Review by Tomdogg
"Call it compensation for the last three"
Hi, it's me again. This time, the review is about Tomb Raider legend for the Xbox 360. After the last three Tomb Raider games, I began to give up hope of another good one coming out. The Tomb Raider name has been tarnished over the years with some really bad sequels and I was wondering if it could ever be saved. Luckily, Tomb Raider Legend saves the name with a fun Tomb Raider at last.
The story starts off in Bolivia, with Lara climbing some cliffs. She's basically there to examine a stone dais in some ruins, which is believed to have caused her mother's untimely demise some years ago. While she's on her adventure, somehow the legend of King Arthur becomes involved, and something about one of her friends thought to be dead. So, Lara is basically trying to solve the mystery of her mother's dead and wrap it all up.
The graphics actually look the best on the Xbox 360, but they do look really good on all the other platforms too. They might not be the best visuals around, but they do look good nonetheless. The Xbox 360's version really only has more detail to the environments, and better lighting effects. Other than that, there's really no difference. Lara's model looks pretty good, the environments look great, and the explosions, dust, debris, and special effects all look pretty good. You can even see the number of grenades on every character which is somewhat impressive. The models that don't look really good however, are the non main characters and the vehicles. They lack a lot of detail and look somewhat ugly. Overall, the visuals are impressive, but they aren't the best on the market.
The sound is really good. Tomb Raider legend boasts an all new sound track, along with flawless voice acting. Crystal dynamics also got the individual flooring sounds just right, and there are also different sounds based on whether Lara is wearing shoes or not. Furthermore, the explosions sound awesome, and the environmental sounds are really good as well. The only complaints that I have lie with in the guns. They don't sound very realistic when you are playing, and don't sound as realistic as they should in the cinematics.
The gameplay is exactly the same as the PS2 version, but here's the original paragraph. Some new changes have been made to the Tomb Raider formula. To start off, you can now carry only two weapons at once. Your pistols and one other weapon, whether it's an SMG, an assault rifle, etc. This gives a more realistic feeling to the game itself, unlike the other tomb raider games where you could carry 20 weapons at once. The controls have also been changed. For instance, triangle is now the action button and not X. You also have some new nifty gadgets, such as your personal light source. This is more reliable and slays the need for flares. You also have a pair of binoculars that has a special RAD mode that can identify useful objects such as mechanisms, and explosives. This is especially useful when solving puzzles. There are a couple of motorcycle scenes where you get to ride on a motorcycle through a part of the level and they pack some pretty good action. Furthermore, there are some bonus objects in the game that can be collected and help unlock some bonuses. These secrets haven't been around since Tomb Raider 2 which I thought was cool. There's also a new manual aim, which helps hit objects that cant be hit when using the auto aim.
There are a few problems however. The game is very short and the puzzles aren't very challenging. I mean they are challenging the first time you do them, but you will see a lot of them repeated over and over again. There are some frustrating camera angles and the gunplay is kind of weak.
In the end, Tomb Raider Legend may be a short game, but it's still a fun game that pretty much everyone can get some enjoyment out of.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/25/07
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