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For the price, and for the quality of offer, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easily one the best games released all year. Blessed with an excellent control system and chock full of masterfully designed levels, as far as puzzle-based action adventures go, there have been none finer for years. Sure, it's only a PC port, and doesn't have the lavish production values of the biggest titles currently out there. But if you can get beyond such trifling gripes, you'll find a game rich with intrigue and as satisfying a set of challenges you could ever wish for. Now, let's have a proper next-gen Lara game, please Eidos.
Tomb Raider Anniversary is a wonderful present to the world celebrating Lara's 10 years in our gaming lives. Ms. Croft is better than ever, running around in her booty shorts and tight top, all the while kicking ass and taking names. There are some downfalls, but those little squabbles can't touch this game's quality. Happy Anniversary, Lara. Happy Anniversary indeed.
If you are looking for the best overall Tomb Raider: Anniversary experience then look no further than the 360 version. With its stunning visuals, amazing story, exotic locations, and fluid controls, you won’t find a more engaging Lara Croft adventure on any system. It’s also a great way to relive one of the most influential games of the past decade. It’s a timeless experience for the entire family.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary hat es geschafft, alte Tugenden perfekt mit neueren Spielelementen zu paaren. Das Flair der alten Spiele ist wieder vollständig vorhanden und wurde wunderbar mit der Spielbarkeit von Tomb Raider Legend ergänzt. Präsentiert wird dies mit hübschen Animationen und guter Technik. Wir können dieses Spiel nahezu uneingeschränkt allen Freunden klassischer Action- Adventures empfehlen, Tomb Raider Fans schlagen sowieso zu. Wer jedoch anspruchsvolle Sprungpassagen verabscheut oder generell ein ungeduldiger Spieler ist, sollte sich den Kauf gut überlegen, da einige Abschnitte sehr genaues Springen erfordern.
Overall Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a very enjoyable game, the graphics are great and the puzzles are as challenging as ever, sure it may be quite easy to gun down the wolves and various other enemies that will cross your path, but if you want an adventure game on your Xbox 360 that is like no other then this is certainly a game worth considering.
MS Xbox World
Tomb Raider fans have had to endure some fairly dismal games in the series, however most believed that Tomb Raider Legends was a step in the right direction. A remake of the original game could have been a disaster and another one of those instances in which the original should have just been left alone; however Crystal Dynamics have pulled off one of the best remakes here. Surprisingly for a game that needs a lot of accurate jumping and good timing, it doesn't get too frustrating and offers a fairly smooth gameplay experience.
Lara is back uns schaut gut aus. Nicht nur eine super Grafik und ein genialer Sound lassen das Ur-Tomb Raider in einem neuen Glanz erscheinen. Es sind auch die knackigen Rätsel, bei denen man teilweise stundenlang nach einer Lösung sucht. Zudem wurde die Steuerung perfekt auf den Controller der Xbox 360 angepasst und sorgt für den nahezu perfekten Spielspaß. Wenn da nicht der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad und das recht kleine Waffenarsenal wären, für die das Spiel ein paar Punkte abgezogen bekommt. Dennoch bekommt man hier selbst als Fan des ersten Teils dank einer komplett neuen Levelstruktur, ein neues Action-Adventure der Tomb Raider-Serie geboten. Da man hier mal ein gelungenes Remake geboten bekommt, legen wir dieses gute Spiel Anfängern sowie auch Profis ans Herz.
If you've jumped on the TR bandwagon at some point since the release of the first game or are new to the series completely then there's every reason to go back and discover where the phenomenon began. Anniversary more than holds its own in 2007 even without the nostalgia value. However, it's the urge to revisit the memory of a truly ground breaking game that will tempt the largest number of gamers to this remake. Pleasingly, Anniversary's subtle improvements on the original manage to make this trip down memory lane just as enjoyable as your first visit. This is retro gaming as it should be, other developers please take note!
Game Informer Magazine
I'd love to see the team attempt this same loving approach to the other early Tomb Raider games, just as I'd beg other developers to use this as a model for how to remake a game with style and panache.
Cheat Code Central
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is definitely an experience. For most of us, it hearkens back to the days when the PlayStation was the console to have, and Tomb Raider was the best game ever. Playing the original Tomb Raider game through this new lens also reminded me that sometimes less is more. There's such a simple premise to the game, yet it has lasted ten years. Playing it today felt just as new and exciting as playing it ten years ago did. And that is this game's main strength. I suspect that gamers who played the original and those who have only recently been introduced to the Tomb Raider mythos will find something to love in Tomb Raider: Anniversary!
Tomb Raider: Anniversary spielt sich auf der Basis der soliden Legend-Engine deutlich angenehmer als das steuerungstechnisch doch mittlerweile in die Jahre gekommene Erstlingswerk. Dank neuer akrobatischer Fähigkeiten und deutlich veränderter Levels ist das Remake des über 10 Jahre alten Originals in vieler Hinsicht ein ganz neues Spiel. Auffallend ist, dass die teils anspruchsvollen Kletterpassagen und Rätsel gegenüber den eher seltenen Begegnungen mit Tieren dominieren, so dass sich vor allem Fans der ersten Stunde und Freunde von ruhigeren Action-Adventures angesprochen fühlen dürfen.
