Current MobyGoal: Help us reach 250 documented ZX81 Games

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
83
4.0
Wii
73
4.0
PlayStation 2
81
4.2

User Reviews

Great remake of a classic, perfectly capturing the essence of Tomb Raider. Windows Donatello (384)
Thanks, but I prefer the birthday Windows אולג 小奥 (168588)
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 (3562)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 5 4.3
PlayStation 2 19 4.2
PSP 5 4.0
Wii 8 4.0
Windows 30 4.0
Xbox 360 7 4.0
Combined MobyScore 74 4.1


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
What's most amazing about this is how well the game plays considering the quality of the graphics. My review computer was just above the minimum requirements (albeit with a much better graphics card), and I was able to completely max out the graphics settings with barely a performance hit. The game would slow down a tad when loading up a new environment and sometimes during heavy action, but not enough to really harm the gameplay. The box states the game isn't playable on Intel GMA processors, but this is a misprint; the game is compatible with MacBooks using the GMA 950 graphics chip. The gang at Robosoft did a fantastic job porting Tomb Raider Anniversary to the Mac, and I hope their relationship with Feral is a long one; they really know what they're doing.
93
WindowsYouGamers
Tomb Raider as it should be - Lara, looking as good as ever, raiding tombs with responsive controls, brain-teasing but not overly difficult puzzles and some hair-raising climbing and jumping. More, please.
93
WindowsAtomic Gamer
Many of us have seen the "enhanced" remakes of classic Japanese RPGs on today's portable consoles - often those have the same gameplay and story but with new sounds, music, and re-done sprite graphics. This remake goes way, way beyond that to totally revolutionize the original Tomb Raider and truly make it modern again, 10+ years later. With great gameplay, devious but doable spatially-oriented puzzles, the occasional quick action sequences, moody dynamic music, and a nearly worry-free experience on the PC, this is a game that other developers need to be looking at.
91
WindowsGameBoomers
Anniversary has been described by some as a ‘re-imagining’ of the original game. In cooperation with Toby Gard (designer of Tomb Raider), Eidos and Crystal Dynamics (the developers who also made Tomb Raider Legend) have taken the story, the settings, and the types of puzzles from the original. They then rebuilt them from scratch using the experience and technologies of Tomb Raider Legend. I think they’ve achieved the almost impossible -- delivering what is probably the most popular of all the Lara Croft adventures as the ultimate in “Director’s Cuts,” with the style and panache that Lara deserves. If it weren’t for the disappointing technical failures of the SecuROM™ DVD protection and the profile corruption issue, this would definitely score a full-blooded A grade.
90
WindowsFactornews
Crystal Dynamics réussit le tour de force de reprendre tous les ingrédients qui ont fait de Tomb Raider un hit, et de le mélanger au gameplay frais et surtout d'actualité de Tomb Raider Legend, pour faire de ce Tomb Raider Anniversary le jeu ultime de la série, et surtout l'un des meilleurs de ce genre, toutes plateformes confondues.
90
MacintoshGames4Mac
Endlich gibt es wieder Lara auf dem Mac. Auch ich habe einige Vorgänger der Saga gespielt und bin mehr als Zufrieden mit der guten Fortsetzung. Es macht einfach Spaß Lara mit Hilfe ihrer akrobatischen Künste durch die verschiedenen Level zu lenken, Rätsel zu lösen, aber trotzdem nicht auf die nötige Action zu verzichten. Warum sind eigentlich nicht schon mehr Entwickler auf die Idee gekommen eine Frau in die Hauptrolle zu stecken? Tomb Raider ist und bleibt einzigartig, trotz kleinerer Fehler in der KI, die ich gut und gerne verkrafte.
90
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.de
Tomb Raider Anniversary ist ein wichtiges Statement: Ein langsamer, aber ungemein unterhaltsamer Abenteuertrip in einer Zeit, in der Games immer schneller, flashiger und oberflächlicher werden. Crystal Dynamics bekommt es hin, unglaubliche Entdeckerlust zu wecken und das ist etwas, das andere Entwickler scheinbar schon lange aufgegeben haben. Es ist schon erstaunlich, wie Anniversary der Branche mit demselben Rezept wie schon vor elf Jahren neue, andere Impulse gibt. Ein gutes Spiel wird eben nie wirklich alt, es bedarf nur der passenden Verpackung. Und die ist den Kaliforniern einfach unglaublich gut gelungen. Wie sehr Ihr selbst Tomb Raider: Anniversary haben müsst , hängt ganz davon ab, was Eure Vorstellung von einem guten Abenteuer ist. Sind Eure Träume noch dieselben wie unsere damals? Meine sind es jedenfalls noch immer – und Anniversary ist die Eintrittskarte.
90
PlayStation 2Super Play
Tomb Raider har blivit allt Tomb Raider någonsin behövt vara. Bättre än så här blir inte den har serien. Nu vill vi aldrig se Lara Croft igen.
90
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
For the price, and for the quality of offer, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easily one the best games released all year. Blessed with an excellent control system and chock full of masterfully designed levels, as far as puzzle-based action adventures go, there have been none finer for years. Sure, it's only a PC port, and doesn't have the lavish production values of the biggest titles currently out there. But if you can get beyond such trifling gripes, you'll find a game rich with intrigue and as satisfying a set of challenges you could ever wish for. Now, let's have a proper next-gen Lara game, please Eidos.
90
Xbox 360GameDaily
Tomb Raider Anniversary is a wonderful present to the world celebrating Lara's 10 years in our gaming lives. Ms. Croft is better than ever, running around in her booty shorts and tight top, all the while kicking ass and taking names. There are some downfalls, but those little squabbles can't touch this game's quality. Happy Anniversary, Lara. Happy Anniversary indeed.
90
PSPSkizo.org
Summa sumarum, nowy-stary Tomb Raider jest grą już nie rewolucyjną, ale z pewnością rewelacyjną. Zdecydowany lider gatunku action adventure łączący w sobie wyśmienitą oprawę z klimatem jakiego dostarczał pierwowzór. Tytułem tym nie zawiodą się ani starzy fani Lary ani też tym bardziej osoby które z pierwszym Tomb Raiderem nie miały styczności. Od siebie natomiast dodam jeszcze iż życzyłbym sobie aby kolejna odsłona serii utrzymana została w tej samej konwencji klimatyczno architektonicznej co Anniversary.
90
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
Long-term Lara fans will love having their memories jogged but you don't need tomb raiding experience to enjoy it - Anniversary is the best game in the series by far.
90
PlayStation 2allaboutgames.co.uk
Crystal Dynamics have done well to honour Core Design's excellent first game in a legendary series. That they managed to make what looked on paper like a cheap cash-in into a game that to some extent even outclasses Legend is quite impressive. Now we want some bigger leaps with a proper sequel.
90
WindowsGamerDad
There is something about a classic game that makes it a classic, but that is often difficult to translate into a more modern experience. Tomb Raider is a ten year old classic that combines action, platform jumping, and a sexy and sassy protagonist into thoroughly enjoyable experience that millions of gamers have enjoyed. The franchise has soured through the years, but last year's Tomb Raider Legend breathed some new life into what most gamers assumed was a dead series. I liked that game quite a bit, though I had some issues with the PC controls. Tomb Raider Anniversary is a 'reimagining' of the classic original in the 'Legend' engine, filled out with tons of new features, areas, puzzles and secret tidbits to find.
90
PlayStation 2GamerDad
There is something about a classic game that makes it a classic, but that is often difficult to translate into a more modern experience. Tomb Raider is a ten year old classic that combines action, platform jumping, and a sexy and sassy protagonist into thoroughly enjoyable experience that millions of gamers have enjoyed. The franchise has soured through the years, but last year's Tomb Raider Legend breathed some new life into what most gamers assumed was a dead series. I liked that game quite a bit, though I had some issues with the PC controls. Tomb Raider Anniversary is a 'reimagining' of the classic original in the 'Legend' engine, filled out with tons of new features, areas, puzzles and secret tidbits to find.
90
Windowsallaboutgames.co.uk
Excellent game, that has exactly the right blend of fear, challenge, anxiety, relief, and many more emotions! Now we want a proper sequel.
90
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
So, if you've just skipped to the end, or maybe haven't quite got the gist yet, we rather loved Tomb Raider Anniversary for giving us so few things to dislike about it. It takes the inspirational level design of the original, improves upon the atmosphere, and makes the whole thing so much more fun thanks to the hugely refined control and camera system. Far from being a tired, cynical cash-in exercise of a brand past its prime, Tomb Raider Anniversary goes back to its roots and shows how remakes should be done. As such, it has ended up being one of the stand-out games of the year so far, and also one of Eidos' best ever. It's a must buy for any Lara fan, simple as that.
