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Tomb Raider: Underworld

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
57
4.1
PlayStation 3
75
4.1
Macintosh
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4.0

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Platform Votes Score
Browser 1 4.0
Macintosh 1 4.0
PlayStation 2 6 4.1
PlayStation 3 10 4.1
Wii 8 4.2
Windows 30 3.8
Xbox 360 12 3.5
Combined MobyScore 68 3.9


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92
PlayStation 3GameLemon
Lara Croft has always been a great video game companion. She looks great, can handle nearly any task thrown at her, knows how to ride a motorcycle, and looks great in a swimsuit. Her latest globe-spanning adventures provide hours of fun and good replayability, and the story is top-notch, especially for history or mythology buffs. If you enjoyed Legend's retelling of the King Arthur tale, you'll get a kick out of the search for Thor's hammer (which is named Mjolnir, so all you fellow Halo fiends out there can know where the armor gets its name). Good puzzles, great music, and amazing graphics are all to be found in Underworld. Now go get this game - you wouldn't want to keep Ms. Lara waiting, would you?
92
Xbox 360GameLemon
Lara Croft has always been a great video game companion. She looks great, can handle nearly any task thrown at her, knows how to ride a motorcycle, and looks great in a swimsuit. Her latest globe-spanning adventures provide hours of fun and good replayability, and the story is top-notch, especially for history or mythology buffs. If you enjoyed Legend's retelling of the King Arthur tale, you'll get a kick out of the search for Thor's hammer (which is named Mjolnir, so all you fellow Halo fiends out there can know where the armor gets its name). Good puzzles, great music, and amazing graphics are all to be found in Underworld. Now go get this game - you wouldn't want to keep Ms. Lara waiting, would you?
91
WindowsGameBoomers
Okay, why such a high grade for what some will see as yet another re-tread of a seasoned franchise? (Or is that 'over-ripe' by now?) Well, quite simply, I had a blast playing this game. I couldn't put it down. The minor issues I had with the camera getting behind things were simply due to the mouse-guided freedom of it. The locations, the sounds, the storytelling, the just-right balance between combat (not too much) and exploration (lots) suited me fine, and I absolutely loved the gigantic mechanical puzzles.
91
Xbox 360Gaming Age
So while it's got enough faults to keep it from being a GOTY contender for most, it's still the best Tomb Raider title I've ever played, and I'm really curious to see what's next for the franchise once again. Definitely pick this one up; even if you've been turned off by the series in the past from some shoddy sequels, I think a lot of people will be surprised by this one.
90
PlayStation 3Playstation Illustrated
Overall, I have really enjoyed my time with Lara in Tomb Raider: Underworld. I am currently being frustrated by the final level of the game and aim to beat it very shortly. If you loved the series once upon a time but gave up on it and haven't played Legend, then get Legend and beat it first, then played Underworld. Your faith in one of the most iconic videogame characters of all time will once again be renewed.
89
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Tomb Raider: Underworld ist meiner Meinung nach der Höhepunkt der gesamten Serie, die Entwickler haben aus alten Fehlern gelernt und liefern dabei ein eindruckvolles Ergebnis ab. Steuerung und Kollisionsabfrage sind nun nahezu perfekt und sorgen für Spielspaß anstatt für Frust (wie wir ihn aus vielen alten Teilen kennen). Technisch hat man endlich den Sprung ins neue Zeitalter geschafft und liefert vor allem referenzverdächtige Umgebungsgrafik und stimmige Soundkulisse ab, die für eine einzigartige Atmosphäre sorgen.
88
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
In tone, Underworld hits the target dead center, delivering the perfect mix of isolation and discovery with larger dramatic encounters. No modern cities mar Lara’s excursion this time – this is tomb raiding from beginning to end. Remarkable visuals sell the experience, and a moving score deepens your involvement. The formula behind the game is ready for some fresh ideas, but as a wrap up of old ideas, Underworld hits the sweet spot.
88
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
In tone, Underworld hits the target dead center, delivering the perfect mix of isolation and discovery with larger dramatic encounters. No modern cities mar Lara’s excursion this time – this is tomb raiding from beginning to end. Remarkable visuals sell the experience, and a moving score deepens your involvement. The formula behind the game is ready for some fresh ideas, but as a wrap up of old ideas, Underworld hits the sweet spot.
85
Xbox 360GamesCollection
Tomb Raider Underworld è tutto quello che un fan della saga di Lara Croft si potrebbe aspettare, nonché uno dei migliori titoli action/adventure in circolazione. Appassionante, divertente, impegnativo al punto giusto e soddisfacente una volta completato. L’ultimo capitolo di questa trilogia è la conferma che Lara è più in forma che mai pronta a regalarci una bella dose di divertimento dopo un passato travagliato. Rispetto ai suoi capitoli precedenti, Underworld non si discosta dalla formula vincente che ha reso possibile la rinascita del brand, ma la mancanza di innovazioni sostanziali potrebbe far storcere il naso a qualcuno. Da parte nostra non ci sentiamo di addire come un difetto la mancanza di innovazioni a questo Tomb Raider, ma più che altro lo prendiamo come avvertimento per un eventuale futuro della serie. Tomb Raider è nato, ha vissuto la sua gloria, è caduto, e si è ripreso in grande stile.
85
Xbox 360Jeux Vidéo Network
Une aventure dépaysante et acrobatique, qui renoue avec l’esprit Tomb Raider et sonne comme une forme d’accomplissement technique. Mais la durée de vie et l’action peuvent être encore améliorées.
85
PlayStation 3Jeux Vidéo Network
Une aventure dépaysante et acrobatique, qui renoue avec l’esprit Tomb Raider et sonne comme une forme d’accomplissement technique. Mais la durée de vie et l’action peuvent être encore améliorées.
85
WindowsJeux Vidéo Network
Une aventure dépaysante et acrobatique, qui renoue avec l’esprit Tomb Raider et sonne comme une forme d’accomplissement technique. Mais la durée de vie et l’action peuvent être encore améliorées.
85
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
So if you're feeling Lara-starved, then this is certainly one to get. I just wish that Feral would bring the missing Legend to the Mac (it would still stand up graphically to its two successors, I'm sure). Not to mention the forthcoming Tomb Raider game that's scheduled for next year… Let's hope we don't have to wait until 2017 to get that one!
85
WindowsAusGamers
The game does an excellent job of fleshing out what started as a pretty loose storyline and is no slouch in the graphics department, either (particularly character animations). Combat is a letdown but only a small portion of the game, and even after seven games the camera still isn't quite right. Overall though, it's still a worthwhile purchase for anyone that enjoys third-person action-puzzle type games and a no hesitation recommendation for anyone who’s ever enjoyed a Tomb Raider game in the past.
85
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Es ist eine schiere Freude, Tomb Raider zu spielen, wenn alles funktioniert wie geplant: Wenn Lara meine Kommandos blitzschnell in fantastische Sprungfolgen umwandelt, wenn sich dann vor mir eines der herausragend schönen Level-Panoramen öffnet und das Spiel nahtlos in eine perfekt inszenierte Zwischensequenz übergeht - da stehen mir fast Freudentränen in den Augen. Es ist aber auch schier zum Verzweifeln, Tomb Raider zu spielen: Wenn Lara beim Sprung nach beweglichen Plattformen mal wieder daneben greift, wenn die Kamera zickt und ich an einem Lösungsweg verzweifle, dann möchte ich die ganze Archäologen-Bande am liebsten zusammenkloppen. Und wissen Sie was? Dieses Wechselspiel ist einfach herrlich! Ach Gott, dann ist die Story halt mau, was soll's - Underworld schickt mich auch so auf eine emotionale Achterbahnfahrt. Ein fesselndes, durchdachtes Spiel, das mich zehn Stunden lang blendend unterhalten hat.
