Reviews for Tomb Raider: Legend

80

The first good Tomb Raider in nearly a decade

Gmen | Aug. 25, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »

After the increasingly abysmal releases that came out of Core Design from the late 1990’s to the mid 2000’s (mostly everything after Tomb Raider II or maybe III), eventually culminating in Angel Of Darkness, the franchise was eventually handed over to Crystal Dynamics. They had a lot to make up for, having been handed a franchise that was nigh on ruin.

And they did it. Legend brings back most of what made the original TR games so successful, with a host of new additions. Some more seasoned TR fans might cringe at having to pull out a pair of binoculars to see flashing areas where they are meant to go and what to do, which does seem like hand holding, but you’ll be glad to know that it is an optional feature. That and the horror that is quick time events also rears its ugly head in the game too.

But on the plus side, the controls are much better, and the same can be said about the camera, with Crystal Dynamics opting to have the camera in true third person mode – always behind Lara. Overall the graphics are rather good even years later. The combat is also better here, with an auto aim feature of sorts.

The game takes cues from the Tomb Raider films made in the 2000s, and features a crew of people who assist Lara with helpful tips every now and again

Overall, a good effort and lovely start to the second generation of Tomb Raider games.

70

Tomb raiding and puzzle solving

Jokin93 | March 30, 2014 | See all Jokin93's reviews »

Legend is the first Tomb Raider title to be developed by Crystal Dynamics after the series stagnated at the hands of the series creator Core Design. Most of the Tomb Raider mechanics are all here, just freshened up a bit compared to previous iterations. There's no slowly pivoting tank controls to contend with and there is a more cohesive feel to level traversal overall compared to prior games.

You'll still run into annoying camera shenanigans at times when you're trying to line up a jump or tell Lara which direction to jump in while hanging off a ledge. Combat is limited to fighting generic soldiers and mercenaries as well as the occasional animal while supernatural elements are confined to cutscenes, quick time events and boss battles.

All in all it's a pretty enjoyable game, a few caveats aside, if you're looking for some adventure, light action and puzzle solving.

88

Just what the series needed

taigatsu | Feb. 15, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »

After several increasingly disappointing sequels, Tomb Raider : Legend managed to re-invigorate the franchise and set the standard for all of the Tomb Raider games to follow. It's exceptional in its execution of smart, intuitive environmental and platforming puzzles. The controls of tight and responsive, and movement is a joy as Lara bounds fluidly throughout the levels. Some of the puzzles can be quite challenging, but offer a lot of satisfaction when the solution finally presents its self. There are a few times when the rest of the game is gated behind less than stellar combat or driving sequences, but thankfully, those aren't very frequent.

Later additions to the series may outperform it, but Legend is still a great game, and proved that Tomb Raider could continue to be relevant so long after its original debut.

85

Fun platformer, just don't go expecting old school tomb raider

ficha13 | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all ficha13's reviews »

Legend is a really fun game, and a fun modern platformer. Gone are the characteristic wonky controls(that i love) and here we have really fluid controls and gameplay that really reminds me of the prince of persia trilogy, which is a good thing. Also, added is the grapple hook that helps you move objects out of the way and, of course, get across chasm's. Puzzles are back and are really fun to do. It's kind of linear compared to old games, but I honestly don't have problem and I'm kind of sick of open world games that have become really boring and monotone.

The graphics still look really nice today, and compliment the game perfectly. Levels look really pleasing to the eye, and you explore a variety of locations, going from jungles and caves to abandoned buildings and soaring skyscrapers.

Music is also very fitting, it can go from calm and peaceful to epic, depending if you're in combat or just climbing and it just clicks with the atmosphere of the game.

It's not a long game, takes around 6,7 hours to finish, but is fun and really worth buying when it's on sale.

100

Very good revival

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

Tomb raider legend is better than the older Tomb Raider games, everything about this game shines above the rest. Firstly the graphics have been greatly improved and Lara Croft looks even more human than before and the tombs truly are amazing to look at. The core game play has been built on and it is much better than in previous games and this helped by a much improved control system which makes traversing the varied puzzling tombs a joy. The combat is equally as good and feels punchy and responsive. Overall if you enjoyed the previous Tomb Raider games you should pick this one up and even if you have not experienced any other ones this is a good place to start!

