Presentation: Absolutely beautiful even on the aging Xbox 360. Whether you're looking up close or far away, the resolution is very detailed. Varied environments and cool tombs. Lara also looks great. You can see her body gets more damaged and covered with blood and dirt as she progresses through the game. Also has excellent soundtrack.
Story: Very engaging and thematic. It doesn't really focus on her trying to rescue her friends and escape. Instead it focuses on her transition from an innocent, young girl to becoming an amazing action heroine. You feel the emotion as she struggles to survive and find the courage to overcome overwhelming odds.
Gameplay: Very solid third person cover shooter and exploration game. The camera is dynamic and adjusts perfectly to whatever situation Lara is in. Her bow and arrow is an awesome weapon. The dynamic cover system works perfectly. You'll want to explore every part of the island to find relics. documents, and weapon upgrades.
Cons: Some lazy quick time events in melee combat. Final boss battles are kind of disappointing. Boring and pointless multiplayer. They should have just made a bigger single player campaign. These issues are so small that it doesn't take away from the game.
Overall: A fantastic action experience that definitely earns a sequel.
The graphics are phenomenal and very smooth. Some of the cut scene interactions are more difficult than they need to be, like the parachute through the pines and the ride down the rapids, but overall it was terrific. Best game I've played on Xbox so far. The story was well-written, engaging and kept me up till 3AM nightly wanting to see what comes next. As soon as I finished it I used my Gamefly reward bucks to buy it. Very fun and very well done.
From the start to finish an incredible game, great story, which will keep you interested until the end, beautiful scenery, amazing cut scenes, I could go on and on...Camilla Luddington should play the role of Lara Croft in the next movie adaptation!