game, I was not bored at all when playing through the game and I never felt like I was doing boring tasks. All in all Tomb Raider Underworld is the best Tomb Raider game ever made! Go get this game!


Breathtaking, good old Lara

Avesomeofthat13 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »

After purchasing the newest Tomb Raider game, I often like to reminisce and come back to a classic - this game. This is the most modern in the original Lara Croft series and so has a nice era and feel to it, especially when you want to take a break from Lara's roots in the newest game. The movement and jumping animations are truly astounding and the story itself is great - very "Nordic" themed, which suits Lara well! If this had multi-player, then it would be absolutely amazing.


Breath of fresh air

Oblaque | July 29, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

Tomb Raider is none the less without a doubt the greatest female video game franchise in the history of gaming. This one just blew me away. From amazing graphics to the beautifully rendered sound effects/music score, I just can't get enough of it and at $8.99, this game is well worth it and more.


Best Tomb Raider game of the original release

spycid | July 28, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

From the word get go, this game gives you a certain adrenaline rush which cannot be described. This game expands the horizons both in terms of puzzle and gameplay. It's not open-world, still it's amazing. Must buy for all Action-Adventure and Tomb Raider fans.


Lara Croft Ages Well

DanielZo0 | June 11, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

I really like what was said about EA games and taking a lesson from them, as well as other companies whom seem to be "short changing" their consumers. The cameras still need work after all these years. The major thing I enjoyed about this game is the storyline. Perhaps it is because I have studied cultural anthropology and the correlations drawn are indeed interesting for mythology buffs. In continuing the story of the Tomb Raider series, it serves this end well though, I haven't quite finished it. The graphics are pretty good and the fact that your not just jumping around ledges is nice also. It does fall short in terms of difficulty with climbing and sometimes you will die even though you don't fall far. The puzzles are not terribly challenging on the Tomb Raider mode, though I'm not sure about the other difficulty setting. It's worth a play through at least once or twice and easily fits well with the series. As for a comparison with Anniversary or Legend, in some ways (graphically, more combat, story progression) it excels but it's plagued with the same problems we have seen in other titles in the series. I really hope that the new Tomb Raider in 2012 will solve the problems with the camera and prove to be a better game overall. It's a move in the right direction, it just needs a little push. Hopefully when the new game is released in 2012, they will not have ignored the players. I think that could be a fatal mistake for the whole series, given it's age.


Very good

Bolo | June 3, 2013 | See all Bolo's reviews »

This is another great addition to a great series. It doesn't disappoint. Graphics are awesome, gameplay is great (and what one comes to expect from the Tomb Raider series), controls are solid, story is cool as usual, puzzles are fun, voices are good, and Croft is as hot as ever! I really like the addition of underwater gamplay also. Simply put: it's another great in the Tom Raider series, which I think still stands as a benchmark in the action/adventure genre. I haven't played all of the games in the series but so far this is my favorite one.