57

A new route for Tomb Raider series

Speed4Runs | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »

This is what we can define a "modern Tomb Raider". The gameplay has been totally renewed and it has been both simplified and made more advanced. You can do many more actions, in comparision with older Tomb Raiders, especially a lot of kind of very nice jumps and "sommersaults". It's easier than older Tomb Raiders, though. For example, when you are just about to falling down, you will NOT fall down, because you will automatically "climb" the wall and stay hung instead of falling down and dying. The graphics engine of the game is totally new and divided in two major categories: next-gen version and old-gen. Next gen contents enable various effects which will change drastically the graphics and sometimes change totally the textures (for example, when you enable next gen contents in Bolivia, the landscape seems to be way more arid and dry). Premising that this is a 2006 game, next gen contents are very advanced and innovative, especially if we compare them to other 2006 games such as Hitman: Blood Money, which has better shadows, but less effects. The plot is pretty good, it has some twists and it's very interesting. This means that you will really enjoy it. Longevity is very bad. I mean, missions aren't short at all, but they aren't MANY like the other Tomb Raiders. In fact, this is the first Tomb Raider that can be completed in a little time. There aren't many weapons and only two weapons (pistols included) can be carried (this is sad). Maximum number of medkits is ridiculous. That's because they may wanted to make Tomb Raider a more "real" game, but it has no sense, since it has always been a fanstastic game. Have you ever seen dinosaurs, monsters who are like the loch ness one, giant statues that come alive, etc.? So what's the point on making it just more frustrating with a total weapons number which most probably isn't more than 4-5, MP5 and M4 included(!!!)!? Shadows quality is mediocre, although, sometimes, you find them more often than in Underworld. Soundtracks and dubbing are very good.

Graphics + performance: 4.75

*Graphics: 5.5: -Old-gen: 4.75. Half-Life 2 has better graphics than old-gen Tomb Raider Legend. Water is nice, but not real. Shadows are almost missing, and textures are ok. Very good reflections and "wet" effects. -New-gen: 6.25. Very good. Water simulation is very good and I love it, but reflections and Water quality aren't great. Sometimes, you won't even be able to see the sea floor, just as if it was mud... Shadows are ok, and textures are pretty good.

*Performance: 4.25 : -Old-gen: 4.5. It's very heavy for older computers; it's very smooth for newer computers, though. But if we take a look at the graphics, the performance is pretty bad. New-gen: 4.25: you'll get about the same performance as Underworld, with the difference that Underworld has better graphics in many other aspects.

Plot: 6.25

Very good, enjoyable and interesting plot.

Gameplay: 6

Innovative for Lara, although it's a gameplay that has been used in many other games. It's basically jump, cling to a handhold, shoot, jump, etc. The "cling to a handhold" is especially used in many other games, and in a mainstream, non-innovative way.

Sound: 6.75

Very good and sometimes amazing soundtracks and dubbing.

Longevity: 4.5

It's ok for most games, since many can even be completed in a few hours, but it's very bad for Tomb Raider.

Final score: 57 Pretty good. I recommend it to all players who like adventure games and love jumping around all time.

100

Excellent Revival

ConorEngelb | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Legend was the revival that Angel of Darkness could have been. A brand new engine, amazing graphics, diverse locations and aesthetics, even a somewhat new story line. And a supporting cast of brilliant characters. Definitely worth buying.

96

A Trip down memory lane with Lara Croft

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

Truly an old school Action Adventure which are missed days due to more focus on cosmetic things & motion capture, instead of original gameplay and great storyline. This is the game which epitomizes Action-Adventure genre and paves the path for future games.

84

Great revival of the classic series

darkyhbk | July 23, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Tomb Raider was resurrected by Crystal Designs and saved from certain death, since the previous game hadn't met expectations at all. What it does, Legend does really well, and it' enjoyable both as a platformer and as an action game. Lara will have to go through diverse locations in order to accomplish her goals, ranging from jungles to deserts, from English catacombs to a skyscraper in Japan. There's enough location diversity to keep you satisfied. The platforming is rock solid, and there are some really challenging puzzles as well. The shooting is not so solid or atmospheric, but it's a nice distraction. You'll also get to drive a motorcycle and other fun stuff. There are also a couple bossfights, but the less said about them the better. With nice graphics with some incredible reflection effects for the time, good voice acting and suitable music, and a gameplay to carry it all, Tomb Raider Legend was a hit, and a promise of more and better to come.

92

Nostalgia All the Way Through

thegaminglyfe | June 17, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

The original Tomb Raider games were amazing for their time and when they came out and it is hard for a game to live up to that. And I am happy to be saying that Tomb Raider Legend is better than the old games. The new design, puzzles controls and combat, everything is executed very well. The game is very cinematic with buttons being pushed fast in cut scenes to survive adrenaline filled moments. The climbing and movement is easily the best in the series and very easy to control. The old games haven't aged very well and feel incredibly clunky. This is improved and you are free to move how you wish (with the exception of messing up gravity of course). Highly recommended to any Tomb Raider and/or adventure fan.