"_ 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.
This game is a great example of how to properly do a remaster. They kept everything that was great with the original, improved the graphics, and redesigned the puzzles to utilize the newer mechanics that were introduced in later Tomb Raider games, such as the grappling hook. Even though a lot of the levels have been redone, they feel very familiar if you played the original and bring back great memories. Everything about the original was fixed and improved upon for this Anniversary release and it really comes together to make an already great game even better. The gun play feels better, the puzzles are more logical than pulling random switches, and the platforming is far superior because Lara controls smoother and doesn't move on a grid like a tank anymore since you can movie in 360 degrees. I played this game again recently and it still stands the test of time and outclasses many current new releases. The only bad thing they put into this game are a few quick time events. These in general in games are just bad, so developers really need to stop using them. Games are for playing, not following on screen prompts. Whether you played the original or not, this game is worth playing.
Years ago, before remasters became the thing, this gem popped out from under the radar. Anniversary recreates the original Tomb Raider from the ground up. It improves on every facet without taking anything away. The controls, environments, platform precision, and obviously graphics are all superior. I still enjoy the original on its own and due to nostalgia, but this is definitely the superior version.
Tomb Raider was one of the most important game of its time. It has set the codes of the Action/Adventure genre. For that very reason, it deserved a remake. And as a remake, Tomb Raider is pretty good. The level-design of the original game has been adapted to the new mechanics introduced in Legends. It's impressive because the environments feel fresh and faithful at the same time. Players who discovered the series with the reboot should try this classic.
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.
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.
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