89
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
If you are looking for the best overall Tomb Raider: Anniversary experience then look no further than the 360 version. With its stunning visuals, amazing story, exotic locations, and fluid controls, you won’t find a more engaging Lara Croft adventure on any system. It’s also a great way to relive one of the most influential games of the past decade. It’s a timeless experience for the entire family.
89
PlayStation 2FOK!games
Het Tomb Raider-gevoel uit de originele Tomb Raider is geen nostalgie. Tomb Raider: Anniversary weet dit gevoel naar boven te brengen door de achterhaalde graphics en bediening te moderniseren, zodat de essentie van de Tomb Raider games meer dan ooit de boventoon voert. En deze essentie is een gevoel van avontuur en verwondering als je de verschillende levels in het spel doorloopt. Gek genoeg voelt de ouderwetse moeilijkheidsgraad van Tomb Raider in deze tijd van versimpeling en voorkauwen juist weer verfrissend. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is een geslaagde remake van het inmiddels klassieke eerste deel uit de Tomb Raider reeks, en een schoolvoorbeeld hoe ontwikkelaars met oude game zouden moeten omgaan willen ze deze opnieuw uitbrengen.
88
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary hat es geschafft, alte Tugenden perfekt mit neueren Spielelementen zu paaren. Das Flair der alten Spiele ist wieder vollständig vorhanden und wurde wunderbar mit der Spielbarkeit von Tomb Raider Legend ergänzt. Präsentiert wird dies mit hübschen Animationen und guter Technik. Wir können dieses Spiel nahezu uneingeschränkt allen Freunden klassischer Action- Adventures empfehlen, Tomb Raider Fans schlagen sowieso zu. Wer jedoch anspruchsvolle Sprungpassagen verabscheut oder generell ein ungeduldiger Spieler ist, sollte sich den Kauf gut überlegen, da einige Abschnitte sehr genaues Springen erfordern.
88
WindowsPGNx Media
With Tomb Raider: Anniversary Crystal Dynamics has successfully updated one of 3D gaming's first classics. It combines everything we loved about the original with the modern gameplay mechanics of Legend.
88
WindowsGamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Out of all the games this reviewer has played in his lifetime the original Tomb Raider still holds a place at the top of the favorites list. With Anniversary the authors didn’t just take the original and slapped on some pretty graphics, but decided to pay a tribute to the father (or should that be mother?) of dungeon exploration games. The new levels play and feel like the originals, but with all the extra work that went into them they are a fresh experience as well. For the masochists the authors even included the option to play the game with auto-grab turned off (it works, but it makes the game frustratingly hard, just like the original). At times the game might feel like a crude mix of Legend and the original TR, but such times are few and far apart. In-between however the game feels like a refined culmination of all the made the Tomb Raider franchise so popular.
86
WindowsGamesFire
Lara is back again! Ein Lara-Fan wie ich kann die fehlende Action eines Tomb Raider: Legend verschmerzen. Es macht mir mehr Spaß mit gezielten Kampfeinlagen unterhalten zu werden und durch die Archäologiestätten der Welt zu joggen, als ständiger Action ausgesetzt zu sein. Es hat eben seinen eigenen Reiz an Felsvorsprüngen herumzuklettern, wobei jeder Schritt der letzte sein könnte. Außerdem gibt es noch eine einzigartige Story, die schon 1996 ein Kassenschlager war. Wenn Crystal Dynamics noch die kleinen Bugs ausbessert, haben wir eine gelungene Neuauflage zu einem genialen Preis-Leistungsverhältnis. Die zuschaltbaren Audiokommentare der Entwickler geben der Jubiläumsversion seine eigene Note. Sollten andere Entwickler ihren All-Time Favourites ebenfalls eine Neuauflage gönnen, möchte ich dieses Features sehr gerne wiedersehen!
86
WindowsGamigo
Tomb Raider: Anniversary von Crystal Dynamics und Eidos schafft es tatsächlich die Begeisterung für Lara Croft erneut zu wecken. Die Auferstehung der Archäologin als Abenteuerin ist sehr gut gelungen und kommt dabei ohne große Gewaltakte aus, dafür aber mit viel Spannung, Action und Entdeckerspaß. Natürlich sind Kämpfe dabei, aber sie dominieren das Spiel nicht sondern fügen sich einfach in das Spielgeschehen ein. Wer einfach mal wieder ein schönes Action-Adventure sucht bei dem der Flair alter Zeiten wieder auflebt wird sich hier wohl fühlen können. Neueinsteiger werden aber genauso ihren Spaß haben, und vor allem auch dann das erste Lara so erleben wie sie zum ersten Mal vor 10 Jahren die Bühne der Spielewelt betrat.
85
PlayStation 2Softpedia
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a great title, a reward for the fans and a true reason to celebrate the 10 years that we've spent watching Lara solving puzzles and shooting her foes. This is probably the last Tomb Raider we'll ever see on the Playstation 2 and we're eagerly awaiting for a strictly next-gen title. Otherwise, we're witnessing an evolution of the series and good old Lara hasn't aged a bit, so we hope that the series is truly returning to its roots and not just offering us a remake of the first title. Just hope we'll see such quality in more titles and before we reach the Anniversary 2 edition 10 years from now.
85
PlayStation 2Hardcore Gamer Magazine
In the end, it's a testament to the game's quality that even in the face of the imperfect camera and combat, the wonderful adventuring aspects manage to make up for whatever other shortcomings this game may posses.
85
PlayStation 2Good Game
I haven’t played much Tomb Raider since the original, and I really enjoyed Anniversary. No other game is been able to capture the intense joy of climbing rocks for 4 hours just to get a cog. I dig this game JUNG, 8.5/10
85
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Overall Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a very enjoyable game, the graphics are great and the puzzles are as challenging as ever, sure it may be quite easy to gun down the wolves and various other enemies that will cross your path, but if you want an adventure game on your Xbox 360 that is like no other then this is certainly a game worth considering.
85
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Tomb Raider fans have had to endure some fairly dismal games in the series, however most believed that Tomb Raider Legends was a step in the right direction. A remake of the original game could have been a disaster and another one of those instances in which the original should have just been left alone; however Crystal Dynamics have pulled off one of the best remakes here. Surprisingly for a game that needs a lot of accurate jumping and good timing, it doesn't get too frustrating and offers a fairly smooth gameplay experience.
85
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
To Tomb Raider fans it’s obviously an essential purchase, and to those unfamiliar with the series, it’s a very welcome Mac conversion of a top-notch, immersive classic.
85
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
There are other niggles, such as the A.I., which hasn't smartened up any in the intervening years, but if you are willing to deal with some frustrations, you will be rewarded with a great game experience and gorgeous, is-this-really-PS2 visuals. You'll experience the wonder and awe of feeling like you are discovering lost tombs, which is what made the original so compelling in the first place.
85
PlayStation 2Vgames

קצת אירוני שההרפתקאה הכי טובה של לארה בשנים האחרונות היא רימייק להרפתקאה הראשונה שלה. כך או כך, אניברסרי הוא משחק ראוי לכל מי שאוהב את ז'אנר ההרפתקאה-פעולה (עם דגש על הרפתקאה). המשחקיות זורמת, החידות מאתגרות ומעניינות, ולארה (עדיין) נראית נהדר. לא רואים עליה שהיא בת 10.

85
PSPGBase - The Gamer's Base
Damals wie heute macht Tomb Raider vor allem eines: Spass. Nicht umsonst werden die ersten beiden Teile von vielen Fans als die besten Spiele der Serie angesehen. Der erste Teil kann dabei vor allem durch das tolle Leveldesign und die dichte Atmosphäre überzeugen. Diese wurde im Remake grandios auf Sonys Kleinen übertragen. Die PSP kann zeigen, was grafisch in ihr steckt und steht der PS2-Version um nichts nach. Lediglich kleinere Steuerungsmankos aufgrund weniger Tasten nerven ab und an. Dennoch hat Crystal Dynamics auch für die PSP saubere Arbeit geleistet.
85
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
What a wonderful world we’d be living in if every remake were handled with this much care. Okay, so maybe it’s not solving world hunger, but it’s certainly setting a high bar for others to meet in the realm of reinventing classic games. Balancing the almost impossible tasks of delivering nostalgia-laden moments against giving players updated and modern gameplay, Tomb Raider Anniversary does both with aplomb. Mixing classic and modern elements, it brings old players what they want and gives new players what they need to join in the fun.
