Not Just Another Pretty Face
Giff1988 wrote this review on .
You play as Lara Croft, a surprisingly intelligent, strong willed women, who goes around the world collecting artifacts. What caught me off guard was how much I like the characters in the game. The banter between Lara, Zip, and Alister is truly amusing. The story is no slouch either, it takes the King Arthur legend and adds an interesting twist to it.
The game is at it's best when your doing what the title implies Raiding Tomb's. The puzzles and the platforming are spot on offering enough challenge and pondering but never getting to the point of frustration. The graphics although are no technical feet look good. Every location looks different and the art really makes the game stand out even with the 360 and PS3 games on the market. Also the sound is all top notch, with a great musical score and with good voice acting. Only problem is…. I had trouble understanding the characters at times, particularly Alister sporting the heaviest British accent and tended to talk to fast when excited. Thankfully there is a subtitle option and quite frankly I'm not going to deduct points for a game using British voice actors. I'm sure us Americans are equally hard to understand to people across the pond.
Unfortunately the game is not all Platforming and Puzzle Solving. There is to a lesser degree third person shooting and…. Quite frankly it sucks. The lock on feature is annoying, it's near impossible to select your targets. There times when you just have to face that your locked on to a target you don't want, and your just going to have to take him out anyway. These imprecise controls also make an appearance during Boss Battles and makes them frustrating even after you figure out the pattern and what you need to do. The only other quibble I had is the game is shockingly short. I beat the game at Six Hours and a Half. But…. Surprisingly I kept playing. I notice this extra called, Croft's Manner. There you can explore, jump, and solve environmental puzzles to get different colored shields and unlock extra's. This was surprisingly addictive and I spent an additional Three hours exploring the mansion. At the end of the day I spent about Ten Hours and Forty Five minutes in the game, but still wish it was longer.
Thankfully the game focuses on it's strength's with much more Puzzles and Platform Jumping then gunplay. Add a great group of characters and a good story and you have one very enjoyable Adventure game.
Story 9: An interesting take on a classic tale, with a great group of character's leaves you quite satisfied compared to many other video game stories.
Graphics 8: Not pushing anything technically but it hold's it's own, sporting beautiful environments, solid character models, and good attention to detail.
Sound 9: Great musical score accompanied with good voice acting that really brings the characters to life.
GamePlay 7: When the game focus's on Platforming, and Puzzle solving it does little wrong. Unfortunately there is a sloppily implemented 3d action shooter mechanic and it takes away from the overall quality of the game.
Value 6: You can beat the game at around 6 to 7 hours, and even if you go back for the extra's you will still want more.