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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, 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. A crisply executed adventure that alternates among third-person shooting, platform-jumping, and environmental puzzles, Legend doesn't excel at any one in particular, but it rotates the elements smoothly and regularly enough that it compensates in variety.
  5. Every second of this game screams skillful design and the result is a liberating game world that feels open and responsive.
  6. A successful resurrection, but not quite worthy of legendary status. [May 2006, p.92]
  7. 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: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 9 out of 45
  1. JohnLocke
    Sep 1, 2009
    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. [Anonymous]
    Jun 13, 2006
    All in all, the game was excellent. I especially loved the improved feel of the controls (the most infuriating problem with all previous TR games), no more slow-turning Lara, or having her unexpectedly change direction when you make a jump, JUST because you didn't approach the edge at a perpendicular angle... The whole "cubic" feeling of the game has been removed, and now the levels are starting to feel a lot more real. The graphics are incredible, and the levels are well-designed. The addition of Zip and Alister was a great idea, as the dialogue between them and Lara, lets them know exactly what's going on in the lead character's minds, as well as profiding a few laughs. The developing storyline (also done much better in this game than in any predecessor, except perhaps the original), is what I feel truly makes this game a "must buy". If you want a shoot-em-up, buy Battlefield 2, but when you want to be pulled into an exciting and intruiging world, you're thankful that there are games like this out there... My only problem with this game is the up-in-the-air ending. Crystal Dynamics, PLEEEEASE give us an ending to this game, don't just leave us hanging! It's inhuman torture! Don't make me sic amnesty international on your arses! Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    When a stale franchise got reinvigorated. Tomb Raider Legend for me is one of my favourite video games. I am a major fan of the “Tomb Raider” series and I'm always anticipating the next release and this was the freshest and best structured sequel to be released prior to 2013's origins adventure! With the new control and combat systems, Lara is now performing highly unrealistic manoeuvre’s that only Lara Croft could pull off… And although a little short, this entry has been by far the most engaging release since Tomb Raider 2. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2013
    The game is perfectly fine on the PC but what sets it back from other versions is graphical glitches and annoying keyboard controls. Anniversary and underworld play fine on a keyboard but this game does not work well on a keyboard. And the most noticeable graphical glitch i can think of is the bridge at the end of the first level. Overall it is still a great game but it is not as good as other versions. Expand
  5. weevilk.
    May 2, 2007
    Graphics great - controls great- cinematics great, controls like a dream - but it is just too easy. too many hints. fighting is easy. bosses are easy. puzzles are very linear and lots of hints everywhere - things glinting, stupid guys on the headset - HEY LARA WHATS THAT BIG LEVER FOR.....HEY LARA TRY TO CHARGE UP THE CORE WITH THE TESLA DEVICE....I started off thinking - wow, this is awesome, but ended up feeling slightly cheated at how easy it is. even the binoculars have a built in ability to tell you what you do with objects on screen - AI binoculars? please..... little cut scenes which sort of guide you through a set piece - YOUI HAVE TO GO HERE......THEN HERE>>>>>THEN HERE......or big neon icons flashing up telling you where the grapple has to go, or whn to press down, up etc.....idiots guide, id say. They make a play on the fluid motion, but what that means is you can be very sloppy and still make the jumps etc - i suppose on balance, having to be too exact could get enraging, but its almost impossible to get it wrong with this one. 100000000 times better than the last effort mind. i guess nothing compares to the wonder of the very first TR 1 and 2 - they were so excellent in their day that they will not be beaten no matter how life like her outrageous ...ahem...boobies....become. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2010
    The graphics in this game are very good. The game play can get a little monotonous after you see a lot of clones of the same monsters over and over. Some of the puzzles are fun, but a couple of them expect you to die over and over in order to figure them out. It doesn't take very long to re-spawn and take another crack at them but its still annoying seeing a loading screen four times to complete one puzzle that has a special stipulation or asks you to complete it very quickly. If you get this game cheaply like I did then I recommend it. Expand
  7. May 29, 2013
    PC 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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