Tomb Raider: Legend PlayStation 2

Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. Play UK
    72
    Over in a flash, Legend is great in parts, rubbish in others. There's simply not enough tomb raiding. In fact, there's not enough of anything. Despite some great moments, there's just not enough gameplay, leaving this sadly lacking. [Issue#139, p.66]
  2. games(TM)
    70
    Legend is the best Tomb Raider game that has yet been made. Despite the game’s few grating problems, that’s quite an accolade. [May 2006, p.102]
  3. 70
    While Tomb Raider: Legend is a solid game, Crystal Dynamics just haven’t taken any chances with it – all of the design choices throughout the game feel too safe.
  4. Less than ten hours of content simply doesn’t justify the game’s price, regardless of how improved Legend is over the last few Tomb Raider games.
  5. AceGamez
    70
    It's fun for a bit, and fans of Lara will welcome this new addition as a breath of fresh air.
  6. Feel free to take Lara out for the weekend, but don’t go looking for a long-term relationship.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#42 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    8
    People have started to lose interest in Tomb Raider in the last few years but once you play Legend, you'll soon be back into it again. ThePeople have started to lose interest in Tomb Raider in the last few years but once you play Legend, you'll soon be back into it again. The seventh instalment in the series that started way back in 1996 by Core Design, now in the hands of Crystal Dynamics brings you a new adventure that is finally worth playing and you don't need to worry about any flaws that suffered in the last instalment, Angel of Darkness. Lara Croft is searching for lost clues and to cover the truth what happened to her mother and her old friend Amanda. You are looking for the missing parts of Excalibur which are scattered in different countries around the world. There are also bronze, silver and gold relics to find that are hidden in every level, the more you find, the greater your rewards will be and you hear that classic old secret chime (from the old PS1 games) every time you find one. Most of Lara's actions are the same as before which includes, walking, jumping, sprinting and climbing, however you can perform some really cool gymnastic movements too. You can swing round a pole, jump from wall to wall and ledge to ledge when you're climbing up those really high walls and my personal favourite you can swing over those really big gaps with your zip line. There are some new weapons to carry as well (including the old automatic pistols - you remember those don't you) but you can't carry as many as you could in the PS1 games which is a shame but maybe this is to make it more realistic. I mean you couldn't possible carry up to 8 weapons and fit them in your backpack could you? One of my favourite action moves (that is new in the game) is the slow motion movies (a bit like from The Matrix), that take place during combat or when avoiding traps and falls, a bit like from The Matrix. Graphically the game has improved dramatically and I was really impressed at what these people have done, they definatly deserve some credit for bringing Tomb Raider back from the dead. There is sharper detail, better lighting and shiny surfaces. Some of the level designs are beautiful, especially the Bolivia one where you can see rocks and mountains from thousands of kilometres away. The water effects are great too, you can see the splash and movement of the waves perfectly. The only problems with the game is puzzles aren't as challenging as before, camera angles are a pain sometimes depending on where you stand and the game itself is short. Once you've completed it, you will be able to finish it again in a couple of hours. However Tomb Raider: Legend for me is of the best action/adventures we have seen on the PS2 for a while. Full Review »
  2. Warmonger
    Jan 1, 2007
    7
    Good game but the controls leave a lot to be desired, especially the swimming..... still they are better than Angel of Darkness but Tomb Good game but the controls leave a lot to be desired, especially the swimming..... still they are better than Angel of Darkness but Tomb Raider 1 had better controls! Full Review »
  3. Chrisie
    Apr 17, 2006
    5
    Graphics get better all the time, but gameplay dramatically reduced per each new game released. This game took equivalent to half a day to Graphics get better all the time, but gameplay dramatically reduced per each new game released. This game took equivalent to half a day to complete, very short. The freedom to roam and climb has vanished, dissapointed. Full Review »