E3 2008: Tomb Raider Underworld Hands-On

Lara Croft drops the hammer, Thor's Hammer, this fall.

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Deep within the bowels of the Eidos booth at E3 2008, we got our hands all over Lara Croft in her latest adventure, Tomb Raider Underworld. Her adventure begins, appropriately, under the sea in a cave on the floor of the Mediterranean. There, she will eventually learn that the legendary Thor's Hammer is not a myth, but real. Unfortunately, the secrets of the fabled weapon are guarded by a kraken whose giant tentacles block Lara's path. Our only choice is to drop a huge block of spikes on the kraken's head and make calamari. Our apologies to kraken enthusiasts everywhere for our inhumane treatment of krakens.

To accomplish this feat, Lara slyly jumped from platform to platform and shimmied across gaps in typical Tomb Raider fashion. Lara can use a grappling hook to snag onto stone columns, and then rein in the hook to pull down the stone column, this time on a kraken's tentacle. The level serves as a basic tutorial for navigating the increasingly complicated environments in Underworld. This adventure takes place in Thailand, Mexico, and "the far north," said Eidos, and each area will feature a different underworld, such as the Mayan hell known as Xibalba. After gathering clues and items from each of these underworlds, Lara will eventually track down Thor's hammer, which legend holds has the power to destroy even the Gods. If the hammer thing doesn't work out, Lara still has her trusty duel pistols.

Visually, Tomb Raider Underworld has a long way to go. That's good since the game is still in a pre-alpha state, although it must be said that Lara looked especially lovely in her form-fitting wetsuit. Despite a few bugs, expect large, wide-open environments and multiple paths to reaching your objectives, as well as an all-terrain motorcycle outfitted to negotiate snow and ice. Other new gadgets include an active sonar map that emits an active sonar ping that creates an image of Lara's surroundings, and the grappler that allows for wall runs and rappelling.

Tomb Raider Underworld is expected to be released this November, and we'll have more in the coming months.

Discussion

62 comments
Natderaj
Natderaj

Hoping that this game comes out for ds and wii at the same time as 360 or PS3 I hate how games always come later for Nintendo :(

karthik_9840
karthik_9840

tomb raider is one of the my favroite game be soon i am always waiting

dudelovsgame
dudelovsgame

I interested to see how the motion controls have been integrated for the Wii

August88_88
August88_88

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August88_88
August88_88

I hope Underworld will come out for ps2 considering all of the Raiders have.

jaydeepzone
jaydeepzone

These tomb raider games have awesome adventure but graphics are not impresive. if the fraphics and sound can match encharted the ps3 game, then it'll be a must buy>>>

Razieluk
Razieluk

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Razieluk
Razieluk

Re Fighterguard's comments - personally I preferred Soul Reaver - which is why the first part of my username is Raziel. I prefer using Raziel_uk but GS doesn't like underscores. As for Tomb Raider bring it on...

fighterguard
fighterguard

Give me a thumbs up if you want Crystal Dynamics to stop loafing around and start working on a new Legacy of Kain game!!!! Give us Kain now! I'm tired of Lara Croft!!

rift_zone
rift_zone

Hopefully Eidos will come up with a few new things to keep this game fresh. It's relied on improving boob physics in the past too much.

aass9900
aass9900

i saw it in e3 it looks really good

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

I think this is going to take place after legends. The story didnt quite end in legends and some questions went unanswered.

alarausibun
alarausibun

can`t wait to see this dudes...i mean i` love tomb raider and i love this chick :D anyway...i`ve finished "legend" and almost "anniversary"...god speed gentlemen and hope we won`t be dissapointed!

lostboy85
lostboy85

I was really impressed by the quality of Underworld from what i've seen so far. I can only imagine what the final product will look like. Crystal D has really taken Lara to new heights.

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

Anyone know if this takes place right after Legend? If I remember correctly the story in Legend didnt quite end.

BleakCorner
BleakCorner

If this game "visually has a long way to go" - then I'm looking forward to the final results as it already looks very nice.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

it's funny when you finish reading this thread and you look to the right of the page, where it says; "Related Games" (Similar) - MGS4, and GTA4... lol, is anyone insinuating that gamers will be sneaking around in a cardboard box (I mean... a barrel) and hijack leopards passing by on all terrain vehicles? well anyway, as long as she keeps wearing that swimming suit you won't see me complaining...

Switch_776
Switch_776

Wasn't there supposed to be a sequel to TR:L ?

kkkback
kkkback

This game will be awsome it's not only underwater but it's underground and on the ground too i can't whit to finish my lara croft collection

daredevil_hmy
daredevil_hmy

i haven't bought any other tomb raiders but this one looks cool

METKRAM
METKRAM

please no underwater game-play all games involving swimming sucks!

scorch-62
scorch-62

I still need to play Tomb Raider Legend :?

Reyveign
Reyveign

Hopefully that means soon you'll have more screen shots and media in general. There's not a lot to see now. *sigh*

tyzwain
tyzwain

Hope they give Lara some ground to run on, if its completely underwater I wont touch it with a barge pole. Dont want another Ecco.

leofiregod
leofiregod

Can't wait. this is one of my favorite series ever.

shinian
shinian

This TR looks promising. I'm looking forward to the underwater parts. The glimps of TR from stage demo looked interesting.

icym
icym

I'm willing to give it one more shot.. but Lara feels something of a bygone age now.

dark_being
dark_being

So we're ignoring the end of Tomb Raider Legend?

aDhAmMe13
aDhAmMe13

Not that big of a coverage...EGM had a bigger one...but all the same. Can't wait 4 it.

gmax
gmax

Good old Lara...

TheP-O-D
TheP-O-D

well this one reeaally sounds intriguing for me . I really hope they will create a game that stands out for the name Tomb raider that we loved for so many years . The recent parts were good , but not OUTSTANDING in terms of the game as a story ( very shallow ) in my opinion . I hope they fix the frustrating control system in the game ( specially in the last version ) once and for all !!! Nontheless MY FAITH in this game will never die , because i simply LOVE IT !!!

khariss
khariss

god its bin years since i waited for a tomb raider game. but this looks great like other people are saying legend brought Lara back

reckeweg
reckeweg

I agree with darkstreetdev, my faith in this series was reborn with legend and TR: Ani was great too. I can't wait to get my hands on this new game. I like the fact that its seems to be a direct sequel to Legend and that it seems to revolve around these ancient weapons of myth,

DarkStreetDev
DarkStreetDev

Can't wait! My faith has been restored since Legend.

CheesmanMuncher
CheesmanMuncher

@newb16: Not entirely true. Guns can be fired under water. They just lose accuracy due to the bullet having to go against the water. Look at MGS3 as an example. You could shoot underwater, but it took more bullets to kill something due to the bullets losing speed and energy.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I'll be getting it since they really have improved on the series since legend

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Both Sonic and Lara are two characters that I will never lose hope on.

newb16
newb16

They showd the intervue with the creater of the game on E3, and the game play while they where talking. That is when they showd lawra croft shooting under water at sharks. wtf!!! that is not realistic thats fake...if any one in real life shoots under water with a gun most likely it will get jamed.