85
WiiGameswelt
Ich habe damals das erste Abenteuer von Lara Croft geliebt. Umso enttäuschter war ich von einigen der Nachfolger. Crystal Dynamics hat bei 'Tomb Raider: Anniversary' zwar einige Macken des Originals ignoriert, insgesamt aber ein schönes Remake serviert. Auch auf der Wii macht das Revival von Frau Croft einiges her. Die Steuerung funktioniert bis auf Ausnahmen gut und das Leveldesign ist sowieso klasse. Einen Funken Frustresistenz solltet ihr jedoch mitbringen.
85
Xbox 360XBox Front
Lara is back uns schaut gut aus. Nicht nur eine super Grafik und ein genialer Sound lassen das Ur-Tomb Raider in einem neuen Glanz erscheinen. Es sind auch die knackigen Rätsel, bei denen man teilweise stundenlang nach einer Lösung sucht. Zudem wurde die Steuerung perfekt auf den Controller der Xbox 360 angepasst und sorgt für den nahezu perfekten Spielspaß. Wenn da nicht der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad und das recht kleine Waffenarsenal wären, für die das Spiel ein paar Punkte abgezogen bekommt. Dennoch bekommt man hier selbst als Fan des ersten Teils dank einer komplett neuen Levelstruktur, ein neues Action-Adventure der Tomb Raider-Serie geboten. Da man hier mal ein gelungenes Remake geboten bekommt, legen wir dieses gute Spiel Anfängern sowie auch Profis ans Herz.
85
WindowsGamingExcellence
Anniversary is a great game that stops just short of excellence due to a few nagging issues. If you have the patience for it, you'll find a superlative gaming experience here. After so many lousy remakes of classic games (NARC, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fight just to name a few), it's refreshing to have a classic game updated with a combination of classical conventions and today's technology. This is how classic games should be remade.
85
WindowsPC Powerplay
Vor gut zehn Jahren habe ich heiße Tage und Nächte mit Lara verbracht. Zu überwältigend war das erste Abenteuer mit der aparten Archäologin. Allerdings hatte sie auch ihre Macken, zum Beispiel das ewige Feinjustieren beim Absprung und die ungezählten Abstürze mit Todesfolge. jetzt steht sie mit neuem Gewand vor mir. Bilder, die schon vergessen waren, werden wieder lebendig. Erstaunlich, sie sieht inzwischen sogar noch besser aus, obwohl das damals unvorstellbar schien. Abgesehen von ein paar Schminkfehlern. Zudem hat sie einige schlechte Eigenschaften abgelehnt und verzeiht mir auch mal einen Fehltritt. Obendrein verleiht der magnetische Metall-Haken unserer Beziehung zugleich eine ganz neue spielerische Qualität. Aber ihre dummen Tiere ...
85
WindowsFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
For the most part, game play is quite fun, with some caveats. There are times when ledges that are easily within reach are somehow inaccessible, because the map has you going another route. Lara also has a way of losing her grip at times, forcing you to reestablish it or face falling into a pit of lava below. The camera view also swings about a bit too much, which confuses your controls. This wild camera swinging is especially problematic when wall-running, as movement controls have a way of shifting from the left/right buttons to the up/down buttons when the perspective changes.
85
PlayStation 2DarkZero
In this day and age for any game series to remain relatively successful after 10 long years (and 11 games across both consoles and handhelds) is quite the achievement. For fans of the series that were around from the start there is a lot to love here. For series newcomers, like me, who only started to see what the fuss was about after Legend, things are even better as you can enjoy the story as well as the fantastic gameplay on show. When all is said and done, Tomb Raider Anniversary is a very entertaining game to play and as you advance though the 14 levels, there always seems to be something new to catch your eye and keep you wanting to play more until the 15 hours are up and you reach the closing credits.
85
PlayStation 21UP
Looking at Anniversary as a whole, though, these issues are fairly negligible. It's a solid, entertaining game with a hell of a lot of gameplay packed in (including a fairly extensive bonus quest set in Croft Manor). It may not offer the same degree of wonder you may remember if you were around for the very first game, but it's a damn fine homage -- and a damn fine game in its own right.
84
WindowsGamesmania
Tomb Raider: Anniversary ist ein richtig schönes Action-Adventure das eine schöne Wiedergeburt von Lara Croft ist. Mit dem Fokus auf das Entdecken, die kleinen einfachen Schalterrätsel und Jump´n Run Einlagen kommen Spieler die weniger den Wert auf die Balleraction legen hier auf jeden Fall auf ihre Kosten. Die Umgestaltung der alten Level gepaart mit der Legend-Engine der Entwickler erfreuen die Augen und zusammen mit dem Soundtrack wird insgesamt ein rundes und angenehmes Spielerlebnis präsentiert. Fans der alten Tomb Raider Spiele sollten auf jeden Fall zugreifen, aber auch neue Spieler die wissen wollen wie alles begann und warum Lara so schnell in aller Munde war werden ihren Spaß haben.
84
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ein cleverer Schachzug von Eidos, den populären Serienklassiker mit der Legend-Technologie neu aufzugießen - insbesondere, da keine Mühe in der Technik steckt (Stichwort: fehlende Next-Gen-Effekte, Stereo-Sound). Darüber kann man sich ärgern. Über den Spielinhalt dagegen nicht, denn der ist ausgezeichnet gelungen. Anniversary führt vor, warum Lara vor zehn Jahren zur Action-Ikone wurde: Der Spielfluss und die eingängigen Rätsel setzen Maßstäbe unter den Action-Adventures. Kenner des Originals werden genauso gut bedient wie Späteinsteiger, haben aber durch die Wiedererkennungsmomente einen Tick mehr Freude. Wenn alle Klassiker-Neuauflagen so aussehen, dann dürfen mich die Hersteller schon mal anrufen - ich habe da eine Wunschliste...
84
WindowsGameZone
What makes this game so noteworthy is that this is vintage Tomb Raider, with slightly more in terms of challenge, and absolutely wonderful graphics. If you have ever played a Tomb Raider game, especially the earlier ones, you will understand how you can start to care about the central character. This game brought that feeling back. It was not so much about constant action – which this game does not have – or mind-numbing puzzles (yes, there is a certain sense of accomplishment when you either work out a puzzle or stumble upon the answer), but rather the way you interact with Lara and the environments through her. This is more of a personal relationship, and in that regard, it captures the essence of the Tomb Raider franchise very well.
84
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een classic komt terug tot leven met de technologie en gameplay van zijn recentste nakomeling. Voor nostalgici en nieuwkomers!
83
PlayStation 2ITavisen
Tomb Raider Anniversary er blitt et meget vellykket, om noe frustrerende spill. Crystal Dynamics har på en elegant måte klart å kombinere stemningen og innholdet fra originalspillet, modernisert det og gjort det relevant for en ny gerenasjon av spillere.
83
Xbox 360Play.tm
If you've jumped on the TR bandwagon at some point since the release of the first game or are new to the series completely then there's every reason to go back and discover where the phenomenon began. Anniversary more than holds its own in 2007 even without the nostalgia value. However, it's the urge to revisit the memory of a truly ground breaking game that will tempt the largest number of gamers to this remake. Pleasingly, Anniversary's subtle improvements on the original manage to make this trip down memory lane just as enjoyable as your first visit. This is retro gaming as it should be, other developers please take note!
83
WindowsGamesWEB
Celkovo je Tomb Raider: Anniversary nostalgickou spomienkou na začiatky Lary a výborným titulom pre hráčov, ktorý sa ešte so známou hľadačkou pokladov nestretli. Nakoniec sa predsa len ukázalo, že Tomb Raider: Anniversary nie je len práčkou peňazí ako o to o tomto titule mnohí tvrdili, ale že je to naozaj kvalitná hra ponúkajúca mnohé pre mladších i starších hráčov a fanúšikou celej série Tomb Raider.
82
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
I'd love to see the team attempt this same loving approach to the other early Tomb Raider games, just as I'd beg other developers to use this as a model for how to remake a game with style and panache.