85
WindowsGamer.co.il

טומב ריידר אנדרוורלד דומה הרבה יותר מדי לכותרים הקודמים בסדרה. החידות, הקרבות, העלילה – את כולם כבר חווינו בצורה זו או אחרת במשחקים הקודמים. אז נכון, הגרפיקה משופרת, והפעם האל ת'ור הוא הגיבור התורן, אבל בסופו של דבר לא תמצאו כאן חידושים גדולים, ובטח לא סיבה לחזור להרפתקה אחרי שתסיימו אותה בפעם הראשונה. אלו מכם שעדיין מאוהבים בקרופט חייבים לרוץ ולקנות את המשחק הזה, לאחרים כדאי לנסות קודם כל את גרסת ההדגמה.

85
PlayStation 3IGN UK
That’s the rub though. Underworld does practically nothing with its aging formula beyond offering an aesthetic overhaul and streamlined, sleeker control scheme. The thing is, those glorious vistas, hugely atmospheric new tombs and fluid platform mechanics expand the core essence of the Tomb Raider experience in such a way that, yes, it feels fresh and new. It’s not a radical advancement for the series in any way and that’s a massive disappointment, particularly given the sheer wealth of game aspects seriously in need of attention. Scores are awarded for what a game is though, not what it isn’t and, despite its failure to move the series forward, Underworld is still fundamentally an incredibly enjoyable experience and a real return to captivating tomb raiding on a grand scale. It might be the same Lara we’ve enjoyed over the years but there’s no denying the lady’s still got style.
85
Xbox 360IGN UK
That’s the rub though. Underworld does practically nothing with its aging formula beyond offering an aesthetic overhaul and streamlined, sleeker control scheme. The thing is, those glorious vistas, hugely atmospheric new tombs and fluid platform mechanics expand the core essence of the Tomb Raider experience in such a way that, yes, it feels fresh and new. It’s not a radical advancement for the series in any way and that’s a massive disappointment, particularly given the sheer wealth of game aspects seriously in need of attention. Scores are awarded for what a game is though, not what it isn’t and, despite its failure to move the series forward, Underworld is still fundamentally an incredibly enjoyable experience and a real return to captivating tomb raiding on a grand scale. It might be the same Lara we’ve enjoyed over the years but there’s no denying the lady’s still got style.
85
Xbox 360GameZone
The Xbox 360 version of Tomb Raider: Underworld is the way to go for those curious in purchasing the next installment in the series. Xbox Live will play host to two exclusive chapters via download content for Underworld in the form of “Beneath the Ashes” in December and “Lara’s Shadow” in January. Both of them will help extend the replay value of one of the best adventure titles on the Xbox 360 at this current moment. It’s recommended that you take a leap and begin your journey with Lara as she hunts for mythological treasure in Tomb Raider: Underworld.
84
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
The puzzle solving elements in Tomb Raider: Underworld aren’t as tough as nails, at least at the beginning, but there’ll be times when you are left scratching your head on what to do next. Luckily the developers included a little hint system to help you when you’re stuck. Never once did I want to quit playing as each exploration is more fun than the one before. Overall, Tomb Raider: Underworld is an exotic game that offers an adventure of a lifetime, right on par with the Playstation 3 exclusive Uncharted. What other game would you be in search for Thor’s Hammer? Don’t let Tomb Raider: Underworld go under your radar, there is plenty of things to do with Miss Lara; including a future promise of exclusive downloadable content for the Xbox 360.
83
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The game never bothers to explain what object you just picked up, making it hard to determine if it was a critical item or just a bonus treasure. The save system is also confusing, and sometimes it doesn't even restore from your latest save! While the action is fairly linear, you may find yourself needlessly backtracking in more expansive locations like Thailand. Be sure to use Lara's PDA if you get stuck, because it offers valuable hints. Tomb Raider Underworld has some unexpected technical flaws, but that shouldn't prevent thrill-seekers from enjoying this lush, exotic adventure.
83
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De exploratie en audiovisuele presentatie zijn beter dan ooit, maar het verhaal is dun en de combat triviaal. Voer voor de fans.
82
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Not since God of War have I had my breath taken away so frequently by a game’s level designs. Lara’s polypropylene twins never once steal your eye from the magnificent sights – ranging from foreboding skyscraper-sized statues to lush jungle backdrops. As an adventure game, Underworld is a towering success that raises the bar for the series. Unfortunately, it also aspires to be a shooter. Whenever a gun is fired, the immersion factor is lost. The gunplay is antiquated to the point of absurdity, with enemies bouncing in place as they are riddled with bullets. Regardless, Underworld remains exhilarating, and is one of Lara’s finest efforts to date.
82
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Not since God of War have I had my breath taken away so frequently by a game’s level designs. Lara’s polypropylene twins never once steal your eye from the magnificent sights – ranging from foreboding skyscraper-sized statues to lush jungle backdrops. As an adventure game, Underworld is a towering success that raises the bar for the series. Unfortunately, it also aspires to be a shooter. Whenever a gun is fired, the immersion factor is lost. The gunplay is antiquated to the point of absurdity, with enemies bouncing in place as they are riddled with bullets. Regardless, Underworld remains exhilarating, and is one of Lara’s finest efforts to date.
82
PlayStation 3GameZone
While it doesn’t propel the series forward to new heights, Underground is certainly an exciting and challenging Tomb Raider game worthy of Lady Croft’s sizeable talents. Yes, the returning problems from the first game are back but these new tombs make for a rich and rewarding experience for Tomb Raider fans.
82
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Tomb Raider Underworld es una fantástica propuesta para los amantes de los puzzles y las plataformas, a la que sólo le ha faltado una cámara que haga su trabajo como es debido y algo más de contenidos. Y es que a estas alturas presentar únicamente un modo individual sin posibilidades on-line debe verse acompañado de una campaña larga, y no es el caso. La nueva aventura de Lara Croft es breve pero intensa, plagada de buenos puzzles y consolidando una entrega imprescindible para fans.
82
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Tomb Raider Underworld was far more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be. The expansive environments, solid platforming sequences, challenging puzzles, and adventure-filled storyline should appeal to anyone who loved the Prince of Persia games and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Disappointingly, combat is fairly mediocre, and a lot of technical inconsistencies are troublesome. Nevertheless, Underworld is a very good game. Eidos can feel confident that Crystal Dynamics has returned this gaming superstar back to her former glory. I expect the next entry to be substantial. After all, third time's a charm!
82
WindowsCheat Code Central
Tomb Raider Underworld was far more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be. The expansive environments, solid platforming sequences, challenging puzzles, and adventure-filled storyline should appeal to anyone who loved the Prince of Persia games and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Disappointingly, combat is fairly mediocre, and a lot of technical inconsistencies are troublesome. Nevertheless, Underworld is a very good game. Eidos can feel confident that Crystal Dynamics has returned this gaming superstar back to her former glory. I expect the next entry to be substantial. After all, third time's a charm!
82
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Tomb Raider Underworld was far more enjoyable than I ever thought it would be. The expansive environments, solid platforming sequences, challenging puzzles, and adventure-filled storyline should appeal to anyone who loved the Prince of Persia games and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Disappointingly, combat is fairly mediocre, and a lot of technical inconsistencies are troublesome. Nevertheless, Underworld is a very good game. Eidos can feel confident that Crystal Dynamics has returned this gaming superstar back to her former glory. I expect the next entry to be substantial. After all, third time's a charm!
82
Xbox 3603D Juegos
Tomb Raider Underworld es una fantástica propuesta para los amantes de los puzzles y las plataformas, a la que sólo le ha faltado una cámara que haga su trabajo como es debido y algo más de contenidos. Y es que a estas alturas presentar únicamente un modo individual sin posibilidades on-line debe verse acompañado de una campaña larga, y no es el caso. La nueva aventura de Lara Croft es breve pero intensa, plagada de buenos puzzles y consolidando una entrega imprescindible para fans.
