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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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Combined MobyScore 21 3.6


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Xbox 360The Telegraph
Here’s the thing: you’d get change from a tenner for Guardian of Light. My initial playthrough clocked in at around five hours, which is comparable to some retail games I could mention, but with so many challenges to complete and artefacts to find, I wasn’t even nearly finished with it. And the tale of two friends going tooth and nail at the top of the leader boards proves that there’s life in Lara beyond even the challenges the game throws at you. You will rarely find a game that offers such phenomenal value for money, even at full price I would wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s an exciting reinvention for a heroine whose light has unfortunately faded in recent years; an exciting parade of action, puzzling and exploration elegantly crafted with fresh direction, all while retaining that familiar Tomb Raider ethos. So there you go Lara, all you needed to get back on top was a fresh perspective, and just a little help from your friends.
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Xbox 360Game Chronicles
Bottom line; you won’t find a better game on the Xbox Live Arcade this summer (perhaps ever) and you won’t find a bigger bang for your $15. Crystal Dynamics claims this is just a filler title between the larger 3D Lara Croft adventures but judging from the fun my friends and I have been having, they can make all the future Tomb Raider game just like Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. I highly recommend Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light to anyone who loves action, puzzles, and great times with friends.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
If you heard me talk about this game after E3 you won't be surprised: I still love it. The balance between puzzling, platforming and combat is, well, delightful. There are great bosses that test both wits and arsenal (can you say "fire-breathing dinosaur"?), a ready complement to the playful stages. This re-imagining of the badass archaeologist is gameplay centric, and while Lara's bosom and buttocks take a bit of a backseat there's enough attention given to her other assets to warrant the game's new perspective.
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PlayStation 3PSFocus
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is namelijk een geweldige game en brengt Lara Croft weer terug aan de top. Helaas niet met een volwaardig 3D avontuur, zoals we dat gewend zijn, maar deze veranderingen heeft onze virtuele heldin gewoon nodig gehad. Het ziet er alsnog prima uit en het speelt geweldig, zowel als je het alleen speelt of met een vriend of vriendin. Van ons mag Crystal Dynamics nog even op deze voet door blijven gaan, maar dan moeten ze er wel voor zorgen, dat in de toekomst de releases van de verschillende versies gelijktijdig lopen. Merkwaardig genoeg is dit een PlayStation Netwerk game, want dit had ook gewoon bij de plaatselijke retailer in de winkel niet misstaan. Helaas dienen we nog even te wachten op de online coöp modus, maar dat wachten mag er niet voor zorgen, dat Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light bestempeld gaat worden als een slechte game en dat gaan we dan ook zeker niet doen!
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Xbox 360Play.tm
While the story isn't anything to write home about and some of the sound is borrowed from previous Tomb Raider games, Guardian of Light is up there amongst the best games on the Arcade market. Polished visuals and addictive gameplay ensure Lara's back in her rightful place at the top. With DLC packs and upcoming online co-op, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is simply a game you cannot afford to miss.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
Despite the fact that the game is $15, it’s packed with content. Clocking in around 6 hours long and that’s just for one play through, the game is packed with plenty of varying environments, collectibles and challenges that will extend that playtime even more with subsequent runs through. Out of all the Summer of Arcade titles, Lara Croft earns that $15 the hardest. It could be my favorite Tomb Raider game of all time, and it is something no fan should miss.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light exists due to the success of downloadable titles like Shadow Complex and Braid. And if this is a trend for things we're going to see in the future, I welcome it with open arms.
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PlayStation 31UP
Lara Croft's single-player is competent but incomparable to the sheer joy of raiding tombs with a couch-side friend.
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Windows1UP
If you don't have a friend within driving distance, you may want to wait until Guardian of Light's online multiplayer is switched on; the game's single-player mode is competent but incomparable to the sheer joy of raiding tombs with a friend. Just be prepared for the inevitable arguments and subsequent passive-aggression when you grab a power-up your pal's already called dibs on.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Even if you're one of those people who has completely written off the Tomb Raider series, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is still worth checking out. The developers have made enough changes to warrant another look, especially if you're looking for a fun two-player experience. Just be prepared for a long way for an online multiplayer mode!
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an exceptional game that's in no way restricted by its modest price tag or status as a downloadable game. The ten to twelve hours here are an excellent value, but if you plan to team-up online you'll need to wait until September for a game update. It initially looks like an attempt to cash-in on legacy by tossing its leading lady into a dungeon crawl, but this new perspective turns out to be a great fit for the franchise.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
Even the game’s length is satisfying, with a seriously meaty main quest and plenty of replay value (tons of mini-achievements are displayed at each stage’s loading screen, along with the shiny new weapons or power-ups you’ll get for completing them). Add to this the promise of Live co-op, and we have one of the summer’s best downloadable games. Heck, it’s one of the strongest games of the season, period.
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Xbox 3601UP
If you don't have a second controller and a friend within driving distance, you may want to wait until Guardian of Light's online multiplayer is switched on; the game's single-player mode is competent but incomparable to the sheer joy of raiding tombs with a couch-side friend. Just be prepared for the inevitable arguments and subsequent passive-aggression when you grab a power-up your pal's already called dibs on.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
In closing, this has to be one of my favorite downloadable games to date. With great game play, great co-op, tons of collectibles and a great price, you can't go wrong with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.
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Xbox 360newbreview.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a welcome departure form the usual worn out Tomb Raider franchise. With a lengthy single player mode that features different puzzles to the co-op mode it is hard not to recommend.
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Xbox 360That Gaming Site
Distinct and varied level design keep you impressed for the whole lengthy campaign. Cooperative play seems to be the way the game was designed, but it's nonetheless fun if you can't find a buddy.
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iPhone148apps
Fans of dual stick shooters will be treated with possibly the most polished birds eye shooter in the App Store. It isn’t quite the old school Tomb Raider game that I was hoping for, but Guardian of Light is an excellent game that will please any Tomb Raider fan. If the price seems daunting, remember that this exact game can be had for $15 on PC, PSN, or XBLA. Half off the cover price seems like a sweet deal – don’t compare this to a typical iOS game for price.
