The gaming world's sexiest and most intrepid adventurer makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend! Follow Lara down a path of discovery as she travels the globe to remote, exotic locales in search of one of history's greatest artifacts that unleash unwelcome figures from Lara's mysterious past.
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Release Date: Apr 7, 2006

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About This Game

The gaming world's sexiest and most intrepid adventurer makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend!
Follow Lara down a path of discovery as she travels the globe to remote, exotic locales in search of one of history's greatest artifacts that unleash unwelcome figures from Lara's mysterious past. With guns blazing, Lara must use her athletic ability and intellectual wits to explore vast, treacherous tombs, riddled with challenging puzzles and deadly traps. Experience the beginning of the new Legend in the most adrenaline-fueled Tomb Raider adventure ever!
  • Lara Croft evolved! - the sexy, dual-pistol wielding heroine is presented like never before with new graphic and animation sets, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date
  • Return to the tombs! - discover and explore living breathing, lost ancient realms that hold clues to the secrets of Lara's past. Physics, Water and Fire systems bring the perilous environments of Lara's world alive, and challenge the player to improvise solutions to obstacles
  • The Intuitive and Fluid Control System movement allows you to keep Lara in continuous motion; seamlessly handle any obstacle and interact dynamically with any surface
  • Experience the new legend of the Tomb Raider series! - the future of the adrenaline-fueled adventure meets the promise of the next generation gaming systems.
  • Utilize strength and intelligence on your quest! - use the grappling hook, an arsenal of new weapons, communications devices, and other tools to achieve your goals.
  • Travel the globe to the world's most exotic locales! - explore ancient tombs, treacherous jungles, snowy mountain ranges, and much more.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Pentium 3 1.0Ghz or Athlon XP Equivalent, 256MB RAM, 100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible 64 MB 3D Accelerated Card with TnL (GeForce 3Ti / Radeon 9 series), Microsoft Windows 2000/XP compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible), 9.9GB free disk space, 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible mouse and keyboard
    Recommended: Pentium 4 2.0Ghz or Athlon XP Equivalent, 512MB RAM, 100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible 256MB 3D Accelerated Card (Nvidia GeForce 5900 / Ati 9800XT), Microsoft Windows 2000/XP compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible), 9.9GB free disk space
    Optimal: Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or Athlon XP/64bit Equivalent, 1GB RAM, 100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible 512 MB 3D Accelerated Card (Nvidia GeForce 7800 / Ati X-1800)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Remember awful controls, and horrible gameplay? Remember how Tomb Raider was all about breasts and butts, and had little substance? The awful jumping puzzles and all?

I started the game with all that in my head, and I was like "ok I'll give this a couple hours" About 7 hours later, I put down my controller and was pleasantly surprised.

Ok that's not entirely true either. I had a major problem and almost gave up on this game as "unplayable" because the "next gen features" whatever they are, create a crash during a level. I stopped playing without an intention of returning, but then I found out that turning off next gen features will allow you to skip that crash.

However outside of that crash I did have trouble putting the game down. I had a really good time with the game. It's not a near perfect tour de force as the "Tomb Raider" reboot was, but it isn't as big a train wreck as I remembered the series being. I honestly think people played the original set of tomb raiders, and rarely tried the rest of the series, because up until Tomb Raider, I really don't remember many people saying positive things about this series.

Now while this is a very good (even great) game, there's one thing that should be mentioned. There are a few driving sections that are... to put it bluntly, awful. Everything about these sections feel off. The controls are straight out of 2000 or earlier (Press up to go forward on a motorcycle). The enemies, and collisions hurt too much, the shooting is weak, one of them is heavily timed, the other doesn't appear to be (or at least isn't as strict). The challenge is high for all the wrong reasons, and overall they are one of the only areas I can say I hated. The only good news about them is there's two or three of them and that's it.