82
PlayStation 24Players.de
Trotz der Kritik bekommen vor allem Lara-Fans der ersten Stunde mit Anniversary einen wunderbaren Trip zurück in die Vergangenheit, bei dem alte Erinnerungen wach werden. Doch auch Neueinsteiger können keinen besseren Titel finden, um auf einem modernisierten Weg in die Serie einzusteigen, denn ich bin mir sicher, dass man auch in Zukunft von Lara Croft hören wird. Nach dem Abstieg bis zum Tiefpunkt The Angel of Darkness befindet sich die Tomb Raider-Serie wieder im Aufwind. Crystal Dynamics muss den eingeschlagenen Weg weiter gehen, mit neuen Ideen anreichern sowie eine vernünftige KI und Kamera auf die Beine stellen, damit sich Lara endlich wieder einen Award in ihrem Anwesen ausstellen kann.
82
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is definitely an experience. For most of us, it hearkens back to the days when the PlayStation was the console to have, and Tomb Raider was the best game ever. Playing the original Tomb Raider game through this new lens also reminded me that sometimes less is more. There's such a simple premise to the game, yet it has lasted ten years. Playing it today felt just as new and exciting as playing it ten years ago did. And that is this game's main strength. I suspect that gamers who played the original and those who have only recently been introduced to the Tomb Raider mythos will find something to love in Tomb Raider: Anniversary!
82
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
To sum up, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a finely tuned remake that isn't without its share of minor drawbacks. But outside of that very iffy camera, all of those drawbacks are indeed minor, and the game is fun as fun can be. The following final statement may not sound logical, but you should understand it after reading this review: you have played this game before, but in many ways, you haven't.
82
Xbox 360Game Captain
Tomb Raider: Anniversary spielt sich auf der Basis der soliden Legend-Engine deutlich angenehmer als das steuerungstechnisch doch mittlerweile in die Jahre gekommene Erstlingswerk. Dank neuer akrobatischer Fähigkeiten und deutlich veränderter Levels ist das Remake des über 10 Jahre alten Originals in vieler Hinsicht ein ganz neues Spiel. Auffallend ist, dass die teils anspruchsvollen Kletterpassagen und Rätsel gegenüber den eher seltenen Begegnungen mit Tieren dominieren, so dass sich vor allem Fans der ersten Stunde und Freunde von ruhigeren Action-Adventures angesprochen fühlen dürfen. Die Xbox 360-Version hinterlässt aufgrund der nicht hinreichend genutzten Möglichkeiten der nächsten Konsolengeneration und stellenweise unkonstanter Framerate allerdings einen etwas durchwachsenen Eindruck.
81
PSP4Players.de
Dank subtiler Änderungen macht die Uroma der Action-Adventures auch heute noch eine gute Figur, auch in grafischer Hinsicht. Die prominente Protagonistin wurde detailliert in Szene gesetzt auch die Umgebung macht dank stimmungsvoller Beleuchtung und diverser Spiegelungen einen recht hübschen Eindruck. Einzig das häufige, leichte Ruckeln trübt den guten Gesamteindruck. Zum Glück leidet dadurch aber nie die Spielbarkeit. Insgesamt ist Tomb Raider: Anniversary also ein stimmungsvoller Ausflug in die Gründerzeit der 3D-Action-Adventures, garniert mit den Annehmlichkeiten der heutigen Zeit.
81
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Tomb Raider: Anniversary meets all the expectations we had for the game, and then some. Sure it's not quite up there with a totally new game in the series, but it's not far off at all. Very enjoyable, and another surprise hit on the PS2.
80
WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
All die Jahre seit ihrem ersten Auftauchen haben diese Frau noch schöner und interessanter gemacht. Spielerisch gibt's zwar nichts Neues, doch setzte man das Abenteuer gekonnt in Szene. Die Rätsel und Sprungaufgaben gerieten herausrodernd und knifflig, ohne jemals unfair zu werden. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist im Vergleich mit früheren Titeln der Serie moderat, sodass auch Anfänger mit etwas Übung nach rund 25 Stunden das Spiel-Ende sehen sollten. Nicht nur Fans der Serie freuen sich auf ein Wiedersehen, auch Neueinsteiger dürfen nun den Beginn von Lady Crofts Karriere in zeitgemäßem Spieldesign erleben. Alles in allem hinterlässt das Tomb-Raider-Remake deshalb einen "guten" Eindruck.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a long-forgotten love letter from Lara Croft to gamers. If you've read it before, it'll make you wistful and the very best kind of nostalgic, where you pour over every detail to remind yourself of the old days. If you didn't dive into the Tomb Raiders of days past, re-reading these old love letters is a bit less heart-catching, but they're still utterly heartfelt, passionate, and charming. In its frustrating moments, Anniversary will even remind you why you moved from raiding tombs to helping a Persian prince, but that's the price that we'll gladly pay for such an enjoyable blast from the past.
80
WindowsJeux Vidéo Network
Tomb Raider : Anniversary réunit les grandes qualités d’un jeu d’aventure : l’immersion, la force d’évocation des décors et l’ingéniosité de la progression. Indispensable pour tout amateur du genre.
80
PlayStation 2Jeux Vidéo Network
Tomb Raider : Anniversary réunit les grandes qualités d’un jeu d’aventure : l’immersion, la force d’évocation des décors et l’ingéniosité de la progression. Indispensable pour tout amateur du genre.
80
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.fr
Crystal Dynamics a parfaitement su saisir l’esprit du jeu original tout en maîtrisant les nouveaux outils de développement pour en faire des titres excellents. Ce fut le cas avec Legends et c’est encore le cas avec Anniversary. Ce titre n’est pas vraiment original, c’est un remake du premier opus. Les niveaux ne sont cependant pas des copier-coller du Tomb Raider de 1997, on trouve tout de même un peu plus d’ambition ! On se déplace simplement à travers les mêmes pays, à la recherche du même objet mystique. Rarement le gameplay n’aura été aussi réussi dans un Tomb Raider ; heureusement car cet anniversaire est à réserver aux joueurs les plus adroits. Le niveau de difficulté est en effet assez élevé. Nous tenons cependant à dire qu’un niveau de difficulté trop élevé n’est pas forcément un point fort. Nous sommes allés au bout de l’aventure en y consacrant des dizaines d’heures et quelques petits moments d’agacement.
80
WindowsEurogamer.fr
Crystal Dynamics a parfaitement su saisir l’esprit du jeu original tout en maîtrisant les nouveaux outils de développement pour en faire des titres excellents. Ce fut le cas avec Legends et c’est encore le cas avec Anniversary. Ce titre n’est pas vraiment original, c’est un remake du premier opus. Les niveaux ne sont cependant pas des copier-coller du Tomb Raider de 1997, on trouve tout de même un peu plus d’ambition ! On se déplace simplement à travers les mêmes pays, à la recherche du même objet mystique. Rarement le gameplay n’aura été aussi réussi dans un Tomb Raider ; heureusement car cet anniversaire est à réserver aux joueurs les plus adroits. Le niveau de difficulté est en effet assez élevé. Nous tenons cependant à dire qu’un niveau de difficulté trop élevé n’est pas forcément un point fort. Nous sommes allés au bout de l’aventure en y consacrant des dizaines d’heures et quelques petits moments d’agacement.
80
PlayStation 2Good Game
Yep, all in all its a pretty smooth trip down memory lane. There’s been lots of tomb raider games, fans of the series will get a kick out of this. 8/10 from me.
80
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
Maybe Tomb Raider Legend spoiled me but Anniversary just paled in comparison to the latest Croft adventure. The gameplay isn't quite as solid, the graphics aren't as good, and the sound isn't as impressive. Still, this game was never intended to be a sequel or successor to Legend, it is and has always been a remake of the original Tomb Raider. Along those lines the quality is superb and the experience is much better than anything you played through eleven years ago. If you're a Lara fan or just looking for a solid adventure game on your PlayStation 2 (or 3 respectively) you can't go wrong with this one. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
80
MacintoshMacLife
While the controls take practice and patience to master, Tomb Raider Anniversary pays off with unmatched action.
80
Xbox 360videogamer.com
These issues aside, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is everything a remake should be. It brings a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement. Tomb Raider was always more of a platformer than an action game, and this is exactly what the guys at Crystal Dynamics have delivered. Just don't expect a proper next-gen Tomb Raider; it's more a PS2 game on steroids.
80
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Really, it’s hard to find fault with Tomb Raider Anniversary. It is a relatively straightforward action adventure, but that’s what the franchise was – it’s a decided step back to form. Those expecting a more action heavy experience will feel a little let down, but as a puzzle heavy action game, Lara can more than hold her own.
