Tomb Raider: Anniversary retraces Lara Croft's original genre-defining adventure — globe-trotting 3rd person action-adventure in pursuit of the legendary Scion artifact. Using an enhanced 'Tomb Raider: Legend' game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the...
User reviews: Very Positive (662 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2007

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary retraces Lara Croft's original genre-defining adventure — globe-trotting 3rd person action-adventure in pursuit of the legendary Scion artifact. Using an enhanced 'Tomb Raider: Legend' game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion right up to today's technology standards and offers gamers a completely new gameplay experience. Re-imagined, Anniversary delivers a dynamic fluidly and fast Lara Croft, massive environments of stunning visuals, intense combat and game pacing, and an enhanced and clarified original story.
  • Epic Exploration - The lost city of Atlantis and ancient Egyptian pyramids are ripe for discovery: explore every hidden dark crevice and impossible heights; enter into strange, undiscovered lands and solve their deepest, darkest mysteries; open doors to new realms, uncover great rewards and unearth secrets to Lara's past.
  • Acrobatic Gunplay - Deftly leap around charging enemies while you unleash a hail of bullets from your trademark dual pistols.
  • Lethal Predators - The wilderness awaits with a wide range of bestial predators—from bats to wolves to bears—ready to defend their territory from human encroachment. New and improved AI means that all enemies will exhibit a more diverse behaviour set, providing improved combat challenges for the player.
  • Supernatural elements are used sparingly to provide a mystical allure around the world, while maintaining the world's grounded core. The awesome T-Rex and intriguing Atlantean centaurs suck you in to the wonderfully intriguing and mysterious world of Tomb Raider.
  • Death-Defying Environmental Playground - Leap over massive gaps, cling onto rock ledges, and swim through underground tunnels.
  • Solve the Diabolical Machinery of the Past - seek to outwit the brilliant ancient designers of many epic puzzles and vaults in order to uncover their secrets. Be warned that they do not take kindly to 'meddling', and as such, the price of failure is extreme.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Microsoft Windows Vista, 2000, or XP, Pentium 3 1.4Ghz or Athlon XP 1500+, 4GB free space, 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64 MB 3D Accelerated Card with TnL (GeForce 3TI / Radeon 9 series), 512MB RAM (Windows Vista) or 256MB RAM (Windows 2000/XP), Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible), 100% Windows 2000/XP/Vista compatible mouse and keyboard
    Recommended: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or Athlon 64 3000+, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible), 1GB RAM, 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB 3D Accelerated Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 (GeForce 6000 series / Radeon X series)
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a superb game in almost every way. As a video gamer new to the franchise, I can now fully understand the reasons behind the tremendous popularity of the Tomb Raider series and the fervor of its fan base. The extent of my previous experience with the internationally celebrated Lara Croft amounted to about 20 minutes of game play on a roommate's Playstation back in the year 2000. Thus, I had not been truly prepared for how fantastic a journey I would embark upon in Tomb Raider: Anniversary for PC on sale from Steam.

PROS:

Artistically, the four geographic settings are vibrant, colorful, and immersive. Coupled with the wonderful music score, the sense of depth and immersion allows you to get lost in the game play and fully embrace the Lara Croft character and her story. Architectural designs are fun, pleasing, and accurate to their respective time periods and cultures.

Compared to other games, inventory control and weapon selection are perfectly adequate and simple without being unnecessarily clunky or unwieldly. The same can be said of the combat and avatar movement controls. This simplicity was a refreshing change for a gamer such as myself who has played much of the Assassin's Creed series and finds much of the combat and movement controls, as well as the overabundance of weapons, mostly superfluous.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary was a sincere challenge for me, and I found this splendidly refreshing in a sad era of dumbed-down video games, crafted with constant hand-holding, slap-in-the-face obviousness, and/or effortless boss fights. Level puzzles in TR:A required strategy and (oftentimes) foresight with a healthy dose of trial and error in their completion. Pathing through the map required keen observation and a healthy (and often fatal) dose of trial and error as well. Most combat engagements were harrowing (especially toward the end) and boss fights required a combination of skill, attentiveness, and diligence. I cannot remember the last time a video game made my palms sweat as profusely as this title.

