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Tomb Raider Underworld (Wii)

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Published by: Eidos / Genre: / Release Date: 2008

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      23.01.2010 15:19
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      3/5

      Tomb raider underworld! - Also know as Tomb raider 8

      *characters*
      The main character is Lara Croft a fictional British archaeologist and glorified treasure hunter. She is the only main playable character in the games. Other characters include the butler, Lara's assistants and the games two main villains Jacqueline and Amanda, which were also in the two previous games, with other minor characters though out the game.

      *Setting of the game*
      It is not just set in one country or just on location, it is set in various countries. The game first begins in the med sea and Lara comes face to face with a huge giant octopus thing called a Kraken (you may know what this animal thing looks like if you have watched pirates of the Caribbean). I have found this level ok but in some parts it is a bit repetitive and if you can not do one part of the level you have to do it over and over again until it s completed but it can get a bit boring, if you can not do it! But the swimming sections are quite fun to do, although she moves quite slowly in the water!

      The next level takes you and Lara to Thailand, where you discover a mystical Hindu underworld. I have found this level really hard, may be it is just me but I have completed other tomb raider games on the pc, or may be it is just the games getting harder! But the Thailand sections are really difficult and I still have not been able to complete them or my friends who have had a go on it! So it can get a bit boring if you can not do the game!

      *Wii controls*
      The will controls for Lara are quite easy to learn, they include, running, climbing, jumping, rotating the camera, picking up objects, crouching, the safety grapple, firing the grapple, opening laras pda (which is really quite useful, as it shows you the mission you are on and what Lara has in her backpack and it also has little hints and tips, but they are sometimes obvious and not very useful!) Other controls include, swimming, carrying and pushing objects, chimney jump (when she can jump between two walls that are close together), firing weapons and an all terrain motor bike! The only thing about the controls is that if you want a good view of what you are doing, so you do not fall of a cliff or something, you have to move the camera yourself instead of the camera just following Lara on its own, which is a bit annoying when you don't want to be attacked by a tiger!

      You can also save the game where you are up to if you need to go out and then re load it when you come back, which some other games don not let you do that, for example, the Simpsons game! There are also other little treasures in the game which can unlock bonus content! There are also flashing lights in the game which my not be suitable for some people, as it can sometimes cause blackouts or seizures. Also you should not play the game for prolonged periods of time; you should have a break in between playing!

      The game is currently available from Argos at £20 for the Wii game and it is also available from play.com for £8 which is very good value. But I wouldn't buy this game unless you are good at this action adventure, complex games! The also come in other formats including ps2, ps3, Xbox 360, Nintendo ds and pc! Happy gaming!

      Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D

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        14.07.2009 18:17

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        If you love Tomb Raider you might want to give it a try if not don't bother

        I really couldn't wait to get this game and when my partner bought me it for christmas I couldn't wait to get it out of the packaging and get playing. I really enjoyed playing the game until I found a pretty major glitch in it, I found that when you come to a door of any kind if you walk to the side of the door and repeatedly jump towards the corner of the door you can actually jump through the wall and end up on the other side! On a couple of occasions this didn't really help as I needed to use my motorbike to jump over some ramps, but still this was a major issue.

        The gameplay is also dreadfully short with not much to keep you going for long. I feel that if the gameplay were a little longer I could have coped with the whole door glitch but these two factors really affected my rating for this game.

        The only thing that kept me playing and would indeed influence me playing the game again would be for the pure fact that it is Lara Croft and a similar style that we had years ago with the game on PS1.

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        16.06.2009 17:07

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        Great game interaction but needs better story and graphics

        I have been a fan of Lara Croft ever since her days on the Playstation and so was really excited to try out a game making use of the wii remote.

        The game gets off to a bit of a slow start, I did find the introduction / tutorial quite confusing when compared to the good old days where you completed an assualt course in Croft Manor. Once the game had got going though I was soon hooked and unable to put the controller down.

        For a tombraider game the puzzles really weren't too bad to work through and although the controls had their tempremental moments which lead to some unplanned demises for Lara, I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through this game.

        There are two glitches to warn about - one is in the Asia level where you may be missing a grab hold and in which case you will need to reload your levek and start again. The save can also be a bit tempremental and you may find yourself having to repeat certain bits which again is annoying.

        For most of the game I was also impressed by the graphics for a wii game, however brace yourself to be jealous as at the end of the game they change to X-Box 360 for the final cut scene and there really is a huge difference so if graphics are your thing either look away at that point or get the game on a different console to avoid disappointment.

