Review by shinesprite56

"Tomb Raider at it's best"

Edios's latest instalment to the Tomb Raider franchise is spectacular, and one of this year's best games.

Graphics - 9.5/10

Beautiful. From the glistening waterfalls to the detailed backgrounds to Lara herself, everything is awsome. Attention to detail is astonishing, from equipment appearing on Lara as you gain it, to the smoke from her guns, everything will leave you breathless. My only complaint is that lower end PCs cannot run next-gen graphics, therefore reducing the beauty of it all

Audio - 10/10

The game's background music, although infrequent, appears just at the right time. The beautiful ambiance will make you feel like you're actually in the game. And even the voice acting is well done, with the occasional joke now and then. Good job Edios!

Gameplay - 10/10
If you've played a previous Tomb Raider game, then the outcome is predictable: jumping around, shooting bad guys, and the occasional puzzle and boss fight. It's the execution that makes this game shine. No stat-building, no crappy jumps, and NO camera issues. Jumping will soon become natural, with the probability of barely making the ledge, requiring you to quickly save Lara via the action button. Shimmying, rolling, and swinging will soon become second nature(or else!). Gun combat also had a massive overhaul, requiring more strategy when engaging in combat. Enemies won't dodge attacks, but are still a big threat. Dodging, rolling, and new slo-mo combat will aid you greatly. Puzzles are not overly hard to figure out, but execution can be tricky. Some puzzles can be solved multiple ways, allowing for a varied challenge depending on your gameplay style. Overall, brilliant execution.

Controls - 9/10

Although keyboard controls are a bit clunky, a 10$ PS2-style gamepad will fix this right up.

Story - 8.5/10

As before, you have to raid tombs (hence the name), gaining the artifact inside. What sets this game apart from previous installments is the way it ties Lara's past into the mix, allowing for a slowly unraveling plot to appear. Not spectacular, but a damned fine effort

Replay Value - 7/10

The game is quite short, but the hidden artifacts and unlockables (and a time trial mode), allows for many a redo.

Overall - 9/10

The Good-Graphics, gameplay, and audio will blow you away.
The Bad-Low end PCs can't run next-gen graphics; slightly clunky keyboard controls
The Hell?!-Early in the game, you can hear the guards talking about a monkey smoking a cigarette. Weird.
Buy or Rent-Buy. You'll want to keep this one for ages!

A shinesprite56 review C 2006


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/17/06


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