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iPadMultiplayer.it
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light HD riesce a restituire un'esperienza di gioco convincente anche su iPad, dove è immutato nei contenuti e dispone anche di un'ottima componente multigiocatore con supporto Game Center, perlopiù ad un prezzo molto aggressivo. L'ottima commistione di elementi platform, puzzle e di esplorazione garantisce tanto divertimento e presa costante sul giocatore, senza contare il comparto tecnico sicuramente tra i migliori mai visti sul dispositivo di Apple. Il titolo prodotto da Square Enix si posiziona quindi direttamente tra i videogiochi più validi in assoluto presenti su iPad, per grafica, profondità e divertimento garantito.
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iPhoneMultiplayer.it
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light HD riesce a restituire un'esperienza di gioco convincente anche su iPad, dove è immutato nei contenuti e dispone anche di un'ottima componente multigiocatore con supporto Game Center, perlopiù ad un prezzo molto aggressivo. L'ottima commistione di elementi platform, puzzle e di esplorazione garantisce tanto divertimento e presa costante sul giocatore, senza contare il comparto tecnico sicuramente tra i migliori mai visti sul dispositivo di Apple. Il titolo prodotto da Square Enix si posiziona quindi direttamente tra i videogiochi più validi in assoluto presenti su iPad, per grafica, profondità e divertimento garantito.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
Lara Croft has had more than her fair share of adventures, and some would argue that she's appeared in more than her fair share of games. Not all of those games were successful. There are many of them that most gamers would be perfectly content to forget. Yet there is something about Lara Croft that draws players in, release after release. Here in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the developers remind everyone what that something is. By producing a polished and enjoyable game that knows what it wants to do and does it well from beginning to end, the people responsible for this effort have renewed hope that Lara Croft can claw her way to the top of the adventure heap once more. It'll be interesting to see what she does next.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is slight in terms of storytelling – the one area seemingly skimped on to keep costs down – but everything else here is worthy of a full retail release. Visually it's excellent, the campaign is just as long as recent full-price titles I've played and is different when played co-operatively, and the gameplay equally tests your brain and your trigger finger. Even when you’ve finished the story, competitive score-based play should keep you coming back time and again. The promised online co-op isn't yet available, but don't let that stop you picking up Guardian of Light. It's a fine example of how to take a popular franchise and make it work for the budget downloadable market.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.it
Per tutti questi motivi ritengo che l'ultima fatica Crystal Dynamics sia uno dei nuovi termini di paragone qualitativi per i giochi XBLA e PSN. Con la presenza del co-op il "perfect score" sarebbe stato alla sua portata: allo stato attuale, invece, non resta che augurarsi che la patch e i DLC già annunciati (ma non dettagliati) arrivino quanto prima.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
In taking a chance with Guardian of Light, Crystal Dynamics rediscovered Lara’s latent potential. For those of you concerned with the direction this ancillary title has taken, rest easy. We now know that Lara Croft is as versatile as she is flexible.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
At a nice price point and providing a polished product, Lara Croft makes a triumphant return from semi-obscurity. Clever level and challenge design with the promise of more to come makes this a contender for PSN Game of the Year status.
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PlayStation 3Strategy Informer
Lara Croft hasn’t exactly had it easy, and the Tomb Raider franchise doesn’t hold the stead it once did back at the turn of the millennium, but The Guardian of Light might be exactly what the series needed to give it a kick-start. It’s fresh, new and different, and it changes the formula to something completely new – and yet despite that it still feels thoroughly like a Tomb Raider title – even if that isn’t in the title.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
With its fast paced combat, addictive platforming and thoughtful puzzles, The Guardian Of Light is a must-buy for any fan of the famous adventurer.
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Xbox 360Level
Att storyn är tunn och dialogen styltig kan man ha överseende med, eftersom de tar upp en mycket liten del av spelet. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light koncenterar sig på det spelet gör bäst – och som det gör det! Det första intrycket var att utvecklarna lånar friskt från The Legend of Zelda-seriens klassiska problemlösning, men efter några timmars spelande önskar man snarast att Miyamoto får testa spelet inför Links nästa äventyr.
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WindowsStrategy Informer
I for one hope that Crystal Dynamics, Eidos and Square Enix take the lessons learned from this title and apply them to the next disc-based Tomb Raider title, but while we wait for that this is a game well worth experiencing.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
In taking a chance with Guardian of Light, Crystal Dynamics rediscovered Lara’s latent potential. For those of you concerned with the direction this ancillary title has taken, rest easy. We now know that Lara Croft is as versatile as she is flexible.
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Xbox 360Meristation
Conclusión Lara Croft regresa de una forma poco habitual, pero con un resultado de mucha calidad. Guardian of Light es un título de vista isométrica en el que deberemos superar secciones de plataformas, resolver puzles, acabar con infinidad de enemigos que nos saldrán al paso y lograr la máxima puntuación posible en solitario o con la colaboración de un amigo. Muchas cosas por hacer, gran belleza en el apartado técnico y una exquisita jugabilidad componen un título muy completo en el que los dos mayores defectos radican en su precio y su peso para descarga. A la espera de ver cómo evoluciona el título con los contenidos descargables ya anunciados y de conocer los planes de Square Enix y Crystal Dynamics para la franquicia, estamos ante la mejor Lara Croft de los últimos años, aún cuando los últimos títulos fueron de calidad.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
Relieved of the Tomb Raider name, Lara's pulled her foot out of the grave with an enjoyable title that's great value for your 1200 Microsoft Points.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is slight in terms of storytelling – the one area seemingly skimped on to keep costs down – but everything else here is worthy of a full retail release. Visually it's excellent, the campaign is just as long as recent full-price titles I've played and is different when played co-operatively, and the gameplay equally tests your brain and your trigger finger. Even when you’ve finished the story, competitive score-based play should keep you coming back time and again. Online co-op won’t be available until September, but don't let that stop you picking up Guardian of Light now. It's a fine example of how to take a popular franchise and make it work for the budget downloadable market.
90
Xbox 360Strategy Informer
I for one hope that Crystal Dynamics, Eidos and Square Enix take the lessons learned from this title and apply them to the next disc-based Tomb Raider title, but while we wait for that this is a game well worth experiencing.
