Tomb Raider: Legend
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"The cliffhanger story is well put together. The action is simple and effective. The controls not only work, they're fun...Best of all, the sense of discovery and adventure is captured with a fresh sensibility." - IGN.com
"Most players probably able to breeze through in less than eight hours, but there's never a dull moment." - Videogamer.com
The gaming world's sexiest and most intrepid adventurer makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend!
Follow Lara down a path of discovery as she travels the globe to remote, exotic locales in search of one of history's greatest artifacts that unleash unwelcome figures from Lara's mysterious past. With guns blazing, Lara must use her athletic ability and intellectual wits to explore vast, treacherous tombs, riddled with challenging puzzles and deadly traps. Experience the beginning of the new Legend in the most adrenaline-fueled Tomb Raider adventure ever!
Lara Croft evolved! - the sexy, dual-pistol wielding heroine is presented like never before with new graphic and animation sets, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date
Return to the tombs! - discover and explore living breathing, lost ancient realms that hold clues to the secrets of Lara's past. Physics, Water and Fire systems bring the perilous environments of Lara's world alive, and challenge the player to improvise solutions to obstacles
The Intuitive and Fluid Control System movement allows you to keep Lara in continuous motion; seamlessly handle any obstacle and interact dynamically with any surface
Experience the new legend of the Tomb Raider series! - the future of the adrenaline-fueled adventure meets the promise of the next generation gaming systems.
Utilize strength and intelligence on your quest! - use the grappling hook, an arsenal of new weapons, communications devices, and other tools to achieve your goals.
Travel the globe to the world's most exotic locales! - explore ancient tombs, treacherous jungles, snowy mountain ranges, and much more.
Tomb raiding and puzzle solvingJokin93 | 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.
Just what the series neededtaigatsu | 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.
Fun platformer, just don't go expecting old school tomb raiderficha13 | 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.
Very good revivalrjb789 | 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!
A new route for Tomb Raider seriesSpeed4Runs | 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.
Very good, enjoyable and interesting plot.
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.
Very good and sometimes amazing soundtracks and dubbing.
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.