Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Eidos
Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1
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It’s been a very long time since I visited the original world of Lara Croft, and the memories came flooding back. Whilst playing the original game all of those years ago, I remember the epic open areas in the game that stunned me and stuck in my memory like the first time I played Mario 64, Gran Turismo, or Halo. Tomb Raider, like all of those games was really that important, so to get a remake for a new audience ten years later is very welcome indeed.

The game needs absolutely no introduction, this is simply the original game remade from the ground up. From the attacking wolves, to the puzzles, dinosaurs and those very memorable scenes as previously mentioned. They are all here in this pocket-sized remake of the classic that started it all.

For a ten year old 3D game (which lets be honest don’t exactly age as well as they sometimes should), this still feels very fresh and new, and game plays very nicely too – this is due to the game featuring new controls taken straight out of the latest all-new Tomb Raider game, ‘Legend’. Running, shooting, jumping, climbing and swinging is much easier than it ever was, and the old days of having to line jumps up perfectly are over; Lara will now jump fearlessly and 99% of the time she’ll happily grab the ledge you are aiming for.

You can see that the developers looked at games like Prince of Persia (which ironically is copying Tomb Raider, which itself is a 3D facsimile of the original ‘Prince – will the next Prince of Persia mirror Legend in some way?) to see how they do their fluid animations and controls, and its certainly worked for them – the game plays really well.

The only real negative aspect of this game is the restricted inputs on PSP. With no second analog stick to control the camera, it can be frustrating not being able to rotate and move it around when climbing and running. The only other thing is that whilst playing the game, I longed for it to be on my TV where I could enjoy the game as originally intended. It plays well enough on PSP, but some games are just better suited to a TV console, and I think this is one of them.

Overall though, this is a superb game that played well ten years ago, and with its new lick of paint and improved controls, still plays well today. Well worth picking up if you like your 3D adventure games, this is one of the all-time greats.

Best Bits

- A modern classic
- Genius level design
- Lots of ‘wow’ moments
Worst Bits

- Lack of a second analog nub harms experience slightly
- Not quite as enjoyable as it would be playing it on a TV

by: DC

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