Tomb Raider: Chronicles (PlayStation)

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User Score
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Thankyou, Eidos for the fifth installment of top heavy totty... Fos (13) unrated

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
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Overall User Score (33 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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At the end of the day this one still doesn’t take the title of best Tomb Raider game (which must stay with the original for now) despite having far more impressive graphics and much more responsive controls. It is however the best Tomb Raider title since the first – hands down – and as such is a real must-buy!
Power Unlimited
De PlayStation heeft z'n beste tijd gehad en dat geldt ook wel een beetje voor Tomb Raider; het zal mij dan ook benieuwen op wat voor manier Lara op de next-gen consoles van zich zal laten horen.
Tomb Raider Chronicles is a worthy enough "sequel" to the original and can deliver an adequate number of thrills, though nothing unique or surprising.
Gamezone (Germany)
Der fünfte, und wohl bestimmt nicht letzte Teil der Saga, ist bestimmt der beeindruckenste. Lara kann nun so viele Bewegungen wie nie zuvor und wird auch immer hübscher. Sie ist in Ägypten verschollen und ihre engsten Freunde treffen sich für eine Gedenkfeier. Die alten Erzählungen werden von Dir nachgespielt. Daher ist klar, dass Du auf sehr verschiedene Welten treffen wirst... Abwechslung ist garantiert.
Still, this game still doesn't push the series forward at all. There is little innovation and very few compelling features. That's why I can only recommend it to die-hard Tomb Raider fans. Those of you who got burnt out after the third game will find nothing here to spark your interest again. That's what the PS2 sequel is for.
Super Play (Sweden)
Ändå saknar Tomb Raider: Chronicles något. Något som förmodligen bara de som verkligen har lärt känna Lara genom de fyra tidigare spelen kommer att märka. Kanske är det det faktum att Lara faktiskt inte är med i spelet på riktigt, utan bara i vännernas minnen. Eller så är det spelglädjen som har försvunnit. Jag hoppas att den kommer tillbaka i nästa Lara-spel.
Game Informer Magazine
The death of Lara Croft is a fascinating premise that holds a little something for everyone. Either A) you love this female crusader more than your girlfriend and want to be there for Lara right up to the fateful day, or B) you hate this series and would pay anything to see Lara’s fragile figure crushed beneath a large boulder. A few years back, DC Comics ran a similar story where Superman visited the reaper. The payoff was huge. The same theory applies to Tomb Raider. Lara’s passing could have been the next big thing. It’s never happened in the game realm, and I’m sure everyone would want to see how her life came to a sudden end. Of course, Eidos royally screwed up. There wasn’t a teaser campaign to draw interest, and worst of all, months before the game hit retail shelves, Eidos announced that Lara Croft is alive and will return in a new adventure for PlayStation 2 (see page 80). I’ve heard of people shooting themselves in the feet before, but this is stupidity in its purist form.
Quebec Gamers
On peut se poser la question à savoir si ce jeu était nécessaire ou non, si on était mieux avec ou sans? Pour ma part, je trouve que c'est un jeu avec une assez bonne qualité pour justifier son existence, sauf que je ne crois pas y revenir souvent, car il ne représente pas assez ce qui fait la force des Tomb Raider pour moi et me laisse un peu indifférent.
Un Tomb Raider de plus. Et c'est tout car aucune originalité ne vient pimenter ce nouvel opus. Les amateurs du genre y trouveront peut-être leur compte, mais ce jeu sera loin d'être incontournable pour les autres.
Game Informer Magazine
I used to be a fan of this series but now I can’t stand the sight of it. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Eidos is beating this dead horse for all it's worth (destroying all its worth at the same time). Basically this is just the same game you’ve played with new levels – oh yeah, and how could I forget – there is also a new tightrope walking move that slows the game down even more. The innovations just never stop. I pray to the gaming gods that when Lara comes to the next wave of systems like PS2 and Xbox that something is done to improve this game – and I don’t just mean the graphics. The puzzles are interesting, but the pace is way too slow. I feel slightly bad ripping on a game for coming too frequently, since I think I could play a new Metroid every year if Nintendo gave me one, but this series isn’t of that caliber. I’m gonna skip this one and wait for the next generation. I think you should too.
C'est la fin de la belle Lara mais surtout la fin d'un moteur graphique datant de 1995 qui, malgré quelques améliorations, n'est vraiment plus à la hauteur. Les fans seront lassés par ces erreurs récurrentes qui ont contribués à refroidir les ardeurs des plus fervents admirateurs de la belle. Tomb Raider : Sur les traces de Lara Croft n'est guère plus qu'un hommage post-mortem pour nostalgiques des temps anciens et seuls les charmes de l'aventurière permettent à ce titre de subsister. On se doit malgré tout de reconnaître qu'en son temps, Tomb Raider était véritablement révolutionnaire et que l'évolution de la série nous laissera sûrement quelques regrets. Adieu Lara et... à bientôt.
All Game Guide
Honestly, if you are a big fan of the Tomb Raider series, rush out and get this game, because you've accepted the same for so long that you'll be more than satisfied with this one. For those of you who have already grown tired of the franchise and its hype, there's absolutely nothing new or compelling in this title that will make you change your mind.