80
Xbox 360XboxAddict
It’s been a long and tumultuous ride over the years for our girl Lara. It’s nice to see her go back to what made her the woman she is today. Solid controls, huge areas to explore and conquer, and larger than life ancient block puzzles to solve all make an appearance. And while it’s not normally important to talk about a games price in a review, the 29.99 price tag makes this a must buy even for those who are a little “Lara Croft” curious. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.
80
Xbox 360Game Tap
But ultimately, none of that detracted significantly from the overall experience. If Lara's still holding up this well in another 11 years, we won't trade her in for a younger model.
80
Xbox 360Deeko
Overall I have to say that the developers struck a near perfect balance in this game, as everything in it feels very polished and well produced. The graphics are not outstanding, but they have their own beauty and manage to impress. The voice work fails in parts, but the wonderful absorbing soundtrack evens this facet out. The mix between old Tomb Raider levels which have now been remade in a more cohesive way and the Legend engine which allows for far better animations and controls than ever before make for some truly improved and enjoyable gameplay.
80
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Tomb Raider: Legend zorgde voor een eerste revival van Lara Croft, en met Tomb Raider: Anniversary staat ze opnieuw bovenaan het lijstje van onze favoriete gamebabes. De acrobatische actie is erg leuk en uitdagend, en ondanks het feit dat we hier met een remake te maken hebben, voelt het spel nieuw aan. Dit is dan ook zonder twijfel het beste Tomb Raider-game in jaren!
80
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Eidos a fait le bon choix en confiant l'adaptation de Tomb Raider : Anniversary à Buzz Monkey qui a réalisé un très bon boulot à l'inverse de Crystal Dynamics sur Legend. Le contenu est identique aux versions Next Gen et PS2, la maniabilité est bonne et, oh miracle, les innombrables lenteurs du Tomb Raider Legend ont ici complètement disparu. Bref un jeu tout aussi intéressant sur PSP que sur les autres machines.
80
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Si on savait déjà plus ou moins à quoi s'attendre avec Tomb Raider : Anniversary, l'entrain des développeurs dans la réalisation et leur amour de la série sont une fois encore communicatifs. Ainsi, sans pour autant renier le jeu original, qui restera à jamais une pierre angulaire de notre espace vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder ce remake sous des faux prétextes de nostalgique entêtée. Le temps où on s'adaptait à Tomb Raider est révolu. Désormais, ce sera Tomb Raider qui s'adaptera au joueur, pour le meilleur... Rien que pour le meilleur.
80
PlayStation 2Gamekult
Crystal Dynamics a tout simplement réussi à s'accaparer totalement l'esprit de la série, cette exploration solitaire de lieux mythiques, aussi gigantesques que dangereux, aussi beaux que labyrinthiques. Ceux qui n'auraient jamais goûté au premier volet des aventures de Miss Croft trouveront dans Anniversary une quête surprenante, complexe et accrocheuse. Les connaisseurs sauront en plus y trouver un peu de nostalgie. C'est vrai, Lara a pris dix ans, mais devant une telle démonstration, on ne peut que l'aimer comme au premier jour.
80
WindowsGamekult
Si Tomb Raider Legend marquait le brillant retour aux sources d'une série moribonde, on pouvait craindre qu'Anniversary ne fasse replonger Lara dans les tumultes des suites faciles et sans âme tel qu'elle s'était mise à le faire il y a quelques années. Heureusement, grâce au talent de Crystal Dynamics, il n'en est rien. En fait de remake, Anniversary réussit tout autant à être un hommage empreint de nostalgie qu'une aventure nouvelle et passionnante. Le premier Tomb Raider tel qu'on le connaissait n'a pas été que dépoussiéré, il a été complètement reconstruit et repensé grâce à une technique bien plus solide et flatteuse. Ce bouleversement n'est pas anodin puisqu'il permet de profiter d'environnements impressionnants et, surtout, d'introduire une maniabilité similaire à celle de Tomb Raider Legend.
80
WindowsUOL Jogos
"Tomb Raider: Anniversary" é uma homenagem à altura do seminal game de 1996. O enredo continuou o mesmo, mas toda disposição de fases foi refeita, sendo praticamente um novo jogo. Gráficos atualizados e controles mais ágeis trazem a mesma dinâmica de "Legend". O espírito do original foi respeitado: mesmo com alguns recursos amigáveis, os quebra-cabeças continuam difíceis. Além da alta qualidade, há mais um motivo para comemorar o aniversário da série: o game está a venda por preços módicos (US$ 20 no PS2 e US$ 30 no PC, nos EUA).
80
PSPGameCell UK
Overall though, this is a superb game that played well ten years ago, and with its new lick of paint and improved controls, still plays well today. Well worth picking up if you like your 3D adventure games, this is one of the all-time greats.
80
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Si on savait déjà plus ou moins à quoi s'attendre avec Tomb Raider : Anniversary, l'entrain des développeurs dans la réalisation et leur amour de la série sont une fois encore communicatifs. Ainsi, sans pour autant renier le jeu original, qui restera à jamais une pierre angulaire de notre espace vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder ce remake sous des faux prétextes de nostalgique entêté. Le temps où on s'adaptait à Tomb Raider est révolu. Désormais, ce sera Tomb Raider qui s'adaptera au joueur, pour le meilleur... Rien que pour le meilleur.
80
PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Hardly a cheap way to utilize the successful engine from the prior Tomb Raider or a cheap exploitation of the original, Anniversary is a finely produced and arguably needed remake. Fans have every reason to revisit this title in its latest incarnation. The slight flaws are not enough to disappoint the longtime Lara followers.
80
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Si on savait déjà plus ou moins à quoi s'attendre avec Tomb Raider : Anniversary, l'entrain des développeurs dans la réalisation et leur amour de la série sont une fois encore communicatifs. Ainsi, sans pour autant renier le jeu original, qui restera à jamais une pierre angulaire du microcosme vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder cette version Xbox 360 qui plus est vendue à bas prix. Le temps où on s'adaptait à Tomb Raider est révolu. Désormais, ce sera Tomb Raider qui s'adaptera au joueur, pour le meilleur... Rien que pour le meilleur.
80
Xbox 360Defunct Games
It hasn't been easy to be a Tomb Raider fan for the last decade. Between all of the terrible sequels and the cheapening of the Lara Croft brand, Tomb Raider fans have had a lot to be depressed about. Thankfully this Xbox 360 remake is a great game that was certainly needed. This is the kind of game that will not only impress fans of the original game, but also introduce Lara to a new audience who never understood what all the fuss was about. With its attractive price and workable controls, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easy to recommend to anybody who enjoys exploring dank and dark caves looking for hidden treasure.
80
WiiGamer.nl
Tomb Raider Anniversary is een waardige remake van het origineel en zowel ervaren Tomb Raider spelers als nieuwkomers zullen zich hier uitstekend mee kunnen vermaken. De Wii-conversie is geslaagd, al zijn het merendeel van de aanpassing zinloze toevoegingen. De Wii-besturing werkt echter prima voor een Tomb Raider-game, hoewel een auto-aim functie beter was geweest dan het richten met de Wiimote. Al met al is Anniversary op de Wii vooral aan te raden voor haar nostalgische waarde, die erg goed uit de verf komt. Voor de toevoeging van de functionaliteit van de Wii hoef je deze versie echter niet specifiek in huis te halen.
80
PSPGamer.nl
Met Tomb Raider: Anniversary hebben de makers een eerbetoon neergezet aan het origineel. Door de gehele game op de schop te nemen, heeft men bovendien de perfecte balans kunnen houden tussen vernieuwing en nostalgie. Daarbij komt ook nog eens dat de PSP-versie van de game praktisch niet onder doet voor de consoleversies. Enige minpunten terzijde, is deze game aan te bevelen voor iedereen.
80
WindowsGameDaily
Tomb Raider Anniversary offers some nice, solid gameplay for both newcomers to the series and experienced players. Grand, complex, puzzles brings great challenges and adventure.
80
PlayStation 2Fragland.net
A must buy for people who adore Lara Croft and a great game for people who have not yet played Tomb Raider 1.
80
WindowsCheat Code Central
Tomb Raider Anniversary does something truly amazing: it takes a classic game and remakes it well to provide a whole new generation with the joys and frustrations the generation before had with the title. It proves that remaking a game is something that a lot of gamers could enjoy. Not to say that gamers just want repeats of games they love, but rather an occasional update to those games that made us gamers to begin with.
