Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. But if you like to game on the go, Tomb Raider Legend is a solid little addition to the PSP library, and an adventure that is worth experiencing on any console. [July 2006, p.113]
  2. The biggest knock against the game is the length. The single-player game is only seven hours long. You’re able to unlock movies and outfits, which are fun, but may not be worth a play through.
  3. Tomb Raider: Legend might not be an epic or set new standards like the original game did ten years ago, but it's thoroughly entertaining for its duration and is an impressive package on the PSP.
  4. As a near-perfect recreation of the PS2 version, PSP Legend is a staggering technical achievement. [July 2006, p.63]
  5. Entertaining and fun if you can weather the frustrating parts.
  6. 72
    While rough around the edges, Tomb Raider Legend still manages to offer a unique, worthwhile experience on PSP.
  7. The sequel we’ve all been waiting for since the original Tomb Raider hit PSone. But not as lovely on PSP, so get the PS2 or 360 version!
  8. The PSP version may not have the zip of the others, and you certainly wouldn't choose it over and above them, but Tomb Raider: Legend is a good game, and if you can put up with the initial awkwardness you'll find it was worth the wait.
  9. If you’re a Tomb Raider completist or reckon you’ve great dexterity then you will find a very pleasing game here. I enjoyed my time with the PSP version of Tomb Raider Legend yet I knew it could have been a hell of a lot better.
  10. An enjoyable conversion. Going through tombs and solving puzzles on the move is excellent fun, while the multiplayer time trials that have you running and gunning for the fastest time are a great little bonus for those after this handheld version.
  11. Lara's PSP debut is a captivating adventure that only falls down on the back of a frustratingly awkward set of controls. [June 2006, p.94]
  12. It may have a few wrinkles but, crucially, the adventuring returns to the forefront of the Tomb Raider experience.
  13. Tomb Raider: Legend for the PSP is riddled with technical problems but it still managed to cram in all the great things we loved about the console version.
  14. Tomb Raider: Legend is an impressive technical achievement on PSP, mirroring the console versions closer than you might think. [June 2006, p.55]
  15. The genius of the exploration in the game still shines through. Tomb Raider: Legend deserves to be played, but should only be played on a PSP if you do not have an Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, or a capable PC.
  16. 70
    Unfortunately, the technical flaws are too obvious to ignore and play a hand in keeping gamers from enjoying a fun adventure and one of Lady Croft’s finest moments.
  17. So, basically, TRL is a good game that kind of lost its way when it came over to the PSP. [July 2006, p.80]
  18. 70
    All in all, we recommend Tomb Raider: Legend to fans and non-fans alike, but you might be better off picking up a copy of one of the console versions. Either way, it's nice to see Lara back in action, and we're hoping that we'll be seeing more of her tomb-raiding exploits in the future.
  19. You won’t find a bigger Lara Croft fan than me, so it pains me greatly to say that Legend on the PSP is quite simply – “not fun to play”.
  20. I cannot suggest a purchase to anyone except hardcore fans of the console versions due to the controls and crappy camera work.
  21. 65
    In the process of being brought to the PSP, Legends changed into an occasionally enjoyable though altogether disappointing title that mimics much of Laura's older works than the material it supposedly draws from.
  22. Identical to the PS2 version in content but the PSP's limitations really pick away at the polish revealing something far less beautiful. A disappointment, all told. [June 2006, p.70]
  23. hat said, Legend is still a decent game with plenty of satisfying puzzles and expansive levels that look great and can be fun to explore. If you're looking for a straightforward action adventure and don't mind making some sacrifices for the sake of portability, Tomb Raider: Legend fits the bill.
  24. 60
    While not a terrible game, the absence of control really brings an otherwise good game down to a level it shouldn't have been subjected to.
  25. 60
    Lara fans will love it, and those looking for some platforming fun on the go should invest, but everyone else is probably best off with just a rental or sticking to a superior console edition.
  26. Tomb Raider Legend is an amazing game, and EVERYONE should own it. They just shouldn't own it on the PSP. Though Buzz Monkey tried valiantly to replicate the console outing, either the programming staff or the hardware just wasn't up to the task.
  27. Lara Croft's PSP adventure is surprisingly close to the PS2 version in many respects. Unfortunately, where it differs, the experience really suffers. [July 2006, p.86]
  28. While it's amazing that Eidos was able to cram the entire game into the PSP, it simply doesn't excuse the fact that they broke it in the cramming.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    Crap. Just crap, a shoddy port of a decent console game. While all the levels remain in tact to it's console sibling, the extra multiplayer modes cannot redeem the annoyingly low framerate and crap camera and controls. And that's coming from a fan. Full Review »