Die Xbox 360-Version hinterlässt aufgrund der nicht hinreichend genutzten Möglichkeiten der nächsten Konsolengeneration und stellenweise unkonstanter Framerate allerdings einen etwas durchwachsenen Eindruck.
These issues aside, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is everything a remake should be. It brings 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. Just don't expect a proper next-gen Tomb Raider; it's more a PS2 game on steroids.
Armchair Empire, The
Really, it’s hard to find fault with Tomb Raider Anniversary. It is a relatively straightforward action adventure, but that’s what the franchise was – it’s a decided step back to form. Those expecting a more action heavy experience will feel a little let down, but as a puzzle heavy action game, Lara can more than hold her own.
It’s been a long and tumultuous ride over the years for our girl Lara. It’s nice to see her go back to what made her the woman she is today. Solid controls, huge areas to explore and conquer, and larger than life ancient block puzzles to solve all make an appearance. And while it’s not normally important to talk about a games price in a review, the 29.99 price tag makes this a must buy even for those who are a little “Lara Croft” curious. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.
But ultimately, none of that detracted significantly from the overall experience. If Lara's still holding up this well in another 11 years, we won't trade her in for a younger model.
Overall I have to say that the developers struck a near perfect balance in this game, as everything in it feels very polished and well produced. The graphics are not outstanding, but they have their own beauty and manage to impress. The voice work fails in parts, but the wonderful absorbing soundtrack evens this facet out. The mix between old Tomb Raider levels which have now been remade in a more cohesive way and the Legend engine which allows for far better animations and controls than ever before make for some truly improved and enjoyable gameplay.
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 du microcosme vidéoludique, il serait dommage de bouder cette version Xbox 360 qui plus est vendue à bas prix. 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.
It hasn't been easy to be a Tomb Raider fan for the last decade. Between all of the terrible sequels and the cheapening of the Lara Croft brand, Tomb Raider fans have had a lot to be depressed about. Thankfully this Xbox 360 remake is a great game that was certainly needed. This is the kind of game that will not only impress fans of the original game, but also introduce Lara to a new audience who never understood what all the fuss was about. With its attractive price and workable controls, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is easy to recommend to anybody who enjoys exploring dank and dark caves looking for hidden treasure.
Si a esto le añadimos que viene bastante bien surtido de logros en su versión de 360, entre los que se cuentan la detección de artefactos ocultos y demás elementos estelares de la serie, todo esto sin contar el absoluto rediseño de la mansión Croft, absolutamente llena de puzles por resolver (casi se puede hablar aquí de pequeña aventura gráfica), podemos decir sin lugar a dudas que Tomb Raider: Anniversary es un ejemplo de buen hacer y buen jugar, tanto que es de agradecer que, finalmente, desde Crystal Dynamics nos hayan regalado esta versión adaptada para Xbox 360.
If you missed the game on its first go-around on the PS2 or PC, then the 360 version really is the definitive version based on its higher resolution graphics alone. On the other hand, it’s disappointing that the graphics are barely improved, and little else of consequence was added to the package. Anniversary is still a fantastic game, and well worth playing, that is, if you haven’t already.
All in all, everything pretty much meets our expectations. Again, this remake of the original is based on the engine found in Legend, but really could have used more from it. It’s absolutely worth playing because it’s fun and actually better than the original Tomb Raider. It’s really worth a buy only for those who wish to spend more than 20 hours trying collect everything and get 100% completion.
Overall, Tomb Raider: Anniversary features an age old style of gameplay that is beginning to struggle against the test of time. Whilst the game does a fantastic job at recreating the original Tomb Raider, it often feels like Crystal Dynamics could have done much more with the licence. Unfortunately the game features a relatively short storyline and little in the form of replay value (apart from the addition of difficult and frustrating achievements). All in all, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a title that fans of the series will no doubt enjoy and the title is a great starting point for anyone who has yet to play a Tomb Raider game.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is one of those toss-ups, especially in light of the amazing fourth quarter of hot software we’re experiencing now. It might be best as a rental, so you can gauge if it’s really up your alley—or if the technical glitches would have a bigger impact on your enjoyment—though the lower price tag and old-school familiarity are enticements for making it a permanent addition to your game library.
Even with its technical shortcomings, annoying camera angles, and slightly underdeveloped storyline, the original Tomb Raider adventure remains fun in this new iteration. There’s still a solid feeling of accomplishment when you complete one of the expansive puzzle rooms, it’s just too bad that they never stop coming. The added moves do advance the enjoyment in most cases, even if a few of them feel a bit borrowed from other games. If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider series, or enjoyed the first game at all, Anniversary is worth picking up, it just may not hold the same luster as it did more than ten years ago.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary for the Xbox 360 is a solid port of a quality game. There have been two Tomb Raider games released for the console now, but we're keen for a new Lara game that isn't just a port. However, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a still an incredibly enjoyable game - despite a few minor niggles, it is clear that the Tomb Raider franchise is well and truly back on track. If you're a Tomb Raider fan or just looking a solid action game then Tomb: Raider Anniversary comes highly recommended.