80
PlayStation 2Gamers Europe
Despite the combat issues, Anniversary is a brilliant take on the Tomb Raider phenomenon. It provides first timers with a fantastic opportunity to play through what has always felt like the most authentic Indiana Jones simulator and has the perfect balance of old and new to keep veteran tomb raiders on their toes. With all manner of time attack modes and secret collectables to discover and unlock there's enough replay value to keep players interested for a while after the initial 15 hours of game time and, with Anniversary in the bag, maybe we can now look forward to a true next generation sequel, endangered species included.
80
PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0
Even with these few gripes, the adventure aspects are some of the best around, and exploring tombs has never been so much fun. Tomb Raider Anniversary is not only a better game than the original, but also one of the best additions to the series as a whole.
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Si on savait déjà plus ou moins à quoi s'attendre avec Tomb Raider : Anniversary, l'entrain des développeurs dans la réalisation et leur amour de la série sont une fois encore communicatifs. Ainsi, sans pour autant renier le jeu original, qui restera à jamais une pierre angulaire de notre espace vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder ce remake sous des faux prétextes de nostalgique entêté. Le temps où on s'adaptait à Tomb Raider est révolu. Désormais, ce sera Tomb Raider qui s'adaptera au joueur, pour le meilleur... Rien que pour le meilleur.
80
WindowsFOK!games
Tomb Raider Anniversary is een goede hommage aan het origineel geworden. De levels zijn goed aangepast aan de mogelijkheden die de moderne Lara heeft, zonder daarbij ontzettend af te wijken van het origineel. Desondanks heb je absoluut niet het gevoel het origineel te spelen: het voelt meer als een compleet nieuw spel. Helaas doet deze versie het zonder de later toegevoegde extra levels (waaronder die van "Unfinished Business"). Ook jammer is dat de grootsheid van de levels soms wat heeft ingeboet, maar daartegenover staan de prachtige graphics, het sterke geluid en muziek, en de vele moves die Lara tot haar beschikking heeft. Of je nu pas sinds kort Tomb Raider fan bent dankzij Legend, of het origineel nog gespeeld hebt: dit spel is zeker de moeite waard.
80
WindowsFZ
Ett år sent eller inte, Anniversary lyckas med den svåra uppgiften att modernisera en åldrad klassiker utan att för den skull sabba grundidén. Resultatet är exakt det jag, och förmodligen många andra, vill ha - potent retrokänsla förpackad i hyfsat modern kostym. Något av en klassiker - igen.
80
PlayStation 2Pro-G
These issues aside, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is everything a remake should be. It makes the most of modern technology to bring a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement. Tomb Raider was always more of a platformer than an action game, and this is exactly what the guys at Crystal Dynamics have delivered.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout, and despite being a remake, the experience feels new and fresh. This is the best Tomb Raider game in years, and for the first time in a long time, that actually means something.
80
WindowsGameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout, and despite being a remake, the experience feels new and fresh. This is the best Tomb Raider game in years, and for the first time in a long time, that actually means something.
80
WindowsBit-Tech
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a stonker of a game, proving capable on all fronts and brilliant in a few. It certainly has its problems – mainly involving a sometimes dodgy camera and occasionally frustrating combat – but for the bulk of it Anniversary not only recaptures the brilliance of the original Tomb Raider, but distills that brilliance and provides a double dose. Plot wise, the game isn't anywhere near as gripping as Legend was and the lack of supporting characters damages the way in which the story is told, but in terms of gameplay it's everything its predecessor was and more. While Anniversary isn't quite the best game in the Tomb Raider series, it's certainly close and for those who prefer length or replayability over story, Anniversary could well be the best game they buy this year. Heaps of unlockables and a string of coherent and expansive levels mean that the Lara's latest exploration has come back with mountains of gaming gold.
80
WindowsPro-G
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is everything a remake should be. It makes the most of modern technology to bring a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement. Tomb Raider was always more of a platformer than an action game, and this is exactly what the guys at Crystal Dynamics have delivered.
80
WindowsIGN
In the end, this is Tomb Raider for better or worse. The controls are light-years better than the original but still aren't solid like Prince of Persia's; the graphics are beyond anything the original could muster and kick the crud out of the PS2 version; and the puzzles are just as tough as the original, but the enemies are just as lame.
80
PlayStation 2Digital Spy
While some may consider this a little too retro, with no upgrades and little armour, this is undoubtedly a well put-together celebration of Lara’s life. If you already have the original, try it on rental otherwise it’s a must buy.
79
Xbox 360VicioJuegos.com
Si a esto le añadimos que viene bastante bien surtido de logros en su versión de 360, entre los que se cuentan la detección de artefactos ocultos y demás elementos estelares de la serie, todo esto sin contar el absoluto rediseño de la mansión Croft, absolutamente llena de puzles por resolver (casi se puede hablar aquí de pequeña aventura gráfica), podemos decir sin lugar a dudas que Tomb Raider: Anniversary es un ejemplo de buen hacer y buen jugar, tanto que es de agradecer que, finalmente, desde Crystal Dynamics nos hayan regalado esta versión adaptada para Xbox 360.
79
Xbox 360GamingExcellence
If you missed the game on its first go-around on the PS2 or PC, then the 360 version really is the definitive version based on its higher resolution graphics alone. On the other hand, it’s disappointing that the graphics are barely improved, and little else of consequence was added to the package. Anniversary is still a fantastic game, and well worth playing, that is, if you haven’t already.
78
WindowsFragland.net
The mix of old and new in this game is magnificent, just old enough to let new gamers understand and see the beginning of gaming as we know it and to let the old ‘experts’ experience something new and yet keep the nostalgia. Personally, I had the ‘wow’ feeling. I felt 11 for just a couple of minutes there. Fans, this is one must have!
78
PlayStation 2Play.tm
This is a game well-worth investing both time and money in. If you remember the original then you can visit an old friend. If you missed the boat the first time around then here's a rare second chance to get on board. If its not too much of a tease, the only thing to consider before shelling out is whether you would get better value from the high-spec PC version, or even waiting until the Wiimote slinging antics of the forthcoming Wii version.
78
PSPPlay.tm
Overall, this is a great retelling of the classic Tomb Raider game. It is a title that is well worth investing both time and money in. If you remember the original then you can visit an old friend. If you missed the boat first time around then here's a rare second chance to get on board. Tomb Raider lives or dies by the quality of its environments and puzzles. Anniversary hits all the right notes in this respect, and, even though you're essentially just going from one tomb to another, there is enough creativity and interest to stop things from ever becoming tired. The scale of the world you inhabit is nothing short of breath-taking. Combine this with the newly tactile Lara and her beautiful new moves and you have a recipe for success.
78
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
All in all, everything pretty much meets our expectations. Again, this remake of the original is based on the engine found in Legend, but really could have used more from it. It’s absolutely worth playing because it’s fun and actually better than the original Tomb Raider. It’s really worth a buy only for those who wish to spend more than 20 hours trying collect everything and get 100% completion.
78
Xbox 360Console Monster
Overall, Tomb Raider: Anniversary features an age old style of gameplay that is beginning to struggle against the test of time. Whilst the game does a fantastic job at recreating the original Tomb Raider, it often feels like Crystal Dynamics could have done much more with the licence. Unfortunately the game features a relatively short storyline and little in the form of replay value (apart from the addition of difficult and frustrating achievements). All in all, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a title that fans of the series will no doubt enjoy and the title is a great starting point for anyone who has yet to play a Tomb Raider game.
78
WiiGame Chronicles
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary might not be the prettiest girl at the dance, but she’s got some new moves that will certainly make the other consoles jealous. The first time you dust off an artifact to reveal some ancient symbols, then do a rubbing of those symbols to unlock a puzzle somewhere else, and you’ll feel like a true adventure. And even though the controls and camera provide ongoing problems through the entire game, you’ll eventually learn to adapt, or at least deal with them. The game is certainly more than enough fun to tolerate a few minor combat quirks. For Lara veterans, this is a great way to relive one of the most influential games of the past decade, and the Wii adds some remarkable interactive gameplay features that make it worth a second visit.
78
PSPFragland.net
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is simply Tomb Raider I with the Legend engine. For many it will be a joyfull reunion with a legendary title, not only in its genre but also in the gaming industry. For the younger generation it's proof that games really were more fun back in the days. The devs have changed just enough in the game to make sure you're not feeling ripped off and despite the limitations of the PSP and the UMD-medium they succeed to recreate a large vivid and mysterious world. An occasional drop of the frame rate and a camera with its own will shouldn't stop you from giving this game a chance. Meanwhile the replay value of the title is also high thanks to a lot of things and secret locations that can be explored, as well as a ton of unlockables that are present. Have fun exploring!
