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Tomb Raider Legend review

Touchy-feely Lara Croft action - not actually as fun as it sounds...

Despite the fact that the camera is zoomed so far out that you could be forgiven for thinking that you're guiding a tiny windswept pencil sharpener through an Inca-themed Habitrail, the macro nature of Tomb Raider's environmental puzzles make blind leaps of faith necessary on an alarmingly frequent basis.

And we simply can't be spiteful enough about the shooting system - when you encounter an enemy, Lara freezes on the spot and cardboard cut-outs of your enemy appear on the touch screen in such an embarrassingly feeble display you can almost see your DS blush.

Above: Replay value is limited. But you can trade in artifacts for cheats and minigames

Trying to shoot them with your thumb is like trying to play the piano with boxing gloves, so you have to quickly whip out your stylus instead. By which time they've already got a few free shots in on you.Since you're rooted to the spot like a lemon tree, see?

More Info

DescriptionBullets, breasts, and brain-busters thrust Legends back into classic territory.
Franchise nameTomb Raider
UK franchise nameTomb Raider
PlatformPSP, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PC, GameCube, DS
US censor ratingTeen
Release date20 June 2006 (US), 30 June 2006 (UK)