Tomb Raider Collection - Xbox 360

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Tomb Raider Collection (Xbox 360)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Compilation
Adventure
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Crystal Dynamics Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB)
Released: 15 Nov 2013 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC 12

Summary

Three Tomb Raider games, one box!

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh instalment of the hugely popular series that has seen various movies and merchandise spin-offs resulting from the successful games. This time Lara is searching for a South American relic, but everything changes dramatically when she comes across a deadly character from her past - the peroxide-blonde, tattooed Amanda Evert - and then finds herself in a dangerous pursuit to find one of history's most famous artefacts. Her new quest will bring her to ancient realms that guard Secrets of the Past, so get ready for some interesting revelations.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary, meanwhile, brings Lara's first adventure to a new generation of gamers and console, adapting it using the game engine developed for Tomb Raider: Legend.

Once again Lara's on the trail of the mythical object known only as the Scion at the behest of a powerful syndicate. She's not best pleased, however, when she finds that she's being used as a pawn in a dangerous game. With that in mind, she takes it upon herself to find out just what the crack is. From there on in, its all exotic foliage, hidden temples and perilous tombs. You'll find classic environments from the original with added depth and realism. While the core of the original is kept intact, many of the puzzles and challenges have been taken in a new direction. So if you're one of those people who's memorised the original frame by frame, you'll still find something new here.

In Underworld, Lara Croft is back with a bang – or more appropriately, a burn, as Tomb Raider Underworld begins its story with the famous Croft Manor going down in flames. Rewind just a few days though and you get to embark on a new adventure to discover just why someone decided to play with matches.

There's a good mix of action and grey matter-bending puzzles, but the focus in Underworld is to truly make it your adventure game. If it hurts when you think, and therefore you don't like the puzzle element, there's a handy hints system that provide tips to overcome your current situation.

When it comes to combat and exploration, there's been a few improvements there, too – most notably the introduction of the “Adrenaline Moments”, which replace the quick timed events that pit Lara in a life or death scenario. The camera angle pans to a more dynamic view and you have free control to escape the situation before you die. Similar slow motion moments can be found in attacking enemies, where your shots will become more powerful and can even land one-hit-kill headshots.