Tomb Raider Anniversary Review
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System: X360, PS2, Wii, PC, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Crystal Dynamics 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Eidos Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 23, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Visually, this game is an obvious improvement over the original series. And it's even a slight upgrade over last year's Tomb Raider: Legend. But the visual prowess still falls short of what I had hoped for. Ms. Croft looks excellent as always, and there's not too much to complain about with the environments. But there's not anything graphically that's really going to "wow" you either. And the lack of HD-support really magnifies this shortcoming. Perhaps I expected too much, but I really wanted Tomb Raider: Anniversary to look cutting edge in this gen, like the source material looked cutting-edge ten years ago. But it does receive a passing grade for the visuals, which is good enough for most.

Tomb Raider Anniversary screenshot

Sound quality delivers pretty well. Voice acting is spot-on in most situations, and while the music is so-so, you can't really fault it because this is supposed to be a vintage experience. And the music definitely does a great job of alerting you to an enemy and inducing the frantic shooting frenzy that comes with enemies. I just wish they would have beefed up the individual level scores. There's so much done with the sound in modern games, and I feel that this would have been a perfect opportunity to give this classic an upgrade. But much like the graphic, the sound in Tomb Raider: Anniversary receives a passing grade for being true to the series and delivering an experience that is good enough for most people who are fans of the original.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary is definitely an experience. For most of us, it hearkens back to the days when the PlayStation was the console to have, and Tomb Raider was the best game ever. Playing the original Tomb Raider game through this new lens also reminded me that sometimes less is more. There's such a simple premise to the game, yet it has lasted ten years. Playing it today felt just as new and exciting as playing it ten years ago did. And that is this game's main strength. I suspect that gamers who played the original and those who have only recently been introduced to the Tomb Raider mythos will find something to love in Tomb Raider: Anniversary!

By Amanda Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:
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  • Celebrate and commemorate ten years of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft with Tomb Raider: Anniversary, an entirely new gameplay experience inspired by the first ever Tomb Raider adventure. Tomb Raider: Anniversary uses an enhanced version of the Tomb Raider: Legend game engine to apply Crystal Dynamic's latest PS2 technology.
  • Play the living Lara Croft, the world's greatest action heroine of all time - use all of Lara's guile, athleticism, and gadgets in her quest to conquer the unknown and uncover ancient artifacts.
  • Includes classic environments from the original Tomb Raider as never experienced before - Crystal Dynamics latest technology allows you to fluidly maneuver Lara using her latest moves and gear, through all the worlds from the original: Peru, Greece, Egypt, and more. The dynamic world allows multiple playthrough options and also opens up new places and ways to explore. Crystal's latest technology allows the environments to take on a breath taking new quality.
  • Explore uncharted and mysterious worlds - enter into strange, undiscovered lands and solve their deepest, darkest mysteries, open doors to new realms, uncover great rewards, and unearth secrets to Lara's past.
  • Startling enemy encounters - encounter fierce animal and supernatural enemies, wolves, bears, crocodiles, horrific monsters, and the T Rex. New and improved A.I. means that all enemies will exhibit a more diverse behavior set, providing improved combat challenges for the player


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.5
    Graphics
    Pretty standard next-gen graphics, but nothing really impressing.
    4.0
    Control
    Very easy pick-up-and-play controls that hearken back to the original.
    3.5
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    It does its job, but a audio upgrade would have been nice.
    4.5
    Play Value
    This game will definitely bring on the nostalgia for those who have played before, and the good news is that it's still a blast to play!
    4.1
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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