80
Xbox 360Xboxygen
Parfois frustrant, souvent enthousiasmant et enchanteur, ce nouvel opus de Tomb Raider devrait satisfaire les aficionados de jeux de plate-forme tout au long de la dizaine d’heures qu’il dure, pour peu qu’on n’ait rien contre les niveaux-couloir. Son univers riche et les racines mythologiques qui en font l’excellente base, caractéristique des Tomb Raider, servis par une couverture technique de bon aloi, renforcent encore le plaisir de jeu, même s’il n’est pas exempt de tout reproche, avec notamment des combats trop anecdotiques et un scénario principal en retrait. Mais l’essentiel est assuré : Lara s’est réinsérée à son rang de vedette de bon jeu, alternant action et exploration sur fond fouillé de fouilles archéologiques, non sans rappeler la saga des Indiana Jones. reluque, elle est célibataire, son seul inconvénient : elle arrive à faire plus de tractions que vous.
80
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.fr
Lara Croft arrive enfin à maturité sur consoles nouvelle génération. Les développeurs de Crystal Dynamics ont réussi à redonner une âme à la série en s'appuyant sur tous les ingrédients qui ont fait son succès. Level-design sophistiqué, séquences de plateformes haletantes, énigmes tordues, Tomb Raider Underworld se rapproche indéniablement des sensations du premier opus. De surcroît, il bénéficie d'une patte artistique resplendissante avec des paysages somptueux. Hélas, d'agaçants problèmes de caméra ainsi que des bugs innombrables viennent entraver la progression du joueur (un problème observé principalement sur PS3). Et si la quête s'avère longue, contenant de nombreux trésors annexes, on aurait quand même apprécié une aventure plus homérique.
80
PlayStation 2GamingXP
Für Fans ein Muss. Ich bin sicher kein riesiger „Tomb Raider“-Fan, hatte aber dennoch jede Menge Spaß mit „Underworld“. Natürlich kann man über die schlechte Kameraführung und die dünne Handlung schimpfen, aber die guten Momente im Spiel machen das wieder gut. „Tomb Raider – Underworld“ ist kein „Must-Have“, jedoch für Fans mehr als einen Blick wert.
80
MacintoshMacworld
Old school does still have its charms, and if you’ve enjoyed Lara’s adventures in the past then you’ll no doubt feel right at home with Tomb Raider: Underworld. However, the formula does need updating, so let’s hope that next year’s reboot can come up with a few new tricks.
80
Xbox 360Game Vortex
Even with the crazy camera and lack of control that it gives you, Tomb Raider: Underworld is a nice progression in the long-running franchise. The new move sets are a great addition and the smooth animations and transitions from ledges and other handholds make this game feel more fluid and natural than past games in the series. For every two steps forward, the game did take a step backward, but in general, fans of Lara Croft will be happy with how Tomb Raider: Underworld plays out. I do wish that the cut-scenes gave off a bit more energy. Even though the story in this new adventure may be forgettable, the gameplay does make up for it in many ways. Now, let me get back to raiding more tombs...
80
WindowsBit-Tech
In the end what holds Lara back is that though she may have taken one step forward on the story front, she’s taken a step backwards on the control side. What we really need to do is get her to turn around on the spot three times, drop a flare and leap forwards to see if we can cheat our way straight onto the next game and see if that’s any more polished.
80
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Underworld is awfully short, just clocking in at around 6 hours. It’s packed with substance with a dash of blemishes, but the game really could’ve benefited from Croft Manor. Concept art can only motivate so much. For Lara’s first true next-gen outing, it’s a great one, and it deserves to be played, but it lacks a certain amount of the polish that was present in Crystal Dynamics’ first two efforts. Now that the new engine that renders Underworld is already built, here’s hoping that the inevitable sequel will be even better, erasing technical blunders and including Croft Manor (bringing this up a lot – hint hint, Crystal). Until then, here’s another great installment of the now-consistently-fun Tomb Raider series.
80
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Es gab einige Momente, in denen ich vor Wut gerne in die Tastatur gebissen hätte. Wenn mal wieder die Kamera nicht das zeigt, was interessant wäre, Lara sich irgendwo nicht festhält und dann in die Tiefe stürzt oder ich mit dem Motorrad trotz Anlauf nicht über eine Rampe komme, schießt der Puls auf 180. Aber trotz all dieser Momente: Underworld macht durchaus Spaß und löst vor allem die eine oder andere Frage, die Kennern von Legend vielleicht noch im Kopf herumgeistert. Und die Neuerungen, die sich Crystal Dynamits ausgedacht hat, passen nahtlos in den Spielverlauf. Jetzt hätte nur die Spielzeit etwas länger und abwechslungsreicher ausfallen müssen.
80
PlayStation 3UltraNinjas
Still, there’s plenty to be positive about when it comes to Underworld. The puzzles are a good bunch and are – on occasion – as clever as a particularly crafty fox, the game looks fantastic and will satisfy all teenage men with the graphical touches such as mud spattering and water dripping off Lara’s torso as she runs about some rather lovely ruins and the like, and the exploration is, for the most part, good fun and much more forgiving than previous Tomb Raider games. The camera issues, poor combat and longevity do hitch a snag around Lara’s ever-so-small shorts and hoik her down from a higher score, but overall it’s another step along the right path.
80
PlayStation 3Boomtown
I really did enjoy the experience, as unchallenging as it felt (whether because the puzzles rarely required timing threatening death beyond falling, because the enemies even have visible health bars or due to the friendly checkpoint system) but felt that it was too quick to get through to justify a full £40 purchase. Spot it a bit cheaper when you’re done with the tonne of other great games out at the moment and I definitely recommend picking it up.
80
PlayStation 3GameDaily
In Tomb Raider Underworld, Lara Croft must overcome dangers across the globe while solving a mythological mystery that ties in with her parents' disappearance. Unfortunately, the in-game camera is a hassle, especially when enemies get too close. The open-world exploration is fun, but a lack of hints of where to go next may frustrate you. Overcome these problems, however, and you'll be handsomely rewarded with outstanding visuals, fun shoot-em-up gameplay, excellent puzzles and hours of maneuvering the sexy Ms. Croft. Like her previous two games, Underworld is a welcome, if slightly flawed, addition to the franchise.
80
PlayStation 3TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Epic without ever pushing boundaries for the series, Tomb Raider: Underworld is a game that fans of the franchise will no doubt relish. But with its occasionally obtuse puzzle solutions, this isn't the great instalment it could have been - and falls rather flat in the end.
80
PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Tomb Raider: Underworld is a visually stunning, epic adventure that continues Crystal Dynamics' excellent run. We reckon it's the best completely original Tomb Raider (Anniversary was, of course, a remake) we've had in years, and is only let down by the odd control quirk and camera issue. If you're looking for a game heavy on exploration instead of gun-play and don't mind looking at a finely toned arse for 12 or more hours, Underworld comes highly recommended.
80
WindowsIGN
Tomb Raider Underworld is a good game that Lara Croft fans will enjoy, but it's not quite the experience that will live up to or even surpass that of Legend. It's a shame, really, because there was a large amount of promise, particularly with the 'What Could Lara Do?' system, which highlighted good controls for the game, more realistic animations and exploration for Lara, and slightly improved combat. Unfortunately, the game was held back by 'What The Technology Couldn't', leaving Underworld firmly in Tomb Raider: Legend's shadow. While the PC version has much sharper visuals and some tighter control, the camera can still hamper gameplay.
80
Windowsvideogamer.com
Tomb Raider: Underworld is a visually stunning, epic adventure that continues Crystal Dynamics' excellent run. We reckon it's the best completely original Tomb Raider (Anniversary was, of course, a remake) we've had in years, and is only let down by the odd control quirk and camera issue. If you're looking for a game heavy on exploration instead of gun-play and don't mind looking at a finely toned arse for 12 or more hours, Underworld comes highly recommended.
80
Xbox 360videogamer.com
Tomb Raider: Underworld is a visually stunning, epic adventure that continues Crystal Dynamics' excellent run. We reckon it's the best completely original Tomb Raider (Anniversary was, of course, a remake) we've had in years, and is only let down by the odd control quirk and camera issue. If you're looking for a game heavy on exploration instead of gun-play and don't mind looking at a finely toned arse for 12 or more hours, Underworld comes highly recommended.
