Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Xbox

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  • Summary: Join daring archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones as he travels to 1935 China to prevent a powerful artifact from falling into evil hands. Indy's latest globe-spanning adventure takes you from the jungles of Ceylon and underwater palaces in Istanbul, to the deadly streets of Hong KongJoin daring archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones as he travels to 1935 China to prevent a powerful artifact from falling into evil hands. Indy's latest globe-spanning adventure takes you from the jungles of Ceylon and underwater palaces in Istanbul, to the deadly streets of Hong Kong and beyond. You'll leap, swim, climb, and punch your way through exotic locales, fighting hand-to-hand combat from street brawls to martial arts battles. It will take more than just your trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious Heart of the Dragon? Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. This is high adventure in the grandest sense, and running around in the shoes of Indiana Jones is truly a great thing. Not to mention the manual has got to be seen to be believed. It’s so bloody cool, it’s amazing.
  2. If there is a problem with the game it's that it offers nothing new to this style of game that hasn't already come from the Boob Raider saga. That's not to say it's a bad game. It a great game.
  3. Thanks to the use of the Buffy engine, the game features an excellent combat system that refuses to tire on you and a compelling story to pull you through the game.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    At times the game has all the pulse-pounding thrills of an archaeological dig. [7 Mar 2003, p.78]
  5. GMR Magazine
    70
    While the action runs smoothly, textures and level design are a bit on the simple side, making some of the more ambitious "natural" levels feel a little too grid based. [Apr 2003, p.67]
  6. While these are disappointments, there are few games that have you leaning into every jump you make, your heart in your throat each time Indy barely grabs onto a ledge with his fingertips before pulling himself up.
  7. Edge Magazine
    40
    Instant deaths, glitchy combat, uninspiring boss encounters and twitchy controls conspire to make this a below-par experience. If it wasn't for the occasional flashes of imagination and the familiarity and richness conveyed through the license then The Emperor's Tomb would be utterly forgettable. [May 2003, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. SunnyD.
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    Excellent story line, good environment, concept arts and characters; the essentials for a good single player game. And Indy has it all. A Excellent story line, good environment, concept arts and characters; the essentials for a good single player game. And Indy has it all. A must have for fans. Expand
  2. JugsterJam
    Feb 14, 2003
    10
    Strong playable grahics from indiana joes to the jungles, trees, fire, lost inca sites very movie like. The creators of buffy the vampire Strong playable grahics from indiana joes to the jungles, trees, fire, lost inca sites very movie like. The creators of buffy the vampire slayer have made the game. So the gameplay feels a lot like their past game, which is good. All the indie jonesing to do is here. Expand
  3. Indy
    Apr 14, 2003
    10
    This is the Best Indiana Jones game they have ever made.
  4. JohnS.
    Mar 30, 2003
    8
    I don't see why this didn't get a higher score. I give it a solid 8.5. The graphics are very good (much sharper and eye-popping I don't see why this didn't get a higher score. I give it a solid 8.5. The graphics are very good (much sharper and eye-popping than any of the trailers I've seen for it), the combat is excellent (very "Buffy"-like), and the levels are huge. The only things missing are savepoints and multiplayer. Multiplayer, especially, which would add to the limited replay-value. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2016
    8
    Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb is a fun action adventure game. I like how it seamlessly takes you from the introductory level rightIndiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb is a fun action adventure game. I like how it seamlessly takes you from the introductory level right into action. Being exploring, platforming, combat, Indy has it all here.

    Compared to the last Indiana Jones movie, the story in the game is quite good. Yes, it is not a blockbuster but, for a game, is going to feel right like an Indiana Jones adventure.

    I enjoyed the different environments and challenges that each one had.

    Sound: the voice actors do a good job, and the one doing Indy's does a very good job. The music, aside of the classic Indiana Jones score, is well done and appropriate for each situation and level.

    Graphics: overall they are good, Of course, there are some poor textures here and there, but when you are playing you really get into the environments.

    Game-play: as stated before, this game combines platforming, puzzle solving, combat. Overall they are all fun and exciting. This game is harsh sometimes since you cannot save every second. The game relies on checkpoints. If your character dies, you have to restart the whole level again. In later missions it can get pretty hard and frustrating, but also the challenge is the attraction of the game and you will want to keep going.

    If you still have an Original Xbox, this is a good game to have and play. I am not aware if Xbox 360 or One can handle it since I do not own them.
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  6. MichaelC.
    Oct 16, 2003
    8
    An all around fun game. Gameplay mechanics are solid. Graphics and sound are nothing short of what you'd expect from Lucas. My one An all around fun game. Gameplay mechanics are solid. Graphics and sound are nothing short of what you'd expect from Lucas. My one complaint: certain part of this one are really tough, so be prepared to get frustrated. Third-person action at it's finest, folks. Expand
  7. BlueFalcon
    Feb 6, 2005
    2
    Wow, I think a bunch Lucas Arts or Collective employees are reviewing it below or something. This game is definately among the worst games Wow, I think a bunch Lucas Arts or Collective employees are reviewing it below or something. This game is definately among the worst games I've played on the xbox. The graphics are poor, gameplay awkward, and in some spots broken. It's really just a poor game all around. Expand

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#59 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003