Pre-E3 06: Tomb Raider Legend PSP hands-on

We're going to assume you've read the reams of praise-laden coverage we've written about the full-sized version of this game, Lara Croft's triumphant return to form. If you haven't, here are the notes: this game's mix of glamorous gunplay, brain-tickling puzzlery, and gymnastic, Indiana Jones-with-great-legs exploration is almost intoxicating. And really, all that's left to be said of the PSP version is that, remarkably, it looks to be pretty much the same game.

Really, that's it. Very little has been sacrificed in the move to PSP. Sure, there's no right analog stick on the PSP to move the in-game camera, but all you have to do is hold the square button and then use the left analog, and you can put that camera anywhere you like. All of Lara's moves are here and intact, and the plot and level designs are pleasingly familiar.

We may even get a little more. There are some Wi-Fi modes in the works, such as treasure hunts and races through a given level. We'll see what form that treasure takes soon enough; Tomb Raider: Legend is scheduled to ship later this very month, May 2006.

May 9, 2006

Eric Bratcher
I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.