"_ 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.
Being a remake of the first Tomb Raider, the gameplay is predominantly focused on scenario puzzles. There's action sequences and combat, but they are few in number, thus the pace might not suit gamers looking for something more dynamic. Despite old, the game features satisfactory graphics and mechanics as well as a good sound quality. There is also a good variety of scenarios and their puzzles, which contribute to not become a repetitive and predictable game.
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.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a faithful remake of the first Tomb Raider game, tying in the reimagined original plot with the narrative of Tomb Raider: Legend and thus setting the ground for the next game, Underworld (players not familiar with the classic games would not recognize Natla, the villain from the first game). Though it is the worst sold Tomb Raider game to date, Anniversary certainly proves its worth as a remake and sequel (well, prequel, tehnically) to Legend by combining the fluid, fun action from it with the locations, puzzles and part of the gameplay elements from the first game. This makes the game truely unique in the Tomb Raider series and really enjoyable and engaging to play. I would also like to add that the soundtrack for the game, composed by Troels Brun Folmann, is excellent (more so than the other Crystal Dynamic Tomb Raider games), particularly the boss themes. I recommend Anniversary to anyone interested in platformers or puzzle games, especially if you're intersted in the Tomb Raider series and haven't tried it until now.
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.
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