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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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  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. So while it's got enough faults to keep it from being a GOTY contender for most, it's still the best Tomb Raider title I've ever played, and I'm really curious to see what's next for the franchise once again.
  2. Tomb Raider Underworld was far more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be. The expansive environments, solid platforming sequences, challenging puzzles, and adventure-filled storyline should appeal to anyone who loved the Prince of Persia games and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Disappointingly, combat is fairly mediocre, and a lot of technical inconsistencies are troublesome. Nevertheless, Underworld is a very good game.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Running around robbing ancient artefacts, desecrating temples and cracking intense puzzles is just as satisfying as ever, and feels like vintage Tomb Raider through and through. [Dec 2008, p.92]
  4. Long time Tomb Raider players will definitely enjoy Underworld, but it has both its minor and major flaws. The frustrating camera, the sometimes outdated gameplay, and the short main storyline make for a less-then-perfect experience. Thus, Underworld doesn’t live up to its expectations, but is absolutely worth a try.
  5. 74
    Tomb Raider Underworld is a decent game that Lara Croft fans will enjoy, but it’s not quite the experience that will live up to or even surpass that of Legend.
  6. In the overall impression of Tomb Raider: Underworld, I believe somewhere under this mess lies an actual good game you can play and enjoy. Unfortunately the lack of polish and refinement that could have done to fix the awful camera and frame rate might have saved the enjoyment of Lara Croft’s newest adventure.
  7. Both Lara and her series are well past their prime, and both try in vain to look half their age. Though she might be worth a few hours of your time, Lara’s best days are far behind her.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. MariaC
    Dec 9, 2008
    10
    The camera can sometimes be a challenge, but don't be fooled by the incompetent players and reviewers. The controls are fine and this The camera can sometimes be a challenge, but don't be fooled by the incompetent players and reviewers. The controls are fine and this game is in no way too difficult. It seems these days people have forgotten how to play games and expect everything to be presented to them on a gold platter. With the exception of the mediocre combat (which is still entertaining) there is isn't a single dull moment, and many OMG moments follow in rapid succession while going through this beautiful game. Forget about the comparisons to a certain game, this is what Tomb Raider has always been about, and it does is extremely well! Expand
  2. DaveJ
    Aug 2, 2009
    9
    Amazing game, beautiful graphics, stunning sound, loads of OMG moments. buy it
  3. anthonyg
    Dec 1, 2008
    8
    First of all there is NO way this game deserves a 0-yes, there are camera issues but not bad enough to warrant a zero. This is a beautiful First of all there is NO way this game deserves a 0-yes, there are camera issues but not bad enough to warrant a zero. This is a beautiful looking and fun addition to the Tomb Raider series.True, it doesn't move the series forward in any dramatic way (like the upcoming Prince of Persia) but it is a solid effort---i would say an 8.5---a little too short but there is downloadable content to look forward to---this is a fun game if you are a fan of the series or even for newcomers. Expand
  4. MartinK
    Dec 3, 2008
    7
    The game is a must for Tomb Raider fans. Great graphics, great puzzles, and it's back to tomb raiding from start to finish. However, I The game is a must for Tomb Raider fans. Great graphics, great puzzles, and it's back to tomb raiding from start to finish. However, I have to agree with some of the reviews. The combat system is not the best in the world, and the camera is just a pain in the butt at times. Still it's a captivating game, for those of us who loves the franchise. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Feb 23, 2015
    6
    I finished The Last of Us and was jonesing for more. Tomb Raider underworld kept popping up so i rented it with playstation now. I immediatelyI finished The Last of Us and was jonesing for more. Tomb Raider underworld kept popping up so i rented it with playstation now. I immediately noticed the outdated graphics, even thinking it looks a lot like the quality in ps2 games...which later I found it is a ps2 game. There has always been something stopping me from playing tomb raider games, but this one i actually got into. I love scuba diving and exploring in the game. The fight scenes aren't overly complicated and there is a lot of ground to cover. On the other had the camera is horrible and the whole thing is super glitchy. If you grew up playing old consoles like I have, the crappy camera and glitches are kind of nostalgic, but once the nostalgia fades you are left with a game that could use a lot of improvements, but TONS of potential. I can't wait to see what the next tomb raider will be because i am positive that they will improve on all the bad points. Expand
  7. KorwynCronen
    Nov 18, 2008
    0
    building this game on the very same system the whole series was born. and building it on another system with extra exclusive DLC. What do youbuilding this game on the very same system the whole series was born. and building it on another system with extra exclusive DLC. What do you take PlayStation gamers for, you money slave. I once liked this series but no more. I will never even consider getting any Tomb Raider game ever again, not on PlayStation system, not on any other system. Hope Microsoft paid you well enough to ditch some of your loyal customers. Good luck selling your games Eidos. Expand

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