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I was bought this game by a friend who knows what a big fan of Tomb Raider I am. Having been slightly dissapointed with the previous Wii Tomb Raider, mainly because of how short it was, I wasn't really expecting too much from this game but couldn't wait to play it none the less. This is actually a remake of the very first Tomb Raider in a much more up to date format. For those of you who have never played Tomb Raider it is basicly a role play game where you play as the very athletic Lara Croft battling your way through desserts, jungles etc. to recover the artifacts. The environment as the previous edition is very interactive and the controls make it so much better. You swing your wii remote back and forth to hit a wall with a pick axe, aim your torch to light pathways and take rubbings. Everything is incredibly realistic using the Wii remote. You can also buy an adapter seperately in which the wii remote slots into turning it into a gun for the shooting scenes. While this is an added bonus I find it's just as good using the standard Wii remote. No longer do you play through the Tomb Raider games by pressing a series of buttons but you step into the game and battle your way through using your whole body. The only disadvantage to the game is there is quite a steep learning curve as the new actions take a bit of getting used to, especially the level where you have to draw shapes in the sand using the wii remote, you would never of realised that a star is so difficult to master. Once you get the hang of the game it's incredable fun to play and so worth the difficult start whilst mastering the controls. As in previous Tomb Raiders the graphics are second to none and everything looks as it should, the under water scenes are particulary impressive. I recomend this game to all old Tomb Raider fans and those who have never played before. It's a very enjoyable game and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
I was never a massive fan of the Tom Raider games but did have and play Tomb Raider 2 when I was about 13 or so like most of my friends around that time. I was interested to find Tomb Raider Anniversary on the Nintendo Wii on offer in my local Currys store for £9.99 and so decided to give it a go as it's cheaper than most action games on the Wii. I'd read a couple of reviews beforehand stating it was a decent enough game with some great challenges. Having not played the very first Tomb Raider game in the franchise, it wasn't until today that it turns out TR: Anniversary is actually the same game but just with an updated game engine and obviously a whole new control system with the Wii remote and Nunchuck. On first impressions, the graphics are pretty decent. I wasn't expecting it to look like a movie (this isn't a PS3 or XBox 360, obviously) but I was pleasantly surprised. The control system is relatively straight forward as well. Both Nunchuck and Wii remote are used together and in some interesting ways. General movement is done with the Nunchuck 'joystick', jump is A and shoot is B on the remote. But this is merely the basics. Lara Croft has a grappling iron weapon/tool which can be used to pull things around or swing between platforms. This is actioned by a flick in a downwards direction of the nunchuck and if there is anything to grab hold of, it will stick. You can then pull the nunchuck back to drag the object towards you. Then there's accessing a switch on the wall. Walk up to the object and follow the on-screen prompt (an icon of the remote directional buttons appears, highlighting 'Up') and another prompt appears. Some require you to hold the remote and nunchuck together and pull down, as if pulling the lever manually. There are great hidden items and objects to find throughout the game, as with previous versions, but the Wii remote adds an extra dimension to these. If you find a carving or plaque on a wall which looks partially covered, Lara can remove the covering using her Archaeological tools, such as a trowl or brush. A prompt will again appear instructing you how to use the 'tool'. Once removed, you occasionally are asked to do a rubbing for 'recording historical data'. Again, you simply wave the remote over the paper which appears on screen and your rubbing will appear. This game is not without fault however with some parts a little frustrating at times. The camera angles can get a little silly in certain areas, the main example being when you are fighting an enemy whether it's a lion or gorilla. When they make their attack, it is sometimes a little tricky to get your bearings back as they are now behind you. I suppose this comes with practice, but can be annoying in the heat of battle. TR: Anniversary is a great game, although will take up a lot of your time. It can get very in-depth looking for artifacts and some of the puzzles can prove tricky, but with a bit of patience, you'll get through them. Even with a new Tomb Raider game released before Christmas, 'Anniversary' is a great game to have and if you're lucky you should be able to pick one up for about £10. I believe it stands up to most other action adventure games and is hugely enjoyable.
If you were a Lara Croft fan when she was wiggling her bum on the Playstation many years ago then you need to buy this game !! It takes the best bits of the Tomb Raider series games, polishes them up and gives them amazing graphics. A lot of the puzzles that need to be solved are exactly the same as they were in the original which drove me mad as I could *nearly* remember what to do but not quite !! The game is hard enough to keep you interested and the puzzles are frustrating at times but gratifying whe you solve them and she moves on a level. If you were a die hard Lara fan (as I was) then it is hard to get used to playing on a different console with completely different controllers and different guns e.t.c. It took me a good few weeks to get the hang of shooting as you need to actually aim at the target with the controller - but re-reading the instructions really helps. Also practice makes perfect and this is true with Lara - get used to the controls on the beginning levels and you will be ready for the big bosses you have to face.
If ten years ago, someone told you that one day you'd be playing the original Tomb Raider by shaking a nun chuk with one hand and fiddling with your Wii remote with the other, you probably would have recommended they had gone insane. But ten years after Lara's PlayStation debut, that's exactly what we're doing. Tomb Raider: Anniversary the current-gen remake of the first Tomb Raider game has landed on the Wii and its back bigger and better than. It's a really fun game. The adapted game play for the wii is pretty good. The camera angles can make it hard to move around but you soon get used to it. The graphics are ok but you have to remember that if you want a console for graphics you have purchased the wrong console that is down to the PS3 or the Xbox. The Wii is great got the game play element. Overall it is a good game and i would recommend it to anyone who loves tomb raider