80
Xbox 360GameDaily
In Tomb Raider Underworld, Lara Croft must overcome dangers across the globe while solving a mythological mystery that ties in with her parents' disappearance. Unfortunately, the in-game camera is a hassle, especially when enemies get too close. The open-world exploration is fun, but a lack of hints of where to go next may frustrate you. Overcome these problems, however, and you'll be handsomely rewarded with outstanding visuals, fun shoot-em-up gameplay, excellent puzzles and hours of maneuvering the sexy Ms. Croft. Like her previous two games, Underworld is a welcome, if slightly flawed, addition to the franchise.
80
Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Epic without ever pushing boundaries for the series, Tomb Raider: Underworld is a game that fans of the franchise will no doubt relish. But with its occasionally obtuse puzzle solutions, this isn't the great instalment it could have been - and falls rather flat in the end.
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Xbox 360Meristation
La nueva entrega de Lara Croft nos deja con un muy buen sabor de boca. Los chicos de Crystal Dynamics nos han vuelto a demostrar que la franquicia está en muy buenas manos, dotándola de coherencia, creando un universo lógico y realista en el que todas las acciones y los viajes de Lara tienen razón de ser. Underworld es una entrega muy satisfactoria, que puede considerarse, sin muchos problemas, superior a las últimas cinco o seis entregas; combina las innovaciones y elementos novedosos introducidos en Legend pero los adapta a unos escenarios y un planteamiento más apropiado con las primeras aventuras de Lara. A lo largo de toda la aventura, destila ese espíritu único Tomb Raider, que nos deja con ganas de más. Tan sólo algunos problemas técnicos, sobre todo por esa cámara tan molesta, y su corta duración ensucian un título que nos hace esperar grandes cosas para el futuro. Lara ha vuelto, y parece que no tiene mucha intención de marcharse.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
I’ve enjoyed playing the game, and I think most of you will too. It’s certainly familiar territory and in this regard is a title worth picking up. The story is a little cliché, but fitting for the components that comprise the game’s premise. Lara Croft is an endearing character, and certainly one we’re well acquainted with. This is a good game, but still has room for well-polished improvement. Tomb Raider: Underworld leaps to heady heights in the level of details presented, which cannot be faulted, but somewhat loses its grip and slides down a slope to an irregular floor that blemishes this graphical accomplishment.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Tomb Raider Underworld is an excellent game of that there is no doubt, having played many of the previous games in the series I can honestly say that I have enjoyed this one the most, sure it has it’s problems but anyone who is a fan of the series or who is just looking for a first look into the world of Lara will not go wrong with this game.
80
Xbox 360Play.tm
All this said, Underworld is impossible to actually dislike, as at its core you know this is what games should be about, pure escapism, discovery, immersion. This doesn't stop Lara's latest failing to be greater than the sum of its parts, however, and while this is unquestionably a step forward for the series, Crystal Dynamics could perhaps have gone a few inches further still.
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PlayStation 3V2.fi
Ei Tomb Raider Underworld kaikista vioistaan huolimatta huono peli ole, mutta kilpailu etenkin PlayStation 3 -pelaajien ajasta on tässä genressä tällä hetkellä tavallista tiukempaa, mistä kiitos kuuluu Nathan Drakelle. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortuneen verrattuna Tomb Raider Underworld nimittäin vetää pidemmän korren lähinnä seikkailuun ja tutkimiseen keskittymisen osalta ja (pelaajasta riippuen) päähenkilönsä puolesta. Uncharted taas sisältää perinteisen, mutta varsin hyvin kirjoitetun tarinan, toimivat taistelut (vaikka niitä onkin liikaa) ja huomattavasti paremmin tyhjyyden päällä taiteiluun soveltuvan pelimekaniikan, joista Laran kehittäjienkin sietäisi seuraavaan julkaisuunsa ottaa oppia.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
All in all, I enjoyed Tomb Raider Underworld; the platforming is a blast, and Lara's treasure hunter story makes for a fun little tale. Thankfully, the story and the platforming are the main focus, as they rightfully should be. The title's other distractions aren't very good, and the game is not technically sound, with slowdown, a poor camera system, and frequent bugs throwing a pallor over an otherwise enjoyable experience. There's not much replay value and very little challenge, but if you can tolerate the buggy gameplay, you'll have fun taking Lara on her latest globe-trotting adventure.
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PlayStation 3IGN Australia
Despite all our complaints, Underworld is still absolutely worth playing for Tomb Raider fans. The problems don’t detract from the core of the game, which is really entertaining. What they do highlight, however, is that this far into the series, with Crystal Dynamics already having cut its teeth on the franchise, Tomb Raider should know what it’s about. We shouldn’t have to deal with severely sub-standard combat. We shouldn’t have to deal with weird mechanics that seem to have been added in at random. This should be a much slicker product. Still, it’s good fun for the most part, and at the end of the day that’s why we play, right?
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
Despite all our complaints, Underworld is still absolutely worth playing for Tomb Raider fans. The problems don’t detract from the core of the game, which is really entertaining. What they do highlight, however, is that this far into the series, with Crystal Dynamics already having cut its teeth on the franchise, Tomb Raider should know what it’s about. We shouldn’t have to deal with severely sub-standard combat. We shouldn’t have to deal with weird mechanics that seem to have been added in at random. This should be a much slicker product. Still, it’s good fun for the most part, and at the end of the day that’s why we play, right?
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Xbox 360Peliplaneetta.net
Crystal Dynamics osoittaa jo kolmannen kerran, että Core Designsin luoma sarja on päätynyt hyviin käsiin. Tomb Raider: Underworld on varsin viihdyttävä, vaikkakin yllätyksetön Lara-seikkailu niin sarjan uusille kuin vanhoille ystäville. Kilpailu pelialalla on kuitenkin kovaa, sillä esimerkiksi Naughty Dogin PlayStation 3 -seikkailu Uncharted: Drake's Fortune tekee paljon samoja asioita, mutta paremmin. Vertailu on kenties hieman tarpeetonta, onhan Unchartedin ote seikkailuun huomattavasti suoraviivaisempi ja toimintapainotteisempi kuin rauhallisempaan tutkimiseen keskittyvä Tomb Raider: Underworld. Aihepiiri on kenties sama, mutta molemmista saa täysin erilaisen tyydytyksen.
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WindowsGame Vortex
All in all, the game is good for what it is, but doesn't take that next leap to greatness that the series needed. Beautiful graphics marred by some poor framerate, an ornery camera mixed with inventive and smooth, but repetitive gameplay, and a fairly engrossing storyline make this title something that a true fan will likely enjoy but not something that I would recommend to those just joining the series.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Lara undoubtedly is growing stronger with each incarnation on the 360 and we hope she can continue this trend and relive former glories. Crystal Dynamics have without a shadow of a doubt rescued the series but the game still has too many bugs and issues to be declared a must buy. One day we hope to be able to use must buy and Tomb Raider in the same sentence, but this is goig to be the best Tomb Raider game you get until then .. or the next one.
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Xbox 360Xbox Gazette
Tomb Raider Underworld clôt avec classe une saga amorcée avec autant d'élégance. Il est possible que certains critiquent le manque d'audace chez les développeurs afin d'apporter du renouveau à la série; tandis que d'autres voient à travers cet épisode un retour aux sources gagnant. Certes, le titre n'est pas exempt de tout reproche, et affiche quelques erreurs bêtes : une caméra parfois agaçante, quelques bugs graphiques plus ou moins gênants et des gunfights ridicules au possible. Mais les petits gars de chez Crystal Dynamics ont tout compris et n'oublient pas l'essentiel: énigmes tordues à souhait, ascensions au milieu d'un cadre idyllique, ou encore le plaisir sadique de nous faire tourner en rond à la recherche du détail qui échappe. Au final, ce millésime mérite bien une médaille d'argent au guide des bons jeux, c'est de bon augure pour l'avenir!