78
PSPIGN
I' m sure I'm just opening up old wounds for those who thought I was too hard on the PS2 version of this game, but people need to step back and see that I'm saying Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a good game despite any of my gripes. The gameplay is fun and challenging, it looks pretty on the PSP's widescreen at times, and you're getting all the costumes changes, relics and Croft Manor exploits that were seen on the PS2. If you're looking for a solid adventure game, this fits the bill.
78
PlayStation 2IGN
In the end, this is Tomb Raider for better or worse. The controls are light-years better than the original but still aren't solid like Prince of Persia's; the graphics are beyond anything the original could muster but still not up to today's standards; and the puzzles are just as tough as the original, but the enemies are just as lame.
78
WindowsActionTrip
The main thing is that despite some of its obvious drawbacks, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is quite enjoyable. It takes you back to the days of leaping across ravines, sliding down misty passageways and performing a variety of stunts and acrobatics. Also, if you're never played any Tomb Raider game before, this is a good time to start.
77
Wii4Players.de
Trotz der Kritik bekommen vor allem Lara-Fans der ersten Stunde mit Anniversary einen wunderbaren Trip zurück in die Vergangenheit, bei dem alte Erinnerungen wach werden. Doch auch Neueinsteiger können keinen besseren Titel finden, um auf einem modernisierten Weg in die Serie einzusteigen, denn ich bin mir sicher, dass man auch in Zukunft von Lara Croft hören wird. Nach dem Abstieg bis zum Tiefpunkt The Angel of Darkness befindet sich die Tomb Raider-Serie wieder im Aufwind. Crystal Dynamics muss den eingeschlagenen Weg weiter gehen, mit neuen Ideen anreichern sowie eine vernünftige KI und Kamera auf die Beine stellen, damit sich Lara endlich wieder einen Award in ihrem Anwesen ausstellen kann.
77
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is one of those toss-ups, especially in light of the amazing fourth quarter of hot software we’re experiencing now. It might be best as a rental, so you can gauge if it’s really up your alley—or if the technical glitches would have a bigger impact on your enjoyment—though the lower price tag and old-school familiarity are enticements for making it a permanent addition to your game library.
76
Xbox 360IGN
Even with its technical shortcomings, annoying camera angles, and slightly underdeveloped storyline, the original Tomb Raider adventure remains fun in this new iteration. There’s still a solid feeling of accomplishment when you complete one of the expansive puzzle rooms, it’s just too bad that they never stop coming. The added moves do advance the enjoyment in most cases, even if a few of them feel a bit borrowed from other games. If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider series, or enjoyed the first game at all, Anniversary is worth picking up, it just may not hold the same luster as it did more than ten years ago.
75
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary for the Xbox 360 is a solid port of a quality game. There have been two Tomb Raider games released for the console now, but we're keen for a new Lara game that isn't just a port. However, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a still an incredibly enjoyable game - despite a few minor niggles, it is clear that the Tomb Raider franchise is well and truly back on track. If you're a Tomb Raider fan or just looking a solid action game then Tomb: Raider Anniversary comes highly recommended.
75
Xbox 360GameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout. Yet despite being a remake, the experience feels new and fresh. This is the best Tomb Raider game in years, and for the first time in a long time, that actually means something.
75
PSPGameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout. Thus, despite being a remake, the experience feels new and fresh. This is the best Tomb Raider game in years, and for the first time in a long time, that actually means something.
74
PSPGame Positive
In the end, Anniversary pairs the old with the new well, creating a good game with just enough issues to hold it back from being truly great. The camera is far too unwieldy at times and the enemies are hardly worrisome. However, what made the original so fun, the actual tomb-crawling, is only enhanced in this version. Those who have played the PS2 version should know that you are going to be playing a direct port. PSP adventurers, however, should take heart for that very same reason. Anniversary is not perfect, but it's an amusing diversion, especially on an anemic system like the PSP. Even with its flaws, Anniversary still comes together well enough to warrant a play by those looking for their adventure fix on the PSP.
71
PlayStation 2Computer Bild Spiele
All die Jahre seit ihrem ersten Auftauchen haben diese Frau noch schöner und interessanter gemacht. Spielerisch gibt's zwar nichts Neues, doch setzte man das Abenteuer gekonnt in Szene. Die Rätsel und Sprungaufgaben gerieten herausrodernd und knifflig, ohne jemals unfair zu werden. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist im Vergleich mit früheren Titeln der Serie moderat, sodass auch Anfänger mit etwas Übung nach rund 25 Stunden das Spiel-Ende sehen sollten. Nicht nur Fans der Serie freuen sich auf ein Wiedersehen, auch Neueinsteiger dürfen nun den Beginn von Lady Crofts Karriere in zeitgemäßem Spieldesign erleben. Alles in allem hinterlässt das Tomb-Raider-Remake deshalb einen "guten" Eindruck.
70
WindowsGameSpy
In many ways, Anniversary is its own worst enemy. Being a better-looking, better-playing Tomb Raider is great, but Tomb Raider came out in 1996 and the world of gaming has advanced a great deal since then. We're glad the game stays true to the source material and does a great job of updating it, but once you get past the new moves and touched-up graphics we found ourselves feeling a bit... bored. Really, there's no one to blame for that; we just figure that gaming has matured and we've matured with it. Anniversary is a great way to relive the original feel of Tomb Raider; just don't expect anything more.
70
MacintoshNowGamer
This is a good effort that thrives on its grounding in the original series. It has the same challenging level formats with puzzles to solve and vast areas to explore, together with baddies to kill (including some dinosaurs!). If you ever liked any of the original games, you’ll love this. It’s easy to pick up, but difficult enough to keep you guessing in places. Definitely worth a buy.
70
PlayStation 2Lawrence
I’ve talked to countless gamers, and have never met a hardcore fan of the Tomb Raider series. It gained a great deal of fame thanks to the cover girl and the films, but I feel it never really had the gameplay to back up the popularity. Anniversary, if nothing else, is an effective reminder of this.
70
PSPLawrence
I’ve talked to countless gamers, and have never met a hardcore fan of the Tomb Raider series. It gained a great deal of fame thanks to the cover girl and the films, but I feel it never really had the gameplay to back up the popularity. Anniversary, if nothing else, is an effective reminder of this.
70
Xbox 360Strategy Informer
She’s had her ups and downs, highs and lows, and we’ve been waiting to celebrate her anniversary on the Xbox 360 since long after it had passed, but she’s finally back in a classy remake of her original adventure. It’s nice to see how well Lara Croft has aged, but a shame to discover she never received that next generation makeover she really deserved.
70
Xbox 360Lawrence
I’ve talked to countless gamers, and have never met a hardcore fan of the Tomb Raider series. It gained a great deal of fame thanks to the cover girl and the films, but I feel it never really had the gameplay to back up the popularity. Anniversary, if nothing else, is an effective reminder of this.
70
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
This is an interesting release, especially at the discounted price point. Lara isn’t covering any new ground in this title, but rather re-visiting her past. If you have fond memories playing through the original Tomb Raider, you will surely get a kick out of seeing the old levels in full high definition detail. Unfortunately you will also know exactly what to do in those sections, but there’s enough new content wrapped into the game to give it a fresh feel. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a nice throwback, but doesn’t offer much innovation to adventure gamers in this generation of consoles. Still, it’s a great bargain for Xbox 360 owners tired of the $60 releases.
70
Xbox 360GameCell UK
Whatever you think of Lara (and I’ve loved her through the good and the bad ever since I first took control of her) she’s clearly a long way from retiring to the old archaeologists home, and Anniversary holds true to the original and proves that the mixture of exploration and platform puzzling is as appealing as it ever was. Unlockables, such as photos, commentaries, alternative outfits, as well as time trials and achievements for allsorts will keep fans playing for ages.
70
Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
As an experiment to push the capabilities of downloadable content over Xbox Live, there's little to doubt Anniversary's originality - on Microsoft's console at least. However, a few extra touches to the lighting and a few soaked vests aside, the Xbox 360 edition of Lara's first outing will be more for the fans.
70
Xbox 360GameSpy
Nobody expects the remastering of Tomb Raider to be game of the year material, but Tomb Raider: Anniversary provides enough of the original game's thrills to be considered satisfyingly decent. We had forgotten how little actual action there was in the original game until Anniversary reminded us that Lara is more of an acrobatic puzzle-solver than a dual-wielding foe-feller. If you're in the mood for some devious kinetic conundrums, Anniversary can accommodate it in spades and deliver a bit of nostalgia at the same time.