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. Yet 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.
She’s had her ups and downs, highs and lows, and we’ve been waiting to celebrate her anniversary on the Xbox 360 since long after it had passed, but she’s finally back in a classy remake of her original adventure. It’s nice to see how well Lara Croft has aged, but a shame to discover she never received that next generation makeover she really deserved.
I’ve talked to countless gamers, and have never met a hardcore fan of the Tomb Raider series. It gained a great deal of fame thanks to the cover girl and the films, but I feel it never really had the gameplay to back up the popularity. Anniversary, if nothing else, is an effective reminder of this.
Video Game Talk
This is an interesting release, especially at the discounted price point. Lara isn’t covering any new ground in this title, but rather re-visiting her past. If you have fond memories playing through the original Tomb Raider, you will surely get a kick out of seeing the old levels in full high definition detail. Unfortunately you will also know exactly what to do in those sections, but there’s enough new content wrapped into the game to give it a fresh feel. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a nice throwback, but doesn’t offer much innovation to adventure gamers in this generation of consoles. Still, it’s a great bargain for Xbox 360 owners tired of the $60 releases.
Whatever you think of Lara (and I’ve loved her through the good and the bad ever since I first took control of her) she’s clearly a long way from retiring to the old archaeologists home, and Anniversary holds true to the original and proves that the mixture of exploration and platform puzzling is as appealing as it ever was. Unlockables, such as photos, commentaries, alternative outfits, as well as time trials and achievements for allsorts will keep fans playing for ages.
As an experiment to push the capabilities of downloadable content over Xbox Live, there's little to doubt Anniversary's originality - on Microsoft's console at least. However, a few extra touches to the lighting and a few soaked vests aside, the Xbox 360 edition of Lara's first outing will be more for the fans.
Nobody expects the remastering of Tomb Raider to be game of the year material, but Tomb Raider: Anniversary provides enough of the original game's thrills to be considered satisfyingly decent. We had forgotten how little actual action there was in the original game until Anniversary reminded us that Lara is more of an acrobatic puzzle-solver than a dual-wielding foe-feller. If you're in the mood for some devious kinetic conundrums, Anniversary can accommodate it in spades and deliver a bit of nostalgia at the same time.
One thing that I really have to complement the developers for is the pacing. The game is constantly feeding you checkpoints, accompanied by a little “ding!,” and giving you a new area to beat. Even during the first hour of play, I felt like I had made significant progress just by the well-timed checkpoints and changeups. The game is always progressing, something most big budget titles of late would be encouraged to copy.
Cette version 360 plus tardive accuse certes son statut de simple portage avec une réalisation décevante pour la console, mais se rattrape sur son rapport qualité/prix. Dommage, tout de même, qu'elle n'ait pas apporté un soupçon d'amélioration, la redécouverte n'en aurait été que meilleure.
After a decade of depressing sequels and lame movies, it's finally good to be a Tomb Raider fan again. Although it is nowhere near as exciting as Tomb Raider: Legends, Anniversary is still a solid adventure game that you can pick up for a budget price. Sadly this is hardly the first console to see this remake, but as they say, better late than never.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the video game equivalent of giving your old car a new paint job and a spoiler and claiming it's as good as new. The combination of the dated Tomb Raider areas, mixed with the uninspiring and boring Tomb Raider: Anniversary alone, feels like a patch job, and the addition of the Wii elements to the original versions of Tomb Raider: Anniversary only serves to increase the feeling that most of this game is just new elements stapled haphazardly onto a prettier version of a 10-year-old game. If you're really eager to retread Lara's first adventure, the Wii is not the system on which to do it. The slightly interesting new features certainly don't make up for the awkward and uncomfortable new controls. Look to the PS2 or Xbox 360 versions if you've really got the itch to re-explore Lara's old haunts.
It's perplexing. And it's unfortunate, because Lara's latest adventure does have a lot to offer. With its mix of old and new, familiar and fresh, Anniversary strikes a nice balance of adventure, action, and acrobatics. And it does a pretty good job of being interesting and accessible for newcomers without alienating (or boring) us old-timers. That's not easy to do. Ultimately though, I'd have to consider this the version of last resort: If you have the chance to check out the game on any of the other platforms, I'd recommend doing just that. Of course, if the 360 is your only avenue for gaming, the game's still worth checking out. But it could have -- and should have -- been so much better.
The Video Game Critic
The audio features a sparse but effective musical score and memorable sound effects from the original game. When you hear the howl of a nearby wolf, it's quite unsettling. Sadly, Anniversary can't quite duplicate the spellbinding experience of the original game, and this became clear to me in the lame T-Rex encounter. The game has a few technical glitches here and there, including enemies that become partially embedded in the scenery, and you'll often need to fiddle with the camera. On the bright side, the load times are short, the checkpoints are frequent, and you can save your progress at any time. Tomb Raider Anniversary struggled to maintain my attention, but for gamers with a lot of time and patience, Anniversary offers a heck of a lot of adventure for your money.