Thousands of years ago a meteor crashed into Antarctica and the shockwaves of its impact are being felt in the modern age. Lara Croft will follow clues leading to a deadly secret, boldly leaping chasms and blasting monsters that no one has leaped or blasted before.Read full description
Thousands of years ago a meteor crashed into Antarctica and the shockwaves of its impact are being felt in the modern age. Lara Croft will follow clues leading to a deadly secret, boldly leaping chasms and blasting monsters that no one has leaped or blasted before. This time she faces a mystery that's from way out of this world. Tomb Raider III is a complex adventure that combines puzzles with high-speed action.
Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft © Square Enix Limited, 1998
By third Tomb Raider game there is not much change when it comes to gameplay. You will start to notice that game looks better than previous one: with better looking environment and special effects. Lara got also few new moves and she finally can crouch and crawl! There is also finally an option to save game anytime and how many times you want BUT for some people thats not a change for better. Why? You can save your game before anything that might look suspicious, any hard moments etc. Playstation version don't have that feature. Is that bad thing, or good? To be honest, you can play Tomb Raider game as always, without using this save option so I don't see anything wrong. It's fun to look around the world for pieces of mysterious artifact. If you enjoyed previous Tomb Raider games then you will enjoy this one too.
Tomb Raider III was the first in the series to really go all-out in terms of gameplay, introducing new features such as sprinting, crouching, well-thought and more challenging boss fights and the option to choose the order of the levels, while improving on already existing ones. The game looks better than its predecessors, has better sound design and visual effects, more vehicles and longer and harder levels than ever before (so much so that it sometimes becomes very difficult to find your way through them). The secrets are back from Tomb Raider I (in the previous game there were 3 dragons per level to be found serving as secrets), as well as boat segments (noticeably, the level where you struggle to survive in a canoe), save crystals and, let's not forget, raptors and T-Rexes. In terms of story, the plot feels like a rehash of the one from the first game, but it is more polished and better presented, making connections with Charles Darwin's explorations and taking inspirations from the movie "The thing". The villain, Dr. Willard, is, like Natla from Tomb Raider I, introduced in a benevolent light at first, being the reason while Lara sets out to find the 4 polynesian artifacts which comprise the central objects of the story. The final boss fight is also fairly more difficult, Willard being invulnerable for most of it. The game features a variety of diverse vistas as its levels, embarking the player on a journey throughout the Indian jungles, the London locales, the Nevada desert including Area 51, some South-Pacific islands and finally Antarctica. In the end, even though a lot of elements from previous (and later) games are here, Tomb Raider III distances itself from others as unique and unforgettable (whether it's in a positive or negative manner for some). It goes without saying that if you're adventure or puzzle games fan, you should add this game to your collection as soon as you can.
Tomb Raider II had a lot of control issues and glitches that marred an otherwise great experience. Tomb Raider III addresses a lot of those issues, not all, but a lot, and delivers another great game. The temples and dungeons are unique, and there are more missions in open terrain than ever before, adding to the variety. It doesn't quite reach the heights of the original, but it's not far off.
I remember the day I received this game for my birthday, it was awesome and a great change from TR2. The combat system it's pretty much the same, but the ambience, the ability to ride vehicles (that quad!), they kept everything as 'Tomb Raider' as possible. But better. The sound quality is just what the games on that time were, a lot of looped sound effects are short and repetitive (the fire for example) and there's a lot of recycled sounds from the previous games. But hey, we're talking about an old school game! This was all about gameplay, and though the 'tank control' is quite annoying sometimes, it still provides you with loads of fun. It's not an easy to beat game, keep that in mind!
This third version of the Tomb Raider franchise offers up better graphics and new ways to tackle each of the large, varied in which Lara Croft , the main protagonist, has to traverse in order to find the precious artifacts. Much of the core game play of the first games has stayed the same but the most noticeable change is the improved graphics. Lara now looks more three dimensional and she feels more real and like you are actually controlling someone and not an object. Overall the game improves on the original Tomb Raider formula and is a must buy for fans of the series.
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