90
Xbox 360Destructoid
With its first downloadable offering, Crystal Dynamics has come out swinging, with easily one of the best titles this summer -- digital or otherwise. More to the point, I feel comfortable saying that Guardian of Light may be the most fun I’ve had with Miss Croft in 14 years; it’s that good. Guardian of Light covers a lot of bases -- solid action, clever puzzles, nail-biting platforming, and remarkable cooperative play; it’s not to be missed.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
The Tomb Raider series has been largely stuck in the same design and play style since the first game was released on the PlayStation One way back in 1996. It was therefore a very brave move to change the appearance to this degree and it’s succeeded remarkably well. The Guardian of Light has shown that a re-visioning of a long established franchise can make things feel very fresh and new, all without losing the overall feel that this is truly a Lara Croft game. It comes highly recommended.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall, this new Lara Croft game is a great accomplishment for the developers. I have really enjoyed all of the Tomb Raider games this generation, however, with that said, this breathes in some fresh air to a franchise some feel has gone stale. For me personally, I would still love to have the big blockbuster retail Tomb Raider titles and then in between those follow Lara on her adventures in arcade form. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is definitely one of the best Summer of Arcade titles for 2010. I can only imagine how much more fun it will be once online co op becomes available. Be sure not to miss out on this fantastic arcade title. It is well worth the price of admission.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
Then, of course, there’s the current lack of online co-op. If you’re dying to play the game fresh with a friend and can’t meet up in person, you’ll want to wait for the patch. However, the game is so much fun in single-player that it’s easily worth a play-through in both solo and co-op. We’re really, really hoping the online component doesn’t have technical hiccups, because as it is, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a superb blend of twin-stick shooting, platforming, exploration, and tactical combat. Heck, we love us some traditional Tomb Raider, but we wouldn’t shed a tear if the next adventure for Lara was a sequel to Guardian of Light instead of a “proper” Tomb Raider.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
GoL is a fantastic way to end the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. The only real bummer is that the online co-op is locked away until the other versions release. The content, excitement and sheer amount of fun re-imagines Lara Croft in a way that will ensure she remains a powerful force in gaming for a long time to come. GoL cannot come with any higher praise because it hits the sweet spot where value, fun and a well designed game converge.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light may not have the Tomb Raider brand in the title, but don’t let that fool you; this reimagining of the series sets the bar very high and I hope to see more from Lara and can only imagine the possibilities of a sequel on a full disc release. Pick it up and enjoy it and when the online patch comes out late September, play it all over again with your friends.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Guardian of Light would almost be worth a full price for the co-operative campaign alone. At 1200 Microsoft points - around £10, €15 or $15 - it's an instant buy. There are few download games that offer this kind of value for money, and few that are as clever or effortlessly exciting. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light might be a move away from the Tomb Raider name, but it's a tremendous homage to its spirit.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
In short, Tomb Raider fans, action/adventure fans, and gamers in general would be well advised to grab Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It is an expertly crafted, addictive experience that, while short, is easily worth the asking price. Especially in such a slow month for video-game releases.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
At the risk of gushing, I really can't say enough good things about Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Smart, attractive and balanced, it scores a hit in every aspect and sports thorough thinking throughout. I really can't see much room for improvement, save for the fact that the online co-op wasn't ready at launch. While many players won't initially be able to experience the game the way it was intended, once the online patch becomes available, I would recommend it without reservation to anyone who's got at least one game-playing friend.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Focusing less on her tight tops and short shorts, Guardian of Light lets Lara do what she does best: kick ass, collect treasure, and decipher brain-bending puzzles. The addition of co-op and several other game-changing tweaks only serve to complement this can’t-miss formula.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
In taking a chance with Guardian of Light, Crystal Dynamics rediscovered Lara’s latent potential. For those of you concerned with the direction this ancillary title has taken, rest easy. We now know that Lara Croft is as versatile as she is flexible.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Even if you don't have a friend to share your couch with, Guardian of Light is still great fun. The frantic battles, great art style, and tons of gameplay make Guardian of Light a great downloadable title. Even though the hefty 2GB footprint makes for a long download, it's worth the wait.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.pt
Guardian of Light é um valor seguro nas aventuras do fim-do-mundo que habitualmente nos traz Lara Croft. Uma notável aventura, de boa duração; tempo gasto variável, consoante se dediquem à exploração ou sejam desembaraçados no percurso até à meta. O arco narrativo, por contraponto não dispara como noutros episódios, ainda que algumas cenas animadas mantenham o jogador preso e por dentro do espaço que percorre, com pontos altos e climax a reter. No entanto, o que é marcante neste jogo e encorajador no fluir da aventura é simplesmente o prazer de passar e desfrutar desta aventura. É um pequeno grande jogo. Tem acção, exploração, puzzles, muitos objectivos e objectos a encontrar por cenários vastos e só nos cabe rematar, acrescentando que Lara Croft continua bem protegida.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
Un camino a seguir el que Square Enix ha trazado con este spin off del que deberían tomar nota otras grandes, que nos recuerda y mucho a lo que hizo el año pasado Epic Games con el genial Shadow Complex, demostrando que los juegos originales en estas plataformas de descarga no son solo propiedad de estudios independientes, y que entre juegos de grandes presupuestos pueden dejar caer producciones más modestas por estos lugares, que en el caso de este Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light incluso consigue sacar los colores en calidad/precio al último Tomb Raider aparecido.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.it
Per tutti questi motivi ritengo che l'ultima fatica Crystal Dynamics sia uno dei nuovi termini di paragone qualitativi per i giochi XBLA e PSN. Con la presenza del co-op il "perfect score" sarebbe stato alla sua portata: allo stato attuale, invece, non resta che augurarsi che la patch e i DLC già annunciati (ma non dettagliati) arrivino quanto prima.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.es
Siendo sinceros, no esperaba mucho de este Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light pero visto y probado todo el pastel tengo que admitir que me equivoqué. Es excelente. ¿Sabéis de esa sensación que da el ir a un local de cócteles en pleno agosto esperando que esté cerrado por vacaciones y encontrarlo abierto? Pues lo mismo. Eidos ha conseguido darle un giro significativo a la saga con sólo cambiar de perspectiva y potenciar los puzzles con un toque de la magia Zelda, corta duración y más ingenio.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' is another breath of fresh air, not only for the line-up of arcade games on Live, but for Lara herself. This top-down action adventure game is beyond excellent providing several memorable moments that are a blast alone or better yet served up in its creative two player co-op mode. With the amount of detail, polish, and extras poured into this one is an easy buy. Given the charm “little Lara” has, I’ll be startled if Crystal Dynamics doesn’t follow this path again. It’s been awhile since Lara has had so much charm. These ones a winner and an excellent close to the “Summer of Arcade.”
