Review by GeorgeTopouria

Reviewed: 06/06/06

A truly improvement over the past dull Lara Croft series.

Even though there has been several films shot according to Lara Croft, we still couldn't experience any good game titles along with it.
Except for Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider 2 which were quite a success, but all its sequels were getting far away from perfection, and Eidos took the rough decision to break contracts with Core Design which failed them repeatedly on all fronts.

Crystal Dynamics, which is widely known for Legacy of Kain, took the responsibility of developing Legends, which is supposed to bring back Lara's reputation back .

The introduction scene begins with Lara and her mother on a plane, which suddenly starts falling onto the ground due to the engines failing.
Lara and her mother survive, and they discover that they crashed near some ancient ruins.
Young Lara accidentally activates an old artifact, and her mother in desperate action to save her child gets sucked into some unknown portal.

Right after, the game starts and we experience the new gameplay Crystal Dynamics has put upon us, which has improved on its predecessors.

The majority of the gameplay is all about platforming, where you'll need to guide Lara through several traps, which includes avoiding obstacles, jumping from one platform from another or simply solving a puzzle.

We also have the ability to ride motorcycles, but only in specific levels.
This is quite fluently done and adds a nice feel to the game.

The combat system of Legends is quite dull, all the Lock on buttons give the game a console port look, plus the shooting doesn't feel realistic and is rather tedious.
The enemies themselves don't show a really high IQ, they don't even bother to run under cover when approaching them from the back.

The graphics side of the game is rather impressive, but it also has rather high requirements for an adventure game.
This game also possesses the "Next-Gen" graphic option, which looks really nice but it takes a really decent computer to play it without 10 fps average.

The replayability of the game is quite low, beating it on Easy and afterwards trying Hard didn't really give me anything new - the puzzles stayed exactly the same, and there was no interest replaying them again.

But anyways, this game is a MUST BUY for any Tomb Raider fan, especially for those who were disappointed in the previous games, and to those who simply want an interesting adventure in the world of Lara Croft.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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