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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
82
3.7
GameCube
80
4.3
PlayStation 2
81
3.9
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Description

Legend is the seventh major game in the Tomb Raider series, now for the first time developed by Crystal Dynamics, along with the original character designer of the game's protagonist Lara Croft: Toby Gard.

Heroine Lara is searching for a South American relic, but her adventure takes a different course when rogue anthropologist Amanda Evert shows up. Presumed dead along with a team of graduate students after an accident in a tomb in Peru, where Lara was the only one to escape, Amanda is back with a score to settle as they both race, along with the shady James Rutland Jr., to obtain an ancient artifact. Many other characters, both friends and foes, will stir things up. The story takes Lara through locations all over the world, from the Himalayas to Ghana, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Japan and England, including her famous mansion filled with secrets and collectibles. Aside from current events, Lara's past is also revealed, through flashbacks. Among other things, you will get to know how she lost her mother and why it is such a burden.

The typical third-person action-adventuring exploring is still present. Lara can move more freely, and is no longer limited by specific jumps. As you travel through rough environments, you will need to run, dive, swim, climb on poles, ladders, roofs, use zip lines, shimmy and vault, with acrobatic actions such as somersaults and flips. You need to cross difficult terrain, solve puzzles to advance or open up new areas, and engage in combat. New tools include a grappling hook, not only used to move around but also to haul enemies Scorpion-style, binoculars, a PLS (personal light source), flares, a PDA and a headset to keep in contact with tech support Zip.

Enemies are still rather scarce. Both humans and animals will attack you, and the game retains the auto lock-on mode, but now with a slide attack and close combat with both kicks and punches, plus bullet-time actions to get behind enemies quickly. Lara carries her trademark dual-wielded pistols, but can also pick up new weapons along the way, such as a shotgun and grenades. Missions take place in both indoor and outdoor environments, with arcade motorcycle and jeep sequences in between. As usual, Lara has a fancy outfit for each location.

The PSP version includes the full game and adds a multiplayer mode: Tomb Trials. You can race another player through tombs to see who comes out first, or go on a timed scavenger hunt for artifacts.

Screenshots

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Windows Lara seems worried. Uhm, you try standing on a train that's running at full speed.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Xbox 360 Escaping through the rooftops... now I need to find a way to jump to the next building.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Xbox 360 Main Menu
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Xbox 360 Jumping off the truck, killing the driver, and landing onto a jeep... such things still happen only during cutscenes.

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:不死傳奇" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "古墓丽影:传奇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tomb Raider: Легенда" -- Russian spelling
  • "Tomb Raider: Legenda" -- Polish title
  • "Tomb Raider 7" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Pulls a once beloved series back from the brink Xbox 360 Ace of Sevens (4229)
What a change of developers can do... Windows micnictic (385)

The Press Says

Play.tm Xbox 360 May 18, 2006 85 out of 100 85
PC Powerplay Windows Mar 29, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2006 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Apr 12, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
X-Power Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Xbox May 15, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Xbox360Achievements Xbox 360 Sep 23, 2007 72 out of 100 72
GameSpy PSP Jun 23, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Extreme Gamer Xbox May 16, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 Apr 23, 2006 7 out of 10 70

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Jan 31, 2008

Trivia

Controversy

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend got its own Nipplegate scandal when someone ripped textures from the game prior to the US release, unveiling a complete nipple. It was used as a texture for some female dancers in the Tokyo level, as initially the animators use a naked model to drape dresses around them later. In fact, the texture is not even mapped to any points in the meshes, meaning that it is impossible to see it in-game. However, Eidos wanted to avoid a Hot Coffee scandal, so it has been removed from the US release, and on the day of the European release, a Windows patch was released with a replacement texture, even though that is not mentioned in the patch notes.

Next Gen mode

Although the Next Gen mode for the PC version makes Lara and the environment look much better, it omits a few effects seen in the normal mode. For example when Lara gets out of the water in the latter mode, her skin is wet and water is dripping from it. In Next Gen mode however, this effect is missing. Also in certain levels (e.g. Japan) some of the Neon Lights are disabled in Next Gen mode. Several of these issues were fixed in later patches.

References

The guys at Crystal Dynamics seem to have fond memories of their Legacy of Kain series: out of the gazillion possible secrets to unlock in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, there is the possibility to wield Kain's legendary Soul Reaver. All time trials should be beaten to get it though, and it's not that good a weapon either.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – Best Rise from the Ashes of the Year (PS2)(
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2007 – Best Comeback in 2006 (after the disappointing previous installments)
Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze and Karthik KANE.

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