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 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.
Good remake, short experiencerconstantinegmg | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all rconstantinegmg's reviews »
I have been a Tomb Raider fan since the beginning. I missed a few titles in the middle years somewhere, but have played all recent titles, though not in order.
Most recently, I picked this game up. It was weird, it being a remake, and me having an uncanny memory of game maps. Though 20ish years had passed, I found myself remembering where most of the puzzle pieces were found and how to solve the puzzles. It was definitely a deja vu experience.
Nevertheless, it was still fun and the story was decent. However, when compared to more recent games in this genre, like the Uncharted series on the PS3, the game feels like the target audience is very, very young; which is no doubt why they decided to reboot the series.
This game is also pretty short at about 15-20 hours, and it's only that long due to a few frustrating puzzle elements. What killed me most often was when I would have to jump-grapple-swing-jump (sometimes inline with the wall, others at 90 degrees to the wall). The controls on the PC just didn't seem made to do this especially well. I kept finding myself having to figure out which way the camera should point, mid-swing, in order for my jump to go the way I wanted. I didn't have this same kind of issue with the Prince of Persia games, nor in later Tomb Raider games.
Still, that's a small gripe and all in all, it was a fun run down a refreshed memory lane.
Great remakerjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
Tomb Raider Anniversary faithfully recreated the brilliant game play and experience that the original Tomb Raider brought to to the table and it does it with style. The controls are now reinvented and feel great and the better engine allows for more graphical fidelity, more detailed environments and an overall better looking experience. In the game you are sent around the world to find all three parts of an artifact. This involves fighting with all manner of animals and creatures with your trusty pistols and traversing the challenging puzzles in the tombs. In short, if you like Tomb Raider 1 or are looking for a good start to the Tomb Raider franchise, get this game!
Back to basicsSpeed4Runs | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »
Tomb Raider Anniversary finally brings back all the best classic Tomb Raider elements and combines them with the new gameplay style featured in Legend. This is the best "new Tomb Raider" game. Why? Well, first of all, there are many levels, if compared to Legend and Underworld (although they're less if compared to the first Tomb Raider). Also, you have multiple weapons and you have big and small medkits. You can take a lot of them, and, of course, all ammos for all weapons. Although it's a remake of the first TR and as so it should feature very realistic, next-gen graphics, developers didn't care very much about them, infact this is still an old-gen game. Instead, they tried to focus more on abient and on gameplay, which makes of Anniversary an amazing game. There are still some critics about some gameplay elements which were present in Legend too, but this time they're not invasive at all. They just make the game better and funnier. You can find some secrets which can be medkits or ammo (although they're not listed as secrets) or they can be artifacts and relics.
Graphics + performance: 6
*Graphics: 6. If we look at them with an old-gen eye, then they're amazing. Some cool effects were introduced such as real DoF. Textures are AMAZING, really excellent quality, but shadows aren't many and their quality isn't that good. The problem with the graphics is that, since it's a 2007 game, I have to look at it as a next-gen game, or better, compare it with some 2007 next-gen game like Crysis. Well, then there's no comparision, because TRA graphics, in this case, are very bad.
*Performance: 6.25. Surprisingly, I found this game, which has better graphics, way smoother than old-gen Legend, with a lot of different computers. Very good.
Very enjoyable and very interesting. Deep sometimes.
VERY funny and nice. This is, after Angel of Darkness, the perfect combination between old style and new style.
Very good and sometimes amazing soundtracks and dubbing.
It's way more longer than Legend and Underworld. Levels are long enough, and there are many of them.
Final score: 63 Very good. I recommend this to anyone.
Faithful Remakephool | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (TRA) is faithful remake and superb update to the original classic. TRA brings the magic of the original game to a new generation with beautifully rendered environments as well as the Lara character model as well.
Each of the levels have been recreated to a standard associated with modern games yet remain faithful to the original. While the levels stay true to the original game, they have been updated to take advantage of Lara’s new skill set, such as the grappling hook, introduced in the game.
Unfortunately there are few things that let the game down a bit. Some annoying modern gameplay mechanics have been introduced, such as the need for button mashing if you need to grab hold of a ledge. Also some of the larger “boss” fights require you to do arbitrary things, which are never introduced at any point in the game, before you can inflict damage. The player is left to guess what is required (or to consult a walk through) in order to progress further. However, all of these are minor annoyances in comparison to everything the games does right.