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
Then again, perhaps the short play-time is a blessing in disguise: it helps spare you from a really long adventure where you have to suffer with that camera. Plus, the sooner the story ends, the quicker you can stop paying attention to it. While that has to count for something, it’s highly doubtful that this is what Eidos was hoping for with the title. Maybe that downloadable content will address the ridiculous camera issues, so let’s be hopeful for that at least.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Then again, perhaps the short play-time is a blessing in disguise: it helps spare you from a really long adventure where you have to suffer with that camera. Plus, the sooner the story ends, the quicker you can stop paying attention to it. While that has to count for something, it’s highly doubtful that this is what Eidos was hoping for with the title. Maybe that downloadable content will address the ridiculous camera issues, so let’s be hopeful for that at least.
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PlayStation 3Video Games Daily
With a little more originality, and gunnery to match Lara's athletic prowess, Tomb Raider: Underworld would rank among the best the genre has to offer. As it stands, she's great company for a weekend but no substitute for Uncharted and co in the long run.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Similaire dans son principe à Anniversary et ancré dans son idée de vouloir utiliser à tout prix les capacités de la Wii, Tomb Raider Underworld manque parfois de souplesse et d'intérêt. Néanmoins, le level-design inspiré, le retour à la grande aventure et l'orientation plate-forme de cet opus raviront les fans de la première heure.
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PlayStation 3UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
It may not be a revelatory interactive gaming experience in any way, but Underworld is great fun nonetheless. The combat can be a pain – at least until a late-game twist turns things around – but the puzzles, which form the bulk of the gameplay, are both challenging and enjoyable. Fans of the series can definitely look forward to a solid 8-10 hours of adventuring with Miss Croft and her many, many assets.
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PlayStation 31UP
It's certainly worth playing, but after so many years without a decent Tomb Raider to tackle, now isn't the time to drip-feed new ideas and content.
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PlayStation 3PTGamers
Tomb Raider: Underworld é assim uma obra ambígua, composta pelo melhor e pelo pior que a série nos tem oferecido. Uma câmara indomável prejudica a experiência, assim como uma dose de bugs que se pensava não voltar a ver nestas aventuras. O jogo flutua ainda entre ambientes de cortar a respiração e outros perfeitamente dispensáveis, como o é igualmente o abuso de backtracking. Depois de Legend e sobretudo de um Anniversary de luxo, esperava-se mais deste regresso de Lara. Os fãs têm aqui uma boa aventura, mas que precisava de uns quantos meses de afinação para ser verdadeiramente digna da mítica Lara Croft.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Tomb Raider Underworld se présentait comme le meilleur épisode de la saga mais se pose uniquement comme un "simple" très bon jeu. Accumulant quelques bugs gênants et divers défauts de gameplay, le titre de Crystal Dynamics n'en reste pas moins très abordable. En somme, malgré ces soucis, ce titre reste fort plaisant grâce à son level-design aussi torturé que celui du TR original, sa plus grande accessibilité, son ambiance enchanteresse et une volonté de terminer en beauté une trilogie en revenant à la source mythologique et familiale.
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WindowsUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
It may not be a revelatory interactive gaming experience in any way, but Underworld is great fun nonetheless. The combat can be a pain – at least until a late-game twist turns things around – but the puzzles, which form the bulk of the gameplay, are both challenging and enjoyable. Fans of the series can definitely look forward to a solid 8-10 hours of adventuring with Miss Croft and her many, many assets.
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WindowsPTGamers
Tomb Raider: Underworld é assim uma obra ambígua, composta pelo melhor e pelo pior que a série nos tem oferecido. Uma câmara indomável prejudica a experiência, assim como uma dose de bugs que se pensava não voltar a ver nestas aventuras. O jogo flutua ainda entre ambientes de cortar a respiração e outros perfeitamente dispensáveis, como o é igualmente o abuso de backtracking. Depois de Legend e sobretudo de um Anniversary de luxo, esperava-se mais deste regresso de Lara. Os fãs têm aqui uma boa aventura, mas que precisava de uns quantos meses de afinação para ser verdadeiramente digna da mítica Lara Croft.
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Xbox 3601UP
It's certainly worth playing, but after so many years without a decent Tomb Raider to tackle, now isn't the time to drip-feed new ideas and content.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Tomb Raider Underworld se présentait comme le meilleur épisode de la saga mais se pose uniquement comme un "simple" très bon jeu. Accumulant quelques bugs gênants et divers défauts de gameplay, le titre de Crystal Dynamics n'en reste pas moins très abordable. En somme, malgré ces soucis, ce titre reste fort plaisant grâce à son level-design aussi torturé que celui du TR original, sa plus grande accessibilité, son ambiance enchanteresse et une volonté de terminer en beauté une trilogie en revenant à la source mythologique et familiale.
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Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
It may not be a revelatory interactive gaming experience in any way, but Underworld is great fun nonetheless. The combat can be a pain – at least until a late-game twist turns things around – but the puzzles, which form the bulk of the gameplay, are both challenging and enjoyable. Fans of the series can definitely look forward to a solid 8-10 hours of adventuring with Miss Croft and her many, many assets.
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Xbox 360IGN
Tomb Raider Underworld is a good game that Lara Croft fans will enjoy, but it’s not quite the experience that will live up to or even surpass that of Legend. It’s a shame, really, because there was a large amount of promise, particularly with the “What Could Lara Do?” system, which highlighted good controls for the game, more realistic animations and exploration for Lara, and slightly improved combat. Unfortunately, the game was held back by “What The Technology Couldn’t,” leaving Underworld firmly in Tomb Raider: Legend’s shadow. Only the upcoming downloadable content and achievement points make the 360 version stand out just ahead of the PS3 copy.
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Xbox 360PTGamers
Tomb Raider: Underworld é assim uma obra ambígua, composta pelo melhor e pelo pior que a série nos tem oferecido. Uma câmara indomável prejudica a experiência, assim como uma dose de bugs que se pensava não voltar a ver nestas aventuras. O jogo flutua ainda entre ambientes de cortar a respiração e outros perfeitamente dispensáveis, como o é igualmente o abuso de backtracking. Depois de Legend e sobretudo de um Anniversary de luxo, esperava-se mais deste regresso de Lara. Os fãs têm aqui uma boa aventura, mas que precisava de uns quantos meses de afinação para ser verdadeiramente digna da mítica Lara Croft.
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WindowsKrawall Gaming Network
Nicht völlig daneben, aber dennoch eine Enttäuschung. Nach dem sehr guten „Legend“ sorgen Steuerungsmängel und repetitives Leveldesign für Trübsaal. Immerhin: Schöne Szenarien, atmosphärische, klassische Momente und einige spektakulär inszenierte Abschnitte sorgen für Gegengewicht.
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PlayStation 3IGN
Tomb Raider Underworld is a decent game that Lara Croft fans will enjoy, but it’s not quite the experience that will live up to or even surpass that of Legend. It’s a shame, really, because there was a large amount of promise, particularly with the “What Could Lara Do?” system, which highlighted good controls for the game, more realistic animations for Lara, and slightly improved combat. Unfortunately, the game was held back by “What The Technology Couldn’t,” leaving Underworld firmly in Tomb Raider: Legend’s shadow.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Despite some of its technical flaws, the series hasn't lost its charm. Lara Croft is as attractive and agile as ever, using a range of moves to reach her goal. Unfortunately, the mishaps in Tomb Raider Underworld left us mostly disappointed and annoyed. Tomb Raider fans are no doubt going to praise this one and may feel inclined to look the other way. The developers haven't straightened out the bad camera after all these years and that's a major problem throughout the main campaign. Well, with the best intentions we just cannot let this one slide. We expected more from the combat and we sure as hell expected the whole game to be more polished.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
However, for every moment that Tomb Raider: Underworld shined, there were two or three where I was extremely disappointed. The fact that it feels at spots like a big movie broken up by interactive segments, rather than a deep game with cutscenes to give you a brief respite from the action, was one of the biggest offenses. Also, though some will want to go back on a “treasure hunt” to find all the hidden items, there’s little other reason to replay it and no multiplayer to add to the longevity. Rent this one for a weekend and you’ll probably squeeze out all that it has to offer.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
Tomb Raider Underworld is an enjoyable romp. It pretty much delivers on all fronts, but more options or at least the ability to take photographs and upload these would be welcome. Crystal Dynamics has certainly stopped the rot for now and Underworld can be viewed as a success, but Gamestyle hopes more risks will be taken next time.
