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Generally favorable reviews- based on 278 Ratings

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  • Summary: Master your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozenMaster your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and more. Each level is an elaborate multi-stage puzzle masked within an interactive environmental playground offering more flexibility over how the area is solved. New range of combat options: Choose to pacify or kill, target multiple enemies at once with the new dual-target system, and shoot with one hand while suspended with the other. New state-of-the-art gear: Utilize the latest technology in Lara's upgraded inventory to navigate the world including: Active Sonar map: A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations; Multi-purpose grapple: A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, rappelling, performing wall runs and manipulating objects within the environment; All-terrain hybrid motorbike: A unique vehicle design built to drive on everything from mud to snow and ice. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. PC Gamer
    90
    But it's the puzzles that elevate Underworld to new heights. [Jan 2009, p.54]
  2. There aren’t many titles that can come close to the glory of Tomb Raider. If you’re looking for some gun totting, cliff hugging action then look no further than Tomb Raider: Underworld for the PC.
  3. Tomb Raider: Underworld is a source of joy as long as everything works as intended and Lara follows the controls, leading the player to beautiful panoramas, seamlessly moving from gameplay to cut-scene. But at the same time, the game can be quite depressing if Lara doesn't reach moving platforms, the camera plays up and it's hard to solve a problem. It's an emotional roller coaster and great entertainment.
  4. Play (Poland)
    80
    Lady Archaeologist is in her top shape again. This time she's mostly interested in exploring the wonders of nature and she does it better that ever before. Pity that not everything is polished. But who will resist the temptation of putting his hands on - or rather into - the Thor's gloves that can rip the fabric of time and space? [Dec 2008]
  5. 80
    While the PC version has much sharper visuals and some tighter control, the camera can still hamper gameplay.
  6. At its best, it can compete with the best, offering gorgeous vistas and jaw-dropping scenery.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    60
    Chalk this one up as another PC adaptation hemmed-in by the need to make it all work on the PlayStation 3 If Lara's got a saving grace, it's that she's the archetypal 'pub game' girl. To the sozzled, life isn't an intricate cornucopia of detail and possibility, it's a pinball machine one gets hurled through, head first; linear and idiot-proof. [January 2009, p.53]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 60
  2. Negative: 12 out of 60
  1. FrankV
    May 20, 2009
    10
    I really enjoyed this chapter in Lara's long career. The graphics and gameplay were the best yet.
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    Tomb raider Underworld is a fantastic game. Even though they ended the series and took a new approach with Lara this game is well worth theTomb raider Underworld is a fantastic game. Even though they ended the series and took a new approach with Lara this game is well worth the money its still one of my favorite games to date. 10/10 Expand
  3. SimonS.
    Nov 25, 2008
    9
    Superb game, a beautiful story in a beautiful surrounding (and Lara doesn
  4. FrancescoP
    Dec 17, 2008
    8
    Yeah, the camera issue... not that big deal in my opinion: camera gets messy (maybe you just made an awkward jump) Lara falls, breaks her Yeah, the camera issue... not that big deal in my opinion: camera gets messy (maybe you just made an awkward jump) Lara falls, breaks her neck and then, in just 3 seconds, you're ready to start again a few steps back from where you were... so, no, you can't say it's totally annoying or that ALL the game is badly coded. I'd even say this one of the best multi-platform port one could ever wish for! The graphic on my pc (a good one but not at all a monster!) is really exciting and runs incredibly smooth (60 fps with AA4x): just as much as TR Anniversary! But everything is so well designed that's just far superior to anything seen before. The game is just plain fun, nothing particularly challenging but sets up good involvement, thanks also to the boomy sound effects, especially under water. I really think that arguments to blame software houses and hail to piracy are weaker than ever in this case. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2013
    7
    This game is fun and the graphics are awesome. Anyone looking for better should hold their tongue.. You know this is as good as it gets tillThis game is fun and the graphics are awesome. Anyone looking for better should hold their tongue.. You know this is as good as it gets till the 2013 release.. Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2012
    5
    The graphics and sound are pretty good in the game. The puzzles and combat were on the easy side but were good enough to get me to finish theThe graphics and sound are pretty good in the game. The puzzles and combat were on the easy side but were good enough to get me to finish the game. Story is bad and uninteresting. The controls and camera are TERRIBLE. They often feel like they are fighting against you when playing. It is especially frustrating when you are trying to make a jump. If they worked better game might be a 7, as is 5. Expand
  7. AngryConsumer
    Nov 28, 2008
    0
    I was all primed to buy this game... prior to eidos having a company artificially alter the metacritic score by lobbying reviewers to delayI was all primed to buy this game... prior to eidos having a company artificially alter the metacritic score by lobbying reviewers to delay their scores. Seriously, what possible justification is there for a site like metacritic if publishers just game the system. Thanks, but this one will be a torrent, and I may send eidos a check for 20 bucks if it pass MY personal review. Otherwise, they can suck a lemon. Way to lose a sale, brainiacs. Expand

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