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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Windows)

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4.0
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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

Our Users Say

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Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
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Overall MobyScore (30 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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93
YouGamers
Tomb Raider as it should be - Lara, looking as good as ever, raiding tombs with responsive controls, brain-teasing but not overly difficult puzzles and some hair-raising climbing and jumping. More, please.
93
Atomic Gamer
Many of us have seen the "enhanced" remakes of classic Japanese RPGs on today's portable consoles - often those have the same gameplay and story but with new sounds, music, and re-done sprite graphics. This remake goes way, way beyond that to totally revolutionize the original Tomb Raider and truly make it modern again, 10+ years later. With great gameplay, devious but doable spatially-oriented puzzles, the occasional quick action sequences, moody dynamic music, and a nearly worry-free experience on the PC, this is a game that other developers need to be looking at.
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GameBoomers
Anniversary has been described by some as a ‘re-imagining’ of the original game. In cooperation with Toby Gard (designer of Tomb Raider), Eidos and Crystal Dynamics (the developers who also made Tomb Raider Legend) have taken the story, the settings, and the types of puzzles from the original. They then rebuilt them from scratch using the experience and technologies of Tomb Raider Legend. I think they’ve achieved the almost impossible -- delivering what is probably the most popular of all the Lara Croft adventures as the ultimate in “Director’s Cuts,” with the style and panache that Lara deserves. If it weren’t for the disappointing technical failures of the SecuROM™ DVD protection and the profile corruption issue, this would definitely score a full-blooded A grade.
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Factornews
Crystal Dynamics réussit le tour de force de reprendre tous les ingrédients qui ont fait de Tomb Raider un hit, et de le mélanger au gameplay frais et surtout d'actualité de Tomb Raider Legend, pour faire de ce Tomb Raider Anniversary le jeu ultime de la série, et surtout l'un des meilleurs de ce genre, toutes plateformes confondues.
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GamerDad
There is something about a classic game that makes it a classic, but that is often difficult to translate into a more modern experience. Tomb Raider is a ten year old classic that combines action, platform jumping, and a sexy and sassy protagonist into thoroughly enjoyable experience that millions of gamers have enjoyed. The franchise has soured through the years, but last year's Tomb Raider Legend breathed some new life into what most gamers assumed was a dead series. I liked that game quite a bit, though I had some issues with the PC controls. Tomb Raider Anniversary is a 'reimagining' of the classic original in the 'Legend' engine, filled out with tons of new features, areas, puzzles and secret tidbits to find.
90
allaboutgames.co.uk
Excellent game, that has exactly the right blend of fear, challenge, anxiety, relief, and many more emotions! Now we want a proper sequel.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
So, if you've just skipped to the end, or maybe haven't quite got the gist yet, we rather loved Tomb Raider Anniversary for giving us so few things to dislike about it. It takes the inspirational level design of the original, improves upon the atmosphere, and makes the whole thing so much more fun thanks to the hugely refined control and camera system. Far from being a tired, cynical cash-in exercise of a brand past its prime, Tomb Raider Anniversary goes back to its roots and shows how remakes should be done. As such, it has ended up being one of the stand-out games of the year so far, and also one of Eidos' best ever. It's a must buy for any Lara fan, simple as that.
88
PGNx Media
With Tomb Raider: Anniversary Crystal Dynamics has successfully updated one of 3D gaming's first classics. It combines everything we loved about the original with the modern gameplay mechanics of Legend.
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GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Out of all the games this reviewer has played in his lifetime the original Tomb Raider still holds a place at the top of the favorites list. With Anniversary the authors didn’t just take the original and slapped on some pretty graphics, but decided to pay a tribute to the father (or should that be mother?) of dungeon exploration games. The new levels play and feel like the originals, but with all the extra work that went into them they are a fresh experience as well. For the masochists the authors even included the option to play the game with auto-grab turned off (it works, but it makes the game frustratingly hard, just like the original). At times the game might feel like a crude mix of Legend and the original TR, but such times are few and far apart. In-between however the game feels like a refined culmination of all the made the Tomb Raider franchise so popular.
