Tomb Raider II
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The second instalment in the Tomb Raider series invites you to join Lara as she travels around the globe to retrieve a precious artefact before it falls into the wrong hands. The legendary artefact, the Dagger of Xian, is said to give its possessor the power of a fire breathing dragon.
The best of the bestlconanl | Dec. 29, 2015 | See all lconanl's reviews »
Tomb Raider II continued to expand on the popularity and success of the first game, while offering a vastly different and superior (for me at least) experience from its sequel. It seems that many would agree with this, considering that Tomb Raider II is the best-selling game in the franchise - or at least, it was until Tomb Raider (2013) put in second place in the last few years. Even though the graphics and gameplay remained mostly the same, the game is smoother, it doesn't require an DOS emulator to play it, has a better story (which is still minimalistic), music and locations. During the course of the game, you will visit some unique environments and locales, some of which have only appeared in this game to the best of my knowledge: The Great Wall of China, Venice, an oil rig, a sunken ship at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and the Tibetan mountains, complete with an ancient monastery and lost ice catacombs. The ambiance in this game is top-notch, partially thanks to Nathan Mccree, the composer for the first three games, and the feeling this game gives you is quite unique too. Again, save for the 2013 reboot, this is the only game in the series where you really go out of your way to become Rambo. By the end of the game, aside from a dozen or so species you've selflessly brought to extinction, you will also leave hundreds of families fatherless (or grandfatherless in some cases, to be thorough). Also, I should mention that the final boss is a dragon, there is a level that makes you wonder if Lara is a drug addict (well, two if you count the expansion, The Golden Mask), as well as others that will surely make you poop your pants,and some of the monsters in the later stages include abominable yetis, giant spiders, Mega Ultra Chicken (kudos for those who get the reference) and ultra tough Gengis Khan wanna-bes. All in all, Tomb Raider II remains to this day the highlight of the excellent series, leaving you questioning what you've been doing with your life before playing it and wanting to experience more of it. You should buy it if you know what's good for you!
Remember when you were young?mansonfli | Sept. 19, 2015 | See all mansonfli's reviews »
What an epic game. First of all when I've installed it I started to remember all that evenings playing Tomb raider saga with my dad. Bringing back good memories doesn't have a price. Well yes, 1.79 but totally worth it! Only was a little point that I didn't like it: Enough time.
A great sequel in theory, but poorly made.sycomantis1991 | May 26, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
The second game delivers on man of he elements that made the first great. Extravagant landscapes and temples, fun platforming, and great action. What it lacks however, is in the gameplay. There are more glitches than the original, and the controls are very floaty in comparison. It'as not nearly as good, though it could have been with more polish, but it's still a fun game nonetheless.
Better than the first, and probably the best originalsGmen | March 22, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Not much is different from the first game here, apart from more varied environments, and perhaps slightly enhanced graphics – though still inferior to other games of its time like Quake II. There are some new weapons and lots of new enemies to go up against. But having been released only a year at most after the first game, it isn't that much different and the things that were wrong with the first Tomb Raider are still present here: awkward camera angles and sluggish controls that make the game unnecessarily difficult. The early Tomb Raider games were not made with the PC in mind. They were rather designed to appeal to the console audience. Having said that, this in my opinion was the height of the Tomb Raider series, particularly the original games, and it would be another decade before anything else worthwhile in the franchise came along. The sound and music are two of the highlights here, as Lara's voiceovers not only give the character some personality but in some cases also help the story move along, and this is especially pertinent in the game's cutscenes and FMV sequences. And the music featured, including the theme tune, are simply unforgettable.
Improves and enhance's everything from the first gameficha13 | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all ficha13's reviews »
Before I start the review, I have to admit that this is a game from my childhood but that I'll try the look at it as objectively as possible. First, the graphics: This is not a pretty game nowadays, It's not horrible looking or anything but modern gamers might not like it. For the time it had really good graphics with realistic lighting and huge detailed levels. Again I repeat, for the time. Aesthetically it's pretty amazing, it has various environment's that have their own charm that are accompanied by a minimalist soundtrack that heavily relies on ambient noises. This really adds to the atmosphere, and really pulls you in. The gameplay also might turn off gamers. Lara controls a bit tank like, kind of like older resident evil games, but it is a bit maneuverable and easier to control and the 3rd person camera helps as well. The jumps can be tricky at times, especially if you're a first timer, but thankfully you can save anytime, and there's no checkpoint bull like in the PS1 version of the first game or even modern games. Also, everything from the previous game returns and whole lot more. More enemies, weapons, moves and they also added vehicles you can actually drive like boats and snowmobiles. Thanks to the added dynamic lighting in the game they also added flares that you use in dark environments which, in my opinion, increases the immersion. Also, don't expect regenerative health. Battles must be planed out and searching for medkits is a must if you don't want to make it harder on yourself and die a lot later in the level. Weapons are fun to use, but watch your bullets when getting other better ones. The pistols have unlimited ammo but are the weakest weapons in the game, but the rest can be really powerful but have limited ammo. Puzzles and key items are back and sometimes it might be a chore figuring what to do next, but is never too complicated and is always gratifying when you do find out what to do. In conclusion, the game is fun but challenging but certainly isn't for everyone. If you want a more streamlined and easier adventure/platforming game in the series, try the modern ones like TR: Legend, Anniversary and Underworld. If you ever played an old Tomb Raider game, you'll know what to expect, but if you're a newcomer, check out the demo of the game so that you know if it's for you/