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WindowsValhalla
Ostatnia wyprawa była jedną z najważniejszych w moim życiu, mając równocześnie niezwykle osobisty charakter. Czy była przygodą mojego życia? Tego nie jestem w stanie powiedzieć. Bez wątpienia nie była to wyprawa doskonała. Zabrakło może dramatycznych zwrotów akcji, czy emocjonujących momentów, jednak z czystym sumieniem mogę powiedzieć, że nie żałuję ani jednej minuty tej ekspedycji. Warto było poczuć znów tą czystą satysfakcję płynącą z pokonywania kolejnych przeszkód czy rozwiązywania zagadek.
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Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Tomb Raider: Underworld" continua com a boa fase da heroína, que foi revitalizada pela Crystal Dynamics em "Tomb Raider: Legend". Para os fãs é um grande prazer reencontrar a musa em busca de sua mãe, algo que amplia sua mitologia, ainda mais depois de notar que a moça volta em excelente forma, repleta de movimentos naturais e precisos. Pena que, com certos defeitos técnicos, alguns combates sem emoção e curta duração da história, os admiradores tenham que continuar na espera por um jogo definitivo da heroína.
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PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"Tomb Raider: Underworld" continua com a boa fase da heroína, que foi revitalizada pela Crystal Dynamics em "Tomb Raider: Legend". Para os fãs é um grande prazer reencontrar a musa em busca de sua mãe, algo que amplia sua mitologia, ainda mais depois de notar que a moça volta em excelente forma, repleta de movimentos naturais e precisos. Pena que, com certos defeitos técnicos, alguns combates sem emoção e curta duração da história, os admiradores tenham que continuar na espera por um jogo definitivo da heroína.
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WindowsGameLand
Предания гласят: пережив расцвет в далеких девяностых, от серии к серии эпизоды приключений г-жи Крофт теряли накал и остроту, пока не возродились в революционном Tomb Raider: Legend. Далее поклонников осчастливили римейком классических эпизодов Лариной биографии, Anniversary. И вот, наконец, полноценное продолжение.
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WindowsIGROMANIA
Новый Tomb Raider, безусловно, не оправдывает никаких надежд, но это было понятно еще на Е3 2008. В нем действительно нет ничего принципиально нового в сравнении с двумя предыдущими играми. Но давайте признаемся, главная причина, по которой миллионы людей на Земле сейчас пытаются победить гигантского осьминога, — это пара крупных планов Лары в мокром купальнике. Именно поэтому подавляющее большинство играющих мужчин Underworld купит и пройдет. И никакой Prince of Persia не в силах этому помешать.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Tomb Raider Underworld is een heel genietbaar avontuur. Sommige fans zal het allemaal wat te vertrouwd overkomen, terwijl anderen dit juist zullen waarderen. De vorige Tomb Raider kondigde een comeback aan, Underworld bevestigt die. Het is niet de ultieme aflevering geworden, maar wel de beste sinds vele jaren.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
In the long run, the consistently buggy and flawed level design keeps Lara from reaching new heights. It’s a real shame that a game which has all the attributes present for a real fun adventure is ultimately dragged down by such petite issues. The game also only clocks in at around 7 or 8 hours (provided you don’t run into same issue I did) so if anything this is a good rental candidate. There’s no doubt big Lara fans will get their fix from this flashy adventure but for those looking for a solid adventure to hold them over Christmas should probably look somewhere else.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
Tomb Raider Underworld gives us our beloved Lara Croft in her best outing in recent years. Offering the same gameplay from a decade ago, Lara gives us the same routine we have all come accustom to. Sadly, this may put some of us to bed less than satisfied. Underworld sought out to capture the essence of the Tomb Raider franchise and it accomplishes that. What it doesn't accomplish is pushing the series forward. In the end, Underworld is great title for Tomb Raider faithful, but falls short for the rest of us.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Tomb Raider Underworld is een heel genietbaar avontuur. Sommige fans zal het allemaal wat te vertrouwd overkomen, terwijl anderen dit juist zullen waarderen. De vorige Tomb Raider kondigde een comeback aan, Underworld bevestigt die. Het is niet de ultieme aflevering geworden, maar wel de beste sinds vele jaren.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Tomb Raider Underworld se présentait comme le meilleur épisode de la saga mais se pose uniquement comme un "simple" très bon jeu. Accumulant quelques bugs gênants et divers défauts de gameplay, le titre de Crystal Dynamics n'en reste pas moins très abordable. En somme, malgré ces soucis, ce titre reste fort plaisant grâce à son level-design aussi torturé que celui du TR original, sa plus grande accessibilité, son ambiance enchanteresse et une volonté de terminer en beauté une trilogie en revenant à la source mythologique et familiale.
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
Le gameplay, quant à lui, s'inscrit totalement dans la lignée d'Anniversary avec l'accent mis sur l'exploration de décors gigantesques et des phases de plates-formes spectaculaires. Bien sûr, d'aucuns regretteront que le jeu ne tente pas d'amener la série un peu plus loin sur des terrains nouveaux et inexplorés jusqu'alors plutôt que de rester prudemment sur ces sentiers connus. Bien sûr, d'aucuns pesteront contre la caméra capricieuse et railleront les petits bugs encore présents çà et là. Mais ces imperfections, si regrettables soient-elles, sont très vite et largement occultées par les qualités indéniables de cette aventure. Peut-être l'un des épisodes les plus réussis de la série depuis sa création.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot UK
Tomb Raider Underworld is an enjoyable adventure, but it's one that's just too familiar for anyone who's played the previous games. The basic problems with clipping and the unruly camera are still annoying, and while Lara's new abilities add to her impressive athleticism, the route through most levels is still rigidly linear. The AI and combat are also weak, and while fighting is a relatively small part of the game, Underworld would arguably be better without it. That said, the environments are stunning, and working your way through the many different challenges is still as enjoyable as ever. Ultimately there's still life in the Tomb Raider series, but as the title suggests, it may be in need of another resurrection.
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PlayStation 3GamingXP
„Tomb Raider – Underworld“ ist ein wunderschön anzusehendes Spiel, dessen Fassade aber nach kurzer Zeit bröckelt. Bugs, lasche Story, fehlende Umsetzungen von kritisierten Punkten und notwendigen Features etc. sorgen dafür, dass der Spielspaß nicht zu groß wird. Dabei hätte es durchaus Potenzial: Man hätte das Spielkonzept nur ein bisschen weiter durchdenken müssen. Viel Negatives könnte wohl durch einen größeren Patch behoben werden. Vieles jedoch lässt die Fans der Reihe unbefriedigt auf der Strecke. Schade ...
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
Lara tries to whip out the twins -- get your mind out of the gutter: the "twins" I'm talking about here are 'action' and 'adventure' -- in order to evoke some excitement in Underworld but there isn't enough solid action to back up the platforming. All in all, Ms. Croft's latest effort falls a bit flat with a dated feel; it's obvious that the genre that Lara helped pioneer has long passed her by.
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Xbox 360Gamekult
Le gameplay, quant à lui, s'inscrit totalement dans la lignée d'Anniversary avec l'accent mis sur l'exploration de décors gigantesques et des phases de plates-formes spectaculaires. Bien sûr, d'aucuns regretteront que le jeu ne tente pas d'amener la série un peu plus loin sur des terrains nouveaux et inexplorés jusqu'alors plutôt que de rester prudemment sur ces sentiers connus. Bien sûr, d'aucuns pesteront contre la caméra capricieuse et railleront les petits bugs encore présents çà et là. Mais ces imperfections, si regrettables soient-elles, sont très vite et largement occultées par les qualités indéniables de cette aventure. Peut-être l'un des épisodes les plus réussis de la série depuis sa création.