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is definitely a rebirth for the Tomb Raider series. A meaty puzzle-based platformer that will definitely have fans asking for more, it is $15 well spent.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is definitely a rebirth for the Tomb Raider series. A meaty puzzle-based platformer that will definitely have fans asking for more, it is the perfect conclusion to this year's Summer of Arcade and 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) well spent.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
Lara Croft and Guardian of Light is a fun and great controlling game. It looks great, contains solid gameplay, and has a wonderful sense of balance in almost every aspect. This complete overhaul of the Tomb Raider name has taken one giant step in the right direction from this rapidly declining franchise. Although you will need some patience for the online co-op functionally to be activated, the Guardian of Light is an entertaining game whether you play it solo or with a friend. It is a great way to conclude the 2010 Summer of Arcade.
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Xbox 360Spazio Games
L'ultimo titolo della Summer Of Arcade di Xbox Live si è rivelato come uno dei migliori action/platform sino ad ora rilasciati in digital delivery per la console di casa Microsoft. Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light è un ottimo prodotto, ben confezionato dal punto di vista tecnico, divertente, vario ed appassionante sotto l'aspetto del gameplay. L'impostazione più arcade, che impone diverse sessioni di gioco per scovare tutti gli extra ed un ritmo molto elevato di scontri a fuoco, non scalfisce minimamente il fascino della serie Tomb Raider, riproponendone anzi con forza il nome all'interno del panorama videoludico. Acquisto caldamente consigliato, i 1200 Microsoft Points necessari per poter installare su hard disk gli oltre due gigabyte di codice saranno ampliamente ripagati da ore ed ore di divertimento. Aspettiamo ora le altre versioni del gioco, augurandoci che l'unica spina del gioco di Crystal Dynamics (la modalità cooperativa online) possa essere finalmente recisa.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Lara Croft: Guardian of Light offers a ton of nicely polished entertainment. It’s one of the most accomplished downloadable games we’ve seen to date, and it goes beyond the appealing graphics, on-point sound, and relatively long length. It features much of the professional refinement we just don’t normally see in the digital universe; such a clean production reminds me of Joe Danger’s sharp palette. The multiplayer suffers from similar problems but again, they’re minor, and it’s always fun to play with others. There are a few issues involving the camera, hit detection, and looseness or sensitivity of control and aiming but each of those drawbacks are minor. Those who are looking for a flashy 3D Tomb Raider adventure will have to wait but if you desire an old-school dungeon crawler with a modern sheen, this one is for you.
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PlayStation 3GameFocus
Lara Croft is a good looking and well balanced puzzle gaming experience that breathes fresh life into the aging franchise. The negative comments were not meant to dissuade gamers from purchasing the title. While the scriptwork was a bit melodramatic, I didn’t mind it since the focus stayed on the journey and its puzzles. However, once again I must reiterate, the co-op gameplay is considerably better than the single player experience. Unless you have a local buddy to come over and play with you, it might be best to wait until a patch comes throwing in the online support.
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PlayStation 33D Juegos
Lara Croft no podía haber regresado de mejor forma. Este nuevo título marca un antes y un después en la trayectoria de Tomb Raider, convirtiéndose ya no solo en uno de los mejores títulos descargables del momento en el Store de PlayStation Network, sino en una de las aventuras más interesantes y revitalizantes de cuantas han aparecido en dicha consola.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
The only truly important thing that we can reproach is the lack of online co-op, something that should have been included on release day, but will instead be available at a later date through an update (although no ETA is available other than “soon”). Even so, the local co-op experience is excellent, especially if you use 2 controllers (although it’s ok only with a single one too, because you can make fun of the one using the keyboard) and the game length is longer than you would expect. The experience of the Crystal Dynamics designers and their investment to start this spin-off series on the right foot are certainly visible in every aspect of the game, and I can’t help but be thrilled by the new way in which we’ll be able to hunt ancient relics with lady Croft.
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Xbox 3603D Juegos
Lara Croft no podía haber regresado de mejor forma. Este nuevo título marca un antes y un después en la trayectoria de Tomb Raider, convirtiéndose ya no solo en uno de los mejores títulos descargables del momento en Xbox LIVE!, sino en una de las aventuras más interesantes y revitalizantes de cuantas han aparecido en dicha consola.
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Xbox 360GameFocus
Lara Croft is a good looking and well balanced puzzle gaming experience that breathes fresh life into the aging franchise. The negative comments were not meant to dissuade gamers from purchasing the title. While the scriptwork was a bit melodramatic, I didn’t mind it since the focus stayed on the journey and its puzzles. However, once again I must reiterate, the co-op gameplay is considerably better than the single player experience. Unless you have a local buddy to come over and play with you, it might be best to wait until the online co-op gets patched in this September.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Die verspäteten PS3- und PC-Umsetzungen bieten exakt das Abenteuer, das auch für Xbox 360 zu haben ist. Das versprochene Update, um den Koop-Modus online-tauglich zu machen, ist allerdings auch hier noch nicht mit an Bord. Lokale Teambildungen sind allerdings möglich. PC-User sollten aber auf jeden Fall einen Zwei-Stick-Controller ihr Eigen nenen, da sich die Tastatursteuerung suboptimal zeigt. Am besten eignet sich hierfür das 360-Pad für Windows, an dessen Knöpfe sich auch Menüs und Tutorial automatisch anpassen. PS3-Besitzer freuen sich hingegen über einen kleinen Preisvorteil, müssen aber damit rechnen, einem nervigen Trophäen-Bug zu begegnen, der nicht nur uns sämtliche Erfolge verweigert hat. Ansonsten macht Miss Croft aber auch im PSN- und Steam-Gewand eine tolle Figur und verdient sich dank nach wie vor cleverem Level- und Rätseldesign mit gelungener Teamkomponente erneut Gold.
