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GBU Tomb Raider: Underworld

If there is one thing I like just as much as zombies its Vikings.  Which is understandably weird since I’m a Scotch Irish Englishman, which basically means I fight with myself a lot.  So understandably Tomb Raider Underworld set off my Viking alarm almost as hard as VIKING did.  And if you haven’t played Viking I’ll be reviewing that one next week.  So here we go Lara Croft’s 8th time in a video game and one of the better Tomb Raiders.


GOOD:  If crystal Dynamics hit Tomb Raider legend out of the park this pitch they hit off the planet.  The game play was intense.  Shoot a chip off a wall in the maze level to mark which way you are going and how to get back.  The environment is your biggest foe in this game, in fact only two levels where your racing against time to stop the bad guys all while being shot at.  And really the only shooting is in the initial phase of the levels.  The motorcycle levels include puzzles that you need the motorcycle to solve.  Plus it is really fun to ride around on a motorcycle through ancient ruins and up walls and over huge gaping chasms.  The storyline shores up some of the loose ends created in the Legend and Anniversary titles allowing the player to finally get a full picture of what has been happening to Lara and her family.  Also the story of Ragnarok, Mjolnir, and Valhalla are intertwined into the storyline to offer a bit more depth to the puzzles and their meaning.

BAD:  As with most Tomb Raider games of this caliber it was entirely too short, however it was still gripping and kept me entertained for hours on end.

UGLY:  The ending looks like the end of the Tomb Raider storyline, however hopefully Crystal Dynamics will bring a new story line to this franchise and allow the die hard fans such as myself to continue playing these amazing puzzle action games.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Tomb Raider: Underworld

GBU Review for Tomb Raider : Legend

Ahh Lara back again I see.  I used to dread the release of another new Tomb Raider.  I knew how it would go, the game would be thrown together in a month or two the graphics would be chunky and pixely and Lara’s boobs would be HUGE.  And that was the extent of the game.  The guns started to play too big of a role and the puzzles were more of an inconvenience and a hindrance to the game play.  Soon it was like watching Breaking Bonaduce.  Danny Bonaduce, such a HUGE kid star who had it all in the palm of his hand. Poor Danny goes on to drugs, violence, and reality TV.  My personal favorite was the show where he admitted to being a big pill hound.  Apparently he “took enough pills to get full.”

Well everyone gets second chances.  Now Danny Bonaduce is in Philadelphia on the radio, and Lara has her Legend status back.  Crystal Dynamics has given birth to a new sleek and stylish Lara. 


GOOD :  Graphics in this game are a definite improvement over the several other iterations of Lara’s adventures.  The buckles on Lara’s backpack and belt are surprisingly crisp…uhm not that I was staring at her belt.  Anyway the clothing and hair movement is more realistic and the surrounding backdrops are simply breathtaking.   Lara’s repertoire of parkour and acrobatic moves has increased from jump and skip to just about anything you can think of.   Your character’s movement is more fluid and lifelike instead of stick figurish, and it lends a whole new dynamic to the game.  The 3d angle camera is not so bad in this game as it is constantly over Lara’s shoulder instead of moving around or even worse stationary to the surrounding instead of planted to the character.

BAD : Huge Tomb Raider fans(like me) will more than likely notice the huge gaping inconsistencies in the storyline with regards to past games.  Lara’s parents, the relationship with her father, and the run in with Natla.  Hopefully Crystal Dynamics is the lasting word on the Tomb Raider Canon.  I would love to see the Tomb Raider history finally once and for all be cemented in by one solid company who can realistically take the story and do something incredible with it.  As for now the history and not the story is the bad thing about this game. 

UGLY:  The freaking game took me 9 hours to beat in the span of a weekend.  Although I guess having a short run at an amazing game is better than a crappy game that is extremely long.  Other than that nothing to complain about.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Review for Tomb Raider : Legend