The Professionals - Swimming

Public swimming pools are often fun affairs, with people swimming fast and children doing slow-motion underwater kung fu in the shallow end. It’s a jolly affair, but while swimming coach and former international swimmer Merlin Batchelor stands on the ridged tiles next to the pool encouraging his protégés to kick their legs off, deep inside he’s angry - angry that his chosen passion has been so horribly treated by PC gaming for so very, very long. So much so, that he contacted us to finally put an end to the madness. So join us as we retrieve the plastic block of justice from the deep-end.

Tomb Raider: Legend

Batchelor: Lara’s breaststroke has efficient timing; she’s obviously been a competitive swimmer in the past. I can only nit-pick really. Her arms recover nicely across the surface of the water, although to be honest her hands do wobble inwards on entry - which could be put down to nerves. Also, she’d do better to keep a low profile than overarch her body to show off her cleavage each stroke cycle. While her leg action is an unusual diagonal slice, she still needs to dorsiflex her feet more. Her front crawl, meanwhile, is a little better. She’s got a short but powerful arm action and fluid motion, even though her feet are not plantar flexed, which means they would move her back with each kick.

GamesRadar rating - 4 out of 5 stars - Diligent pupil

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