Tomb Raider 4
Genre Action -> Adventure
Today's Rank 5541
Homepage
USA
Date 2002-12-09
Publisher Eidos
UK
Date N/A
Publisher Eidos
North America Retail Box ArtAction heroine Lara Croft returns in Tomb Raider III, an impressive action adventure game from Eidos. Once again, the world's most famous girl gamer must jump, swim, climb and shoot her way through numerous challenges. There are five locations and 15 massive levels to explore, including the South Pacific, India, London, Antarctica and Area 51. Unlike previous games in the series, this version lets you visit any of the gaming areas in any order that you prefer. This change enables beginning players to immediately appreciate the diverse gaming environments and designs of different levels that have captivated advanced gamers for the duration of the popular series. Unlike most action shooting games, Tomb Raider III requires a heavy dose of puzzle solving. In fact, fast reflexes and shooting skills are probably less important than your ability to figure out the best way to unlock the secrets that will advance your entry into new and hidden areas. With clever gameplay and eye-opening 3-D graphics, the third entry in the Tomb Raider series significantly advances the quality of one of the strongest franchises in the history of video games. --Brett Atwood Eidos serves up more of the same in the fourth instalment of the adventures of Lara Croft. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation is sure to please rabid fans of the busty heroine, but it may give indigestion to series veterans looking for something new or improved. If you're one of the latter, your suffering will begin from the start as the game opens with a prologue/training level that requires you to go through the motions before proceeding to the actual game. And you probably won't give a hoot about the "play as young Lara" gimmick. However, those willing to play through the flashback will be pleased to discover that Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation recaptures much of the spirit of the original. Unlike the previous two sequels, the 3-D environments here are closed in, the puzzles are less vague, and the enemies are mostly non-human. While the controls can still be awkward at times and the graphics are largely unchanged, the Indiana Jones-style gameplay is just as entertainingly addictive as it was the first time around. --Joe Hon
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