86
GamesFire
Lara is back again! Ein Lara-Fan wie ich kann die fehlende Action eines Tomb Raider: Legend verschmerzen. Es macht mir mehr Spaß mit gezielten Kampfeinlagen unterhalten zu werden und durch die Archäologiestätten der Welt zu joggen, als ständiger Action ausgesetzt zu sein. Es hat eben seinen eigenen Reiz an Felsvorsprüngen herumzuklettern, wobei jeder Schritt der letzte sein könnte. Außerdem gibt es noch eine einzigartige Story, die schon 1996 ein Kassenschlager war. Wenn Crystal Dynamics noch die kleinen Bugs ausbessert, haben wir eine gelungene Neuauflage zu einem genialen Preis-Leistungsverhältnis. Die zuschaltbaren Audiokommentare der Entwickler geben der Jubiläumsversion seine eigene Note. Sollten andere Entwickler ihren All-Time Favourites ebenfalls eine Neuauflage gönnen, möchte ich dieses Features sehr gerne wiedersehen!
86
Gamigo
Tomb Raider: Anniversary von Crystal Dynamics und Eidos schafft es tatsächlich die Begeisterung für Lara Croft erneut zu wecken. Die Auferstehung der Archäologin als Abenteuerin ist sehr gut gelungen und kommt dabei ohne große Gewaltakte aus, dafür aber mit viel Spannung, Action und Entdeckerspaß. Natürlich sind Kämpfe dabei, aber sie dominieren das Spiel nicht sondern fügen sich einfach in das Spielgeschehen ein. Wer einfach mal wieder ein schönes Action-Adventure sucht bei dem der Flair alter Zeiten wieder auflebt wird sich hier wohl fühlen können. Neueinsteiger werden aber genauso ihren Spaß haben, und vor allem auch dann das erste Lara so erleben wie sie zum ersten Mal vor 10 Jahren die Bühne der Spielewelt betrat.
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GamingExcellence
Anniversary is a great game that stops just short of excellence due to a few nagging issues. If you have the patience for it, you'll find a superlative gaming experience here. After so many lousy remakes of classic games (NARC, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fight just to name a few), it's refreshing to have a classic game updated with a combination of classical conventions and today's technology. This is how classic games should be remade.
85
PC Powerplay
Vor gut zehn Jahren habe ich heiße Tage und Nächte mit Lara verbracht. Zu überwältigend war das erste Abenteuer mit der aparten Archäologin. Allerdings hatte sie auch ihre Macken, zum Beispiel das ewige Feinjustieren beim Absprung und die ungezählten Abstürze mit Todesfolge. jetzt steht sie mit neuem Gewand vor mir. Bilder, die schon vergessen waren, werden wieder lebendig. Erstaunlich, sie sieht inzwischen sogar noch besser aus, obwohl das damals unvorstellbar schien. Abgesehen von ein paar Schminkfehlern. Zudem hat sie einige schlechte Eigenschaften abgelehnt und verzeiht mir auch mal einen Fehltritt. Obendrein verleiht der magnetische Metall-Haken unserer Beziehung zugleich eine ganz neue spielerische Qualität. Aber ihre dummen Tiere ...
85
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
For the most part, game play is quite fun, with some caveats. There are times when ledges that are easily within reach are somehow inaccessible, because the map has you going another route. Lara also has a way of losing her grip at times, forcing you to reestablish it or face falling into a pit of lava below. The camera view also swings about a bit too much, which confuses your controls. This wild camera swinging is especially problematic when wall-running, as movement controls have a way of shifting from the left/right buttons to the up/down buttons when the perspective changes.