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Xbox 360GameSpot UK
Tomb Raider Underworld is an enjoyable adventure, but it's one that's just too familiar for anyone who's played the previous games. The basic problems with clipping and the unruly camera are still annoying, and while Lara's new abilities add to her impressive athleticism, the route through most levels is still rigidly linear. The AI and combat are also weak, and while fighting is a relatively small part of the game, Underworld would arguably be better without it. That said, the environments are stunning, and working your way through the many different challenges is still as enjoyable as ever. Ultimately there's still life in the Tomb Raider series, but as the title suggests, it may be in need of another resurrection.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
With a Christmas line-up that's one of the best in recent years and includes games that really push the envelope, we're sad to say that Lara isn't cruising above the competition this year round, she's struggling underneath it.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Lara tries to whip out the twins -- get your mind out of the gutter: the "twins" I'm talking about here are 'action' and 'adventure' -- in order to evoke some excitement in Underworld but there isn't enough solid action to back up the platforming. All in all, Ms. Croft's latest effort falls a bit flat with a dated feel; it's obvious that the genre that Lara helped pioneer has long passed her by.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
At its best, however, Tomb Raider: Underworld is everything that's great about videogames. It's beautiful, exciting, challenging, rewarding and absorbing. Many of the locations are stunning, and so's Lara. There are thrilling moments, there are scary moments, there are even a few surprising moments. There are times when you feel truly alone and free to explore the huge, expansive environment laid out before you. Sometimes you feel like James Bond, and sometimes you feel like Bruce Lee, and sometimes you feel like 1996 Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Lilia Podkopaveva. But it's not quite the next-gen Tomb Raider adventure we've been waiting for, even if it's enjoyable all the same.
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WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
Occasionally, things come together and there's some fun to be had and hardcore Tomb Raider fans will no doubt derive enjoyment out of the sheer familiarity of it all. Unfortunately though, even the most die-hard Lara enthusiast can't ignore the fact that at times, this is shoddy, antique and hair-tearingly frustrating. It's a shame - Lara deserves much better than this.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
Concluyendo ya el análisis debemos decir que esta versión de PlayStation 2 pierde los principales atractivos de la entrega original. Aun disponiendo de elementos diferentes en materia jugable, con un desarrollo que introduce cambios, además de los recortes, motivados por necesidades técnicas que pueden ofrecer cierta frescura si ya hemos disfrutado del título en Xbox 360 o PlayStation 3, no consigue rendir como merece el personaje y la consola. Anniversary fue la verdadera despedida de Lara en PlayStation 2 y esta conversión simplemente trata de aprovechar el parque de consolas instaladas en todo el mundo para amortizar costes. Un resultado como el expuesto por Buzz Monkey Software "puede valer" para sistemas como PlayStation Portable, pero PlayStation 2 dispone de joyas en su catálogo contra las que Tomb Raider: Underworld sólo puede palidecer y marcharse sin hacer ruido.
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PlayStation 3ITavisen
Vi skal dermed ikke anbefale Underworld uforbeholdent, det forutsetter nok at du har fra før sansen for Lara Croft og hennes spill for at du skal like Underworld. Gjør du det, vil du finne mye å være glad i her. Det gjorde vi. Men liker du ikke plattformspill som setter ned tempoet og krever at du finner løsninger ved å utforske hver krok, vil ikke Underworld overbevise deg. Det er uansett hyggelig at Lara fortsatt er med oss, synes vi, da.
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WiiGameSpot
Tomb Raider Underworld can be an enjoyable adventure, but it’s marred by bugs, camera issues, and ill-conceived Wii extras.
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WiiIGN
Tomb Raider: Underworld on the Wii is not a bad game, but it's disappointing for fans of the series. The whole things has been oversimplified and dumbed down. The Wii puzzles are a joke, the combat is almost nonexistent, and the game is pretty short. If the Wii is your only choice for gaming and you've never played a Tomb Raider game then go for it, but fans of the series are going to find an empty tomb here.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
[...]die Spielkulisse ist oft eine prächtige, die Spielerfahrung ist oft eine erbärmliche. Sollen tatsächlich Erkundungsreize entstehen, wenn ich in einer Region 30 identische, schlecht designte Vielecke einsammeln kann? Soll tatsächlich Spannung entstehen, wenn ich Kanonenfutter in 08/15-Manier voll Blei pumpe? Ab und zu kann man an die Faszination alter Zeiten anknüpfen, aber wirklich eindringliche und packende Kletterszenen sind viel zu selten - selbst in luftiger Höhe regiert die Routine, weil nahezu alles absturzsicher angelegt ist. Trotzdem retten diese guten Momente letztlich den befriedigenden Eindruck. Aber die vielen Qualitätseinbrüche bis runter auf mangelhaftes Niveau sind teilweise kaum zu ertragen. Sobald es auch nur einen Hauch von Action gibt, landet man umzingelt von strunzdummer Bot-KI in der Shooter-Steinzeit oder unter (!) dem Racing-Niveau von MX vs. ATV.
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Windows4Players.de
[...]die Spielkulisse ist oft eine prächtige, die Spielerfahrung ist oft eine erbärmliche. Sollen tatsächlich Erkundungsreize entstehen, wenn ich in einer Region 30 identische, schlecht designte Vielecke einsammeln kann? Soll tatsächlich Spannung entstehen, wenn ich Kanonenfutter in 08/15-Manier voll Blei pumpe? Ab und zu kann man an die Faszination alter Zeiten anknüpfen, aber wirklich eindringliche und packende Kletterszenen sind viel zu selten - selbst in luftiger Höhe regiert die Routine, weil nahezu alles absturzsicher angelegt ist. Trotzdem retten diese guten Momente letztlich den befriedigenden Eindruck. Aber die vielen Qualitätseinbrüche bis runter auf mangelhaftes Niveau sind teilweise kaum zu ertragen. Sobald es auch nur einen Hauch von Action gibt, landet man umzingelt von strunzdummer Bot-KI in der Shooter-Steinzeit oder unter (!) dem Racing-Niveau von MX vs. ATV.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
[...]die Spielkulisse ist oft eine prächtige, die Spielerfahrung ist oft eine erbärmliche. Sollen tatsächlich Erkundungsreize entstehen, wenn ich in einer Region 30 identische, schlecht designte Vielecke einsammeln kann? Soll tatsächlich Spannung entstehen, wenn ich Kanonenfutter in 08/15-Manier voll Blei pumpe? Ab und zu kann man an die Faszination alter Zeiten anknüpfen, aber wirklich eindringliche und packende Kletterszenen sind viel zu selten - selbst in luftiger Höhe regiert die Routine, weil nahezu alles absturzsicher angelegt ist. Trotzdem retten diese guten Momente letztlich den befriedigenden Eindruck. Aber die vielen Qualitätseinbrüche bis runter auf mangelhaftes Niveau sind teilweise kaum zu ertragen. Sobald es auch nur einen Hauch von Action gibt, landet man umzingelt von strunzdummer Bot-KI in der Shooter-Steinzeit oder unter (!) dem Racing-Niveau von MX vs. ATV.
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PlayStation 2Retrogaming History
Il mio consiglio è di lasciarlo sugli scaffali dei negozi. Compratelo solo se non potete accedere alle versioni per console next generation o PC. Una conversione svogliata e forse affrettata. Si nota un sottofondo di alta qualità che però non viene realizzato nel migliore dei modi. Non fraintendetemi, non è per nulla un gioco brutto ma resta comunque una delusione per il fatto che avrebbe potuto essere migliore
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Xbox 360Blend Games
That may sound extreme but an extreme change is what the series needs. Crystal Dynamics' objective with the past two games was to recapture the magic of the early Tomb Raider games and they've proven they can follow the formula from 1996 - but that's just not enough. It's time to shed some of the shortcomings that have been with the series since the beginning. Stagnation is the reason the series switched hands form Core Design to Crystal Dynamics in the first place.
