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Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Description

Tomb Raider: Underworld concludes the story of Lara's search for her mother who is supposedly trapped in a place called Avalon. Continuing the events from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, her search brings her once again to locations around the globe from the cold wastes of the Arctic to the beautiful landscapes of Thailand. This time even the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is not save from Lara's exploring. At the same time the game continues to explore the idea of monomyth, this time incorporating the influences of the Norse mythology into its narrative.

The basic gameplay remains the same as in most of the previous iterations of the series with the focus on exploring, solving riddles and dodgy climbing passages instead of instant action and gun fights. For this Lara once again learned a few new moves including jumping between the walls introduced in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time.

To help the players with the riddles, the game not only features a sonar map, showing Lara's immediate surroundings as a 3D grid for better orientation around the levels. Also, if asked, Lara gives general but helpful tips on what to do next.

The differences from the previous Tomb Raider games developed by Crystal Dynamics include the complete lack of QTE events. Instead the time slows down in critical moments, but the player still retains full control of the Lara's movements. Another change is the more non-linear level design more in vein with the traditional entries of the series.

Screenshots

Tomb Raider: Underworld PlayStation 3 Lara uses her PDA to check mission objectives, are map and other info.
Tomb Raider: Underworld PlayStation 3 Main title.
Tomb Raider: Underworld PlayStation 3 Fighting against an immortal guardians... that is, unless you jump on them and crush them after they're down.
Tomb Raider: Underworld Windows Seriously, I missioned through all of this to get a hammer?  Aaagh.

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:地城奪寶" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tomb Raider 8" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 3 Dec, 2008 90 out of 100 90
1UP PlayStation 3 Nov 19, 2008 B 75
GamingExcellence PlayStation 3 Jan 19, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Nov 24, 2008 7.3 out of 10 73
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Nov 21, 2008 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 24, 2008 70 out of 100 70
IGROMANIA Windows Jan, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Nov 19, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Immoral Gamers Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Dec 03, 2008 C 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Tomb Raider Underworld appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Sales

Eidos felt the game underperformed in sales and laid off 30 employees in January 2009. Later that month, Eidos CFO Robert Brent said a complete remake of the Lara Croft character would be necessary to make it a profitable franchise once again.

Wii bug

The initial Wii release has an occasional bug that makes it impossible to finish the game. In the Coastal Thailand section of the game, a pole that acts as a lever sometimes refuses to function, making it impossible to progress. To fix the issue, Eidos made available some public saves that can be loaded on an SD cart to continue playing from past that section.

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