Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness E3 2003 Preshow Report

Find out what Eidos has in store for the next Tomb Raider game.


Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness will be on display in Eidos' booth at this year's E3. In Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, Lara Croft has been falsely accused of the murder of her mentor, Von Croy, and subsequently makes an attempt to avoid the authorities long enough to prove her innocence. As she starts to find clues, Lara finds out that an alchemist from the past and a mysterious group may somehow be behind the murder. You will have to speak with various characters in the game to unravel the mystery, and the choices you make during the conversations will affect the way the game plays out.

In addition to her old set of moves, Lara will have a few new physical abilities, each of which can be upgraded over the course of the game by solving different types of puzzles. You can also make Lara execute a variety of stealth and hand-to-hand attacks, which you will need to use to take on the new types of enemies (like humans and nasty diabolical creatures) that have been included in the game.

Visually, the Tomb Raider series has been improved for Angel of Darkness. Lara Croft is now made up of 5,000 polygons as opposed to 500, and she also has a lot more animation. In addition, the graphics engine supports a wide variety of graphical effects that will give added detail to the environments.

The controls have also been revamped, making it easier to maneuver Lara around the environments and execute her array of moves. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is scheduled for release later this year.

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