A million sexy points from Angelina Jolie couldn’t do much for the Tomb Raider’s first few installments. While other video games had gone places, Lara Croft could only dream of getting there. But thanks to a whole decade of fixing awkward controls and choppy motion graphics, she’s finally arrived. Legend props the series up to par with radical evolutions and the audacity that survived its forerunners.
Tomb Raider: Legend anchors on Lara Croft’s unquenchable thirst for her past and a passion for solving the mystery of her mother’s death. Somehow, she snarls with the legend of King Arthur and ends up pursuing a magical sword’s fragments that have been scattered around the world – great justice to all that platforming and box-pushing that take you everywhere from one exotic neighborhood in Ghana to another in Kazakhstan.
Basically, Lara’s artifact-chasing exploits will have you working with switch puzzles through each level while searching for the artifact. But you’ll want to know there’s a certain cunning to these puzzles lest you fall for them and lose. The total effect is as cunning because you’d always want to beat those puzzles and while your adrenaline rushes to the point you actually figure them out, it drops because now there’s nothing much to do but find the hidden pieces. The story also tends to be just a little bit garbled, although it does make perfect excuse for Lara’s global itineraries. If you have an affinity for guns, there’s nothing legendary about the guns in Legend. But save for these minor disappointments, you get to pump some real adrenaline just the same.
In between devastation and tombs, you could lock on to an enemy and squash him to death, throw grenades, launch air strikes, or leap onto to a speeding Ducati which is so perfect because the controls have just become more liquid and, by all chance, more cooperative. Camera woes are just about over as well, although it still could get annoying when you miscalculate a jump because of a wrong position. You’ll appreciate those powerful designs that progress to a more intense feel of danger as you surpass one level onto the next.
Absolutely fantastic register on the Xbox 360 with all that crisp visual detail and all too compelling scenes. This cutting-edge illusion is created by the console’s 720p with anti-aliasing coupled with Crystal Dynamic’s sound that creates an altogether unique dimension to the game it practically pulls you right over into scene with Lara- whether she’s bouncing off rock walls, fighting crooks in an arcadian village or colliding with cars.
Tomb Raider: Legend has certainly nailed it down at last and clearly deserves every good video game review [http://www.girlsandgaming.com] it has gotten so far.