Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PSP)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, October 15, 2007

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 9.00
Gamelength: 9.00

The Tomb Raider 10th Anniversary edition comes to the PSP for some portable tomb exploring.

To put things simply, this game is great fun. The controls have been overhauled, and controlling Lara has never been easier. In fact, Lara has never looked better. This remake of Tomb Raider 1 is just, all in all, fun to play.

The graphics are absolutely amazing. There are very little clipping problems, and Lara just looks fantastic. The levels look great, and the detail is just stunning. A lot of the fauna and other minor parts of the environment look gorgeous, and each level just feels different. When you’re exploring an icy cavern, it FEELS like an icy cavern. When you’re diving off a waterfall into a large pool beneath, it doesn’t feel like the icy cavern, it feels like a waterfall. It’s just that good. The sounds are also amazing. From the rush of the water, to the howl of a wolf, to the roar of a bear or a T-Rex, they’re all there. The music fits each location well, and just works like a charm. In all, both the graphics and the sound are incredible. There are some times when you can’t hear what Lara’s saying due to other noises on screen, or when the graphics glitch out a little bit, but in general they’re both really nicely done.

The gameplay, however, is where it’s at. Not only is there a main story, but Croft Manor has been included as well. It’s entirely possible (and did happen to this reviewer) to play Croft Manor for more than 2 hours before you even TRY the main story, and you’ll have fun the entire time. The main story is a remake of the story of Tomb Raider 1, you’re Lara Croft, artifact discovery and retrieval expert, and you’re hired by a suspicious character to hunt for a certain lost artifact. If you happen to collect all the artifacts and relics, you can unlock a lot of cool things such as extra outfits, videos, commentary, the ability to replay levels, etc. etc. If you happen to complete a level fast enough, you may be treated to a special cheat after you complete the game.

The game is great, the controls are amazing, to be honest this Anniversary edition of Tomb Raider is a lot of fun packed onto the PSP. If you loved Tomb Raider, or even if you’ve never played it before, and you have a PSP, definitely check this one out. There’s a very good chance you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Rating: 8.80

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