        Overall this was enjoyable although I could imagine for a more serious gamer this probably lacked the depth and difficulty of a classic tomb raider adventure.

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        14.05.2009 20:35

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        OK game provided you're lucky with the bug issue

        Got this as a gift - which is just as well! It's a reasonably enjoyable game and not too difficult for those of us that play games occasionally and at an only reasonable level. The big problems come with the unreliability of the game. I got so far and then hit big problems. Basically Lara pops up at the beginning after a save minus all her tools. This means i'm now stuck on a ledge very high up with nowhere to go but down...to certain death every time. Shame really because the controls are good, graphics more than acceptable and gameplay not so challenging that you are forced to give up part way through the game (like I have with so many over the years and on all the major platforms). Faced with the bugs I guess I have to start again but in doing so I would be worried the bug would appear again at the same place! I haven't started again which maybe speaks for itself?

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        12.01.2009 17:15
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        A good game but best to borrow or rent if you can.

        I bought this game as I was a fan of the Tomb Raider games on the PLaystation many years ago and once I saw it was released on the Wii I couldn't wait to buy it.

        The game is a typical platform/action game where you play as Lara Croft battling through desserts, rainforests and abandoned tombs to recover the valuble artifacts.

        The levels have been really well done as they are much larger then previous games and pretty much everything is interactive.
        You even leave footprints in the sand as you walk.

        The graphics are second to none and the soundtrack very fitting to the scenes.

        The usual puzzles are present throught the game I was pleased to see as this was one of my favourite parts previously.

        The map has changed from the previous editions and is now 3D and very acurate, you couldn't get lost if you tried.

        Lara now has lots of new equipment for you to explore such as a grappling hook meaning you can walk along walls and swing from pillar to pillar, a huge range of weapons and best of all her trusty motorbike.

        The hints throught the game a fully custom set and you can choose to recieve the level of help you feel you need with each challenge from no hints at all right through to a full explanation of what to do next.

        The combat is completly revamped and you can now choose to pacify, target or kill enemies

        I enjoyed playing the game and thought it was really well done. It was like the old Tomb Raider releases but much more up to date with all new fancy gadgets.

        The only thing that I was dissapointed in really was that firstly Croft's Manor is no longer available and I used to really enjoy a good run around in there.
        Secondly that the game is quite short. It used to take weeks to complete a Tomb Raider game whereas I completed this game in just 2 days.

        It is a good game and if you get chance to play then I would but it's proberly best to try and borrow or rent it rather then buying it as once it's completed there's not a whole lot to do on it and you tend to lose interest.

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          06.01.2009 00:53
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          Good game but too short.

          Lara is back again in this tomb raiding adventure "Tomb Raider Underworld". This is the 8th game in the Tomb Raider series and is a follow on to previous Tomb Raider game "Tomb Raider Legend".

          You get the usual exellent more improved graphics and cool locations with this game and some fairly good game play but the game seemed all too short and easy and seemed to have lost some off that classic Tomb Raider excitement that you used to get with other games in this series. Just as I was really getting into this game it ended, and poorly too. There was no real big baddies to kill, no real big challenges, and easy to decipher puzzles. I remember playing the first Tomb Raider ever and oh what a challenge that was and hours of gameplay too. I remember getting stuck on puzzles and spending hours of frustration trying to figure them out. (games console nearly ended up out the window a few times)
          With this game there was no challenge and you to get through it very quickly, in fact the saved slot states 3.39hrs of gameplay, and thats after I completed it, so it proves just how short this game was. Way too short to be worth its money. You don't have to collect medi packs as your health replenishes on its own and you dont have many weapons to choose from and no ammo to collect either. All these classic Tomb Raider qualities lost and again making it more easier to play and less of a challenge.

          I really dont want to make this game sound bad, because it was'nt. I really did enjoy it and especially with the interactiveness you get with the Nintendo Wii remotes, altough it was'nt as interactive as I would have liked it too have been. Any one expecting to swing their arms around while you swing across bars and ropes in this game, is really expecting too much as the most interactive you get is a wiggle of the remote to pull out crystals or a flick when you pull a lever. Non the less it did make it a little more exciting.
          The problem is I loved every short little minute of this game and was so disappointed when it ended and I didnt even get to challenge a big baddie.

          Summary- Excellent game, excellent graphics, interactive on the Nintendo Wii, cool locations, very very short and fairly easy.

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        Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Utilize the latest technology in Lara's upgraded inventory to navigate the world including: Sonar map: A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations.