Tomb Raider PlayStation
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  • Summary: Climb, swim, and backflip your way through a maze of cryptic deathtraps so realistic you can practically smell the decaying flesh. Unload an arsenal of lethal firepower on any wild-dog, giant lizard or blood-thirsty mercenary that gets in your way.
    Your mission is the deadliest one to date
    Climb, swim, and backflip your way through a maze of cryptic deathtraps so realistic you can practically smell the decaying flesh. Unload an arsenal of lethal firepower on any wild-dog, giant lizard or blood-thirsty mercenary that gets in your way.
    Your mission is the deadliest one to date -- the recovery of the fabled Scion, an incredible treasure reputed to give its possessor vast power. Get ready to cross the globe to take on impossible odds while exploring Incan ruins, Ancient Rome, Egyptian Pyramids, and the Lost City of Atlantis...
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. The fact is that Tomb Raider for the PSX/Saturn looks like a 64-bit game on a 32-bit machine. It is incredibly good (revolutionary, in fact).
  2. One of the best games I have ever played. The graphics are superb, the gameplay out of this world. The sheer number of moves that Lara can perform is staggering.
  3. 100
    Lara herself is well designed and animates superbly, whether it be while shooting a gun, traversing treacherous mountain ledges or swimming through violent rapids.
  4. Lara Croft came and third-person 3D action-adventures haven't been the same since. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. It can be frustrating at times, but is always engrossing.
  6. 80
    If exploration’s your thing, this Raider is for you. Have no fear about entering this Tomb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    Back in 1996 there was the dawn of the Playstation, which brought a whole new world into gaming and Tomb Raider (an action/adventure) was aBack in 1996 there was the dawn of the Playstation, which brought a whole new world into gaming and Tomb Raider (an action/adventure) was a taste of that example. If you loved the Indiana Jones films and wanted a game that involved puzzles, challenges, action and adventure, then this game (unlike the terrible Indiana Jones games that were released during the 80s) is the one for you. The story starts off in New Mexico, where a huge explosion sets off causing an earthquake that exposes an ancient device. Inside this device appears to be a person who has been frozen in carbonate for many centuries. Present day in a Hotel, archaeologist Lara Croft receives a message about a legendary artefact called the Scion, from a wealthy businesswoman called Natla, owner of Natla Technologies. The Scion is split into three pieces and your task is to retrieve those remaining pieces, before the other minions do so. The gameplay has probably got the best I have seen in all my years of gaming. Imagine you're in a big circular room and you can run all over the place for miles, well this is exactly what Tomb Raider has got. Set in third person perspective, the game has you exploring through caves, coliseums, tombs and pyramids, as well as climbing up rocks, swimming so deep that it's like diving down the deep blue oceans and shimmying along open cracks into secret caves. Of course it wouldn't be extra sweet without any combat, oh no you don't think Lara Croft would go through deadly traps, wolves, velociraptors and lions etc without any guns do you. Using your dual pistols, you must shoot anything that comes after you basically and don't worry about aiming - just point the gun in the direction of a foe and fire until everything is dead. Other weapons are found as you progress through the game (my personal favourite are the Uzis). The music, composed brilliantly by Martin Iveson and Nathan McCree, adds an extra feel to this game to make it note perfect. Sometimes the music will give you clues, for example either you have found a hidden area or it will alert you of any dangers ahead. The graphics in this game are stunning, but some are a badly pixelated (which may confuse players, by not knowing which rocks/platforms you can and can't stand on). The camera angles are a pain, and its lack of save feature will probably have you continuously repeating yourself again, because of the difficulty of each level. However, because I loved this game so much and because it is a very old game, I will accept these errors and they aren't really a serious problem once you master it. This, to me is in my list of top 5 video games of all time. When I look back now, I never realised how successful this game would be. Who would have thought that just one game would turn it, and the character Lara Croft into a series and franchise of related media? Expand
  2. Rob
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    This game is quite simply an all time classic. While the graphics aren't much to shout out about now, they were revolutionary when Tomb This game is quite simply an all time classic. While the graphics aren't much to shout out about now, they were revolutionary when Tomb Raider was first released around ten years ago. The level design in the game is stunning, especially level three's T-rex which chases you after you've jumped from the high rocks into the pool below. Sadly, Tomb Raider's designers decided to give the game a more urban feel from Tomb Raider three onwards (Tomb Raider two had Venice, which was nice), and that lost the magic that made Tomb Raider such an engaging game to play. I want to raid tombs, not prance around London. Expand
  3. Jan 4, 2013
    10
    Tomb Raider is a game that involves you actually using your own brain, unlike most modern game. It has well thought out level design and aTomb Raider is a game that involves you actually using your own brain, unlike most modern game. It has well thought out level design and a badass main character. I love you Core ;___; Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2011
    9
    Ahhh Tomb Raider, the memories : ) My sister brought this game home for me to play when I'd actually asked for something else and at first IAhhh Tomb Raider, the memories : ) My sister brought this game home for me to play when I'd actually asked for something else and at first I was miffed, but now I can't thank her enough as it was one of the best games I've ever played. Ok so the graphics look ancient now but at the time they were cutting edge and the hours of enjoyment I got from this game seemed endless. I still have a copy of Tomb Raider to this day and it's still as precious to me now as it was then. Here's to Lara Croft and where it all began. Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2014
    9
    When this game first came out it was so radical. Everyone fell in love with Lara, and loved the way you controlled her movements andWhen this game first came out it was so radical. Everyone fell in love with Lara, and loved the way you controlled her movements and interacted with the environment she was in. There were no online walk throughs then so you had to work things out for yourself or pop down to the shop for a game mag. When you go back to it, it's a little clunky and glitchy but well work a look back if you still have the working hardware :-) Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2013
    9
    this game is great the music is there when it needs it and it is all atmosphere but the controls are hard to get used to but its definitelythis game is great the music is there when it needs it and it is all atmosphere but the controls are hard to get used to but its definitely worth a buy you will be pleased Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jul 30, 2003
    1
    This game is stupid boring long and infuriating the movies are cool though :)

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