84
Gamesmania
Tomb Raider: Anniversary ist ein richtig schönes Action-Adventure das eine schöne Wiedergeburt von Lara Croft ist. Mit dem Fokus auf das Entdecken, die kleinen einfachen Schalterrätsel und Jump´n Run Einlagen kommen Spieler die weniger den Wert auf die Balleraction legen hier auf jeden Fall auf ihre Kosten. Die Umgestaltung der alten Level gepaart mit der Legend-Engine der Entwickler erfreuen die Augen und zusammen mit dem Soundtrack wird insgesamt ein rundes und angenehmes Spielerlebnis präsentiert. Fans der alten Tomb Raider Spiele sollten auf jeden Fall zugreifen, aber auch neue Spieler die wissen wollen wie alles begann und warum Lara so schnell in aller Munde war werden ihren Spaß haben.
84
GameStar (Germany)
Ein cleverer Schachzug von Eidos, den populären Serienklassiker mit der Legend-Technologie neu aufzugießen - insbesondere, da keine Mühe in der Technik steckt (Stichwort: fehlende Next-Gen-Effekte, Stereo-Sound). Darüber kann man sich ärgern. Über den Spielinhalt dagegen nicht, denn der ist ausgezeichnet gelungen. Anniversary führt vor, warum Lara vor zehn Jahren zur Action-Ikone wurde: Der Spielfluss und die eingängigen Rätsel setzen Maßstäbe unter den Action-Adventures. Kenner des Originals werden genauso gut bedient wie Späteinsteiger, haben aber durch die Wiedererkennungsmomente einen Tick mehr Freude. Wenn alle Klassiker-Neuauflagen so aussehen, dann dürfen mich die Hersteller schon mal anrufen - ich habe da eine Wunschliste...
84
GameZone
What makes this game so noteworthy is that this is vintage Tomb Raider, with slightly more in terms of challenge, and absolutely wonderful graphics. If you have ever played a Tomb Raider game, especially the earlier ones, you will understand how you can start to care about the central character. This game brought that feeling back. It was not so much about constant action – which this game does not have – or mind-numbing puzzles (yes, there is a certain sense of accomplishment when you either work out a puzzle or stumble upon the answer), but rather the way you interact with Lara and the environments through her. This is more of a personal relationship, and in that regard, it captures the essence of the Tomb Raider franchise very well.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een classic komt terug tot leven met de technologie en gameplay van zijn recentste nakomeling. Voor nostalgici en nieuwkomers!
83
GamesWEB
Celkovo je Tomb Raider: Anniversary nostalgickou spomienkou na začiatky Lary a výborným titulom pre hráčov, ktorý sa ešte so známou hľadačkou pokladov nestretli. Nakoniec sa predsa len ukázalo, že Tomb Raider: Anniversary nie je len práčkou peňazí ako o to o tomto titule mnohí tvrdili, ale že je to naozaj kvalitná hra ponúkajúca mnohé pre mladších i starších hráčov a fanúšikou celej série Tomb Raider.
80
Computer Bild Spiele
All die Jahre seit ihrem ersten Auftauchen haben diese Frau noch schöner und interessanter gemacht. Spielerisch gibt's zwar nichts Neues, doch setzte man das Abenteuer gekonnt in Szene. Die Rätsel und Sprungaufgaben gerieten herausrodernd und knifflig, ohne jemals unfair zu werden. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist im Vergleich mit früheren Titeln der Serie moderat, sodass auch Anfänger mit etwas Übung nach rund 25 Stunden das Spiel-Ende sehen sollten. Nicht nur Fans der Serie freuen sich auf ein Wiedersehen, auch Neueinsteiger dürfen nun den Beginn von Lady Crofts Karriere in zeitgemäßem Spieldesign erleben. Alles in allem hinterlässt das Tomb-Raider-Remake deshalb einen "guten" Eindruck.
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Jeux Vidéo Network
Tomb Raider : Anniversary réunit les grandes qualités d’un jeu d’aventure : l’immersion, la force d’évocation des décors et l’ingéniosité de la progression. Indispensable pour tout amateur du genre.