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WindowsPCActu
Crystal Dynamics prouve au petit monde vidéoludique qu'avec une franchise "âgée" et en prenant quelques risques, le succès est au bout du tunnel. Grâce à une vue en 3D isométrique maîtrisée et un gameplay solide, les amoureux de Tomb Raider ne peuvent être que séduits par Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Avec deux joueurs (en local, ou en multi), la complémentarité des caractéristiques de la belle Lara et de Totec est telle que nous découvrons véritablement une toute autre facette du soft. Ceci dit, notre seul regret va vers le scénario qui est relégué au second plan. Mais en définitive, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light a sa place dans votre disque dur.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Eigentlich sollte ich Crystal Dynamics einen Obstkorb, ‘ne Schachtel Pralinen oder etwas in der Art zukommen lassen – als Entschuldigung. Denn ich habe das Team und sein neues Lara-Abenteuer ganz eindeutig unterschätzt! Guar dian of Light ist einfach eine richtig runde Sache geworden: coole Rätsel, lockere Action, motivierende Itemsuche und hübsch inszenierte Geschicklichkeitseinlagen erlebt man hier im harmonischen Wechsel. Vor allem im Koop echt gut gemacht! Dass die Story ziemlich miserabel ist und die Maus-Tastatur-Steuerung nicht perfekt ist (holen Sie sich ein Xbox-360-Pad!), sei daher verziehen. Richtig schade finde ich aber, dass der versprochene Online-Koop-Modus nun doch nicht drin ist – hoffentlich liefern die Entwickler den kostenlos per Patch nach!
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Xbox 360Jeux Vidéo Network
Pari gagnant pour Crystal Dynamics et Lara Croft. En s’éloignant de l’architecture classique de la saga Tomb Raider, le studio californien est parvenu à mettre au point un jeu hybride très sympathique, bien fichu et joli qui plus est. Une réussite qui conclut en beauté le Summer of Arcade 2010 de la Xbox 360.
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PlayStation 3IGN
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a great adventure, whether you're playing co-op or flying solo. Despite the silly story and dialogue, I had more fun with it than any Tomb Raider in recent memory. With a great new look, clever puzzles, and loads of fun stuff to collect, this is an extreme makeover for Lara of which you will surely approve.
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WindowsIGN
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a great adventure, especially if you're playing co-op. Despite the silly story and dialogue, I had more fun with it than any Tomb Raider in recent memory. With a great new look, clever puzzles, and loads of fun stuff to collect, this is an extreme makeover for Lara of which you will surely approve.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light est une excellente surprise qui devrait ravir les fans tout en faisant du gringue à un public plus large. Si la vue isométrique était un pari loin d'être gagné, surtout pour un jeu avec des phases de plates-formes, Crystal Dynamics s'est une fois de plus montré à la hauteur. Beau comme un camion, maniable, profitant d'une bonne complémentarité entre les modes solo et coop, ce Lara Croft prouve à qui de droit que la lady britannique évolue avec son temps. Au final, si ce spin-off peut s'avérer déroutant dans l'orientation choisie, on espère qu'il marquera le début d'une grande aventure à la croisée du hack'n slash et du jeu de plates-formes/action.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light est une excellente surprise qui devrait ravir les fans tout en faisant du gringue à un public plus large. Si la vue isométrique était un pari loin d'être gagné, surtout pour un jeu avec des phases de plates-formes, Crystal Dynamics s'est une fois de plus montré à la hauteur. Beau comme un camion, maniable, profitant d'une bonne complémentarité entre les modes solo et coop, ce Lara Croft prouve à qui de droit que la lady britannique évolue avec son temps. Au final, si ce spin-off peut s'avérer déroutant dans l'orientation choisie, on espère qu'il marquera le début d'une grande aventure à la croisée du hack'n slash et du jeu de plates-formes/action.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light est une excellente surprise qui devrait ravir les fans tout en faisant du gringue à un public plus large. Si la vue isométrique était un pari loin d'être gagné, surtout pour un jeu avec des phases de plates-formes, Crystal Dynamics s'est une fois de plus montré à la hauteur. Beau comme un camion, maniable, profitant d'une bonne complémentarité entre les modes solo et coop, ce Lara Croft prouve à qui de droit que la lady britannique évolue avec son temps. Au final, si ce spin-off peut s'avérer déroutant dans l'orientation choisie, on espère qu'il marquera le début d'une grande aventure à la croisée du hack'n slash et du jeu de plates-formes/action.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Lara Croft's return to the XBLA is very good, and as part of the Summer of Arcade series a welcome addition to the great line-up we've had thus far. If you're a Lara fan then you're probably not even reading this, however, if a little tentative towards the game, then don't be, as this is a well developed title well worth experience. It might be a bit simplified compared to it's older fledglings this generation, but this works in its favour as the game moves along at a steady non-frustrating pace. With added co-op sauce, and a distinctive look for the medium it's delivered, and you have a cracking game on your hands. Well worth playing and fully recommended.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
Even though it doesn’t support co-op over Xbox Live (for now) and the plot and characters are a little weak, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is absolutely worth its $15 price tag. The game looks as good as many retail games (it should, weighing in at a 2GB download), offers a generous amount of replay value and, most importantly, is a lot of fun to play. It’s been awhile since I recommended a Lara Croft adventure and even though it might not be what fans of the franchise are expecting, it’s well worth checking out. It will be interesting to see what Crystal Dynamics takes away from this experience as they put together the next retail Tomb Raider adventure.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Yet through it all, none of these minor quirks ever keeps a good adventurer down. Guardian of Light plays out like a deftly crafted, fun piece of arcade-style shooting and puzzling expressly made for buddy co-op night on Live. Who knew Lara was such a team player?
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Xbox 360IGN
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a great adventure, especially if you're playing co-op. Despite the silly story and dialogue, I had more fun with it than any Tomb Raider in recent memory. With a great new look, clever puzzles, and loads of fun stuff to collect, this is an extreme makeover for Lara of which you will surely approve.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
Some may get stuck on the higher price point of the game but this actually isn't that big of a deal here. Unlike some Summer of Arcade releases, such as LIMBO, you're actually getting your money's worth. With more than a dozen levels in the campaign, about a hundred optional challenges, numerous collectibles and rewards to unlock you definitely get your money's worth here. If you can stand actually having to be creative in some cases and aren't put off by the multiplayer focus on the title then this is a must own game. Even the fair gaffe of the game not shipping with online multiplayer has been made up for by the free DLC that's being released soon so grab that once it's available and you'll be set for a great experience.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is one of the most impressive download titles to be released this year and is a stellar game in its own right. With excellent art and sound direction, engaging puzzles and a high replay value, it’s an adventure that you’ll be very glad you went on and a welcome new direction for one of gaming’s most enduring heroines.
