gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I never played the original Tomb Raider, so this is more of an actual review than a comparison of the original game.
The controls in this game are so incredibly frustrating. I'm not a very violent person or someone who gets angry very easily, yet I found myself swearing at the TV every two seconds because I'd end up falling to my death when I clearly would angle the analog stick to make her jump backwards to a ledge. This was really the only thing that bothered me other than the sometimes obnoxious camera angles. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it was enough to ruin the game for me.
It's fun. I don't know what else to say. There's just something about it. Maybe it's that level design is great a lot of the time, puzzles are challenging but not completely frustrating. There are plenty of things to unlock and find. The storyline was pretty great too. Even now, I didn't find it very cliche. It wasn't totally captivating, but it was pretty interesting and will definitely keep you interested. What I really love is the Croft Manor. The adventure is fun and the music is beautiful, it really does make up for the more annoying things.
What is up with Lara Croft's body proportions? I really wish they would change them. It's not even attractive. Her chest is way too huge compared to her tiny waist. And coupled with her muscle/fat ratio, it's flat out unappealing. Another thing I wonder is the graphics. I know the game is from 2007, but come on! It's not bad, and it doesn't take away from the game, they're just...questionable.
The game's good, because I'm not much of a thinker I had to look up walkthoughs sometimes (this was only when I'd spend about an hour on one area). Just be careful with the controls, and you'll find yourself playing every Tomb Raider game they have on gamefly.
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
Tomb Raider Anniversary is not only probably the greatest game in the series, it is also probably the greatest remake of any game.
Recapturing everything that was great about the original and fixing everything that didn't age well at all.
It is a great game for those that missed the original but even better for those with fond memories. And it's a must play at the bargain price of $40.
However not everything I can say about this game is good. Unlike Tomb Raider : Legend upon which this game is based, this game does not feature next generation graphics. And while it is based on the PC version, that version was based on the PS2 version. So what we are playing is a great PS2 game running in high definition (if you have a high definition TV that is). In fact if you don't have a high-definition TV then you will barely even see a difference between the PS2 and 360 version.
Worse still is the fact that the 360 version is gimped compared to the PC version. Loosing several of the additional effects like wet shimmering Lara when exiting water, the depth focus effect and others. And despite only running at 30fps compared to the PC's 60fps it also features frame rate stutters (although only a small amount).
Do all these things spoil the game? Not at all, but if you have a choice the PC version is the better way to go.
But overall this is the best version of Anniversary available on console, and a truly great game.
posted by P05TF03TU5 (NEWBURY PARK, CA) Oct 25, 2007
Member since Feb 2005
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
The 360 port has a jerky framerate that wasn't in the PS2 version. Plus, this version doesn't have the little nice touches like water dripping off her and extra atmospheric effects (thick dust and mist) that were present in the PS2 version. This game definitely looks better (I recommend you adjust the brightness and contrast because the default is way too bright). However, the audio is still unbalanced like the PS2 version. You really have to turn up the volume to hear all the nice ambience, but when music kicks in you'll nearly go deaf.
Pros: This Is how Tomb Raider should have always been Excellent level design. Extremely immersive Clever puzzles (even though cliche lever and box puzzles) 20 hours of gameplay Hidden artifacts that unlock costumes, music, commentary, ect. The game looks fantastic (above legend)
Cons: Gameplay is trial and error You will still make jump and grab mistakes Jerky framerate Some weird shadowing here and there Missing the nice little touches the PS2 version had 360 controller can feel a little awkward for this kind of game Last level isn't as interesting as the rest of the game Button movie sequences. some people love them, some don't