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  • Summary: Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars,Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before. Eidos and Crystal Dynamics shaped Lara's look and movements to be an inherent extension of her skills, motivation and personality. Lara's character model features natural structure, realistic textures, detailed facial features, reactive eyes and fluid motion, all of which make her part of a living environment. New character animations and controls allow her to move through stunning environments with grace and precision, while an understanding of the game's original appeal reinvigorates the fundamental explore-and-solve adventure experience. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. There are people that say a good game must have good graphics and some that say its gameplay is the most important. TRL has both. Great graphics and a superb gameplay make this game a true jewel.
  2. A solid title from the ground up. It has a nicely written story, with lively characters and a charismatic and sexy protagonist in Lara Croft. It has great voice acting and music, and the artists have done a marvelous job of creating beautiful and diverse locations for the game's backdrop.
  3. Tomb Raider: Legend is not only the best Tomb Raider game in years, but as far ahead as one can possibly get from the disaster that was Angel of Darkness.
  4. In this regard, Crystal Dynamics deserve all the praise, but if they will continue to ignore certain aspects in the next Tomb Raider game and will choose to go down the simplification road, there are very good chances that the next Tomb Raider will end up like "Angel of Darkness."
  5. The best new addition is a magnetic grappling device that allows Lara to move faraway items and swing across chasms. Puzzles are beautifully integrated into the environment and frustration rare.
  6. Every second of this game screams skillful design and the result is a liberating game world that feels open and responsive.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    All that appeal is present in Legend, but it's attached to only half of a brilliant game. And in the end, half of a new Lara Croft game adventure turns out to be better than none at all. [July 2006, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
  1. JohnLocke
    Sep 1, 2009
    10
    A very high quality game all around; graphics are no longer the best available, but for the time of release, they are as good as one can ask A very high quality game all around; graphics are no longer the best available, but for the time of release, they are as good as one can ask for. The gameplay is fantastic; not the typical see-bad-guy-shoot-bad-guy stuff. The entire game is a puzzle, both the levels, and the storyline. It was very original and believable in its own setting. To top things off, the Croft Manor added several extra hours of leisure gameplay. Two thumbs up! Expand
  2. AmandaS.
    Apr 24, 2006
    10
    This game was great wayyyy better than the Angel Of Darkness. It has a good story line also but there is one default about the game that This game was great wayyyy better than the Angel Of Darkness. It has a good story line also but there is one default about the game that makes it unlike everyother tomb raider game... and that is that it is too short. all the other tomb raider games it takes forever just to finish ONE level. in this game a could finish a level in aboout 30min to an hour. the next game should really be LONGER. cuz i beat this game in about 12 hours. Expand
  3. TristanW.
    Apr 12, 2007
    9
    Pros: Loved the game. Tomb Raider is alive and well. Next Gen graphics enabled made for a fantastic visual experience. Cons: I can't Pros: Loved the game. Tomb Raider is alive and well. Next Gen graphics enabled made for a fantastic visual experience. Cons: I can't help but feel that the Tomb Raider series is drifting away from what made it great. It was way too short. The constant chatter from Zip and constant music detracted from the overall experience. I felt the game held my hand way too much, can't people be trusted to figure out things on their own anymore? Expand
  4. HarrieD.
    Apr 10, 2006
    8
    Quite a good game, that manages to captivate you with a good storyline and good graphics. Even though quite a few changes have been made Quite a good game, that manages to captivate you with a good storyline and good graphics. Even though quite a few changes have been made compared to the older games, it 'feels right', but....... It's quite short. Without really trying that hard, I managed to finish it in just under 11 hours. Granted: the game claimed I had finished 88%, but I defenitely had NOT rushed through. All in all: good. but short. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2016
    7
    Easily the most under appreciated Tomb Raider game out there. Enjoyed the personal Lara's quest driven story, but the sequel baiting in theEasily the most under appreciated Tomb Raider game out there. Enjoyed the personal Lara's quest driven story, but the sequel baiting in the finale was kinda unnecessery and out of place. Tombs themselves were awesome with excellent design and with well executed eerie atmosphere. Combat on mouse+kboard worked fine enough, but it was much better back on PS2 version, overall if you can i would reccomend the PS2 version, even over PS3/360, cuz next gen graphics take away lot of atmosphere and Lara imo looks wrong copmpared to last gen version of her.

    PC port feels bit weak, theres some of the effects missing from console version and running on next gen graphics break the Kazakhstan level for some reason.
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  6. OldaO.
    May 5, 2006
    6
    Having completed the game, my impression now is the same as when I first played it - the highly acclaimed controls in Legend are worse than Having completed the game, my impression now is the same as when I first played it - the highly acclaimed controls in Legend are worse than in Angel of Darkness! Still waiting for a good new release in this series to follow up on the first one. Expand
  7. May 29, 2013
    0
    PC controls suck. For me that's a game wrecker. Good God. Combat mechanics are awful. Camera movement is horrendous. Can't tell you ifPC controls suck. For me that's a game wrecker. Good God. Combat mechanics are awful. Camera movement is horrendous. Can't tell you if the plot is any good. I got sick of fighting the damned game controls and bashed the uninstall button, which is the only thing that worked good. Lara's got a nice rack, great legs and a fine ass, though. Expand

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