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  • Summary: [Downloadable Content] Beneath the Ashes is the first of two brand new downloadable levels in the continuing Tomb Raider adventures of Lara Croft. Offering a new adventure specifically designed to extend the Tomb Raider: Underworld experience, Tomb Raider Underworld: Beneath the Ashes sends Lara back to the remains of Croft Manor where she uncovers a massive series of never-before-seen caverns and age old crypts used by her father to protect and hide a deadly source of power. In addition to an entirely new area to explore, the pack also contains six new costumes and deliver an additional 125 achievement points. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Anybody actually paying attention to the narrative will appreciate the gasp-inducing ending, and anybody under twelve will appreciate the abundance of inappropriate costumes that come included. For everyone else it’s a good, if not quite great platformer, that complements the main game while not exactly revolutionising it.
  2. You’ll be left with mixed emotions after playing Beneath the Ashes. On the one hand you’ll have really enjoyed the experience, especially the fact that the new level isn’t a patchwork quilt of other environments from the main game; it’s a fresh new level with some pretty great puzzles. On the other hand, 2 or 3 hours will have passed and you’ll be questioning the price for such a short albeit entertaining experience.
  3. In closing, Beneath the Ashes is a commendable slice of Tomb Raider adventuring, but still feels like it was part of the main game, that was either left on the cutting room floor, or withheld for the purpose of exclusive content.
  4. Tomb Raider Underword: Beneath the Ashes is a good first DLC, offering a good new setting and puzzles, new cut-scene as well as an ending good to build enough hype for the plot, waiting for the final act, entitled Lara’s Shadow. But this new level presents also many bad issues, mostly technical, and the 800 Microsoft Points price is not so cheap for a half an hour of longevity. Recommended only to biggest fans of Lara.
  5. It's perhaps unsurprising, given the matinee idol lineage of the series, that Lara Croft's set-piece adventures work so well carved into chunks, yet - even if it's not as long as you fancied, and there's a bit too much shooting - it's still a pleasure to spend a few more hours with one of gaming's most graceful legends.
  6. Under the Ashes is immediately framed as being little more than build up to Tomb Raider Underworld: Lara’s Shadow. With spokespersons from Crystal Dynamics clearly more excited by Shadow than by Ashes, you’re maybe going to be left with a sour taste. Did you just spend seven quid for a quite enjoyable jog to a cutscene? Quite possibly.
  7. Not beefy enough to warrant the fat cash. [June 2009, p.96]

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