Besides those driving sections, the game is an incredible exploration game. What is especially great in my mind is there were a few puzzles I felt stumped at, where I literally didn't have a clue how to progress at first, and I had to use trial and error. It's rare for a game to really stump me and this game had a perfect blend, where I felt stumped, but I was able to puzzle it out. I often felt I knew what was and wasn't possible, and had a clue how to solve the puzzle, but at the same time the solution wasn't laid out for me, and that was refreshing.

The story of the game is that Lara is chasing after a specific artifact, it's an artifact that has a link to her past, and the disappearance of her mother, I don't want to give away what it is or the story, but it's a solid tale that kept my attention, even as it went a little too heavily into the mysticism. There's a few people who assist Lara, who don't get a ton of development (apparently their back story is in the prequel, Tomb Raider Anniversary) but are always there to drop a hint or a timely quip over the coms, as this is a solo affair.

If you can get over the 2006 graphics (which has aged, but still feels acceptable), the awful bike levels (few, but noticibly bad) and don't mind a little cheesiness in the dialog, this is an easy recommendation. It's a 7 dollar game, that's easily worth that price, or more. It has a memorable story, and fantastic level design. It also contains great locations, and gameplay. Overall I think Tomb Raider: Legends should have got the same level of attention that the newest Tomb Raider has. The newer game is definitely better, delivering a more fleshed out character and story, and a better game, but at the same time, you can still go back and play Legend before or after it and enjoy it, for the excellent adventure it offers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game may be old but besides some glitches,bugs I recommend this game to anyone who likes puzzles,First person shooter and parkour games. its very worth it and its mostly child friendly. I love this game! Thumbs up for me!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Even for 2006 this game is just a piece of rubbish. Although it has some interesting levels in terms of puzzles, it feels like I am playing sorta woman version of Rambo plus GTA stiched together and if that was not bad enough then the awful physics and camera are just what tip the balance of what could have been a nice game. Graphics are alright, I am not that crazy about graphics anyway plus at that time that was just normal type of graphics. But oh my God the moronic levels with the bikes... Playing on hardest difficulty I was astonished to find I could not change the difficulty level which almost made me break my keyboard especially when trying to beat the Kazakhstan train chase level... It was just an awful combination of incredibly lame physics, really, extremely poor camera rotation, strong enemies that could take me down in 2 shots, stupid game mechanics which were so buggy (almost all the time I could not change the target I was trying to shoot which resulted in Lara trying to shoot at some bike behind a SUV or other obstacle 50 feet away instead of the guy who is just in front). And on top of that, the level was so ANNOYINGLY long... I had to be shot down like 50 times before I passed the FIRST part only to find out I had to shoot my way through swarms of bikers and SUV drivers all over again. Puzzles are okay, graphics are just about right, but that moronic GTA-like Rambo style part is what really really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off. That is why I do NOT recommend this game. Try Aniversary, or Underworld if your PC can't handle the newest TRs out there. But if you skip Legend, you won't be missing much.
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5 of 17 people (29%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21

A pale shadow compared to the greatness of Tomb Raider 1/2.

Firstly, the sense of isolation is gone. She always having chatty convos with side characters with removes the forboding sense, and they almost always say obviose cliche lines. They are boring.

Secondly, for some reason, they keep putting QTE's in these games, under the bizzare impression gamers like them. Many sequences in Tomb Raider 1/2 that would require player input to escape, and now movies with arrow keys popping up. In short, it's garbage.

Thirdly, the game is very linear now with an obviose path. You won't be stopping to explore, or backtracking or using your brain like Tomb Raider 1/2, the secrets usually when hidden in those games are now usually 2 feet of the beaten path in a corner. In short, crap.

The game also has crap vehical sequences. These existed in Tomb Raider 2, and handled poorly, but you had freedom to move around the enviroment and get off as you please. Now you go in a linear straight line while baddies line up to be shot. It's crap.

Before, you selected one of multiple weapons, now you just hold two weapons at a time picking them up as you go through contrived battle sequences.

Danger is basically non existent as you get checkpoint, checkpoint, checkpoint, checkpoint, checkpoint, are you ok? Checkpoint.