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Eurogamer.fr
Crystal Dynamics a parfaitement su saisir l’esprit du jeu original tout en maîtrisant les nouveaux outils de développement pour en faire des titres excellents. Ce fut le cas avec Legends et c’est encore le cas avec Anniversary. Ce titre n’est pas vraiment original, c’est un remake du premier opus. Les niveaux ne sont cependant pas des copier-coller du Tomb Raider de 1997, on trouve tout de même un peu plus d’ambition ! On se déplace simplement à travers les mêmes pays, à la recherche du même objet mystique. Rarement le gameplay n’aura été aussi réussi dans un Tomb Raider ; heureusement car cet anniversaire est à réserver aux joueurs les plus adroits. Le niveau de difficulté est en effet assez élevé. Nous tenons cependant à dire qu’un niveau de difficulté trop élevé n’est pas forcément un point fort. Nous sommes allés au bout de l’aventure en y consacrant des dizaines d’heures et quelques petits moments d’agacement.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Tomb Raider: Legend zorgde voor een eerste revival van Lara Croft, en met Tomb Raider: Anniversary staat ze opnieuw bovenaan het lijstje van onze favoriete gamebabes. De acrobatische actie is erg leuk en uitdagend, en ondanks het feit dat we hier met een remake te maken hebben, voelt het spel nieuw aan. Dit is dan ook zonder twijfel het beste Tomb Raider-game in jaren!
80
Gamekult
Si Tomb Raider Legend marquait le brillant retour aux sources d'une série moribonde, on pouvait craindre qu'Anniversary ne fasse replonger Lara dans les tumultes des suites faciles et sans âme tel qu'elle s'était mise à le faire il y a quelques années. Heureusement, grâce au talent de Crystal Dynamics, il n'en est rien. En fait de remake, Anniversary réussit tout autant à être un hommage empreint de nostalgie qu'une aventure nouvelle et passionnante. Le premier Tomb Raider tel qu'on le connaissait n'a pas été que dépoussiéré, il a été complètement reconstruit et repensé grâce à une technique bien plus solide et flatteuse. Ce bouleversement n'est pas anodin puisqu'il permet de profiter d'environnements impressionnants et, surtout, d'introduire une maniabilité similaire à celle de Tomb Raider Legend.
80
UOL Jogos
"Tomb Raider: Anniversary" é uma homenagem à altura do seminal game de 1996. O enredo continuou o mesmo, mas toda disposição de fases foi refeita, sendo praticamente um novo jogo. Gráficos atualizados e controles mais ágeis trazem a mesma dinâmica de "Legend". O espírito do original foi respeitado: mesmo com alguns recursos amigáveis, os quebra-cabeças continuam difíceis. Além da alta qualidade, há mais um motivo para comemorar o aniversário da série: o game está a venda por preços módicos (US$ 20 no PS2 e US$ 30 no PC, nos EUA).
80
GameDaily
Tomb Raider Anniversary offers some nice, solid gameplay for both newcomers to the series and experienced players. Grand, complex, puzzles brings great challenges and adventure.
80
Cheat Code Central
Tomb Raider Anniversary does something truly amazing: it takes a classic game and remakes it well to provide a whole new generation with the joys and frustrations the generation before had with the title. It proves that remaking a game is something that a lot of gamers could enjoy. Not to say that gamers just want repeats of games they love, but rather an occasional update to those games that made us gamers to begin with.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Si on savait déjà plus ou moins à quoi s'attendre avec Tomb Raider : Anniversary, l'entrain des développeurs dans la réalisation et leur amour de la série sont une fois encore communicatifs. Ainsi, sans pour autant renier le jeu original, qui restera à jamais une pierre angulaire de notre espace vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder ce remake sous des faux prétextes de nostalgique entêté. Le temps où on s'adaptait à Tomb Raider est révolu. Désormais, ce sera Tomb Raider qui s'adaptera au joueur, pour le meilleur... Rien que pour le meilleur.
