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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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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caruch2001
11.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Legend is a solid title in the Tomb Raider series. I was pleasantly surprised about most aspects of the game. In this one, you are trying to find Lara’s mother after she vanishes when pulling out an ancient sword.

The graphics still hold up today I think. Character models and environments are detailed. You can also toggle “next gen graphics” which adds some graphic fidelity but also can introduce some glitching with shadows, textures, etc. Unfortunately, during some levels of the game you will be forced to turn off next gen graphics as the game will continually crash. A quick fix but something that should have been patched by the devs since it’s a common problem.

Gameplay is good. There are a few quirks with the controls and you can fumble a little trying to traverse an area. One odd thing is that if you have your guns out and go to jump on a ledge, Lara won’t grab on and will fall. You have to holster your guns first and the make the jump. Otherwise, Legend is a very linear game and your path forward is almost always clear.

There are collectables throughout each level that will award you bonus outfits, character info, art and even pistol upgrades. Some of these are very tricky to find but you can easily replay any level after you beat it.

The tombs were all done well and the puzzles took a little bit of thinking but were not hard at all.

It’s been said before on here, but the vehicle chase areas of the game are pretty bad. The poor vehicle controls and repetitive nature of just firing constantly until all the enemies are gone is my least favorite part of the game.

One little touch worth mentioning is that if you exit the game on any level, the title screen will change to that area and Lara is dressed differently. Pretty neat.

Pros
+Graphics good for 2006
+All environments well done
+60fps
+Tombs and puzzles
+Some replay value with time trials and collectables

Cons
+Very linear
+Minor control issues
+Vehicle levels
+Buggy in certain areas
+Minor random graphical glitches (shadows, textures)
+Poor AI
+No Steam overlay

6/10 Above average
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Woll Smoth
5.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
Old school Lara and by far one of the best games in the series 10/10
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Double Uppercut
6.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
I've played several Tomb Raider games since I was little, but I never once touched Legend. I know, right? Why did I never pick it up?

... I was a poor child.

Tomb Raider: Legend is a reboot to the Tomb Raider franchise with a whole new cast of characters (that aren't properly introduced or explained), and a whole new story (with tons of plot-holes) to tell!

Yeah, the story's not too good. I'm sure you figured that part out pretty quick. The motivations for the antagonists make absolutely no sense, because they're never explained. It's more like walking into a family sitcom in the middle of the third season, and meeting a character that everyone else knows, but you have never seen before in the context of the story, so you're left to wonder what they're doing or why they're doing whatever the hell they're doing.

Along with that, Lara Croft has a black stereotype and an English stereotype fawning after her. They take up the majority of the dialogue for the game, and it's mostly what you'd expect from their respective stereotypes. The black guy is totally radical and hip! While the English guy is very proper and intellectual.

Lara herself is also rather bland. Yes, the story delves into her past a bit... but we don't see in what way her past has currently affected her. It certainly changed her friend for the worst, but she seems pretty much the same after all those years.

Bland story aside, the gameplay in Tomb Raider: Legend is also... pretty standard. Lara controls well. She moves where you want her to and the timing between when you press a key and she animated to perform that action are pretty well-timed (save for whenever she's knocked back by something, which can be a b**** whenever you fight a boss).

The only thing that bothered me- that often bothers me with most PC ports- is that the default control scheme is atrocious. Home, delete, and insert activate your items? When did you expect me to grow a third arm? And there's no automatic lock whenever you target an enemy. You have to turn that on manually. It takes me out of the experience whenever I have to stop the game entirely, go through the menu, fix the problem with the defaults, and then get back into the game.

But the worst part is, that isn't the only thing that takes me out! Several times, I tried to run Legend on a higher graphical aesthetic (which just makes everything a little more shiny), but the game would crash whenever I tried to resume a game or walk into a room with multiple hostiles. Are you f***ing kidding me!?

Beyond that, the game looks decent, barring the terrible London level that's too dark for you to bloody see anything. The music is good, but not entirely memorable. And the sound effects serve their purpose.

