gamers (83%) found this review helpful
In short, this game was one you could beat in a weekend, even as a casual gamer. The puzzles were fun and satisfying. The action was pretty ho-hum, but the special bullet time move was cool (you do a back-flip off of their head and spray them with bullets in slow-motion). The enemies were mostly nobodies, usually gun-toting morons, that once in a while sought cover.
The majority of puzzles could be figured out in five minutes or less, but there were a few head-scratchers that took me a little bit longer. Just like the first Tomb Raider, you'll get the light bulb over your head in no time at all.
The boss battles ranged from shoot-rinse-repeat, to a cool puzzle style boss battle with a gargantuan leviathan.
The controls and acrobatics (the most important part of this game other than the puzzles) were pretty tight and you didn't feel cheated by the responsiveness or by missing a ledge by a hair. I felt it gave you a fair chance to push the "Y" button to regain your hold if you did a jump that wasn't so great.
I had a great time exploring Lara's Mansion and found many a secret passageway and hidden lever. The "extras" for the most part included ranged from lame to not noticeable. Under the lame category, we have character models that are poorly lit and a little too small for the screen and silly back-stories for the characters, presumably written as an afterthought by some marketing nerd, then under not even noticeable were the "pistol upgrades".
On the good side, you have a plethora of costumes to choose from to fulfill almost every Lara fantasy you might have, and you can show off the FMVs to your friends without playing your way to that part. There are cheat codes to unlock, which only one was unlocked by me. This particular cheat was funny, because it turns off all of the textures. You can run around with a grey Lara in a drab environment, which makes you further appreciate the lush foliage and realistic waterfalls when they are in full color.
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
This game has finally given the tomb raider series credibility again. It returns to what the series did best in the first place, raiding tombs.
The graphics are excellent, especially on the xbox 360 version. Everything is nice and shiny, and there are some truly beautiful environments.
The sound is great. The dialogue and voice acting are superb, and the music reminds me of the original games sometimes, which is good.
The gameplay is probably the best feature. It is still great fun to jump around and swing on ropes, prince of persia style. The puzzles are all pretty similar (push something heavy onto pressure plate etc.), but are still entertaining. The combat is fine. It is pretty simple, but that is ok with me.
The only real negative thing I have to say is that the game is too short. It also ends with a sort of cliffhanger, which just left me wanting more. Then again, the fact that I didn't want the game to end just shows how much I really liked it.
-Presentation 9 – The menu is laid out well. Flat looking cutscenes, but the story and gameplay flows together well. -Graphics 9.4 – Absolutely beautiful, the varied exotic locations will take your breath away. Whoever modeled the characters, took a slightly more cartoonish approach, even with Lara. Still, her face shows her emotions well and it really adds to bringing Lara to life. Cut scenes looked flat and I suspect they are the same used cross platform. -Sound 9.8 – This game sports some very fitting, grand adventure music. The voice acting brings everyone to life and draws you into the story. Every sound felt just right. -Story 9 – They really make you feel for Lara and her family. With each level, I couldn’t wait to find out more. I can’t wait for the next Tomb Raider!! -Controls 9 – You now have full control over Lara! On a rare occasion, you will experience a tiny delay in reaction time, otherwise, she does what you want, when you want her to do it. The ability to move faster up ropes and along ledges with the Y button is great! The camera is good most of the time. -Gameplay 9 – The pacing is well done. The story and gameplay mesh very well. Generous checkpoints and improved control over Lara keep it fun and not tedious. Puzzles aren’t too deep but you'll be scratching your head from time to time. Moving a block is a refreshing reminder that you're using a physics engine instead of a contrived grid. Combat is decent, but needs improved. You have some neat close combat moves, and the environment interaction to help you is very nice, but mostly it's lock, shoot and dodge. Boss battles are a lot of fun and require you to think. More please! -Replay 7.8 – Treasures are hidden well and fun to find. Replay any level to collect the ones you missed. Dress in any outfit you've unlocked! Time trials and the Croft Mansion to unlock more goodies! -Overall 8.9 - Controlling Lara works now, many exotic locations to explore, many treasures to find, excellent story!