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Overall, this is a great set. About my only gripe would be the load times, especially the checkpoint load times which you think would be nearly instant. Instead, these average around 10-15 seconds, which may not seem long, but I was expecting something quicker. Fortunately, due to the pacing of each game and its difficulty, you probably won't die too often so this isn't a real issue. With that, let's get to the summary... Three solid games, two remastered, with extras, on a single disc, all for $40 -- to me this is one 2011's 'must buys.'
It's a nice collection of knick-knacks, but the games remain the real attraction. With the frantic, all-action fire-fights of Guardian of Light still burning brightly on download services, and Croft's grimier, nastier new adventure taking shape over in San Francisco, it's the perfect moment to say goodbye - for the time being, at least - to this epic, Technicolor, Saturday matinee approach to the character, and the perfect time to gauge how well the team at Crystal Dynamics fared with their first take on Tomb Raider.
On top of the three games, Lara's most adoring fans will appreciate the PlayStation Home bonuses -- avatar outfits and a theme pack -- as well as some mini "making-of" videos. This package will be most appealing for those who've never played these games or didn't get to experience the first two in HD. Still, even if you've raided these tombs before, this trio of crypt-exploring, pistol-packing adventures makes for a perfect primer to Lara's next outing. Oh, and at forty bucks, it's as valuable as any ancient artifact uncovered by its spelunking star.
If you missed these games during their initial run, grabbing Tomb Raider Trilogy should be without question an automatic buy. With two of the games being available for the first time on the PlayStation 3, there’s little reason not to add this compilation to your library. The $40 price point just sweetens the deal even further. Legend is skipable, but the other two entries are worth the price of admission, especially Underworld as it’s easily the shining star. Toss in the trophies, a XMB theme, some Home avatar goodies, and a handful of vid-docs for each game and you’ll be hard pressed not to find the bang for your buck.
Tomb Raider Trilogy gives the fans just about everything they’d expect: glossier depictions of three relatively popular and solid Lara Croft quests, along with new Trophies/Achievements, outfits for PlayStation Home, and behind-the-scenes stuff, like developer diaries for all three games and a couple trailers for the excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It’s a darn good package and one the die-hard fans will undoubtedly have to own. As for those who remain a little iffy, just bear in mind that aforementioned longevity and bang for your buck, as well as the prospect of traversing much prettier environments with a much prettier Lara. That’s not an altogether unpleasant prospect, is it?
Tomb Raider Trilogy is hard to gauge as far as suggesting whether or not you should purchase it. Hardcore Tomb Raider fans likely already own all three of these titles, and the updated HD versions on 360. Then, there is an audience that has only played Underworld in which case I highly recommend giving these re-tooled versions a go. If you have never played a TR game, this is the perfect stepping stone, but finding that audience can be as challenging as some of the puzzles in the games. This collection is excellent for so many reasons and yet such a hard sell for so many others.
The Tomb Raider Trilogy comes highly recommended. Forget about the score and trust me on this one: you won't find many better deals this year. If you've got 30€/40$ stashed away somewhere and haven't played these games yet, you should know what to do. And if that doesn't convince you, maybe Lara's well-sculpted bosom will.
The Tomb Raider Trilogy is a lot of things. It's a great adventure game full of life or death platforming puzzles. It's a fun exploration game. It's that game where Lara Croft kills a dinosaur. But one thing it's not is a trilogy. If you can get past the weird title you'll be treated to hours of excitement for not much money!
Tomb Raider Trilogy, like the other three-in-one packs, is a great way to (re)introduce gamers to a franchise. Playing these games back to back to back allows you to see the improvements Crystal Dynamics made in each subsequent game, and I found myself appreciating the little details moreso than before. The older games play like older games, but don’t age as much as I anticipated.
Tomb Raider Trilogy is a handy collection of three recent Tomb Raider games, two of which have been given a graphical boost and take advantage of the PS3's capabilities. Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld are both fun games and combine immensely enjoyable platforming and some neat puzzles with mediocre combat. But Tomb Raider Legend just doesn't hold up. I'd even recommend skipping it, though you do miss out on a few cool scenes if you jump straight into Anniversary.
If you already own some version of Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld, you won’t have much reason to shell out the cash for this collection. If you want to catch up with or don’t already own the games, you’ll be entertained with these selections for a long time. Just don’t expect anything spectacular to commemorate the trilogy.
Granted, the team at Crystal Dynamics has split in to a group that handled Guardian of Light, and another that will be bringing the reboot to us in the future. The team that we're interested in is the one that headlined these three games. If they serve any purpose in being remastered, it's as a history lesson, or almost an analysis of how CD sees Tomb Raider. Well, that and to get ready for their stab at a total reboot.
Of course, if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Tomb Raider fan, it's not going to matter. You've likely already bought the trilogy and you quite possibly love it. Even if you already own Underworld, its inclusion on a disc with two other full games for the reduced MSRP of $39.99 is a very nice deal that cannot be dismissed offhand. With that in mind, one can only conclude that this is a good little compilation of mostly dated titles that fans will dig, despite it being difficult to recommend to a wide range of people, at least as a full purchase. Reaching that conclusion was more frustrating than fighting that awful bloody water snake in Legend. I do not say that lightly.
The Tomb Raider Trilogy offers a significant value – 3 of the best Tomb Raider titles released, many hours of gameplay, plenty of puzzles to solve, treasures to collect, classic Tomb Raider action and a ton of replay value. The addition of trophy support to Legend and Anniversary is a big plus, as is the fact that a PS3 theme and some PlayStation Home avatars have been included, but it is a disappointment to see the previously released DLC for Underworld not included. The story in all three games, while similar, is excellent and the graphical overhaul makes these older titles look new. The only real downside are the controls and combat system, which feel dated. This is the very best collection available for Tomb Raider fans, or for anyone who wants to learn about Lara Croft and the series.