This is, ultimately, a game that succeeds at existing and not doing a whole lot else to stay memorable. It's story is okay, it's characters are okay, and the gameplay is okay. It's a truly unremarkable game, but at the same time I can't help but think about how immediately fun the game became when I wielded the completed sword... for the last level of the game. It's guaranteed to entertain big Tomb Raider fans, but it's just nothing spectacular for anyone else. I'm giving Legend a 6/10.
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Carbonized
12.2 hrs
Posted: September 11
Tomb Raider: Legend is the first Tomb Raider game I've played, and I found it really enjoyable. The puzzles are well-designed and felt just difficult enough, while the combat is comparatively sparse and fun enough to button mash through. The game's pretty forgiving with appropriately placed checkpoints, which come in handy on the more precise platforming segments. Most of the game is great, but the camera is absolutely awful, often actively working against you and the rather clunky control scheme. The PC port has controller support, but all the screen prompts are still for the keyboard, which is irritating early on when you're still learning the controls and during some of the QTEs, though those mostly involve directions. The lock-on system is inconsistent as well. All that being said, the fun parts in this game are enjoyable enough that I feel the less-than-stellar controls and terrible camera are outshone by the great puzzle platforming design and genuinely cool story.
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Carrot <3 Sexy Time !
6.3 hrs
Posted: September 11
I had fun playing the game even doh it's older.
But it doesn't have allot of gametime and the real saving I downvoted it, is the saving.
What's the point of saving a game if it doesn't save, once again the Save Bug.
I do recommend buying it onsale.
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Floki
12.7 hrs
Posted: September 6
Great game,
PROS:
-plot
-puzzles
-Lara's b00bz


CONS:
-camera angles can be confusing


Game looks brilliant for its time
8/10
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Redeemed
17.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
Poor visuals, terrible controls, annoying final battle with a character that feels like she's wading through molasses. Play the Tomb Raider origin game from 2013. So much better than this stinker.
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KrisKriskoKris
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 1
It's a very good game. I like it because it has action and puzzles at the same time. I know the game is very old but i have no problem with that. And you can turn on next gen graphics if you want to.
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Smify777
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
This game is amazing. However, my only problem is that the final boss is really unfair and random other then that this game is perfect!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
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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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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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 adveture, 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.

8/10

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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52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.
Really.
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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58 of 84 people (69%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
Press 'Home' to use medkit
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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:
Anniversary
Legend
Underworld
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Legend has it that the fabled Tomb Raider series was doomed to a life of purgatory, after the unfortunate creation of a buggy, rushed but well-meaning mess of a game called "The Angel of Darkness", and the franchise was to remain stagnant for many eons. Alas, a hero named "Crystal Dynamics" emerged, and a mere 3 years after Core Design's unsightly and depressing demise, brought Lara Croft back to life. The name of their triumphant return? The short, but incredibly sweet, Tomb Raider: Legend.

Oh, how I love this game. It got me into the Tomb Raider series way back when it was released in 2006. I'd dabbled in the older entries on the PlayStation but could never beat them (until recently that is. Check out my reviews for them! No shameful self-promotion here!), but Legend piqued my interest in the series and alas, $20 later, I have the entire series on Steam. And what a brilliant way to start again. Tomb Raider: Legend is precisely what Lara Croft needed: a beautiful, seamless and user-friendly transition to the (then) next generation of gaming.

The majority of Tomb Raider's lore is retconned, but the essentials are all here. We still (of course) have Lara Croft, and man, has she recieved a facelift. And a boob job. And a butt job. I'm gay and even I can't stop staring at her. She's still the kickass, no-nonsense, incredibly acrobatic, academic and elegant explorer who we've come to know and love. And the same applies to the gameplay; you still raid tombs, you still discover hidden treasures while globetrotting, and shoot the ♥♥♥♥ out of bad guys and angry cats. All in a beautiful new engine.

