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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (Windows)

Teen
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52
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.3
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

uk.playstation.com:
    Following a protracted absence from our screens, the original all action heroine makes a long overdue PS2 debut

    The world's most celebrated gaming character finally arrives on PS2 for what promises to be her most epic adventure to date. With an altogether darker tone compared previous games in the TR series, a second playable character and all new gameplay elements, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness sees the well loved series truly coming of age. While the classic Tomb Raider trappings - huge, expansive environments, tricky timed jumps and fiendish puzzles - are all present and correct, they're supplemented with interaction with non-player characters, RPG-style character development and all new stealth moves. The game's storyline is laced with intrigue and mystery, and sees Lara on the wrong side of law as she trawls across Paris and Prague in search of five 14th Century artworks known as the Obscura Paintings. In the struggle to clear her name and prevent the paintings falling into the wrong hands, Lara uncovers a trail of underworld dealings and grotesque murders, and a history of blood, betrayal and vengeance that spans hundreds of years...

    Lara's latest epic adventure begins in Paris, where she meets her former mentor Werner Von Croy, who has been tasked by a mysterious client named Eckhardt to track down five 14th century Obscura paintings. Following a furious argument between the two, Lara discovers her mentor murdered and, as the prime suspect, flees the scene. On the run from the police, Lara follows Eckhardt's trail from the back streets of Paris to Prague, where a dastardly plan to resurrect the mysterious Nephilim race is underway. Lara must track down the paintings and prevent Eckhardt and a cultish group of individuals known as the Cabal from unleashing ancient alchemic powers on the world. On her travels, Lara encounters a fellow adventurer, Kurtis Trent, who's also hot on Eckhardt's trail.

    This latest adventure for gaming's first lady is stunningly realised, with hugely detailed envirnoments and spectacular lighting and weather effects. Lara is easier on the eye than ever; she's now comprised of 5,000 polygons (compared to just 500 in previous TS games), and has over 250 animations at her disposal, which is just as well, really, given her astonishing range of abilities. As well as her existing range of moves (climbing, monkey-swinging and somersaulting, to name but a few), Lara can now engage enemies in hand-to-hand combat, perform stealth manouevres and more besides.

    For many hardened PlayStation adventurers, the words 'Tomb Raider' are reason enough to check out this latest offering from Core Design. For those less familiar with Lara's running, shooting and jumping antics, Angel of Darkness is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

    • All new gameplay elements; build up Lara's upper body strength and jumping abilities by solving puzzles and exploring


    • New moves and abilities include hand-to-hand combat and stealth manoeuvres


    • Play as Kurtis Trent, a new character with his own distinctive moves and gameplay mechanics, including the terrifying Chirugai blade


    • Cutting edge graphics that utilise the power of PS2, including stunning real-time lighting and weather effects



    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 17, 2008.

Atari Australia website - Windows / PlayStation 2:
    DESCRIPTION:
    A series of grisly murders brings Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past, and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the center of these mysteries are the Obscura Paintings - five 14th century pieces of art that the Alchemist is desperate to repossess. Accused of the murder of her one time mentor, Werner Von Croy, Lara becomes a fugitive on the run. Pursued by the police, she follows the Alchemist into a dark world of blood, betrayal and vengeance where it is up to her to defeat this unholy alliance, and stop them from unleashing their incredible powers on the world.

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Character evolution - improve Lara’s abilities and witness her adapt to how you play the game. You are rewarded for puzzle solving and exploration in the form of improvements to Lara’s jumping ability, brainpower, upper body strength etc.
  • Character interaction - for the very first time in a Tomb Raider game, Lara has the ability to talk to characters. The choices you make in conversation will affect Lara’s route through the game.
  • Cutting edge graphics - brand new game engine designed to fully utilize the power of PlayStation®2. Lara is now made up of over 5,000 polygons as opposed to just 500 in previous games.
  • Take more direct and fluid control over Lara with an entirely new control system and experience new levels of gameplay with hand-to-hand combat, stealth attacks, last chance grabs and more.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 21, 2004.

Inside Flaps - Windows:

    "RETURN OF THE QUEEN"
    - PC GAMER -

    WORDS ARE OFTEN USELESS.
    KEEP YOUR NEGOTIATION SKILLS SHARP.
    CAPTURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
    USE STRENGTH AND AGILITY TO STAY UNDETECTED.
    BRAVE THE DEADLY UNDERWORLD OF GRITTY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Oct 18, 2003.

Box & Jewel Case (U.S. Windows):

    "5 OUT OF 5 STARS"
    -MAXIM-

    ACCUSED OF THE MURDER OF HER FORMER MENTOR, LARA CROFT BECOMES A FUGITIVE ON THE RUN. IN AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAR HER NAME, LARA MUST CONFRONT A POWERFUL SECRET ALLIANCE INTENT ON TAKING OVER THE WORLD. WITH EXPLOSIVE ACTION AND A GRIPPING STORY, THIS IS TOMB RAIDER LIKE YOU'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE!

  • EXPERIENCE A BRAND NEW ULTRA-REALISTIC GAME ENGINE & CONTROL SYSTEM

  • INTERACTION WITH NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS WILL LEAD LARA DOWN DIFFERENT PATHS THROUGHOUT THE GAME

  • IMPROVE LARA'S ABILITIES AND WITNESS HER ADAPT TO HOW YOU PLAY

  • EXECUTE A VARIETY OF STEALTH AND HAND-TO-HAND ATTACKS

  • EXPANSIVE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS TO EXPLORE INCLUDING PARIS AND PRAGUE

  • INTRODUCING KURTIS TRENT, A NEW PLAYABLE CHARACTER WITH HIS OWN DISTINCTIVE GAMEPLAY MECHANICS

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Oct 10, 2003.

Back of Box (Canada/U.S.):
    "5 out of 5 stars"
    - Maxim -

    Accused of the murder of her former mentor, Lara Croft becomes a fugitive on the run. In an attempt to clear her name, Lara must confront a powerful secret alliance intent on taking over the world. With explosive action and a gripping story, this is Tomb Raider like you've never experienced before!

    • Experience a brand new ultra-realistic game engine & control system
    • Conversations with other characters will determine Lara's path
    • Improve Lara's abilities and witness her adapt to how you play
    • Execute a variety of stealth and hand-to-hand attacks
    • Expansive urban environments to explore
    • Introducing Kurtis Trent, a new playable character with his own distinctive gameplay mechanics
    • Extras: Exclusive trailer for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life in theatres summer 2003 & the making of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Jul 11, 2003.