Tomb Raider: Anniversary Hands-On in Greece

We follow Lady Croft from Peru to Greece in our latest preview of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

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It's hard to believe that the original Tomb Raider came out 10 years ago...until you actually go back and play it. There's still a great game there, but it's hard to play and not wish for better control, improved graphics, or an updated arsenal of moves. Apparently Eidos agrees, which is why it has commissioned Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind Tomb Raider: Legend to remake the original Tomb Raider. Actually, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is just as much a reimagining of the original as it is a remake. The story is the same, and you'll still recognize many of the game's memorable locations. However, many of the puzzles and obstacles are all new, and Lara's got a host of fresh moves with which to tackle them.

When we last saw Lara Croft, she was in Peru and had just secured a piece of the scion. Once it's in her possession, she learns that a man named Pierre Dupont has located another piece, claiming that it's below St. Francis Folly. Lara immediately sets off for Greece and quickly finds herself face to face with a couple of hungry lions, which are quickly dispatched with the shotgun that she picked up at the end of the Peru level. From there, we set off to open a locked iron gate so that we could descend below ground. This gave us our first chance to use Lara's new wall run. Not only can Lara use her new grappling hook to swing across large pits, she can also traverse shorter distances by attaching the grappling hook to another hook and then run along the wall. Many of the other puzzles we encountered were similar to what you'd find in the original, or for that matter, any Tomb Raider game. There were switches to pull, keys to find, and blocks to move.

As we descended below St. Francis Folly, we were afforded ample opportunity to use Lara's new climbing abilities and even go for a swim. The level is filled with perilous jumps and narrow ledges where one wrong move will cause Lara to plunge to her death. Thankfully, the new analog controls make it much easier to deftly maneuver Lara from ledge to ledge. There are also numerous checkpoints, so you're not forced to replay large portions of the game if you happen to die, which may happen when you find yourself in the coliseum facing angry lions...and block-tossing gorillas.

Looks like it's time to do a bit of climbing...

Visually, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is shaping up quite nicely. Lara has a host of new animations, and she can seamlessly transition from one to another. Every single nook and cranny of every level has been totally redone to take advantage of the system's power. The improved graphics and draw distance also give each area a tremendous sense of scale--especially when you're several hundred feet in the air balancing perilously on the tip of a column.

PS2, PSP, and PC owners will get their chance to experience Lara's first adventure on June 5. From what we've played so far, Tomb Raider: Anniversary seems poised to please both fans of the original game as well as people whose first experience raiding tombs came at the hands of last year's Tomb Raider: Legend. And for more information on this new area of the game, be sure to tune in for tomorrow's episode of our weekly live show, On the Spot.

Discussion

106 comments
haohmaru11
haohmaru11

well i must say this ! i am a real gamer ...a game doesn't need good graphics to catch you in a real adventure game play ! i must say that tomb raider 1,2,3,4,5 were the best out there ! they ruined it with tomb raider angel of darkness and legend was a bit better but why do i need shiny spots to know where i am suppose to jump ? damn ...this is dumb , they ruined Tomb Raider ...why do i need music when the wind and Lara's walking is all that you need to feel you are playing a good game ! in tomb raider 1,2,3 the music was great ...and the music was coming in dangerous places so you knew that something will gonna happen ...that was cool ! i must say that last tomb raiders are far from first tomb raider game play !

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

I played the demo for PC and I like new one... I didn't play this serie games since PSX Lara Croft tomb Raider 1!

Yodake
Yodake

I have been playing with lara for like 4 hours now and those graphics are awesome she looks better/sexy than she use to be in that particular game. You guys will love playing this one.

Enige-iets
Enige-iets

graphics looks cool, cant wait to play with Lara...hehe

smith447
smith447

wow the graphics are amazing on PC. lets hope it's as good on ps2 and psp.

anormano
anormano

Original Tomb Raider = Good Game Play + Good Engine (By that time standards) Tomb Raider: Legend = Not So Good Game Play + At Least Lot Better Than The Original Engine Tomb Rider: Anniversary = Good Gameplay (Hopefully) + At Least Lot Better Than The Original Engine Eidos: Why not combine both of them and scrap all the money they can get... Hell, I'll gladly give them mine... I'm always a big fan of virtualize brea.. ehmmm... Miss Croft...

