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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Windows)

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Description

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider with a technically more advanced graphics engine. It has the same basic storyline, though some cutscenes and much of the dialogue within have been expanded or modified in other ways. Locations correspond to those of the original version and are accessed in the same order, but have been re-designed with different layouts and mostly completely different puzzles which allow implementation of new moves introduced in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend: swinging on ropes and using a grappling hook at specific points.

Puzzles are generally more focused on acrobatics in this version, ledges being much more prominently featured as a level design element, requiring combinations of jumping and shimmying across them to access areas. This type of gameplay replaces the key-retrieval and block-pushing puzzles of the original almost entirely. Combat is similar to that of the first game, though the player must now manually activate targeting. Some boss fights have been made a separate enclosed stage rather than being part of the exploration as in the original version. These fights may have puzzle-solving elements and often require the player to use Lara's new "adrenaline dodge" ability, which slightly slows down time when the opponent charges at her while in an "enraged" state. Some cutscenes require the player to participate in quick-time events.

Screenshots

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows One of the new skills of Lara is balancing on posts.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Saint Francis Folly restored to its full glory.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Meeting the wraith
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "古墓奇兵:重返禁地" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tomb Raider: Юбилейное издание" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Great remake of a classic, perfectly capturing the essence of Tomb Raider. Donatello (384) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Thanks, but I prefer the birthday אולג 小奥 (168604) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Ooo, I'm scared and tense! I remember those feelings now. Richard Kaplan (12) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
A true classic remake IKNOWPCGAMES81 (6) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Back in 1997, you must have been playing this game! St. Martyne (3562) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

Atomic Gamer Jun 04, 2007 93 out of 100 93
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Jun, 2007 88 out of 100 88
GamesFire Jun 10, 2007 86 out of 100 86
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2007 84 out of 100 84
GamesWEB Jun 04, 2007 83 out of 100 83
Computer Bild Spiele Jun 06, 2007 1.99 out of 6 80
Jeuxvideo.com May 31, 2007 16 out of 20 80
Bit-Tech Jun 07, 2007 8 out of 10 80
FOK!games Jun 28, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Fragland.net Jun 30, 2007 78.4 out of 100 78

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Trivia

Audio commentary

There's a unlockable commentary track by Toby Gard and Jason Botta in which they not only talk about the making of the remake but also about the original Tomb Raider. It's also possible to unlock the Lara model from the original Tomb Raider and play with her.

References

As it already happened in Legend, once again the folks at Crystal Dynamics take a chance to tip their hat to their own Legacy of Kain series: if you find level 12's relic (The Great Pyramid) you'll unlock the wetsuit Lara wore back in Tomb Raider II, only this time it has a b&w logo on the chest. You might recognize this logo as Raziel's clan symbol.

Information also contributed by Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze

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