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  • Summary: Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic. Using an enhanced "Tomb Raider Legend" game engine,Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic. Using an enhanced "Tomb Raider Legend" game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artefact known only as the Scion up to today’s technology standards and offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience. The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure in Tomb Raiding. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
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  1. For the price, and for the quality of offer, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easily one the best games released all year. Blessed with an excellent control system and chock full of masterfully designed levels, as far as puzzle-based action adventures go, there have been none finer for years.
  2. Play Magazine
    85
    This really is a special game for the truest fans. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  3. If you've never played the first Tomb Raider, this is a great way to go about it. If you have, this is a great way to get reacquainted with it.
  4. It’s been a long and tumultuous ride over the years for our girl Lara. It’s nice to see her go back to what made her the woman she is today. Solid controls, huge areas to explore and conquer, and larger than life ancient block puzzles to solve all make an appearance.
  5. It’s almost the lack of innovation that makes this fun, as it’s a throwback to the original TR game of 1996. It just doesn’t take a lot of chances either.
  6. Tomb Raider: Anniversary's success is twofold: It does well by the memory of the original and makes a dynamic action adventure game that's fun to play in 2007.
  7. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    60
    Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a solid title whose next-gen credentials are offset by a concept that’s starting to show its age. Those with a penchant for all things Croft will relish this overhauled blast from the past, but ultimately this alone isn’t quite enough to make Tomb Raider: Anniversary a must have title for most other people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SimonC.
    Dec 29, 2007
    9
    Great action / puzzle game! Provides an excellent game for its minimal cost. The controls are intuitive, the length is pretty good and Great action / puzzle game! Provides an excellent game for its minimal cost. The controls are intuitive, the length is pretty good and there's replayability. Tomb Raider at it's best. Recommended. Expand
  2. ScottW.
    Oct 24, 2007
    8
    Just as good as the original, updated just enough to make it not a repeat with a face lift, like Resident Evil for the Gamecube. Many new Just as good as the original, updated just enough to make it not a repeat with a face lift, like Resident Evil for the Gamecube. Many new puzzles and redesigned levels. Levels have a familiar feel, if you played the first one, but rarely are the traps and level design are the same as the first. If you liked the original this one will make you smile ear to ear. Expand
  3. LaraC.
    Nov 11, 2007
    8
    If you like the Tomb Raider Series then this is a must have. I think this is the third best one released, The first and second on the PSOne If you like the Tomb Raider Series then this is a must have. I think this is the third best one released, The first and second on the PSOne are the only ones better than this one. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2015
    8
    A remarkable change, and improvement over the original Tomb Raider game, yet it maintains all of its quirks, and excitement. You still get toA remarkable change, and improvement over the original Tomb Raider game, yet it maintains all of its quirks, and excitement. You still get to explore fascinating landscapes, and solve lots of puzzles, and kick ass, but you can do so with a greater range of movement, and freedom.

    An enjoyable game all around, even if sometimes frustrating. There are a few flaws, but nothing you cannot over come. Asides from a few minor bugs, there are points in the game, where the camera angles, and imprecise controls betray you. Sometimes you just have to jump blindly.

    However, you can get through it, and overall Tomb Raider is something worth picking up. There are many surprises, and fun is to be had, especially if you are into the action-puzzle genre. For a lot of people (including myself) this will be a blast from the past, and a revisit to a game that upon release was extremely refreshing, and original.
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  5. TobyO.
    Dec 19, 2007
    5
    When a next-gen remake is buggier and more broken than the PSone original, it's trouble. This game has so many bugs, I felt dirty When a next-gen remake is buggier and more broken than the PSone original, it's trouble. This game has so many bugs, I felt dirty playing it. Combined with the insane amount of backtracking required in the "improved" levels, I'd seriously rather bust out Tomb Raider 1. Big disappointment here. Expand