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
Next, and this is important, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will set you back 1,200 Microsoft Points – about $20. Casting an eye over Gameplanet’s library I can quickly spot a cluster of 2010 releases that have retailed at $120 and offer substantially less. I’d like to believe that the publishers of those titles are shifting their weight awkwardly and avoiding eye contact this week – perhaps considering, if just for a fleeting moment, joining me at my humble table. There’s ample room, gentlemen.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Crystal Dynamics levert met een miniem budget een ervaring af waar sommige ontwikkelaars enkel van kunnen dromen. Klasse!
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WindowsGameSpot
The two must combine their abilities to solve puzzles that are different from the single-player puzzles in crucial ways. Solving these cleverly altered conundrums and fighting the emboldened hordes of enemies makes for a very fun time, providing you can get someone over to your house to play with you. The entertaining mix of exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is perfectly matched with enticing rewards and engaging challenges that will have you tripping over yourself to replay levels again and again, especially if online leaderboard competition is your cup of tea. Cooperative play makes this adventure even more enjoyable, and though the disappointing lack of online support may sting for weeks to come, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying this impressive arcade adventure.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
The two must combine their abilities to solve puzzles that are different from the single-player puzzles in crucial ways. Solving these cleverly altered conundrums and fighting the emboldened hordes of enemies makes for a very fun time, providing you can get someone over to your house to play with you. The entertaining mix of exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is perfectly matched with enticing rewards and engaging challenges that will have you tripping over yourself to replay levels again and again, especially if online leaderboard competition is your cup of tea. Cooperative play makes this adventure even more enjoyable, and though the disappointing lack of online support may sting for weeks to come, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying this impressive arcade adventure.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
The two must combine their abilities to solve puzzles that are different from the single-player puzzles in crucial ways. Solving these cleverly altered conundrums and fighting the emboldened hordes of enemies makes for a very fun time, providing you can get someone over to your house to play with you. The entertaining mix of exploration, combat, and puzzle-solving in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is perfectly matched with enticing rewards and engaging challenges that will have you tripping over yourself to replay levels again and again, especially if online leaderboard competition is your cup of tea. Cooperative play makes this adventure even more enjoyable, and though the disappointing lack of online support may sting for weeks to come, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying this impressive arcade adventure.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
Even with the arcade feel in mind, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light still finds it necessary to force a narrative, and puts forth a goofy premise, complete with a manically laughing, awkwardly antagonizing, prototypical plague-god of yesteryear who’s got some destructive artifact that Lara and the naked Indian from Wayne’s World 2 (Totec) are trying to snag. This fiction does little to enhance the overall experience, and a more minimalist approach to a story and premise would have been more effective.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Lara aus der Vogelperspektive? Noch nie war ich als Serien-Fan derart skeptisch. Doch Crystal Dynamics hat ganze Arbeit geleistet und ein durchweg abwechslungsreiches, cooles Actionspiel abgeliefert. Die unausgereifte Steuerung und teils fiesen Todesfallen zerrten zwar mehrfach an meinen Nerven, und die Solo-Kampagne ist arg kurz. Sich aber gemeinsam mit Michael Graf durch die tollen Levels zu rätseln, machte diese Mankos aber mehr als wett. Michel Graf ist dafür übrigens nicht Vorrausetzung, ein handelsüblicher Kumpel tut’s auch. Für 15 Euro bekommen Sie derzeit kaum mehr (aktuellen) Spielspaß.
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AndroidPocket Gamer UK
Once again the Xperia Play improves on what has gone before. This version is enhanced dramatically thanks to the phone's physical controls, although a few ugly graphical issues have snuck along for the ride, too.
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iPhoneApp Spy
Perhaps it's no major surprise that a twin-stick based re-imagining of Tomb Raider would work so well on iDevices, but Guardian of Light goes the extra distance with a challenging campaign and a fun co-op style for friends to enjoy.
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iPhoneAppGamer.net
At first glance, Lara Croft’s new outing may seem nothing like the Tomb Raider games of old, but it owes far more to Lara’s past than you might think and ultimately, forgiving the odd slip with positioning, plays like one of her best games to date.
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WindowsFactornews
Version complètement décomplexée de Tomb Raider, ce Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light parvient à briller sur presque tous les points : réalisation léchée, gameplay nerveux et bien ficelé, mode coop bien trouvé, durée de vie correcte pour qui voudra absolument boucler le jeu à 100% et prix plancher. On pourra juste lui reprocher une VF et un scénario bien ringards, mais ça serait pinailler. Un titre à ne pas manquer, assurément.
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PlayStation 3NZGamer
But collecting stuff is what Lara Croft does. And when it looks and plays as well as this, there is a lot of enjoyment to be had. Although the game, quite rightly, spends very little time on the lightweight and fairly absurd story (evil god comes to life; good guardian comes to life; “let’s go get him,” says Lara Croft) the level design is fantastic. While not enormous, every section is tight and complex and brings back a lot of good Tomb Raider memories. Swinging across spike filled pits, rolling big balls around, collapsing bridges, all the while wearing short shorts and a really tight singlet, never really gets old, does it?
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PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a tough one to score. Whilst it does little wrong, it also fails to raise pulses. What the player is left with is a very solid game, with strong puzzle and combat elements that is well worth a look.
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PlayStation 3RealGamer
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light serves up a refreshing change to Lara’s past adventures with just the right balance of puzzle solving and shooter action. A solid single player experience is complimented by sublime co-op play which makes Guardian of Light well worth a look for any fan of Miss Croft.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
This is the best Lara Croft game I've played in years. Local cooperative play on a tested foundation with modern gaming sensibilities layered on top was absolutely the right way to go. Crystal Dynamics probably didn't need to use the Lara Croft name to make this little gem, but it's nice to see this well-known and well-liked character in something great once again. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an easy recommendation; go play, and bring a friend.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
Regardless of whether Lara Croft: The Guardian of Light marks the future of the series or if is merely a side-project while the next full instalment is prepped and polished, it remains a remarkably successful experiment, and something of a bench-mark for downloadable gaming. The sumptuous visuals are married to engaging and addictive gameplay and there is enough content and collectibles to keep you playing for quite some time. Playstation 3 and PC owners were no doubt disappointed to find out that they would have to wait to get hands on The Guardian of Light, but now it is available we’d encourage them to take a look at what Xbox 360 owners have been enjoying for some time.
