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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: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It doesn't matter whether you have or haven't played Tomb Raider before: you simply can't go wrong with Anniversary.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    89
    An enjoyable action-adventure which takes the best bits from the first Tomb Raider and updates them with better playability, nicer graphics and deeper puzzles. A surprisingly good rehash of the old. [June 2007]
  3. With Tomb Raider: Anniversary Crystal Dynamics has successfully updated one of 3D gaming's first classics. It combines everything we loved about the original with the modern gameplay mechanics of Legend.
  4. This is “vintage” Tomb Raider, given a facelift, and sparkling as a result. It is fun to play, and fun to watch.
  5. In summary, I loved playing Tomb Raider: Anniversary, in fact I enjoyed it to the extent of often staying up way too late just wanting to see what came next or trying to get through a particularly difficult section. I would thoroughly recommend this game, both to fans of the original, and newcomers alike.
  6. The success of Tomb Raider: Anniversary is twofold; it does well by the memory of the original Tomb Raider, and also makes a dynamic action adventure game that's fun to play in 2007.
  7. 70
    Anniversary is a great way to relive the original feel of Tomb Raider; just don't expect anything more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 8 out of 65
  1. RenanS
    Apr 5, 2009
    10
    amazing game, they get elements of the classic tomb raider and a new gameplay where you don't have hatefull delays on jumping a point to amazing game, they get elements of the classic tomb raider and a new gameplay where you don't have hatefull delays on jumping a point to another, i love it Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    Probably my favorite Tomb raider game ever. Combines the exploration, platform and puzzles of the old classic with modern control andProbably my favorite Tomb raider game ever. Combines the exploration, platform and puzzles of the old classic with modern control and beautiful art direction. The feeling of isolation, the mysterious ruins and the expanded story makes this one is a no brainer. No endless open world levels, no boring crafting...just ADVENTURE! Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    9
    Anniversary is the middle chapter of Crystal Dynamics' trilogy that began with Legend and concluded with Underworld. It's a faithfulAnniversary is the middle chapter of Crystal Dynamics' trilogy that began with Legend and concluded with Underworld. It's a faithful re-imagining of the original Tomb Raider from 1996, while deftly tying it into the story of the other two games that take place in the present (it's still 1996 in this remake). Anniversary is visually beautifiul and the puzzles are incredibly elaborate and complex. Lara travels the globe to places like Peru, Greece, and Egypt, while you solve the mysteries of some of the most enormous and intricately designed tombs ever in a Tomb Raider game.

    The story is a rehash of the original, with Lara hired by the mysterious Natla Corporation to find an artifact. What's good about it is the way they tied this into the back story about Lara's mother.

    The only knock I can give is that on the pc there is a well-known bug in one of the Egypt levels that prevents you from making a simple jump to a ledge so you can exit the level. I had to download a cheat to let me move Lara past that point. Then there is the infamous "pyramid tower of terror" segment near the end which had me smashing my mouse and keyboard in frustration. Even watching You Tube videos and knowing exactly what to do, it still took dumb luck on one of the jump sequences to make it after about a hundred tries. The problem is that they made grapple wall running/jumping to the next handhold very unforgiving, and you are constantly fighting the camera angles and the controls to get Lara to do what you want her to do. It's hard enough to get enough momentum, jump from the right height and the exact right moment so you can barely reach the ledge, but then to have Lara jump back instead of to the side, or to the side instead of back, because according to the camera angle that's what the game thinks you want her to do...that can be maddening.

