It's been said before, but this time they mean it. Boy, do they mean it...
Picking up roughly two years after the events in Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Conviction puts you into the role of one very angry Sam Fisher and aims to strike a new balance between tip-toe snooping and punchy action.
Wednesday 3 January 2007
Hey Tomb Raider fans, we need you to think back to 1996 for a second. Remember what it was like to make your way through ancient, moss-covered ruins, with only a few vicious-yet-boxy animals for company? When the only things standing between you and treasure were the elements and an endless series of horrible death-traps? Developer Crystal Dynamics wants to bring all those feelings rushing back with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a slick remake of the ruin-delving
Hey Tomb Raider fans, we need you to think back to 1996 for a second. Remember what it was like to make your huge-breasted way through ancient, moss-covered ruins, with only a few vicious-yet-boxy animals for company? When the only things standing between you and treasure were the elements and an endless series of horrible deathtraps? Developer Crystal Dynamics wants to bring all those feelings rushing back with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a slick remake of the ruin-delving
The camera pans over a large room dominated by wooden machinery, powered by a gigantic waterfall. Accompanied by ethereal music, it's hard not to stare. Graphically, this is amazing - but it's also incredibly nostalgic. This is Peru from Lara Croft's first, infamous adventure, recreated for a new generation of gamers. Welcome to Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
We're impressed. Running on PS2, but with all the polish of Legend, is the original (and best) Tomb Raider game. Tomb Raider 1, the pride of
For months, our peeks at Tomb Raider: Anniversary have been limited to sitting by and watching as others guided archaeologist Lara Croft past slippery cliffs and crumbling traps. We've seen the re-imagined version of the original Peru level countless times, and even caught a glimpse of the ruins she'll tackle in Egypt. But now we've had our first chance to try out the PS2 version of the globe-trotting adventure for ourselves, and we're impressed.
As you'd probably expect, Anniversary - a
Laras back. Again. Its alright though, since Anniversary is really living up to its promise of delivering a superb reworking of the original Tomb Raider. And its still found room to squeeze in all the best bits from the recent Tomb Raider: Legend.
If youve been following our coverage of the games progress, youll be very familiar with the dino-infested Peru level and its rejigged, logic-straining cog puzzle. Our latest bash at the game takes us to a temple in Greece that, as these brand new
Oh Lara Croft ... so hot, so brilliant, so starring in awful games for so long. The original Tomb Raider was an opus of Indiana Jones-style adventuring, puzzle-solving, dual-pistol wielding, and tank-top-staring that put Ms. Croft and the PlayStation on the map. But after Tomb Raider III, things got rough for our favorite feminine plaything. Cliches began to snake in, the baddies began to smack of caricature, while attempts at innovation had the distinct reek of gimmick. The nadir came with
So Lara fell off the wagon and we all laughed. Of course, we could see it coming a mile off.
Once famous for getting on to the front cover of The Face, Lara had become a tired, burnt-out hag. A couple of years ago, desperate Eidos PRs couldn't even get her into games mags, never mind lifestyle publications. For Lara to regain her star status something radical had to be done.
Three words: Angel of Darkness. This execrable game was the best thing that could have happened to Tomb Raider. Before
We've talked plenty about Tomb Raider Legend in previous articles, but what we haven't done is given you a level-by-level description of it - until now. We'll keep the spoilers and the small talk to a minimum, though we will warn you that Eidos has made us promise not to show you every level yet, so the screens don't always match the levels. Also, we do reveal a few story details here, so consider yourself spoiler alerted. Clear? Okay. Grab your gear.
The first level is appropriately swaddled