80
FOK!games
Tomb Raider Anniversary is een goede hommage aan het origineel geworden. De levels zijn goed aangepast aan de mogelijkheden die de moderne Lara heeft, zonder daarbij ontzettend af te wijken van het origineel. Desondanks heb je absoluut niet het gevoel het origineel te spelen: het voelt meer als een compleet nieuw spel. Helaas doet deze versie het zonder de later toegevoegde extra levels (waaronder die van "Unfinished Business"). Ook jammer is dat de grootsheid van de levels soms wat heeft ingeboet, maar daartegenover staan de prachtige graphics, het sterke geluid en muziek, en de vele moves die Lara tot haar beschikking heeft. Of je nu pas sinds kort Tomb Raider fan bent dankzij Legend, of het origineel nog gespeeld hebt: dit spel is zeker de moeite waard.
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FZ
Ett år sent eller inte, Anniversary lyckas med den svåra uppgiften att modernisera en åldrad klassiker utan att för den skull sabba grundidén. Resultatet är exakt det jag, och förmodligen många andra, vill ha - potent retrokänsla förpackad i hyfsat modern kostym. Något av en klassiker - igen.
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GameSpot
Tomb Raider: Legend did a lot to make Lara Croft feel relevant again, and Tomb Raider: Anniversary is another step in the right direction. The acrobatic action is consistently exciting and challenging throughout, and despite being a remake, the experience feels new and fresh. This is the best Tomb Raider game in years, and for the first time in a long time, that actually means something.
80
Bit-Tech
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a stonker of a game, proving capable on all fronts and brilliant in a few. It certainly has its problems – mainly involving a sometimes dodgy camera and occasionally frustrating combat – but for the bulk of it Anniversary not only recaptures the brilliance of the original Tomb Raider, but distills that brilliance and provides a double dose. Plot wise, the game isn't anywhere near as gripping as Legend was and the lack of supporting characters damages the way in which the story is told, but in terms of gameplay it's everything its predecessor was and more. While Anniversary isn't quite the best game in the Tomb Raider series, it's certainly close and for those who prefer length or replayability over story, Anniversary could well be the best game they buy this year. Heaps of unlockables and a string of coherent and expansive levels mean that the Lara's latest exploration has come back with mountains of gaming gold.
80
Pro-G
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is everything a remake should be. It makes the most of modern technology to bring a classic game world up to date, throws in simple but intuitive controls and doesn't rely on constant fire-fights to bring excitement. Tomb Raider was always more of a platformer than an action game, and this is exactly what the guys at Crystal Dynamics have delivered.
80
IGN
In the end, this is Tomb Raider for better or worse. The controls are light-years better than the original but still aren't solid like Prince of Persia's; the graphics are beyond anything the original could muster and kick the crud out of the PS2 version; and the puzzles are just as tough as the original, but the enemies are just as lame.
78
Fragland.net
The mix of old and new in this game is magnificent, just old enough to let new gamers understand and see the beginning of gaming as we know it and to let the old ‘experts’ experience something new and yet keep the nostalgia. Personally, I had the ‘wow’ feeling. I felt 11 for just a couple of minutes there. Fans, this is one must have!
78
ActionTrip
The main thing is that despite some of its obvious drawbacks, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is quite enjoyable. It takes you back to the days of leaping across ravines, sliding down misty passageways and performing a variety of stunts and acrobatics. Also, if you're never played any Tomb Raider game before, this is a good time to start.
70
GameSpy
In many ways, Anniversary is its own worst enemy. Being a better-looking, better-playing Tomb Raider is great, but Tomb Raider came out in 1996 and the world of gaming has advanced a great deal since then. We're glad the game stays true to the source material and does a great job of updating it, but once you get past the new moves and touched-up graphics we found ourselves feeling a bit... bored. Really, there's no one to blame for that; we just figure that gaming has matured and we've matured with it. Anniversary is a great way to relive the original feel of Tomb Raider; just don't expect anything more.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
For the first few levels of TR:A, I found myself having a great time. The eye candy is all there, the puzzles are not so hard that a walkthrough is required to solve them, and there are little touches that take me back to my misspent youth in video arcades. And allowances have to be made because this is a remake of a game that’s more than a decade old. But as I approached yet another mind-bending navigation puzzle, I began to realize that’s all TR:A has to offer, and it made me sad, because it could’ve been so much more.