Tomb Raider: Anniversary Wii

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. 70
    The Wii control additions really do add to the experience and the game looks pretty good, too. The end product is not exemplary, but it is a step in the right direction and it's also entertaining, particularly when you're jumping from ledge to ledge or swinging across chasms to the beat of moody music.
  2. Lara Croft's transition to the Wii is not an entirely smooth one.
  3. The Wii version of Tomb Raider Anniversary won’t pull in those who have already played the game on PS2 or Xbox 360. Everyone else, however, will be pleasantly surprised by the Wii remote implementation. This is one tomb that should be explored thoroughly.
  4. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the perfect way to revisit Lara Croft. Instead of a remake, we've been given a remade version of her original adventure, bringing with it all the improvements that have been made to her character over the years, yet retaining the qualities that made us fall in love with her games in the first place.
  5. 60
    In many ways, the controls are dead-on, but the awkward shooting controls hamstring the action.
  6. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the video game equivalent of giving your old car a new paint job and a spoiler and claiming it's as good as new. The combination of the dated Tomb Raider areas, mixed with the uninspiring and boring Tomb Raider: Anniversary alone, feels like a patch job, and the addition of the Wii elements to the original versions of Tomb Raider: Anniversary only serves to increase the feeling that most of this game is just new elements stapled haphazardly onto a prettier version of a 10-year-old game.
  7. If you haven't played the PC, PS2 or Xbox 360 versions, do. They're brilliant. This isn't.
  8. Games Master UK
    83
    If you don't have access to the other console versions, this is well worth getting. [Jan 2007, p.61]
  9. 70
    The real lesson here is that if you can take out one of her twin sisters for this Anniversary date on another platform, then that's the route to go. Otherwise, while it remains a grand adventure, traveling by Wii makes it a bumpier ride.
  10. And even though the controls and camera provide ongoing problems through the entire game, you’ll eventually learn to adapt, or at least deal with them.
  11. VideoGamer
    80
    It makes the most of modern technology to bring a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement.
  12. Play Magazine
    85
    This really is a special game for the truest fans. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  13. Those expecting a more action heavy experience will feel a little let down, but as a puzzle heavy action game, Lara can more than hold her own.
  14. Nintendo Power
    65
    There are also framerate and hit-detection issues (both in catching ledges and in targeting enemies) that just shouldn't exist. [Holiday 2007, p.82]
  15. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    90
    Anniversary is the best game in the series by far. [Christmas 2007, p.72]
  16. Nintendo Gamer
    82
    Reworked, modernised but still definitely a retro experience, the original Tomb Raider proves there was substance behind all the hype. [Jan 2008, p.41]
  17. Now that it has moved to the Wii, however, Tomb Raider: Anniversary's magic has been lost due to crappy waggle controls. Although some of the Wii exclusive puzzles are mildly enjoyable, aiming and shaking the nunchuck leads to imprecise movements and lots of headaches.
  18. With improved graphics, solid sound and pretty good gameplay, the new control and re-imagined levels make for a game that is much more superior from the original.
  19. Tomb Raider Anniversary is still a great game. However, the Wii version is by far the worst version of that great game
  20. It’s not a perfect port, however, but much like my breakfast this morning it’s still good enough to keep you planted on the sofa for a few hours and bask in its goodness.
  21. The game still provides a compelling adventure, albeit a frustrating one. The camera and aiming are deplorable, but after some time it is manageable.
  22. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    80
    It massively improves the original's gameplay. [Issue#17, p.80]

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#43 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 15, 2016
    8
    The game looks great on the Wii. The motion controls work ok and thats a huge plus. They added some new puzzles for this version of the game.The game looks great on the Wii. The motion controls work ok and thats a huge plus. They added some new puzzles for this version of the game. If you own a Wii, this is a must have. Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    It's great!

    The graphics are amazing for the Wii. The only problem is the game isn't very good with SOME motion controls if you have a Wii
    It's great!

    The graphics are amazing for the Wii. The only problem is the game isn't very good with SOME motion controls if you have a Wii and you like Wii games this is a sure game to get!
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  3. Jun 28, 2012
    5
    It's a good Tomb Raider game, but motion controls don't work for this sort of game. It's playable, but a standard controller is preferred. TheIt's a good Tomb Raider game, but motion controls don't work for this sort of game. It's playable, but a standard controller is preferred. The game does have some Wii exclusive features, but overall they feel gimmicky and aren't that fun. The visuals are sharper than the PS2 version. Get it on PS3, XB360, or PC instead. Full Review »