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Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Som avslutning på Xbox Live Summer of Arcade är Lara Crofts nya spel enastående. Som komplement till hennes tidigare äventyrsspel håller det också hög klass. Jag skulle kunna argumentera för hur nödvändigt det är att spelet i fråga har Lara i huvudrollen. Men å andra sidan skulle jag inte vilja leva utan den aristokratiska och nonchalanta brittiska stämman under resans gång. Det är något speciellt med de där två pistolmynningarna som sköt sig direkt in i våra hjärtan för fjorton år sedan. Den här gången är upplevelsen långt mer intensiv och mindre eftertänksam än vad vi är vana vid. Men med en medspelare bredvid dig är den är fortfarande lika bra.
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Xbox 360Hasta los Juegos
'Lara Croft y el guardián de la luz' es un juego que sin duda decepcionará a muchos seguidores acérrimos de la saga, pero quien sepa apreciar el cambio de rumbo y el aumento notable de jugabilidad, seguro que pasa muy buenos ratos con este título que, sin hacer mucho ruido, puede ser un éxito gracias a su formato de juego descargable.

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Xbox 360GameZone
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is nothing short of a triumph for Crystal Dynamics and the buxom adventurer. The score-based gameplay and objectives are geared towards providing hefty doses of replay value, but even a single playthrough promises to be an exciting journey filled with top-notch action and ingenious puzzles. And, in a rare turn for modern games, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is even better with a friend at your side.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
I can understand why Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics might not want to put the Tomb Raider name on Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, considering the ways in which it diverges from the typical Tomb Raider experience. Hopefully, though, some lessons were learned from this enjoyable package for the next time they're ready to invoke the Tomb Raider name in a proper retail format.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
‘Ok, dus als ik het goed begrijp zie je Lara in the Guardian of Light van bovenaf? Maar dat betekent toch dat je niets ziet van haar...?' Ssst, stil maar, het is al goed. Sterker nog, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is beter dan dat. Het mag dan wel officieel geen Tomb Raider-game heten, het heeft alles wat je maar van Lara kunt verlangen. En als dat niet genoeg voor je is, dan is er in de coöp ook nog een halfnaakte kerel die goed overweg kan met een speer om je gezelschap te houden.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
The best Lara Croft game in years. Great local co-op action built on a tested foundation with modern gaming sensibilities layered on top was absolutely the right way to go. Proves that games needn't be huge-budget, cutting-edge releases to be fun.
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Xbox 360GamingXP
Als Ableger der „Tomb Raider“-Reihe ist dieses Spiel mehr als nur okay, vor allem zu dem fairen Preis bietet es für Multiplayer-Fans (Reminiszenzen an „Banjo & Kazooie“ werden wach!) und Action-Adventure-Liebhaber genügend Stoff für einige Tage oder Wochen. Bis dahin sollten dann auch wiederum neue Inhalte zum Download verfügbar sein – ob diese von der Qualität her passen, werden Sie bei uns im Test nachlesen können. Das Hauptspiel ist das Geld wert, wenn es natürlich noch immer etwas nach „Download-Titel“ „riecht“ …
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Xbox 360Level 7
Lara Croft är tillbaka större än någonsin, fast i ett mindre format. Guardian of Light briljerar främst i och med fokuset på att spela tillsammans och att samarbeta i pussel. Det blir aldrig jättesvårt, men lösningarna visar sig inte heller med en gång. Kanske inget för den som letar efter en djup berättelse, eller helst vill spela ensam. Men överlag finns det inte mycket att klaga på.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light should please fans of the franchise while they wait for their next big Tomb Raider title. I also believe that this game will allow people who don’t normally like Tomb Raider games to be finally able to enjoy a game staring one of the biggest females in gaming history.
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Xbox 360MondoXbox
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light si è in definitiva rivelato un gran bell’arcade, capace di regalare più di qualche ora di sano e spensierato divertimento, soprattutto se giocato in compagnia, e va a chiudere degnamente un ciclo di titoli Live Arcade di buon livello. Se siete amanti del genere e siete propensi all’acquisto ma non avete la possibilità di giocare con qualche amico a casa vostra, il mio consiglio è quello di attendere il prossimo aggiornamento che vi permetterà di giocare con amici online, e poi di andarlo a scaricare ad occhi chiusi.
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Xbox 360Everyeye.it
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light risulta un titolo decisamente interessante che va a posizionarsi ai vertici dell’offerta dei giochi scaricabili per console e PC. Soddisferà sicuramente sia gli amanti di Tomb Raider che chi cerca un action game diverso dal solito, basato forse su uno stile leggermente antiquato ma riportato in auge con perizia e qualche colpo di genio. Per goderselo fino in fondo è quasi imperativo il gioco in cooperativa, per ora in locale ma in è in arrivo anche il supporto online, per chi non ha un amico a portata di mano ma molti sparsi per il web.
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Xbox 360Gamer Limit
With sharp graphics, varied gameplay, great pacing, and strong value for the price, I’m not at all hesitant about recommending this title. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a highly successful divergence from the old Tomb Raider formula, and a strong closer for the Summer of Arcade line-up. I, for one, hope that we see more like it sooner rather than later.
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Xbox 360Gamekult
Si on ne l'attendait pas forcément sous cette forme, Lara Croft dévoile avec Guardian of Light un visage différent, inédit, mais toujours aussi séduisant. Dans une 3D isométrique vraiment convaincante, ce spin-off de Tomb Raider nous présente un gameplay plus arcade, vif et décomplexé, qui laisse tout autant de place à des combats nerveux qu'à l'exploration de niveaux bourrés de pièges et d'énigmes bien pensées. Tout aussi passionnant seul qu'à deux en coop, Guardian of Light gonfle sa durée de vie et son intérêt grâce à de nombreux défis et secrets cachés aux quatre coins de chaque niveau. Bref, les fans de la riche aventurière devraient être ravis de la découvrir ainsi. En tout cas, elle n'a rien perdu de son charme.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
После сумбурной Tomb Raider: Underworld казалось, что вдохнуть новую жизнь в серию невозможно, но разработчикам это удалось. Crystal Dynamics давно следовало отправить Лару Крофт в отпуск, она его заслужила. Что за несправедливость — столько лет рыскать по сырым подземельям да заброшенным храмам и ни разу не пострелять из минигана! Так не пойдет. Авторы выкроили для Лары короткие каникулы, познакомили ее со смуглым мужчиной и выдали арсенал, на который даже Джон Маллинз из Soldier of Fortune облизнется. Короче говоря, надо было просто сменить жанр: вид сверху, молниеносный отстрел врагов и схватки с «боссами», тщательный поиск апгрейдов, стремительные выпады к аптечкам. Lara Croft стала аркадным боевиком, однако встряска пошла сериалу (пусть в названии и нет заголовка Tomb Raider) на пользу.
