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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider with a technically more advanced graphics engine. It has the same basic storyline, though some cutscenes and much of the dialogue within have been expanded or modified in other ways. Locations correspond to those of the original version and are accessed in the same order, but have been re-designed with different layouts and mostly completely different puzzles which allow implementation of new moves introduced in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend: swinging on ropes and using a grappling hook at specific points.

Puzzles are generally more focused on acrobatics in this version, ledges being much more prominently featured as a level design element, requiring combinations of jumping and shimmying across them to access areas. This type of gameplay replaces the key-retrieval and block-pushing puzzles of the original almost entirely. Combat is similar to that of the first game, though the player must now manually activate targeting. Some boss fights have been made a separate enclosed stage rather than being part of the exploration as in the original version. These fights may have puzzle-solving elements and often require the player to use Lara's new "adrenaline dodge" ability, which slightly slows down time when the opponent charges at her while in an "enraged" state. Some cutscenes require the player to participate in quick-time events.


Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Climbing the skyscraper in video sequence
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Examining Qualopec closely
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Solving a water puzzle in the Poseidon Room.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows QTE in front of Jerome "Kid" Johnson

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:重返禁地" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tomb Raider: Юбилейное издание" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Great remake of a classic, perfectly capturing the essence of Tomb Raider. Windows Donatello (384)
Thanks, but I prefer the birthday Windows Cor 13 (171997)
Ooo, I'm scared and tense! I remember those feelings now. Windows Richard Kaplan (12)
A true classic remake Windows IKNOWPCGAMES81 (6)
Back in 1997, you must have been playing this game! Windows St. Martyne (3539)

The Press Says

GameDaily Xbox 360 Nov 15, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Skizo.org PSP Jan 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania Windows Jun 11, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Nov 08, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PSP Nov 07, 2007 16 out of 20 80
Play.tm PSP Oct 29, 2007 78 out of 100 78
4Players.de Wii May 31, 2007 77 out of 100 77
IGN Xbox 360 Oct 26, 2007 7.6 out of 10 76
Lawrence PSP Aug 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2007 B- 67


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Audio commentary

There's a unlockable commentary track by Toby Gard and Jason Botta in which they not only talk about the making of the remake but also about the original Tomb Raider. It's also possible to unlock the Lara model from the original Tomb Raider and play with her.


As it already happened in Legend, once again the folks at Crystal Dynamics take a chance to tip their hat to their own Legacy of Kain series: if you find level 12's relic (The Great Pyramid) you'll unlock the wetsuit Lara wore back in Tomb Raider II, only this time it has a b&w logo on the chest. You might recognize this logo as Raziel's clan symbol.

Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze

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