Tomb Raider

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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 189 Ratings

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  • Summary: Climb, swim, and backflip your way through a maze of cryptic deathtraps so realistic you can practically smell the decaying flesh. Unload an arsenal of lethal firepower on any wild-dog, giant lizard or blood-thirsty mercenary that gets in your way.
    Your mission is the deadliest one to date
    Climb, swim, and backflip your way through a maze of cryptic deathtraps so realistic you can practically smell the decaying flesh. Unload an arsenal of lethal firepower on any wild-dog, giant lizard or blood-thirsty mercenary that gets in your way.
    Your mission is the deadliest one to date -- the recovery of the fabled Scion, an incredible treasure reputed to give its possessor vast power. Get ready to cross the globe to take on impossible odds while exploring Incan ruins, Ancient Rome, Egyptian Pyramids, and the Lost City of Atlantis...
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. The fact is that Tomb Raider for the PSX/Saturn looks like a 64-bit game on a 32-bit machine. It is incredibly good (revolutionary, in fact).
  2. One of the best games I have ever played. The graphics are superb, the gameplay out of this world. The sheer number of moves that Lara can perform is staggering.
  3. 100
    Lara herself is well designed and animates superbly, whether it be while shooting a gun, traversing treacherous mountain ledges or swimming through violent rapids.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    92
    Lara Croft came and third-person 3D action-adventures haven't been the same since. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. It can be frustrating at times, but is always engrossing.
  6. 80
    If exploration’s your thing, this Raider is for you. Have no fear about entering this Tomb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    Back in 1996 there was the dawn of the Playstation, which brought a whole new world into gaming and Tomb Raider (an action/adventure) was aBack in 1996 there was the dawn of the Playstation, which brought a whole new world into gaming and Tomb Raider (an action/adventure) was a taste of that example. If you loved the Indiana Jones films and wanted a game that involved puzzles, challenges, action and adventure, then this game (unlike the terrible Indiana Jones games that were released during the 80s) is the one for you. The story starts off in New Mexico, where a huge explosion sets off causing an earthquake that exposes an ancient device. Inside this device appears to be a person who has been frozen in carbonate for many centuries. Present day in a Hotel, archaeologist Lara Croft receives a message about a legendary artefact called the Scion, from a wealthy businesswoman called Natla, owner of Natla Technologies. The Scion is split into three pieces and your task is to retrieve those remaining pieces, before the other minions do so. The gameplay has probably got the best I have seen in all my years of gaming. Imagine you're in a big circular room and you can run all over the place for miles, well this is exactly what Tomb Raider has got. Set in third person perspective, the game has you exploring through caves, coliseums, tombs and pyramids, as well as climbing up rocks, swimming so deep that it's like diving down the deep blue oceans and shimmying along open cracks into secret caves. Of course it wouldn't be extra sweet without any combat, oh no you don't think Lara Croft would go through deadly traps, wolves, velociraptors and lions etc without any guns do you. Using your dual pistols, you must shoot anything that comes after you basically and don't worry about aiming - just point the gun in the direction of a foe and fire until everything is dead. Other weapons are found as you progress through the game (my personal favourite are the Uzis). The music, composed brilliantly by Martin Iveson and Nathan McCree, adds an extra feel to this game to make it note perfect. Sometimes the music will give you clues, for example either you have found a hidden area or it will alert you of any dangers ahead. The graphics in this game are stunning, but some are a badly pixelated (which may confuse players, by not knowing which rocks/platforms you can and can't stand on). The camera angles are a pain, and its lack of save feature will probably have you continuously repeating yourself again, because of the difficulty of each level. However, because I loved this game so much and because it is a very old game, I will accept these errors and they aren't really a serious problem once you master it. This, to me is in my list of top 5 video games of all time. When I look back now, I never realised how successful this game would be. Who would have thought that just one game would turn it, and the character Lara Croft into a series and franchise of related media? Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    10
    I played this game again after about a decade. Such an awesome game, even now I still enjoy playing it and will probably play it again! I missI played this game again after about a decade. Such an awesome game, even now I still enjoy playing it and will probably play it again! I miss this kind of Lara Croft, just exploring and solving puzzles all on her own. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2013
    9
    this game is great the music is there when it needs it and it is all atmosphere but the controls are hard to get used to but its definitelythis game is great the music is there when it needs it and it is all atmosphere but the controls are hard to get used to but its definitely worth a buy you will be pleased Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2013
    9
    Lets go back to 1996, video gaming was about to be introduced to the single most unexpected game, that would change the action/adventure genreLets go back to 1996, video gaming was about to be introduced to the single most unexpected game, that would change the action/adventure genre forever. I say unexpected because of the protagonist, herself who would become one of the most recognized and idolized women of both the 20th and 21st century. Lara Croft. Upto then games relied heavily, but not solely on the use of male main characters to drive them forward. Lara came like a storm, destroying the norm, and cementing herself as someone to be reckoned with, even to this day. Tomb Raider was fresh, exciting and engaging, plus who could forget those triangle boobs. Men wanted her, women wanted to be her. The game, although sluggish and glitchy by todays standards, had great gameplay, a character you cared for, puzzles and a story that piqued the interest of people who didn't even play video games. A must play for people who haven't experienced Laras birth into our world. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    9
    I can safely say that the game doesn't rely on Lara to carry or sell the game, although there's no denying that she certainly gave it a boostI can safely say that the game doesn't rely on Lara to carry or sell the game, although there's no denying that she certainly gave it a boost whether it be in a positive or slightly negative light. A great mix of puzzle, platform and action-adventure surrounded by a revolutionary 3D environment and an iconic character, Tomb Raider has to be one of the top games of 1996. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jul 30, 2003
    1
    This game is stupid boring long and infuriating the movies are cool though :)

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#2 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1996
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#2 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1996