    Despite late game bugs/control issues, Anniversary is still a great game and very satisfying to finish.
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  4. RT
    Jul 23, 2007
    8
    This is a definite improvement over Tomb Raider Legend, but not that much. The major pluses are: improved graphics and level design. Also, This is a definite improvement over Tomb Raider Legend, but not that much. The major pluses are: improved graphics and level design. Also, the game is much longer (12-15 hours), depending on how much you'll be dying. The boss fights are actually quite challenging and fun. The major minuses are: the flow of the game still feels very linear; often times levels seem to be repetitive; the wall grappling mechanic is absolutely unnecessary and often frustrating; the adrenaline dodge mechanic is also unnecessary since it's not used that often; enemy AI definitely could be better; even though this is a remake of original - having some vehicle's would be nice; the game feels a bit buggy. Overall still, I would have to say this is pretty good game and I would highly recommend trying it. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2012
    8
    I've played this game for a few hours and it's pretty good. However, this game has quite a few minor problems, most notably the camera. ItI've played this game for a few hours and it's pretty good. However, this game has quite a few minor problems, most notably the camera. It tends to get stuck behind me when I try to look behind my character when about to jump off a ledge. It would be nice to see behind me, but most of the time there's a conveniently placed ledge there. Also, if you want to do well early on, you better pay close attention to the tutorials that flash by the screen as some commands such as dodging are critical later. Although maybe it's just that this is my first Tomb Raider game. Overall, this is a great game. The graphics are still quite nice and the gameplay is fun and challenging. I just wished some of the bugs were fixed. And there isn't much story here so don't buy this game just for that. Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2018
    7
    Tomb Raider Anniversary is a solitary puzzle-platformer whose gameplay and atmosphere remain as excellent (and nostalgic) as ever. Visually,Tomb Raider Anniversary is a solitary puzzle-platformer whose gameplay and atmosphere remain as excellent (and nostalgic) as ever. Visually, it has aged a bit, but the deft platforming and superb atmosphere make this one of the best presentations of “classic” Lara Croft. Worth the full price, but frequently discounts much lower.
    Total size on my hard-drive: 4GB

    + Graphics are simple by today’s standards, but have aged well. (Resolutions go up to 3840x2160.) Lara’s face conveys more expressions than faces in more modern, supposedly more “realistic” games.
    + Stunning soundtrack.
    + Not much voice-acting, but what is there is excellent. Keeley Hawes as Lara is always a plus. Some excellent work from Grey DeLisle as well (more famous as Catwoman in Batman: Arkham City).
    + Excellent platforming puzzles.
    + Great variety of levels and level design. Some are small and linear, others are large and spacious.
    + Ability to replay individual levels.
    + Great enemy variety - gorillas, lions, centaurs, rats, bats, wolves, bears, and others.

    +/- Story works as an excuse to explore ancient dig sites. It improves towards the end.
    +/- Directional QTEs (press the correct WASD key). Stay alert in cutscenes.
    +/- Tomb Raider Anniversary is a game from an age when natural curiosity was a gamer’s guide to progression. There is no map, there are no waypoints. Lara gives you cryptic clues if you bring up her journal, but that’s it. Some gamers will love this self-reliant imperative, others will loathe it.

    - Aim lock-on frustrates as often as it satisfies. Free-aim works well, but Lara cannot move when it is engaged, making it only suitable for puzzles.
    - Unclear boss patterns require trial-and-error – or keeping a walkthrough handy.
    - Inconsistent control scheme, which can lead to high levels of frustration. For instance, sometimes a complicated jump requires pressing the direction key (WASD) + Jump (spacebar). Other times, the exact same maneuver will require pressing Jump followed by the direction key.
    - Inconsistent camera angles (important for executing complicated jumps). Hard sometimes to tell if pressing back or left/right is what the situation requires. Experimentation can result in Lara’s death and loading a checkpoint.
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  7. ShinyT.
    Jun 26, 2007
    0
    The brought back all the bad things about old games which were about punishing the player and made it worse. The lame combat system, pole The brought back all the bad things about old games which were about punishing the player and made it worse. The lame combat system, pole jumps and rope walk are all new things which make the game worse. I liked all the old Tomb Raider games (except Angel of Darkness which I never played) and love Legend but I hate this one more than any other game I can remember. Expand

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