70
Xbox 360GameZone
One thing that I really have to complement the developers for is the pacing. The game is constantly feeding you checkpoints, accompanied by a little “ding!,” and giving you a new area to beat. Even during the first hour of play, I felt like I had made significant progress just by the well-timed checkpoints and changeups. The game is always progressing, something most big budget titles of late would be encouraged to copy.
70
WiiGamekult
C'est, évidemment, au niveau de la maniabilité que cette adaptation exprimera ses singularités avec un duo Wiimote/Nunchuk exploité pour de nombreuses interactions avec l'environnement qui pourront rappeler à certains Metroid Prime 3 (utilisation du grappin, enclenchement des mécanismes...). La gestion de la caméra complique cependant un peu les choses et rend l'exploration parfois moins agréable qu'avec deux sticks analogiques. Mais on saluera surtout l'implémentation de quelques petites nouveautés exclusives sous forme de petites énigmes bloquant désormais certaines portes des niveaux et qui donneront lieu à des mini-jeux archéologiques rigolos. Une raison de plus de donner envie aux joueurs Wii de se lancer dans cette aventure toujours aussi prenante et géniale.
70
PSPGamekult
Cette version PSP plus tardive souffre bien évidemment d'inévitables concessions techniques par rapport à ses cousines, mais s'en sort tout à fait honorablement en l'occurrence malgré des problèmes de caméra un peu gênants. Ceux qui n'auraient pas l'occasion de goûter à l'aventure sur les autres plates-formes seront sans doute ravis de découvrir cette quête surprenante, complexe et accrocheuse.
70
Xbox 360Gamekult
Cette version 360 plus tardive accuse certes son statut de simple portage avec une réalisation décevante pour la console, mais se rattrape sur son rapport qualité/prix. Dommage, tout de même, qu'elle n'ait pas apporté un soupçon d'amélioration, la redécouverte n'en aurait été que meilleure.
70
WiiArmchair Empire, The
Really, it’s hard to find fault with Tomb Raider Anniversary. It is a relatively straightforward action adventure, but that’s what the franchise was – it’s a decided step back to form. Those expecting a more action heavy experience will feel a little let down, but as a puzzle heavy action game, Lara can more than hold her own.
70
WiiIGN
Tomb Raider: Anniversary for Wii is a competently executed enhanced port of the previously released PlayStation 2 affair that also happens to be good fun at its best and frustrating at its worst. Croft controls and looks better than she ever has before and yet she still has a long way to go if she's to provide real competition to the Prince of Persia, who has, in my mind, out-Tomb Raidered Tomb Raider in recent years. The end product is not exemplary, but it is a step in the right direction and it's also entertaining, particularly when you're jumping from ledge to ledge or swinging across chasms to the beat of moody music. Although I think it's just as good as previous versions of Anniversary, I've lowered the score of the game on Wii because little effort has been made to capitalize on the added horsepower of Nintendo's console. That the framerate regularly suffers in wide-open levels is really disappointing. I wouldn't call it a deal breaker, but an unfortunate oversight.
70
WiiGameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout. Despite some issues in its translation to the Wii, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is still a fun and challenging action adventure game that captures the spirit of what made the franchise so great in the first place.
70
PSPGameSpy
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a cool pick-up for anyone wanting to relive one of gaming's more pivotal releases. While it's a solid enough game, once the feelings of nostalgia wane, you may feel a bit restricted by the game's linearity and the sometimes difficult camera. The lack of any multiplayer options is also a negative. If you can look past those issues, though, you'll be able to experience both the past and the present of the franchise and see why Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider name have been around for so long.
70
PlayStation 2TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Like a middle-aged makeover, Tomb Raider Anniversary papers over the nooks and crannies, but it can't conceal the aged and dated overall structure. That's not to say that Tomb Raider fans won't gain any enjoyment from the title, and it certainly serves a purpose for anybody that missed out on the original eleven long years ago.
67
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
After a decade of depressing sequels and lame movies, it's finally good to be a Tomb Raider fan again. Although it is nowhere near as exciting as Tomb Raider: Legends, Anniversary is still a solid adventure game that you can pick up for a budget price. Sadly this is hardly the first console to see this remake, but as they say, better late than never.
65
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the video game equivalent of giving your old car a new paint job and a spoiler and claiming it's as good as new. The combination of the dated Tomb Raider areas, mixed with the uninspiring and boring Tomb Raider: Anniversary alone, feels like a patch job, and the addition of the Wii elements to the original versions of Tomb Raider: Anniversary only serves to increase the feeling that most of this game is just new elements stapled haphazardly onto a prettier version of a 10-year-old game. If you're really eager to retread Lara's first adventure, the Wii is not the system on which to do it. The slightly interesting new features certainly don't make up for the awkward and uncomfortable new controls. Look to the PS2 or Xbox 360 versions if you've really got the itch to re-explore Lara's old haunts.
65
WiiWorth Playing
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the video game equivalent of giving your old car a new paint job and a spoiler and claiming it's as good as new. The combination of the dated Tomb Raider areas, mixed with the uninspiring and boring Tomb Raider: Anniversary alone, feels like a patch job, and the addition of the Wii elements to the original versions of Tomb Raider: Anniversary only serves to increase the feeling that most of this game is just new elements stapled haphazardly onto a prettier version of a 10-year-old game. If you're really eager to retread Lara's first adventure, the Wii is not the system on which to do it. The slightly interesting new features certainly don't make up for the awkward and uncomfortable new controls. Look to the PS2 or Xbox 360 versions if you've really got the itch to re-explore Lara's old haunts.
60
WiiGameSpy
Tomb Raider: Anniversary does a lot of things right. It's a pretty game that gives Wii owners a chance to play an updated version of one of gaming's seminal releases. In many ways, the controls are dead-on, but the awkward shooting controls hamstring the action. If shooting weren't such an integral part of the game, it could have been overlooked, but if you have to go one-on-one with a T-Rex, you want to have a weapon you can rely on.
60
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
For the first few levels of TR:A, I found myself having a great time. The eye candy is all there, the puzzles are not so hard that a walkthrough is required to solve them, and there are little touches that take me back to my misspent youth in video arcades. And allowances have to be made because this is a remake of a game that’s more than a decade old. But as I approached yet another mind-bending navigation puzzle, I began to realize that’s all TR:A has to offer, and it made me sad, because it could’ve been so much more.
60
PlayStation 2GamersHell.com
I can’t help but feel bad in having really nothing good to say about this game. Perhaps it’s just not my cup of tea, perhaps I don’t have the patience, perhaps I’ve been spoiled by God of War. In the end all I can say is that a Tomb Raider remake is for Tomb Raider fans. Everyone else, move on.
58
Xbox 3601UP
It's perplexing. And it's unfortunate, because Lara's latest adventure does have a lot to offer. With its mix of old and new, familiar and fresh, Anniversary strikes a nice balance of adventure, action, and acrobatics. And it does a pretty good job of being interesting and accessible for newcomers without alienating (or boring) us old-timers. That's not easy to do. Ultimately though, I'd have to consider this the version of last resort: If you have the chance to check out the game on any of the other platforms, I'd recommend doing just that. Of course, if the 360 is your only avenue for gaming, the game's still worth checking out. But it could have -- and should have -- been so much better.
55
WiiJeuxVideoPC.com
Si la joie que l’on éprouve à l’idée de retrouver cette belle Lara reste intacte au contact de Tomb Raider : Anniversary sur Wii, un énorme problème de gameplay entache clairement cette énième adaptation. Si vous possédez une autre console que la « next-gen » de Nintendo et que le titre d’Eidos n’a pas encore rejoint votre ludothèque, précipitez vous sur les moutures PS2, Xbox 360, voire PSP. Mais si seule la Wii vous est accessible, on ne saurait trop vous conseiller de vous isoler, de façon à ce qu’aucun membre de votre entourage ne reçoive une Wiimote balancée rageusement à travers le salon.
50
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The audio features a sparse but effective musical score and memorable sound effects from the original game. When you hear the howl of a nearby wolf, it's quite unsettling. Sadly, Anniversary can't quite duplicate the spellbinding experience of the original game, and this became clear to me in the lame T-Rex encounter. The game has a few technical glitches here and there, including enemies that become partially embedded in the scenery, and you'll often need to fiddle with the camera. On the bright side, the load times are short, the checkpoints are frequent, and you can save your progress at any time. Tomb Raider Anniversary struggled to maintain my attention, but for gamers with a lot of time and patience, Anniversary offers a heck of a lot of adventure for your money.