Everything now requires a cutscene. Walking into a new area? Cutscene. About to face a mob? Cutscene. About to face a boss? Cutscene. Pulls a lever? Cutscene. A platforming section? Cutscene. The player isn't allow to take things in for themselves anymore, all highly controlled.

The good? Well, it controls better. It looks nice for an decade old game and Lara as a character is stil as cool as ever.

This is a very dissapointing game that while doesn't totally ruin the francise, is heavily dumbed down removing much of the magic of the first two games.

Pick it up during a sale, but don't expect much if you enjoyed the originals, Crystal Dynamics do not hold a candle to Core Design.
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
At the tender age of 9 years old, Lara Croft and her mother Amelia, survive a plane crash in the Himalayan mountains. Taking refuge in an old monastery, young Lara, already with an adventurous heart, discovers a stone dais with an ancient sword in it. This triggers an event that leads to her mother disappearance, and is the premise to Tomb Raider Legend.

This was the first Tomb Raider developed by Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Interactive switched the development of the next Tomb Raider game away from Core Design (the studio was shut down a little while after this decision) after the poorly received Angel of Darkness failed in the eyes of most Tomb Raider fans, and professional critics.
Tomb Raider Legend was/is an excellent Tomb Raider game, with the perfect balance between puzzle solving and combat, and an intricate story that mixes myth and marries it with real exotic locations to explore.

Graphics wise, this is a game from 2006, but it holds very well to this day. The textures are well detailed and the particle system and animations are particularly impressive. The music in the game is on par with other Tomb Raider titles, which means that it's very good as well. Orchestrated music that kicks in at the right time to give an extra dose of suspense never gets old, and it's classic Tomb Raider in that regard.

New mechanics were also introduced this time around. Lara now has the ability to slow down time versus human enemies, but you can only use it when at a real close range by double pressing the jump button. When it's active time slows down and your aiming is more precise and you can target and damage more than one enemy if you are fast enough. A flashlight was also introduced and you can manually turn it on or off, and it is essencial in dark areas. You can carry only 3 medkits at any given time, and you can choose to use them whenever the situation calls for it. The amount of weapons you can carry is limited to only 2, your dual pistols and an extra slot for whichever weapon you want to carry. For the first time in a Tomb Raider game, you can pick up weapons from your fallen enemies, and there is some variation to them, from a shotgun, to an SMG, a rifle and a grenade launcher, plus a surprise weapon close to the end of the game. Another franchise first is the abbility to carry grenades. The binoculars are also very important, specially for helping you out with puzzle solving, with the ability to enter RAD mode and identify movable objects, destructable structures and mechanisms.

The characters and voice acting in the game are top notch. The script is well written and very well executed by the voice actors. They do a great job with emotions, the way the lines are delivered and acted make you feel in empathy with the characters, either it's a dramatic moment, or a cheerful one. Lara is not alone in this adventure, as her companions Zip and Allister always provide insight and advice through her intercom. These characters are not particularly deep, but they serve their purpose well and without getting in the way. Lara however is not the only true "deep" character in the game, as some characters have real motivations as well (can't really say much more without spoiling it to anyone) that make perfect sense in terms of story.

The puzzles in the game are logical and challenging for the most part, without ever becoming frustrating. The combat is fun, but the controls are a little clunky, and the enemy A.I apart from boss fights is just way too easy and not all that great. There is some texture distortion on this particular PC version, but it is rare and does not detract from the experience. I have read that some people have had some issues with this game under modern Operating Systems, but having played the game on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, I never encountered any issues or crashes of any sort. It runs like a charm on my OS. Also worthy of mention, and in my opinion a negative aspect of this version is the lack of the Steam overlay, meaning you will not be able to shift+tab to access the steam community while playing, your only option is to alt+tab, and doing so never caused the game to crash for me. There is a workaround to this issue, so I am told, but I did not try it out, and therefore can't really say anything on that aspect.

Tomb Raider Legend is an amazing Tomb Raider game. While not perfect, it is well worth playing.
For it's current price, it's a steal (even more so when it goes on sale, it can go as low as 1,50$) and well worth it. The game is a little short compared to other Raider games, but it is a fun and thrilling ride from start to finish.


The Good

Graphics still hold out well today
Lifelike animation, truly great music and sound effects
Voice acting and story are top notch
Some extra stuff to unlock which adds replayability
Good selection of guns, fun and logical puzzles, exotic and mystical locations to explore
Challenging Boss fights
Motorcycle sections are fun

The Bad

Some texture distortion
Combat is a little clunky
Enemy A.I is not very smart
No Steam overlay without a fix
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
From all the Tomb Raider games, this one is my personal most favourite! I have played the game before I had Steam account, when I got Steam account and I even have the game in Box DVD version.
I love everything.
This is the first Tomb Raider that I play it with such a joy and happiness.
The model of Lara Croft is gorgeous! Many years after the release, she looks amazing! When you enter water and come outside, she will be wet and will dry in time, but the effect is awesome! Her outfits are cute and they fit her body perfectly!
She is really a strong woman, because of her skills and great mind! This is how real women should look like. She is deadly and if you are a bad person, she will put you in the right place.

The level design of the game is awesome!
From jungle terrain, to village in the desert to the snowly mountains and underground caves- there is much variety.
Some of the puzzels could be challenging to you, if you are new to the game, but overall, they are not hard, and they are enjoyable so you will have fun with them!
Climb, run, jump, shoot- you will do everything!

Nothing is more badass than riding a motor-bike on top of skyscrapers.

The sounds and the music is in very high level. Your ears and brain will like them very much.
The environment is awesome and you can interact with it to achieve your goals.
There are hidden and not so hidden artefacts in the game and collectables for you to find and collect.

I would gladly play this game many more times in the future!
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
Tomb Raider Legend was the return of the TR series after Eidos had successfully torpedoed it into the garbage can during the PS2 Generation. It's the first game in the series by Crystal Dynamics, and the big difference between it and the originals is the style of platforming. It no longer uses tank controls and the grid/tile based movement that the originals did, but rather goes for more like a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (and it's sequels) style of platforming.

It's the only game of the Crystal series that they were able to go with a bit more of a lighthearted tone, so it leans heavily into the James Bond style globetrotting adventure, with the headset banter from your assistants. The levels are pretty good, with the standouts being Japan and England. The downsides are the combat sequences that are too frequent for a TR game, and some overlong motorcycle sequences that are in there to break up the pace. The majority of the game though is still based around puzzle solving and platforming which is what I wanted from a TR game.
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50 of 64 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Probably the most loved of all Tomb Raider games. Her popularity declined after Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, but Legend for sure brang her back to the top.

With 5 million copies within the first year, this is one of the best Tomb Raider games, revolutionary and a great come back for the iconic Lara Croft.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This is the first game in the trilogy, but the story occurs before the other two games.

The trilogy debuted in this order from first to last:
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Underworld

However, the story is in this sequence from first to last:
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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
Great game! A bit short, but I almost enjoyed every second of it. Sometimes the camera angles are a bit annoying, but the environments look very pretty (like Nepal and Bolivia) and the story is also easy to follow in my opinion.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: October 7
Product received for free
This game is something else. It perfectly combines all of the wrong aspects of 3D platforming, puzzle and adventure genres. It's more than a game, it's the single most complete and unparalleled crap experience on the market.
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13.6 hrs
Posted: October 2
I really enjoyed this - (though in fairness I am a Big Fan of the Tomb Raider franchise in general) - relatively short at just over 10 hours, but an enjoyable yarn well-told and with with plenty to do.
I quite liked the interaction with "home base", although some aspects of the dialogue were a little out of place from time-to-time - (a minor niggle though).
Graphically it looks nice and a after a little tweek with SweetFx it can look even better.
So yeah, it's 4.99 - so do yourself a favour. :)
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8.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
There's tombs.
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6.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
♥♥♥♥ McGee searches for a dusty knife to save her mom from a blonde.
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