The graphics has been much improved over the series but
even more so from the last TR game to this. From the off, the
first level is as stunning as all of the others are. High up above
the ground below, with the rocky and dusty area around up, plants
and flowers growing in places with the small waterfall up ahead,
gives you the feeling of peace and as if your in heaven.
Quiet area, that looks like there's not been a human set foot
in this place. The detail of the rocks, water, plants and everything
was so extraordinary and dazzling, I just had to stop and have
a look around way all I had a mess around with the controls and
learnt a few new moves of the very detailed realistically looking
character of Lara Croft. Sexy: if you had to think of one character
that would fit the word she would be the one.
The sounds of the game is pretty much dead on all the guns fire
as if there were real, the rumbling of rolling rocks sounds real
and the klunky rattling sounds of the rusty traps and machines
tells you if there working, even when you can't see. Also with
the music that plays with the boss battles, shoot outs with the
enemies and also the calm and peaceful tunes that follow when
adventuring around the cliffs and puzzles, all fits in with the
atmosphere of the game to make it more enjoyable.
The final thing to add in this section
is the voice acting which is played prefect by Keeley Hawes, who
is an English actress that appeared in a BBC One drama series
Spooks. Another 2 characters are at times annoying and say the
same lists twice thought the game but this many not be down to
the actors but many the script.
The control through the whole series has been basically
the same and has been needing a long awaited redesign. Crystal
Dynamics have been playing games and test the difference in controls
and movement and found that the "Prince of Persia" games
was the best suited to the way they wanted Lara to move. So base
in it on that and fine tuning it for TR, Lara now can quickly
move and turn on the spot and can jump directly as the button
is press unlike before where you have to line up every jump perfectly
or fall to your death. Now if a jump is not dead on she can angle
herself and grab on to a ledge with one hand, while a triangle
icon appears to indicate that you much press that button for her
to grab a holed with both hands.
Swan dives are easier to perform and other
moves. Triangle can also be used to do actions faster by which
I mean if climbing a ladder or rope, pressing triangle will make
her move faster. The d-pad is now used for media packs, light,
scope and change weapon. Which leaves L1 to do an automatic lock
on and R1 to fire and again triangle is used to shoot other objects
like exploding barrels or other breakable things.
With the new controls the moves seem to
just flow from your fingertips and makes a much better game because
As Lara you get to adventure across different lands like
icy mountains, rocky cliffs, cold snowy army bases, underwater
caves that's has secret and hidden places full with traps ancient
machines. You get to visit Peru, Japan, Africa, England and a
few more around the world that not only offer you gorgeous scenery
but also a fantastic place to adventure, climbing up high cliffs
with the only equipment you have is Lara's cleverness and skill.
Swing from ropes to bars in an almost ape state really shows what
Lara can do with her capability along with her grabbling hook
that can attach to other objects for you to swing off in a Indiana
Jones type of way.
Not only you have a new control system
but there's also new ways of taking out the enemy other than just
shooting them. Along with the grappling hook can be used for puzzles
you can also grab your enemies with it and pull them of the edge
of the cliff or towards you. You can jump and roll to dodge the
bullets when reload and even do a slide towards them and flip
them up, other moves include is a close range kick and double
jump that makes you flips off your opponent and shoot while your
in midair. Many games that are adventure and puzzle orientated
that also have shooting in it can be boring but with the new action
moves you can perform makes facing the enemy quite fun.
There are a few levels where you get to
use a rally bike which adds more fun and change of action from
the adventuring. There are some bosses through out the game that
are not that difficult to work out but some can still be hard,
where you most of them you ether shoot them and dodge there attacks
or use the surrounding area to your advantage.
The levels are reasonably big and can take from about
30mins to 2hours to complete each level first time, but as it
seems as more and more of the newer games are short and have fewer
levels. I'm quite disappoint to say there's only 8 levels thought
the last one has only a boss on it. It should take within a week
to completed but for those who like extra can be playing for an
extra week or so as there not only hidden rewards to find on each
level that unlocks character profiles, new costumes, cheats and
other things but also the Croft mansion to explore with its own
secret hidden rooms and treasures.
There's more replay value to be had with
the 3 difficulty settings, easy, normal and hard plus time trails
to completed that unlocks extra costumes which some are very nice
and sexy like the ripped evening time dress that reminds me of
"Mr and Mrs Smith" film. Levels can then be replayed
from the main menu screen from which you can use any costume you
want on that level.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
This is not only the most gorgeous looking Tomb Raider
game but also has excellent gameplay to it and should be bought
by any fan though I find the ending disappointing as it did not
finish the story off.