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iPhoneSlide to Play
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a mostly successful port that’s a few blemishes away from greatness.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
All in all, though, if you need a dungeon-crawling fix with the supernatural, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light isn’t a bad way to spend a few hours. Lara’s back in a form, with solid controls, a look that works and environments the way we think about them when associated with the pretty spelunker. It might not be a Diablo-killer - it’s not nearly deep enough on any front or with the scope of Hell to fight through - but what’s here is entertaining and worth a play-through.
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Xbox 360AceGamez
As a single-player experience, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is at best a modicum above average. It looks good, it sounds alright, and it’s sweet of the developers to have packed in the chance to go it alone, yessir it is. That said, it’s shameless that they’ve botched the delivery of the mechanism by which most players would otherwise experience it at its finest: online co-op. And I’m sorry, but the notion that adequate “networking code” has somehow eluded Crystal Dynamics – though only, oddly, till the PSN version hits – is, quite frankly, insulting. This is as clear a cut case of how console charlatanism killed the video game star as I can recall. And it’s a crying shame, because had it shipped with its unique selling point intact, I’d heartily recommend you all download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light immediately. Without it, the buxom brunette’s first joint jaunt is half a game.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Call us old fogies if you like, but there's a pretty firm belief that when a game ships, it should be feature-complete, not "mostly done" with a promise of completion at some unknown future date. If and when the online co-op patch shows up for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, add an additional point to the score.
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Xbox 360XGN
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is een downloadbare titel die elke avonturistische gamer in huis moet halen. Sowieso als je een co-op liefhebber bent, is deze game een must have. Waar in andere games een co-op gewoon leuk is, is het in deze game essentieel om samen te werken, want anders kom je gewoon niet verder. Maar ook de singeplayer is prima om te doen dankzij een aangename balans van actie en het oplossen van puzzels. Hier en daar hadden dingetjes wat beter gekund, maar wie gaat daar over zeuren als je voor slechts 1200 Microsft Points een volwaardige interessante game krijgt? Juist, niemand, dus wij ook niet.
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iPhoneTouchGen
I was positively surprised by the quality of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It doesn’t feel watered down like other ports, for example Resident Evil 4. There are some slight control issues, and perspective difficulties. If you stick to it you will soon find the same kind of find ‘em all mindset that for example Lego Harry Potter induces. I hope to see a reduction in price to get more people to experience the game, and give a larger fanbase for future ports.
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iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Despite a handful of issues, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an enthralling adventure with great action and killer cooperative multiplayer - just stay away from the unstable iPad version.
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iPhonevideogamer.com
Guardian of Light is a thoroughly refreshing take on tomb raiding, and – aside from the aforementioned control issues - has made the transition to iPhone surprisingly well. There's an impressive amount of variety to each of the ten levels, the puzzles are well thought out and an emphasis on score gives a great replay incentive. Persuade a friend to part with £3.99, and you can indulge in what is, arguably, one of the best co-op experiences the iPhone has to offer. A few control issues bring the overall quality of the product down, but that doesn't mean Guardian of Light isn't worth a look.
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PlayStation 3PlayStation Lifestyle
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light packs a decent punch for a downloadable title. While there is a heavy emphasis on the compatibility of cooperative multiplayer, unfortunately the game is truthfully best enjoyed alone. With obvious likenesses to the Tomb Raider series repackaged with a new aerial perspective, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a great bite-sized download for fans of the video game vixen as well as new-comers to the universe.
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PlayStation 3Digital Entertainment News (den)
I enjoyed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light as an arcade game, but not necessarily as “the next Tomb Raider” game. Hopefully there will be more of the traditional games in the future and this doesn’t portend the direction the franchise is headed permanently.
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WindowsHooked Gamers
As mentioned before, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an obvious port and will simply work better on a console. It confuses me to no end that game makers continue to make the same mistake over and over again, porting games to different platforms without making it fit with the destination. The Guardian of Light isn’t a bad attempt though, working well enough despite feeling a bit unnatural at times. The game can be bought at reasonable rates, making the lack of co-op and multiplayer features easier to swallow. Personally I think the switch from adventure to arcade worked out well for Lara, but a more careful port would have contributed to a better score.
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iPhoneEurogamer.net (UK)
The bottom line is that Guardian of Light is plainly ill-suited to touch-screen controls, so if you like what you see, you're far better off playing it on the platforms it was actually designed for.
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iPadEurogamer.net (UK)
The bottom line is that Guardian of Light is plainly ill-suited to touch-screen controls, so if you like what you see, you're far better off playing it on the platforms it was actually designed for.
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iPadIGN
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a great adventure on consoles and PC but it just doesn't translate to the iPad well. It's got a great new look, clever puzzles, and loads of fun stuff to collect, but the onscreen controls are clumsy and the game doesn't run smoothly when playing cooperatively. Instead of trying to shoehorn console games onto the iPad developers should be taking advantage of its particular touch screen possibilities.
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PlayStation 3Family Friendly Gaming
The storyline in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is forgettable. The controls are annoying beyond belief. I really wish they had been better. Most of the puzzles in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light are easy to figure out.
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Xbox 360The A.V. Club
This is a clear departure for the series, and it earns some points for that. But facing down hordes of nondescript spiders and The Sacred Temple Of Gathering Eight Giant Boulders Into The Central Hub quickly gets old—especially for Tomb Raider fans.
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iPadThe Guardian
The cumbersome controls make the iPad version less essential and given the quality of the game on other formats this can only feel like a missed opportunity.