leo_the_boss
leo_the_boss

This game will be a hit to all people who have all the other tomb raider series. ive already got it pre-ordered it

aznboi86
aznboi86

The Anniversary version will include bigger levels and more moves. Also, the puzzles aren't as easy as before so they will actually be challenging. But the best part is that they are remaking the first tomb raider game. I never liked the old robotic game play. But the developers improved the game play in Legend, which will be better in Anniversary. I can't wait until it comes out! =)

dunhamman1967
dunhamman1967

Maybe the reason why it's so hard to believe that the game came out 10 years ago is because it came out 11 years ago! Do the math!! Get it right! But this game looks awesome! I will definantly try it out.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Tomb Raider Legend wasn't all that good believe me.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Tomb Raider is my favorite video game of all time, so I'm really looking forward to this remake of that classic game. Those were good times, good times... I can remember the first time I saw Tomb Raider on a Rendition Verite and a 3Dfx graphics accelerator (which were a rare and expensive add-on in those days). The world felt so real that I thought I could just jump into it. I can only imagine what it will look like on hardware that's several times more powerful.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

A PSP version, that's cool. I hope it isn't like the PS version.

black-baron
black-baron

this looks awesome , but the last 2 Tomb Raider games were deeply disapointing and just not tomb raider , but now its back in the right hands it should hopefully be awesome ; ))) cant wait

Badjo555
Badjo555

Superinis zaidimas, nors dar ir nezaidziau , bet zinau....

moatez
moatez

I ready to play another adventure of a beautiful girl Lara Yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

killered3
killered3

If it's better than that Tomb Raider Legend crap, I'll love it. Because this is before Lara got as lame as she is now!

Ryusennin
Ryusennin

"There's still a great game there, but it's hard to play and not wish for better control, improved graphics, or an updated arsenal of moves." You're a bit behind your time, GameSpot... http://tombraiderxtra.com/

bodylotion
bodylotion

Compared to the first Tomb Raider , no Tomb Raider really has come close. So i'm having high expectations of this game and i hope they're worth it. btw Why the hell do the gamespot admins randomly delete posts ffs ?

Doolum
Doolum

lets hope it really holds up to xpectations.Havent seen a decent Tomb Raider for a long time.

Thiago-d2
Thiago-d2

Na-huh! Tomb Raider games wont ever get boring! I can't barely wait! X)

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

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Draco-x5
Draco-x5

Looks sweet, too bad there's no 360 port though

Daz_06
Daz_06

Tch, the gameplay's almost the same as legend its jst like different area's, so i dnt think its gona be all that different, no way im gettin it

Sicho_666
Sicho_666

Am i alone in wishin this will come out on 360? ah well, i've just dusted my PS2 off for God Of War 2, so might as well get this on ps2 then

Mohamed_h
Mohamed_h

This is a worthy game ... a must have in my opinion !

cannibal127-9
cannibal127-9

Too bad they don't release a version of the game on PS3 like the one on 360 they did with Legend. Even for an extra 10 or 20 bucks, a Tomb Raider fan like myself would love the enhanced graphics.

Liquid_47
Liquid_47

Why doesn't it come out on the 360? :(

NFD
NFD

Hope i can play it on Euro PS3 coz it looks great!!!

jagstar73
jagstar73

Tomb raider was deep when it came out, cnt believe it was 10 years ago!!!!

ReaperZA
ReaperZA

Bring on the Dinos!!! Tomb Raider: Legend was GREAT but there just weren't enough animals in it to give that "wild" feeling if u know what I mean! ;)

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

@peeweeshift Be Non-partisan doesn't suit u.

kitty
kitty moderator

i cant wait for this game, i'm a huge tomb raider fan

PeteMad
PeteMad

I'm looking forward to see all the makeovers for each stage, especially the giant Thor Hammer stage. Any1 remember that? Bet Natla is gonna look alot meaner in the final battle. And lets not forget that giant...thing that can break Lara like a rag doll. A whole decade and it feels like yesterday. :)

mrhuntin
mrhuntin

this game going great,the better look of tomb raider ,just make tomb raider look hot and sexy.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

nice too bad there isnt a 360 or ps3 version. legends was nice looking but it might not compare with other 360 and ps3 games now so i understand why they wont make that move for this game

bodylotion
bodylotion

Yeah but still it would be better if they kept the same term inside the game :) Did i already tell you guys that i really look forward to the remake of the greatest Action/Adventure ever made ?

Sergsky
Sergsky

Coliseum and Colosseum are synonyms, but coliseum is a general term and colosseum a specific one.

bodylotion
bodylotion

"Every single nook and cranny of every level has been totally redone" I'm not a game-designer but wasn't that obvious?