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  • Summary: Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars,Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before. Eidos and Crystal Dynamics shaped Lara's look and movements to be an inherent extension of her skills, motivation and personality. Lara's character model features natural structure, realistic textures, detailed facial features, reactive eyes and fluid motion, all of which make her part of a living environment. New character animations and controls allow her to move through stunning environments with grace and precision, while an understanding of the game's original appeal reinvigorates the fundamental explore-and-solve adventure experience. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 100
    The improved graphics make all of the environments you visit look lively and beautiful, both in and out of the jungle and in and out of water. Lighting and shadows are done quite well and provide a very noticeable visual improvement over the last few games as is the audio.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    The most important thing is that Crystal has recaptured what made the first "Tomb Raider" so fun: climbing through tombs, discovering artifacts, and piecing the puzzle together to find the solution. Archaeology is finally cool again. [May 2006, p.84]
  3. Game Informer
    88
    Tomb Raider: Legend fails to be a reinvention of any genres, but succeeds in every way at reinventing itself. [May 2006, p.96]
  4. PSM2 Magazine UK
    81
    Lara's reinvention outshines a game that's too slick for its own good - with better boss battles, more epic environments and taxing puzzles, it'd be a classic. [May 2006, p.40]
  5. 80
    A huge, huge improvement over the last few wretched Tomb Raider titles. Prince of Persia fans should definitely take note.
  6. Edge Magazine
    80
    Some may argue over what the series should have become, but what’s important is that it has made that tough decision for itself, and established a rock solid foundation for inevitable, now justified successors. [May 2006, p.86]
  7. Feel free to take Lara out for the weekend, but don’t go looking for a long-term relationship.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    This game is awesome I bought it from Gamestop for $5 and was totally surprised it's great it's kind of like prince of persia mixed withThis game is awesome I bought it from Gamestop for $5 and was totally surprised it's great it's kind of like prince of persia mixed with uncharted except you play as a hot chick instead of some dude with a beard. Expand
  2. EdgarsD.
    Apr 9, 2006
    10
    Best game ever!
  3. RRJ
    Jan 29, 2014
    9
    One of the best games on the PS2.

    Platforming, exploration, puzzles and straight up fun. Everything I wanted. Sure there's some driving
    One of the best games on the PS2.

    Platforming, exploration, puzzles and straight up fun. Everything I wanted. Sure there's some driving here and there and also some gunplay here and there but to me what really sells the game and what had me smiling the whole way was the puzzles! It's so satisfying figuring out how to get from A to B. People complain that the game was too short but it took me almost 13 hours. Plus after you finish you can go back if you want to unlock more outfits. To me 13 hours isn't short, I'm talking 13 hours without looking up how to solve things. I only had to do that once but I had the solution I just didn't execute it fast enough.

    Some have complete the game in like 6 hours. That's crazy. Not sure if they rushed through the game or not but hey getting off track here haha.

    I recommend the game for fans of adventure, exploration, puzzles, platforming and all around fun. I played on the easiest setting and it still took me 13 hours. Why? Because you actually had to sit back and think about how to solve some of the games puzzles, its great. There's no rush, no time limit. You just try different things and always keep an eye out for the secrets! Controls are great, the game features a good amount of variety and honestly the story isn't bad either. Very good game.
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  4. Oli
    Apr 15, 2006
    8
    Certainly not ground-breaking like the early games, but enough of a challenge to draw you in and keep you going till the end. The movement is Certainly not ground-breaking like the early games, but enough of a challenge to draw you in and keep you going till the end. The movement is very fluid, the bike levels are not as bad as some people make out, and the ability to manipulate more of the environment is much more realistic. That said, the levels were very much straight lines, rather than the sprawling mazes that existed in TR1 and 2 (the great Karnak levels in TR4 also spring to mind) The linear nature and the relative ease (even on Hard) drag this down. But Tomb Raider is alive and kicking again. Expand
  5. JanelleM.
    Jul 20, 2006
    8
    becuse u have different features and different tricks from the other tomb raidors!!
  6. RoryO.
    May 15, 2006
    1
    while this is a playable platformer it is still far too reminisant of AOD the origional gameplay mechanics of the first five tomb raiders while this is a playable platformer it is still far too reminisant of AOD the origional gameplay mechanics of the first five tomb raiders should return. this game is too short, too easy, has too few puzzels and iritates true raiders when they pick up the pad, lara is not back. Expand

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#84 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006