I was a huge Tomb Raider fan when it first came out. I bought the first 2 for PC as they launched and the third on PSX. They were amazing games back in the day, although the series went downhill after the second.
I figured a HD remix of the series would be awesome. I was right and wrong.
The original TR games were on a grid system. I'm sure it had to do with the limitations of the original platforms and game engine, but it worked very well. Now the grid system is gone. I know it has been like that for some time now, since the PS2 days. I really wish they would go back to that.
It seems a lot more fluid now, but it also makes platforming WAY more difficult. And in Anniversary (which is the one I was most looking forward to playing as it is a remake of the original) they added the grappling hook mechanic, which changes how most of the puzzles are solved. It pretty much took my nostalgic feelings and hucked them out the window.
I've been enjoying the game, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. It is neat seeing all the old locations again, and it made me giggle to step on Midas's hand and see her turn to gold in HD, but somehow it isn't worth it.
Now for the numbers.
Gameplay 6 - the grid system was restricting but made platforming easier. Since its removal, things are a little more difficult and just not the same. Graphics 8 - looks real good but everything's shiny. I hate shiny textures where they shouldn't be. Stones and khaki pants aren't supposed to have specular highlights. Fun factor 7 - after all it is still Tomb Raider, and exploration is still a major part of the game.
NOTE: I have not played Tomb Raider Underworld (which is on the disk) I seem to remember it not being very good and having a lot of glitches so I'm going to pass on it for now.
tl;dr decent game, playable and enjoyable, at least for a little while. 7/10