CONS:

On the downside, I cannot remember the last time a video game spiked my blood pressure to such unhealthy levels either. Three to four level sections were downright diabolical, if not cruel in the difficulty scale. Even with the help of a walkthrough as a guide, some spots took me HOURS to complete. Once or twice this was due to poor checkpoint (save) placement or miscommunicated controls ("Jump LEFT Lara! Not backward into the bubbling sea of LAVA! GAHHHH!!"). But mostly it was due to timed climbing runs with way too little time and way too many stages of jumps and maneuvers, sometimes intermixed with combat. Two boss fights in particular were frustrating to complete, even with guide help and when doing everything correctly.

Lastly, I was disappointed in the implementation of a few extraeneous game elements. Gradually unlocked outfits for Lara could not be worn during the first play-through of the game. The Croft Manor side-mission was especially enjoyable for me, but any progress could not be saved on the PC version, even after level completion. It had to be solved on one go, and then the level reset itself upon future visits. Admittedly, these cons are largely nit-picky, but I see no logical reason why the developers implemented these (otherwise fun) elements this way.

Overall, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a phenomenal video gaming experience offering MANY immersive and challenging hours of fun and thrills. It's a true bargain at $10 or less, and was a sinful steal for me for under $2 bundled with the Tomb Raider Reboot.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I like it.
I don't really have a lot to say but I like it.
A lot of people on the community hub are complaining about bugs and what-not, but I've never noticed any in my current playtime. Pick it up if you want something familiar to play with quite a large facelift, if can get it one sale, even better.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
9 out of 10

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a HD remake of the orignal. The story, weapons and badies are the same as the first Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a fantastic remake upgrading the graphics to full HD quality, upgrading the sound and the controls and gameplay mechanics with out losing touch with the feel of the orignal game.
TR:A features some great extra content like past tomb raider costumes to wear in game, concept drawings and in game commentary from Tomb Raider creator Toby Gard and Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider: Anniversary creative director Jason Botta.

You join Lara Croft on an epic gun toating journey to recover an ancient artifact know as the Scion.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
let's return to back & Have Adventure Just like old times...
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a solid re-imagining of the original game which makes use of the Tomb Raider: Legend engine, meaning a game that's much more user-friendly and playable control-wise, and of course packs quite the graphical upgrade.

Controlling Lara is a breeze with her acrobatics and various feats of parkour coming out smoothly and naturally whether using a gamepad or keyboard and mouse. This makes the fact that a good 70-80% of the game is straight platforming and puzzle solving all the more enjoyable. A keen eye and critical thinking are required to leap, grab, and grappling hook your way out of each scenario, and the game has a fairly generous system in place to help guide Lara to platforms, but most of the work is still up to the player.

The only real downsides of this remake are the combat and sometimes dodgy camera control and how that can interfere with some late-game platforming segments. Combat in general feels very mushy. Gunplay never really felt satisfying, though the lock-on and shoot mechanic does help smooth things out a bit. Issues arise however when enemies are able to get close, and especially if they're enemies capable of flight. The camera really loses track of what to do and can often cause a lot of seemingly unfair damage to be taken because of the obstruction.

The camera particularly fails in one of the final areas of the game (The Great Pyramid), where a long series of timed jumps are required to proceed. The camera gets positioned in ways that obstruct the path and you may find yourself making blind leaps and grappling hook attempts in vain. Even worse is that movement can end up completely fudged in this sequence since the controls are relative to what the camera is doing and leaps and grabs you were capable of earlier in the game suddenly have to be performed with different or nonsensical button combinations because the camera hasn't decided what forward and backward are or hasn't communicated it properly.

Even with its faults though, this is a fantastic puzzle platformer with a silly as all hell story and some great locations to parkour around in.
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