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.Read full description
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.
Tomb Raider II © Square Enix Limited, 1997
I remember 3 things about this Tomb Raider, which also are reasons why it's my favorite Tomb Raider game ever. First: Venice. How beatiful it was way in 1997... It was so fun to play on those levels and I could replay it all day long. Second: more moves for our beatiful woman. Sadly I can't name all of them but while playing you can notice and you can make more, even more gracefully moves. Third: Lara's house. Who didn't locked her butler in the freezer? I laught everytime I did that. Also, her house were a great place to explore too. You could also notice that Tomb Raider 2 is a little bit harder than last one but that's even better - the harder game is the more fun it brgins. If you never done it, fix it, buy and play Tomb Raider 2 too since it's really great game for very low price.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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