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WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
Tomb Raider: Underworld is a very impressive game visually and technically, but it does not leave me completely sold on its unique mix of gameplay of puzzles, combat, and platforming. Tomb Raider: Underworld is an enjoyable game for what it is worth, but it is a game in which the main appeal is appreciating the artistic content at the cost of the more exacting challenges in the gameplay.
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Xbox 360Immoral Gamers
Lara remains a compelling protagonist supported by a well-rounded cast of characters, and Underworld’s visuals are a gorgeous step up from Legend’s, but the gameplay has more problems than a time travel paradox.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
I still don’t understand how Lara can use her guns underwater or why she insists on kicking priceless vase’s, but niggles aside Tomb Raider Underworld is actually pretty fun in places. It’s just a shame that this so called update was is so horrendously out of date in comparison to something like Uncharted which trounces Underworld at every turn. Worth a buy if you’re an avid adventuring fan but a rental to the rest of us.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
I still don’t understand how Lara can use her guns underwater or why she insists on kicking priceless vase’s, but niggles aside Tomb Raider Underworld is actually pretty fun in places. It’s just a shame that this so called update was is so horrendously out of date in comparison to something like Uncharted which trounces Underworld at every turn. Worth a buy if you’re an avid adventuring fan but a rental to the rest of us.
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PlayStation 3RewiredMind
Tomb Raider: Underworld absolutely reeks of polish in some places and in others it needs a good buffing. The camera is still hideous to control for large portions of time and there are a fair few blind leaps of faith that’ll need to be made because of this. But, you need to bear in mind that this was always the case. Despite all of the flaws, this is a step in the right direction for the Tomb Raider series and isn’t a million miles away from the original game in terms of fun, addictiveness and overall quality. Lara’s slightly more realistic heaving bosom and slightly more rounded and shapely buttocks will be with us all for a good number of years to come it seems, and given the direction that this game takes the series in, that’s not a bad thing - as it isn’t hard to imagine the next game being one of the best of the generation. For now though, the flaws stop Underworld from being a must-buy at what is an incredibly demanding time of year for gamers’ pockets.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
We gave Underworld a chance, we really did, but what with the predictable puzzles, exploration that is hampered by camera problems and the uneventful combat sequences, we found the latest game in the Tomb Raider series a little too much to bare. Perhaps we were expecting too much, but that’s what happens when the hype machine comes knocking at your door. If we're told something is going to be brilliant, the best yet, then it's quite easy to get suckered in; we were. If you’ve been a fan of Tomb Raider over the years, then we guess that you’ll still get something out of Underworld, but if you're expecting a memorable and enjoyable adventure, the best in the Tomb Raider series so far, be prepared to be sorely disappointed. Lara looks fresh and reinvigorated, it's just a shame that the rest of the game doesn't.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
The numerous performance issues in Underworld mar the overall experience and detract from what could have been a perfect conclusion to the trilogy started by Legend, Anniversary. While it's likely worth it for fans to get closure from Underworld, expect to trudge through a large amount of frustrating gameplay to get it. Suffering from a distinct lack of polish, Tomb Raider Underworld seems like it could have benefited greatly from a little more attention. If it didn't have so many technical issues, Underworld could have been a brilliant conclusion to Lara's latest trilogy.
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Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
To move away from the pack, Underworld takes a very interesting stance by focusing on tackling cliffs rather than tackling tigers. It’s the right idea with wrong camera and gunplay to pull it off. The ledges lining the walls of the mansion would be more impressive if the camera could actually show them to me. I would appreciate the foliage slowly climbing the sides of the wall if I wasn’t scratching my head over what to do next or why I’m even there. Tomb Raider Underworld heads in the right direction, but just doesn’t have the right tools to accomplish it. With that said, I will save a spot on my dance card for the next time we meet, Ms. Croft.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
The numerous performance issues in Underworld mar the overall experience and detract from what could have been a perfect conclusion to the trilogy started by Legend, Anniversary. While it's likely worth it for fans to get closure from Underworld, expect to trudge through a large amount of frustrating gameplay to get it. Suffering from a distinct lack of polish, Tomb Raider Underworld seems like it could have benefited greatly from a little more attention. If it didn't have so many technical issues, Underworld could have been a brilliant conclusion to Lara's latest trilogy.
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WiiGameSpy
The numerous performance issues in Underworld mar the overall experience and detract from what could have been a perfect conclusion to the trilogy started by Legend, Anniversary. While it's likely worth it for fans to get closure from Underworld, expect to trudge through a large amount of frustrating gameplay to get it. Suffering from a distinct lack of polish, Tomb Raider Underworld seems like it could have benefited greatly from a little more attention. If it didn't have so many technical issues, Underworld could have been a brilliant conclusion to Lara's latest trilogy.
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WiiArmchair Empire, The
A next gen adventure title that relies solely on platforming should emphasize creativity. Getting from A to B should be an adventure in finding interesting jumping angles and ledges, making you want to replay a level countless times to find new and more inventive ways to advance. And with no real enemies or other obstacles throughout the entire game, that importance is doubled. Here, however, unless you follow the specific path, the game simply won’t let you advance. Jumping from cliff to cliff overtop of a deep ravine in South America can be a lot of fun, but it gets lost in all the times you died retrying a leap not knowing that there was a hidden ledge far off to your right.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Beginning to end, the game runs roughly six hours, but there’s little reason to revisit it. For as short as the game is, the only substantial reason to play through it is to witness the excellent visuals. On the surface, Tomb Raider: Underworld looks and sounds fantastic, but much like its heroine, it shows its age upon closer inspection. Both Lara and her series are well past their prime, and both try in vain to look half their age. Though she might be worth a few hours of your time, Lara’s best days are far behind her.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Beginning to end, the game runs roughly six hours, but there’s little reason to revisit it. For as short as the game is, the only substantial reason to play through it is to witness the excellent visuals. On the surface, Tomb Raider: Underworld looks and sounds fantastic, but much like its heroine, it shows its age upon closer inspection. Both Lara and her series are well past their prime, and both try in vain to look half their age. Though she might be worth a few hours of your time, Lara’s best days are far behind her.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Full of bugs, linear play that discourages exploration and non-existent combat, Tomb Raider Underworld feels as though it's part of the series in name and main character only. While the story is still good, there's practically nothing here that even feels like a Tomb Raider game -- especially with Anniversary still fresh for the PS2. Underworld feels like an extremely substandard title that was released without any polish whatsoever. If you're a fan of Lara Croft, get Underworld on a current-gen system and skip the PS2 version.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Mais qu'est-ce qui a bien pu se passer chez Crystal Dynamics ? Après nous avoir offert de belles versions PS2 de Legend et Anniversary, on ne peut qu'être surpris devant ce Underworld affichant dès le début un énorme laxisme. Plombé par une jouabilité désastreuse, un gameplay amoindri, des niveaux plus courts, des énigmes basiques et une gestion catastrophique des points de passage, le résultat est effarant de médiocrité. Nul doute que le développement n'a pas dû retenir très longtemps les équipes de Crystal, ceci dénotant aussi d'un manque total de respect envers les fans et les joueurs. Carton rouge donc au développeur et à l'éditeur qui auront bien du mal à se faire pardonner cette litanie mortuaire.
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Wii4Players.de
Was ist das denn für ein Umsetzungsmüll? Und kann es sein, dass die späte Veröffentlichung vor Weihnachten System hatte? Sorry, aber so schlecht wurde ich auf Wii selten unterhalten. Wenn ihr Tomb Raider: Underworld spielen wollt und die Wahl habt: Besorgt euch das Abenteuer für PC, Xbox 360 oder PlayStation 3, denn das ist mindestens zwei (!) Klassen unterhaltsamer. Aber macht einen großen Bogen um diese Wii-Version - am besten holt man sich hier Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Nach der enttäuschenden DS-Version erleidet Lara leider auch auf dem zweiten Nintendo-System einen spielerischen Absturz. [...] Eidos demonstriert, wie man ein befriedigendes Erlebnis noch so verschlechtern und eine Ikone so ramponieren kann, dass man unterm Strich gar keinen Spaß mehr hat.