Tomb Raider

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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 293 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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  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. Rob
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    This game is quite simply an all time classic. While the graphics aren't much to shout out about now, they were revolutionary when Tomb This game is quite simply an all time classic. While the graphics aren't much to shout out about now, they were revolutionary when Tomb Raider was first released around ten years ago. The level design in the game is stunning, especially level three's T-rex which chases you after you've jumped from the high rocks into the pool below. Sadly, Tomb Raider's designers decided to give the game a more urban feel from Tomb Raider three onwards (Tomb Raider two had Venice, which was nice), and that lost the magic that made Tomb Raider such an engaging game to play. I want to raid tombs, not prance around London. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2015
    10
    I bought my first PlayStation after seeing an add for Tomb Raider on television. I remember how amazed i was seeing this open 3D world, theI bought my first PlayStation after seeing an add for Tomb Raider on television. I remember how amazed i was seeing this open 3D world, the heroin running freely around it, jumping, diving, swimming, shooting... at that time I just knew I HAD to get a PlayStation!

    I'm sure I am not the only one who considers this the best game ever made. It's already been said by others: the graphics were cutting edge at the time, the music is simply amazing and warns the player for danger ahead or a secret place being discovered. It's amazing how much you can do with the controls, stepping side-ways, lining up a perfect jump and much more...

    Granted, the graphics are very outdated by now. But even with enhanced visuals the remake Tomb Raider Anniversary on PS3 can't bring back the same feeling of excitement I had when I first played this game.

    Tomb Raider deserves far more than a score of 10 out of 10!
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  4. Jun 30, 2014
    9
    A classic and the first game in one of my favourite series. I don't think the atmosphere of this title was ever recreated in later TombA classic and the first game in one of my favourite series. I don't think the atmosphere of this title was ever recreated in later Tomb Raiders even the great remake of it. There's a sense of emptiness and genuine fear when something attacks you that is taken away by the later games' abundance of bad guys and man eating animals. My only complaints are the clunky feeling controls and combat system. Besides that this is a true great. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2016
    9
    Owned this game since it came out but never really got into it. My elder brother has really been into the Tomb Raider series since then, but IOwned this game since it came out but never really got into it. My elder brother has really been into the Tomb Raider series since then, but I obsessed over Metal Gear and Resident Evil throughout the years ( I was six when this game was released) Anyway, finally got around to giving it a play through, and it was good fun. Difficulty was just right and was refreshing since in this day in age games are geared toward the lowest common detonator (so it would seem anyway). Took a couple points off for weak plot line, wanting mechanics, and some parts were just out right silly (just had to play through areas until you knew what was coming, didn't have so much to do with skill as it did with patience). 8.5/10 would recommend. God Bless everyone and have a fantastic day. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2021
    9
    Before Core Design conceptualized the strange UK heroine Lara Croft, they initially considered a male lead in the likes of Indiana Jones.Before Core Design conceptualized the strange UK heroine Lara Croft, they initially considered a male lead in the likes of Indiana Jones. However, Core entrusted Toby Gard's concept to rest aside lawsuits from George Lucas. Their pitch paid off with Tomb Raider in 1996, which released with much acclaim. Tomb Raider was notable for its peculiar 3D level design and often is considered to have pioneered the third-person genre. Nowadays it’s kind of a relic of the past, but still made a big impact in the industry for the time. Expand
  7. [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