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Developed by Core Design Ltd and published by Edirol. The sequel has the same story as the first game, where Lara Croft is sent to find a specfic artifact.

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      13.06.2011 16:28
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      If you get it dirt cheap take a look - otherwise, don't bother.

      Since her inital appearance in Tomb Raider 1, virtual adventuress Lara Croft has gained cult status amongst gamers, thanks to her gung-ho attitute, her athetic ability and er.. two features in particular. I am of course referring to her remarkable gravity defying silicon enhanced assets, which somehow don't hamper her acrobatic antics in the slightest. Perhaps they're filled with helium. But there is one thing that might not be apparent to some Lara fans - one fact that has eluded most of the gaming press. And that fact is that Lara is completely out of her mind. One reviewer has already mentioned her 'mad staring eyes'. And let's face it - she goes around toting more weaponry than your average Terminator, she regularly blows away endangered species and has so far murdered several hundred people including a kid on a skateboard and a leading industrialist. Or has she? Because I can exclusively reveal that Lara isn't really the gun-toting well-endowed female Indiana Jones everyone things she is. She is in fact a dried up old hippy who took far too many illicit a substances during her life and her adventures are in fact all in her head. Suddenly, it all makes sense.

      Now that every Lara fan's illusions have been shattered it's time for a review, or in this case, a second opinion. Tomb Raider's not that bad, but it's certainly not as good as the original Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider 2 doesn't manage to capture the atmosphere of TR 1 . The Tyrannosaurus Rex encounter in TR 1 which ranks as one of the scariest game moments ever. You were walking along, when suddenly the huge dino emerged from behind an outcrop. And you ran like the wind. Trouble is, there aren't any moments like this in Tomb Raider 2. Even when baddies emerge from rooms that were previously empty, it isn't all that scary. It's just slightly irritating that you're being attacked by guards who must have the ability to walk through walls.

      Speaking of which, there are bugs. Not with Lara, but with the baddies themselves. When baddies snuff it, they often end up magically half in a wall, half out. And they also seem to be able to shoot through solid rock - on several occasions, I ducked out of the way of a bad guy's line of fire. Safe, so I thought - until Lara was mysteriously blasted by her assailant. It's a problem that crops up quite a bit. As far as the AI goes, the baddies aren't too bright - they do run in circles rather than trying to hide behind anything, or in some cases just stand still and don't return fire, making every encounter seem very artificial. But it's not all bad news - there's plenty of platform hopping action to keep hardened Lara fans happy for a little while. She now has the ability to climb rock faces - but only certain ones, and there are a few vehicles in the game. One of the best bits in the game is the section where you have to race in a boat to the exit door before it shuts - if only it were a little longer.

      This could so easily have been an expansion pack for the original Tomb Raider - it just doesn't feel like a new game, even though it's being sold as such, and costing more than an expansion pack would .There's enough here to keep Tomb Raider fans here busy for a while, but it's not sufficently different to the original.

      (review by me, originally posted on GamesDomain)

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      06.05.2009 13:33
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      worthy of a go

      The Tomb Raider games can be played again and again.

      Known for their difficulty and puzzling gameplay they span an era of gaming.

      You star as Lara Croft. A lady with the money and the skills to explore the furthest reaches of the Earth looking for hidden treasures. You must make your way through the levels ranging from caves, jungles, underwater, venice and further afield. Each level is large with puzzles you must complete to continue further through each level.

      You will battle not only creature enemies such as dogs and tigers but also people trying to stop you getting to the treasure and the truth.

      You will find weapons you can use along the way including her famous pistols. There are health packs to pickup that you can use when you need them the most.

      You use her skills of jumping, somersaulting and climbing to reach places no normal human would dare to trek.

      With booby traps dotted throughout the game and some interesting cut scenes you will be kept on the edge of your seat through the whole game.

