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  • Summary: Master your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozenMaster your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and more. Each level is an elaborate multi-stage puzzle masked within an interactive environmental playground offering more flexibility over how the area is solved. New range of combat options: Choose to pacify or kill, target multiple enemies at once with the new dual-target system, and shoot with one hand while suspended with the other. New state-of-the-art gear: Utilize the latest technology in Lara's upgraded inventory to navigate the world including: Active Sonar map: A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations; Multi-purpose grapple: A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, rappelling, performing wall runs and manipulating objects within the environment; All-terrain hybrid motorbike: A unique vehicle design built to drive on everything from mud to snow and ice. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. PC Gamer
    90
    But it's the puzzles that elevate Underworld to new heights. [Jan 2009, p.54]
  2. There aren’t many titles that can come close to the glory of Tomb Raider. If you’re looking for some gun totting, cliff hugging action then look no further than Tomb Raider: Underworld for the PC.
  3. Tomb Raider: Underworld is a source of joy as long as everything works as intended and Lara follows the controls, leading the player to beautiful panoramas, seamlessly moving from gameplay to cut-scene. But at the same time, the game can be quite depressing if Lara doesn't reach moving platforms, the camera plays up and it's hard to solve a problem. It's an emotional roller coaster and great entertainment.
  4. Play (Poland)
    80
    Lady Archaeologist is in her top shape again. This time she's mostly interested in exploring the wonders of nature and she does it better that ever before. Pity that not everything is polished. But who will resist the temptation of putting his hands on - or rather into - the Thor's gloves that can rip the fabric of time and space? [Dec 2008]
  5. 80
    While the PC version has much sharper visuals and some tighter control, the camera can still hamper gameplay.
  6. At its best, it can compete with the best, offering gorgeous vistas and jaw-dropping scenery.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    60
    Chalk this one up as another PC adaptation hemmed-in by the need to make it all work on the PlayStation 3 If Lara's got a saving grace, it's that she's the archetypal 'pub game' girl. To the sozzled, life isn't an intricate cornucopia of detail and possibility, it's a pinball machine one gets hurled through, head first; linear and idiot-proof. [January 2009, p.53]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 71
  2. Negative: 12 out of 71
  1. FrankV
    May 20, 2009
    10
    I really enjoyed this chapter in Lara's long career. The graphics and gameplay were the best yet.
  2. Mar 30, 2020
    10
    Here find out which one best from trilogy tomb raider

    Icon(Tr legend,Anniversary,Underworld);- Tomb raider anniversary cause this one is
    Here find out which one best from trilogy tomb raider

    Icon(Tr legend,Anniversary,Underworld);- Tomb raider anniversary cause this one is remake

    Puzzle:-Tr legend 4/10(Hard),Tr anniversary 10/10(Ultra hard),Tomb raider underworld 5/10(Hardest)

    Gameplay:- Tr legend(Good),Tr anniversary(Very good and solid),Tomb raider underworld(Realistic)

    Regular ultra Gfx:- Tr legend 8/10,Tr anniversary 9/10,Tomb raider underworld 10/10

    Next gen gfx:- This option only available on tomb raider legend

    Boss fight:- Tr legend 6/10,Tr anniversary 10/10(Ultra hard),Tomb raider underworld 2/10

    Story;- All good story pretty emotional for this lara losing father and mother same way ;(

    So Anniversary is best,Tomb raider underworld better,Tomb raider legend good

    Official review year of 2020 TM :)
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  3. May 22, 2015
    9
    Full of monsters, Full of adventure and secrets, levels are wide and great, graphics colors environments are great as well,
    no doubt it is
    Full of monsters, Full of adventure and secrets, levels are wide and great, graphics colors environments are great as well,
    no doubt it is tom raider game so don't hesitate to get this
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  4. KarimZ
    Dec 21, 2008
    8
    Tomb Raider Underworld is a great follow-up to Crystal Dynamics' last two TR games; it's the catalyst directly linking the Tomb Raider Underworld is a great follow-up to Crystal Dynamics' last two TR games; it's the catalyst directly linking the seemingly unrelated adventures in Legend and Anniversary. Visually, it is the best of the Tomb Raider games, boasting lush environments and vast scenery as well as detailed effects and character design. The flaws are most evident in the finicky camera and some awkward control moments. Although some features seem to have regressed since TR Anniversary (namely the camera), overall it's a great effort from Crystal Dynamics. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2013
    7
    Tomb Raider: Underworld is very visually appealing… No question! But the dodgy camera angles and obscure bugs in this game are a considerableTomb Raider: Underworld is very visually appealing… No question! But the dodgy camera angles and obscure bugs in this game are a considerable negative… When Lara finds herself stuck in rocks and doing odd jitter dances it does get slightly tedious… However, the environments are absolutely brilliant and, when Lara is behaving, it’s an amazing adventure game. It also brings back to play some of the puzzles that we originally loved from the older generation Tomb Raiders… All in all this is a very decent game and feel it was a step in the right direction… And with the story finally complete from the trilogy I look forward to the future instalments. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2018
    6
    Tomb Raider: Underworld
    Great ingredients with a poor recipe
    Tomb Raider Underworld is an action adventure game staring lara croft after
    Tomb Raider: Underworld
    Great ingredients with a poor recipe
    Tomb Raider Underworld is an action adventure game staring lara croft after thors hammer…
    And if youre expecting a great experience like that of Tomb Raider 2013 or Rise of the tomb raider… youre just not going to get that here..
    It has all of the pieces of whats to come..
    Its just that its all poorly executed…
    Youll notice from the start that everything about this game is awakward…
    Its prince of Persia meets present day tomb raider with none of the smoothness…
    The camera is all over the place and the platforming is just extremely stiff…
    You never get a sense of where you should be climbing to or what you can and cant jump onto while traversing walls..
    That being said I still with there was much more focus on this as well as combat…
    Combat is sprinkled in here, you get unlimited ammo and some sticky bombs to take care of the rare encounter with enemies.. but theyre too rare…
    This game is entirely focused on puzzle solving and switch throwing and this is its ultimate downfall
    Tomb Raider Underworld feels like a chore…
    The gameplay and setting are mixed up so that it doesn’t feel boring..
    But the game just never gives you a break..
    every corner you turn its puzzle room after puzzle room…. Figure out how to climb to these 4 different locations, pull a switch, go forward and do this over and over for 8 hours
    It becomes an eyeroll and it feels overwhelming
    The pacing is awful and thankfully with the reboot the figured out how to pace these moments out..
    Let the player explore for 30 minutes or an hour not having to worry about switches and puzzles…
    Relax and enjoy the platforming..
    Despite again the platforming feel awkward, I would’ve taken moments like this over the constant climbing around the room like spider girl…
    Its interesting to go back and see where tomb raider used to be compared to where it is now…
    Unfortunately at least for this title.. it isn’t fun to go back though..
    I give Tomb Raider Underworld
    a 6/10
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  7. AngryConsumer
    Nov 28, 2008
    0
    I was all primed to buy this game... prior to eidos having a company artificially alter the metacritic score by lobbying reviewers to delayI was all primed to buy this game... prior to eidos having a company artificially alter the metacritic score by lobbying reviewers to delay their scores. Seriously, what possible justification is there for a site like metacritic if publishers just game the system. Thanks, but this one will be a torrent, and I may send eidos a check for 20 bucks if it pass MY personal review. Otherwise, they can suck a lemon. Way to lose a sale, brainiacs. Expand

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