Pin It
Favorite

Raiding the Tomb Again!: Tomb Raider Underworld 

click to enlarge Adolescent boys rejoice, Laura has returned.
  • Adolescent boys rejoice, Laura has returned.
Adolescent boys rejoice, Laura has returned. Tomb Raider helped define the original Playstation. The game sold millions of copies spinning many sequels and a brassiere-busting silver screen turn from a pre-tabloid Angelina Jolie. Now Laura Croft returns for another adventure with Underworld. Making her way through the wilderness of the Mediterranean, the deep jungles of Mexico and other exotic locations around the world that would give Indiana Jones a run for his money. On Laura's plate this time is the quest for the legendary Hammer of Thor. As with most of the Tomb Raider games you have to make your way through mind-numbing puzzles and just about every trap you could think of.

Most Tomb Raider games follow a basic outline, and this one is no different. The layout of the game is gorgeous, and the lush landscapes team with life. A lot of time was put into the environments and animals to make them more realistic than the original Tomb Raider game. Crystal Dynamics was able to blend Tomb Raiders' old-school puzzle solving, shooting, and climbing so they overlap each other. The result is smoother and more realistic. A neat change also new to this edition is the melee combat system that makes Laura fight and keep her distance from her attackers at the same time.


The real meat of any Tomb Raider game is exploring the ruins and lost civilizations. The tombs in Underworld are dark, dank and just plain spooky-even though some parts are a bit too dark. As you travel through these dark and creepy areas, you find treasures, tons of artifacts, puzzles and badass bosses. Most of the boss battles consist of you solving a huge puzzle to defeat the boss who is keeping you from making progress to the next adventure. Does this game seem familiar?

One thing that the Tomb Raider franchise is able to nail that other franchises struggle with is continuity. With tweaks to the game here and there, the game is just like previous Raider titles except a different storyline.

Not everything, however, is rosy this time around for Laura. For a next generation game, Underworld, has quite a few glitches. Sometimes Laura will stick to a wall or object, which is a real handicap if you're fighting an enemy or in the middle of some action. Aside from the glitches, there is little new here to rejuvenate or bring this to a different level than previous games. Games like Playstation 3's Uncharted really made strides in this type of game but Underworld seems to stand still. The changes in Underworld are mostly visual, which either helps or hurts the game depending on the player.

As for the Tomb Raider franchise, Underworld is one of Laura's better outings. Even though this game is much like the Tomb Raider of years back it's nice to know what to expect from a game. The flip side is that it might put to sleep some gamers looking for something new. A solid Tomb Raider title, but not much more.

Tom Raider Underworld
★★★✩✩
Rated- T for Teen
Platform- PS2, PS3, 360, Wii, DS.
Retail- $29- $49.99

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Game On

More by Shawn Wallbaum

  • Better Late Than Never: The top games of 2008

    Yes it's (almost) February, but every other website or magazine started, or ended the year, with a "Top 10" or "Best Of" list, so it must be a good idea, right? Either way, we're not sure if 2008 stacked up to 2007's monster gaming year, but there were certainly a few bright spots worth revisiting. 10. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots. The original MGS was what hooked me on the first Sony game machine and this title was well worth the wait. Could this be the end of Solid Snake? Don't bet on it! 9. Mario Kart Wii. Even though the Mario Kart franchise is 16-plus years old it still kicks ass. With on-line multi-player for the next generation and addictive game play, MK Wii never gets old.
    • Jan 28, 2009
  • Purple Dragons, Oh My!: Spyro Dawn of the Dragon

    Puff on this dragon.Ever since Mario took the game scene by storm there have been many attempts to steal the limelight from the-little-plumber-that-could, with little success. One exception is Spyro the Dragon. The first Spyro game was released in 1998 on the original Playstation. The game was a straightforward platform game with Spyro freeing fellow dragons from their crystal prisons. The game won praise from gamers and spawned several sequels. Now comes the latest Spyro adventure, which is really more of a remake. The game uses an all-star cast of actors playing the main characters, including Spyro and sidekick Cynder. The game concludes much like the original game wherein Spyro must defeat his archenemy Malefor, the Dark Master.
    • Jan 14, 2009
  • Looks like a Whiteout!: Shaun White Snowboarding

    Even as Central Oregon snowboarders have been praying for snow, there has been something available in the video game world to get them through the
    • Jan 1, 2009
  • More »

© 2016 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation