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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] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 100
    The improved graphics make all of the environments you visit look lively and beautiful, both in and out of the jungle and in and out of water. Lighting and shadows are done quite well and provide a very noticeable visual improvement over the last few games as is the audio.
  2. I wouldn't complain if they'd given us a little more, though, but this is definitely a stellar start.
  3. Tomb Raider: Legend fails to be a reinvention of any genres, but succeeds in every way at reinventing itself. [May 2006, p.96]
  4. Lara's reinvention outshines a game that's too slick for its own good - with better boss battles, more epic environments and taxing puzzles, it'd be a classic. [May 2006, p.40]
  5. 80
    The cliffhanger story is well put together. The action is simple and effective. The controls not only work, they're fun...Best of all, the sense of discovery and adventure is captured with a fresh sensibility.
  6. If anything, Legend succeeds in assuaging frustration. Puzzles never encroach on the aggravation of yester incarnations due to a RAD (“Remote Analysis Device”) that identifies objects of note. It’s reminiscent of Grim Fandango in the sense that you’re not left to hunt around wildly for the key elements in a conundrum.
  7. Feel free to take Lara out for the weekend, but don’t go looking for a long-term relationship.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    This game is awesome I bought it from Gamestop for $5 and was totally surprised it's great it's kind of like prince of persia mixed with uncharted except you play as a hot chick instead of some dude with a beard. Expand
  2. EdgarsD.
    Apr 9, 2006
    Best game ever!
  3. ClarkK.
    Jan 1, 2008
    Might be a bit short, but it has a pretty cool unlock/bonus/collection feature, the levels are fun and interesting, the controls are excellent. In fact, the controls and focus have changed so much that it almost feels like a different genre - puzzle to action - but in any case it's an improvement. In any case, that's how you can describe this game: an improvement. It gets just about everything right, and does it with the next-generation upgrade Tomb Raider has desperately needed. Expand
  4. BlueDwarf
    May 15, 2006
    From the intro, you'd expect a much more action packed game, but alas, it's the same old stuff. The graphics are nicely polished and there is so good atmospheric sounds, but like normal the shoddy camera control lets it all down. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2012
    This is one of the best tomb raiders its a great game the controls work very well these are some of the best graphics on ps2 and the game play is fun but the problem is the game is to short and its the easiest tomb raider to date which might anger some hardcore fans despite those things this is still tomb raider and there is alot of fun to be had Expand
  6. Afi
    Apr 10, 2006
    i wuz slightly let down dat d game was a bit 2 short 4 me . Finished it in 9 hours i think n i wuz expecting A LOT of cool moves coz the way it wuz hyped about .There were sum really cool moves but the ones u see in the trailer are juz bout it . Still i really enjoyed this game the whole time(even if i died a couple of times )especially the storyline n solving the puzzles . Expand
  7. RoryO.
    May 15, 2006
    while this is a playable platformer it is still far too reminisant of AOD the origional gameplay mechanics of the first five tomb raiders should return. this game is too short, too easy, has too few puzzels and iritates true raiders when they pick up the pad, lara is not back. Expand

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