Tomb Raider: Anniversary
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"_ I loved playing Tomb Raider: Anniversary, in fact I enjoyed it to the extent of often staying up way too late just wanting to see what came next or trying to get through a particularly difficult section. I would thoroughly recommend this game, both to fans of the original, and newcomers alike._" - Strategyinformer.com
"It takes the inspirational level design of the original, improves upon the atmosphere, and makes the whole thing so much more fun thanks to the hugely refined control and camera system. Far from being a tired, cynical cash-in exercise of a brand past its prime, Tomb Raider Anniversary goes back to its roots and shows how remakes should be done." - Eurogamer.net
Tomb Raider: Anniversary retraces Lara Croft's original genre-defining adventure — globe-trotting 3rd person action-adventure in pursuit of the legendary Scion artifact. Using an enhanced 'Tomb Raider: Legend' game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion right up to today's technology standards and offers gamers a completely new gameplay experience. Re-imagined, Anniversary delivers a dynamic fluidly and fast Lara Croft, massive environments of stunning visuals, intense combat and game pacing, and an enhanced and clarified original story.
The lost city of Atlantis and ancient Egyptian pyramids are ripe for discovery: explore every hidden dark crevice and impossible heights; enter into strange, undiscovered lands and solve their deepest, darkest mysteries; open doors to new realms, uncover great rewards and unearth secrets to Lara's past.
Deftly leap around charging enemies while you unleash a hail of bullets from your trademark dual pistols.
The wilderness awaits with a wide range of bestial predators—from bats to wolves to bears—ready to defend their territory from human encroachment. New and improved AI means that all enemies will exhibit a more diverse behaviour set, providing improved combat challenges for the player.
Supernatural elements are used sparingly to provide a mystical allure around the world, while maintaining the world's grounded core. The awesome T-Rex and intriguing Atlantean centaurs suck you in to the wonderfully intriguing and mysterious world of Tomb Raider.
Death-Defying Environmental Playground:
Leap over massive gaps, cling onto rock ledges, and swim through underground tunnels.
Solve the Diabolical Machinery of the Past:
Seek to outwit the brilliant ancient designers of many epic puzzles and vaults in order to uncover their secrets. Be warned that they do not take kindly to 'meddling', and as such, the price of failure is extreme.
A somewhat faithful remake of the originalGmen | Jan. 15, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Tomb Raider games have been a favourite of mine, because of the different approach the series took to virtually every other game around, opting for a female protagonist, and going for more beautiful scenery and epic level design than most corridor shooters over the years.
Legend breathed new life in to what many thought was a series that was beyond saving. Anniversary sought to recreate events from the original game released in 1996. Everything looks much prettier, including Lara – there’s no doubt there. It’s even a graphical jump from Legend released the year before. Everything seems to be about right, with a few inconsistencies, like the T-Rex fight.
The quick time events from Legend are unfortunately still here. Why these suck so much is because it's just down to how quick your fingers are, and less about actual player skill being used to avoid obstacles, etc.
Overall, if you don’t fancy playing the original Tomb Raider for whatever reason, then try this because it’s better looking, it has better controls, non-sucky camera angles, opting for a true always behind third person view, and it plays better overall. And I dare say it’s even more challenging than the original.
A remake, but not exactly the sameBlockAgent | Dec. 23, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
While this is a "remake" of the original, it is not exactly the same game with just updated visuals and controls. It is based on the original story and goes to the same locals and has some puzzles in common, but it should be thought of as a new game where the creators said to themselves "if we were to make the original tomb raider today, how would we make it". That said, if you are thinking about buying this for nostalgia, you should probably buy Tomb Raider 1 instead. However, if you have never played the first tomb raider and are wanting to get a taste of what it was like, this game is great. The graphics are good and the controls and gameplay are up to modern Lara Croft game standards. There are some glitches here and there but they aren't too common to get annoying. The game took me around 15 hours to complete and although it was frustrating at times (all tomb raider games are) it was enjoyable.
A great remakeKveni | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Kveni's reviews »
Anybody who enjoys a good Tomb Raider game will for sure enjoy this one too. This game gives gamers a great Tomb Raider experience, and has stood the test of time. This is a remake of the very first Tomb Raider game, and was honestly a very great remake. The gameplay (and graphics) were enhanced to be a very smooth and playable game, and all the puzzles and tombs to explore are still better than ever! If you're a Tomb Raider fan, or if you're new to the series, this is the game to play!
Very good remakeObsessor | Oct. 21, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
What the title says - the game is remade in a very good way. It retains that oldschool feel of the original, while at the same time it is playable and enjoyable in 2014. If you want to know why this series is called Tomb Raider, and not "Stranded on an island" - play this remake, you won't regret it.
A great take on a revolutionary gameAkiMatti | April 8, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Anniversary is something I always thought would be bad because it was going to have these QTEs (Quick-Time-Events). I mean, none of those were in the original so why add them here?
After purchasing and actually playing the game, I noticed that yes, the QTEs were not a good addition but also, that it did not ruin the whole game. It does take some time to get used to the QTEs but once you get the hang of them they don't distract from the flowing gameplay too much. The focus is in the exploration of the unknown like in the original. The levels have been carefully redesigned so that they can be recognized but new variation and thought has been added into incorporating the new movement mechanics into the setting.
There are some amazing view and vistas to see and puzzles to solve. The places you will take Lara on this adventure give you butterflies in your stomach from time to time. The battles get pretty hard towards the end and you will likely die numerous times before getting forward but the feeling of satisfaction after that is just that much better.
Easily recommended for Lara fans, possible in the top three of all Tomb Raider games.