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      12.11.2003 00:08

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      Tomb raider 2 was the first ever PC game that I bought, so maybe that affects my opinion on it to some degree. One thing I will definately say is that it is very different to any other game I have played; very unique. Our lady friend, (with larger bosoms then ever in the 2nd instalment of tomb raiding) is out to get the dagger of Xian, with your help. This encompasses a wide range of levels, from exploring the great wall of china, fighting off tigers and spiders, to fighting large muscular gentlemen in Opera houses and off-shore rigs. One strong point that this game definately has is originality and variety. There are plenty of puzzle elements, enough fighting to satisfy the more violent gamers and the whole game just seems to flow nicely. I have had this game for several years now and haven't yet tired of exploring all the boat houses of Venice, or crossing those tibetan mountains. Graphics wise, the game can't really boast much. The landscapes are very square-based and sometimes Lara can get trapped within a wall, due to a graphics glitch somewhere. Sound is fine and I must admit that I have sometimes just used the disc to play the soundtrack (Ok so thats just sad). With a massive 16 levels, ranging from mountains, to underwater ship wrecks, you won't complete the game in a hurry (well it took me quite some time anyway). Tomb raider 2 has received a bit of stick for the plot, since there isn't so much actual Tomb Raiding. I'm afraid I'd have to agree fully with this criticism, although the game is still very enjoyable to play. Maybe the title is a little misleading there. Whatever you do - make sure you give it a go :)

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      06.12.2000 03:50
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      Tomb raider 2 is one of the best games, which was ever made. It starred lara croft, a computer chick, and the she travels through loads of levels trying to find this dagger. Compared to tomb raider, it is allot better in terms of graphics, playability and fun. Tomb 2 had allot more people to shoot at and had a good plot to the game. You might be thinking “why should I buy it now, its well old and there is tomb 3 and 4”. well my reply would be that though tomb 2 is old, it still has exciting levels which you’ll be on for ages, it has nearly as many guns as the new one’s and is much easier for you to play. Tomb 3 you need to know so much more moves and need to be so much more aware of where you are and what’s around than in tomb2. Tomb 2 is an exciting game, people think that if a game is old then there’s no point in buying it but that is so untrue, just because its old doesn’t make any worse a game than it was. So stop thinking that only good game’s are new games and go out there and buy tomb 2.

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      19.11.2000 06:29

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      Lara Croft's second adventure, and it is certainly a good one. With the graphics improved from it's predecessor this game rarely fails to impress. The locations are now far more interesting, as is the bigger weapons array that you can pick up as you go. The Venice level is simply superb as is the gameplay as a whole. In my opinion this is the second best of the first 4 in the Tombraider series, with number 3 beating it. There is an action mixed with adventure theme here and it works very well. The addition of humans leaves a far less claustrophobic feeling than Tombraider 1 and 4 did.

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      18.11.2000 02:43
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      This is a good game, or at least it was when it first came out. I remember seeing the graphics and being blown away, now those graphics are considered awful. The graphics aside, this game is fiendishly difficult, and if you're having trouble, these hints maybe handy. Light a flare (/) Two walking steps forward two steps back (shift direction to walk) Turn around three times at least (though it does not matter if you turn more). The next option is either/ or. You can do both cheats, but you would need to do the above again for that to be possible. Now, to skip a level jump forwards (alt forward). To gain all weapons, jump backwards (alt backward). It should work, (has for me).

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      05.11.2000 04:51
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      You might think by looking at it that Tomb Raider 2 is your average action/adventure game. I wouldn’t blame you for doing that either, as it is exactly what I did and didn’t bother playing it as im not into action games all that much and prefer a good old driving game. But, after playing it with a mate, I was hooked and had to borrow the CD off him! In Tomb Raider 2 you are basically in control of Lara Croft and a few guns and stuff. The main goal is to find the Dagger of Xian. This ancient Chinese artifact, when plunged into one's own heart, turns you into a powerful dragon. The plot has movie scenes every few levels, but you might not see them for a while as you will find that you can be on one level for days, trying to find the one thing that you need to progress to the next level. The thing that keeps you addicted to this game is the fact that each level is different. Every level will have something different to do, whether its driving a boat or jumping on a snow-mobile and shooting dogs down while speeding along. You will need to pull off some very difficult moves in order to complete the game, which requires a lot of practice, but pulling off that move can prove to be very satisfying! There are various camera angles in which you play from, so if you pull off a good move, or are attacking somebody, the camera will change for you to see the best action. You can also see things from lara’s point of view if your stuck in a tricky situation and have to pull off a good jump in order to live. Seeing things from Lara’s view will give you better judgement of how to pull off that essential move. The graphics in Tomb Raider 2 are excellent. You will have to have a good Graphics Card and Computer to truly appreciate this though. If you don’t have a top of the range card, mess around with the settings a bit and you can play it in a lower resolution. In the settings, you’ll also find sound settings and key
      board settings. What’s more, the game will practically run off the CD, so you will still have room for those work applications! The game is however quite difficult. You will need to spend a lot of time on each level, for which you will need a lot of patience. There are times when you can be wondering round the same levels for days and really feel like giving up. Don’t! As soon as you do actually get passed that level you will be put in a whole new world where there are even more new things for you to do, so you’ll be back playing the games within seconds. If you really can’t get passed a level, try out a cheat. There are loads of websites devoted to Tomb Raider 2 with answers to most of your puzzles. I would only recommend this as a last option though. Cheating really takes away that sense of achievement when you do get passed the level. You can now get the game at budget prices. So, if you liked Tomb Raider, you will be able to pick this up for a bargain price of around £9.99. An excellent game, which even if you don’t particularly like action/adventure games will have you hooked for ages!

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        04.10.2000 18:10
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        Tomb Raider 2 was actually the first of the series that I bought. I had never really seen the attraction in the games, but that changed after playing TR2 for a while. The best thing about the game is the sense of exploring the maps. You should always check each room thoroughly, you will usually find the designers have put in secrets for you to find. TR2 is perhaps the most combat-oriented of the series, there are an awful lot of different species to annihilate! That said, there is still a fair amount of problem solving to carry out, although its not exactly the most taxing (find the key to open the door etc.). The levels are particularly good - you start off at the Great Wall of China, then move on to Venice (beautifully rendered). The graphics throughout are extremely good. As you can now get this game on budget, with a few extra levels thrown in for free, its worth buying. It is a an improvement over its predecessor, notably in the graphics, and is more fun to play than TR3.

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          22.08.2000 04:52

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          Well here we are again another time less classic. You play lara croft again in an all new set of levels. Some improvements from the first tomb raider she has got some new moves and weapons up her sleve. If you liked the first one then you will love tomb raider two. Lara can now manouver a boat around Venice faster than any one but you better watch out because there are baddies and monsters round every corner trying to get a piece of you. The monsters and baddies a.i have improved greatly from when they would be running into a wall trying to kill you. Any loyal fans of the tombraider games should buy it.

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          16.08.2000 21:39

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          Some might call me sad, other deranged, but dont you just love those curves. I mean if she were real, well deformity or silicone comes to mind, but as she is a cartoon wellits ok then. The game play quite alright, there are plenty of adventure locations, many puzzles to solve and some great shooting action. As a playable game you have to give it good marks, but if you can get hold of some cheats, well lets just say it would need an 18 rating. The later versions of the game all have there own neat ideas and indeed TR 4 really goes back to its roots by being more of a puzzle solver than a shoot up, but she still does all those great thinks us cyber pervs want!!

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          05.08.2000 01:51
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          First off, in this adventure, Lara Croft travels through Tibet, China, Venice and a sunken ship. With her new automatic pistols, rocket launcher, M16 rifle, and harpoon gun as well as her favourite weapons of Uzis and shotgun, Lara is armed to the teeth. The graphics have improved greatly from the original TR with great action and more excellent puzzles, TR 2 is considered by many to be the best instalment of the Tomb Raider Series. Some other great improvements include flares for lighting up the dark spaces, The enemies are getting better as well, with great whites, barracudas, Dobermans, jaguars, Yetis, and of course the monks and cult guys (AKA thugs). This game will have you glued to your P.C for hours

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            30.07.2000 22:03

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            Tomb Raider 2 graphics have improved vastly since the original and the amount of weapons and moves have increased. The sound has also improved. The gameplay has improved because of the new design of levels outdoor ones, underwater ones etc... If you have played any of the Tomb Raider then I thinky ou should play this one as it is the best of the four. A lot of people are saying that the first tomb raider is the best, but why? Every aspect opf this game has improved since her first outing so this game is obviously better.

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            12.07.2000 18:14

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            Join Lara in 4 new levels in the final world of Tomb Raider II. Help her explore an abandoned mine shaft in Alaska and discover a strange and hidden world. Many more surprises await as Lara uncovers the secret of the Golden Mask. basically the same game given a slick layer of polish and with lots of tweaks here and there to beef up the gameplay. So if you thought you were a Tomb Raider II expert then the game isn't over yet! This demo is set in an underwater labyrinth, being followed around by a nasty looking shark while looking for treasure and goodies. The graphics are given a complete revamp, with higher-res textures moving faster than ever before all over the place - the water effect looks quite spectacular with reflections moving all over the rockfaces. Lara herself looks better than ever (still ridiculously over-exaggerated though) and the gameplay is still good old fashioned Tomb Raider. Emphasis on the Old and Fashioned though - aren't we a bit tired of this yet? Further complaints: Lara doesn't make any sound when she's getting ripped to shreds by a shark - either she's having her vocal chords removed or it's just plain sloppiness, we'll never know. If you're absolutely desperate for new Tomb Raider action, check this out. Otherwise there's nothing really new to see here.

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            11.07.2000 00:09

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            Took their time didnt they ? Eidos were praising Tomb Raider II for ages after the deserved success of the first game. In my opinion, the first Tomb Raider remains the greatest game I ever played, it was a pioneering game, as well as bloody good one. The mix between puzzles, exploration and action was perfect. Which led me to this point, why the hell did they screw with it so much in TRII ???? Graphics are better, expectedly, and the sound is better (again no shock here) but the gameplay of TRII was a massive let down for me. For large parts of the game the exploration and lonely feeling of the first game has been replaced by all action scenes, problem for Lara is her control system was designed for exploration, and a shoot out is a tricky thing with a 20 metre turning circle and only one massive jump. Ammo is wasted on these, as you need to use better weapons on the baddies, and the confrontations are far too many, i kept waiting for the exploration levels with TR's classic puzzle styles, but all i found were henchmen armed with shotguns. Cosmetically TRII improves on the first in every way, but I was bored really quick, I never felt the involvement from the first game and it really isnt the same. Eidos advertised TR IV as "back to her roots" you can see why when you play TRII, gone are all the elements that made the first a classic. Mistake !

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            08.07.2000 17:29

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            In Tomb Raider II, the beautiful Lara Croft is back in this highly anticipated sequel from the people at EIDOS Interactive. This new and improved Tomb Raider II is complete with the classic gameplay that made the first Tomb Raider the game of the year! The unstoppable Lara Croft returns to combine the classic gameplay of Tomb Raider with new enemies, moves, weapons, puzzles and much more! Explore New Worlds. In Tomb Raider II, you get to explore awesome new worlds. Some of the new worlds that Lara gets to explore include: China, Tibet, Venice, and an underwater ship. You can ride a boat through the canals of Venice or even be chased by Great White sharks in the ocean depths. Musical Score. The minimalistic approach to music works wonderfully. The game uses its score in a cinematic sense to foreshadow the action and increase tension. Walking around a corner and hearing a sudden slash of percussion or a rush of strings did as much to get my heart pumping as the hard-driving rock so prevalent in other action games. Realistic New Moves. Lara looks incredibly real-like when she is swimming through the water, or climbing up ladders, and swinging from the chandeliers and ledges. These movements will definitely shock you while playing this game. Lara is so realistic, you might forget that it is actually a game. Arm Yourself with New Weapons. Lara's amazing arsenal will make this game top on your list. The very realistic looking guns are fun to shoot and even to look at. Lara's weapon arsenal includes: Automatic Pistols, Shotguns, Uzis, M-16 Rifles, Rocket Launchers, Harpoon Guns, and Flares. Kill or be Killed? This game separates the Novice from the Professionals. In this game you have to be alert because you can die at the most unexpected time and place. Lara can also be killed by the Warrior Monks, Yetis, Jaguars, Great White sharks, Killer Eels, Rabid Dobermans, Rats and more!

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