Man, this game is pretty. It just looks phenomenal. It has a unique, semi-cartoonish style in terms of character models, but the environments are bursting with detail and realism, and the use of effects like bloom and motion blurs are used just enough not to take away from the experience. Textures are crisp, ragdolls are hilariously bouncy, animations are smoother than jelly, and the detail is immaculate. The first time Lara emerged from water, actually visably wet and her clothes drenched, I was in awe.

It sounds amazing, too. The effort that went into the soundtrack is very admirable. Troels Brun Folmann has crafted a dynamic, unique to each level musical score which only adds to the already excellent atmosphere. Voice acting is also great, a tad unbelievable but very cinematic. Keeley Hawes brings a regal and more mature tone to Lara which I was very glad to hear.

Plot-wise, it's good! I mean, nothing really new or special here. It's the typical "artifact in multiple pieces go around the world to collect them and then something happens when they're all together then boss battle". But there are some lovely villains, there's traitors, there's emotion, there's consistency, and there's enough to keep you interested in what's going on. I don't think as much effort was put in here as in The Angel of Darkness, but it works and it wraps up nicely, hinting at a sequel without resorting to an irritating cliffhanger. That said, the research that Crystal Dynamics did into ancient lore, such as that of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, do give the story a lot more depth.

The gameplay itself? Stellar. It feels so incredibly natural when Lara is rope-swinging, vaulting, shimmying, dodging, shooting, pole-climbing, swimming, and even riding a Ducati™ (yes, there's product placement) motorcycle. The levels are incredibly varied, and I don't miss the older blocky engine one iota. Movement and combat is far less restrictive, control is pitch-perfect, and the addition of Lara's grappling hook adds a lot more than one would think to the game. It's very smooth and well done. There's also tons of unlockables, which I absolutely LOVE. What happened to unlockables?! There's (many) costumes, weapon upgrades, art, models, cheats and a video to unlock, and all this encourages replayability.

Which brings me to the few negative points I have about this game. My main gripe is the length: there are only eight levels in Tomb Raider: Legend (nine, if you count Lara's Mansion, which makes a welcome return), and even with the added collectibles and time trials for each level, the game is over quickly, especially for people who don't care about 100% completion. The fact that it's quite easy (regardless of the difficulty setting) also adds to this; the game is constantly providing you with tutorials, even in the sixth level of the game, and you can utilise Lara's magical binoculars to help you solve puzzles (none of which are remotely complex).

The game is also buggy from time to time, mostly in the visual department. I noticed this especially in Kazakhstan, during a motorcycle section in which areas of the map were simply missing or transparent. Turning on "Next-Generation Content" in the video settings adds dynamic lighting and better textures, but kills the framerate (sometimes regardless of your gaming setup) and throws even more glitches into the mix, including misaligned ropes and distorted faces, and even crashing the game on some levels.

One final thing: Lara's new sidekicks bug me, a lot. They just don't shut the hell up. "Watch out Lara!" "Wow Lara, that was great!" "Whoa, I don't like the look of this!". Even Lara herself gets audibly annoyed with them. It's totally nitpicking on my part but I feel it's a valid criticism. Just shut the hell up Zip and Alister! She doesn't need your help!

Do I recommend this game? Absolutely. Legend was the start of something new, a rebirth that Tomb Raider so desperately needed. After Legend came onto the scene, the equally awesome Anniversary, Underworld, Guardian of Light and the 2013 re-imagining followed suit. What an excellent way to get us exploring again!

4/5
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
I think the game looks better with next gen content off. You can go in and delete the keyboard mappings and leave controller mappings to fix tutorial text. No achievements or steam overlay. A variety of costumes are available for unlock during stage replaying.

It's a nice throwback to ye old days. Wish more good old console games got Steam ports.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
a fun game

cons - some boss fights are a pain and take hours of fustration just to beat

pros - the next generation graphics make the game look more beautifull and the gameplay is rather fun and simple
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