Preview | Tomb Raider Underworld
Officially this is the 8th installment in the series, because Anniversary was more of an: "let's redo our big hit from the first Tomb Raider Games". But if you count them all we're already at the 9th installment with Lara Croft, aka Tomb Raider... After I played the demo, which include only the Thailand level for a short bit... I must say it still has his glorious pride ! New moves, better looks and overall the story line is back. In this 8th installment we continue our search for Ms. Croft Senior. And the myths around Avalon, most of you will already know the story so I wound go to deep into it.
There is however a new caracter in the game: Natla. This is besides Amanda (from Tomb Raider Legend), also quite the bad-ass. And you also will have to face her at some point. Never the less it's more about the puzzles in this Tomb Raider then it was back in Legend. And personally I'm happy with that. Because I really like the puzzles. Some are easy, and some aren't. Handy thing is: now that you have new / more moves you can better explore the scene. To bad that there is still this odd camerawork in the Tomb Raider game. And they should really fix that on there next project. Because it is litteraly killing you at fatal points in the game.
Overall the game is good and fans of the serie will play on and on. The game is now also for the Wii and I heared that IGN is not to happy about that one. Personally I don't know, but most of the points are facing the clipping and the sound. And besides that the thing they wanted to do with the controls, but what didn't worked out as well as it should...
Out now: PC.PS3.X360.Wii | Eidos, Crystal Dynamics