[edit] Background

Tomb Raider: Underworld is the direct sequel to Tomb Raider: Legend, the story begins just one week after the events of the previous games. Lara Croft is sent on a journey to locate the mythological Thor's Hammer and must travel through various locations with her friends to find it, however, they are not the only ones looking for the Hammer.

This is the ninth game in the Tomb Raider franchise and is the third game to be developed by Crystal Dynamics. Tomb Raider: Underworld was released first released in 2008 for a multitude of platform

[edit] Gameplay

The game has three main aspects; puzzle solving, climbing and combat which are blended at some points in the game. As it progresses, the player will find more puzzles which need to be completed to progress through the story, many of these are orientated towards opening new areas to the player.

At points in the game, Lara will have access to her motorcycle which can be used to complete puzzles and to travel around the world. It can also be used to escape from some enemies such as Jaguars. Lara has a grappling hook at her disposal which is not just used for travel; the player is also able to pull objects from ledges and complete puzzles using this.

Combat in the game is not just focused on shooting like the previous game was, this game also contains melee combat that allows Lara to attack enemies at close range. During combat, there are several dodges that Lara can perform to avoid damage. It is also possible to target two enemies with her guns instead of just focusing on one enemy.

Both the environment and climbing mechanics are interlinked; if a surface or ledge is wet, then it will be harder for Lara to grip and travel across. Players can interact with the environment and leave a lasting mark on the world as they travel through the game. The world reacts to Lara and her movements; kneeling can cover her in mud and rain can wash the mud away.

[edit] What's New

There are many new features in Tomb Raider: Underworld including the addition of melee combat which is a first for the franchise, there is also the new environment mechanics which impact the climbing feature in the game.

This game also introduced a game changing new mechanic to the series, the Adrenaline Moments which allows the player to slow down time while Lara moves at full speed still. It allows the player to dodge attacks and gives them an edge in fights against a large number of enemies.

[edit] Features

Complete puzzles to progress - Access new areas by completing puzzles using the grappling hook, motorcycle and other items

Environmental challenges – Take care when travelling through wet areas, especially when climbing

Motorcycle – Jump into the seat to travel through the world quickly and use it to escape enemies

Climbing – Swing and climb to reach new areas for each zone

Kill two enemies at once – Split the guns and target two different enemies at the same time

Melee combat – Get close to enemies and fight them in melee combat

Adrenaline Moments – Slow down time and take advantage of enemies

[edit] Players liked

  • Fantastic sounds
  • Nice puzzles
  • Great visuals

[edit] Players didn't like

  • Bad level design
  • Character animations are too long
  • Story is dull

[edit] Hardware

Tomb Raider: Underworld is available for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and the Nintendo DS. The game is also available for the Nokia mobile gaming service, N-Gage.

The game is available for Windows PC and for Mac OS.

[edit] Windows minimum requirements:

  • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3+GHz or AMD Athlon 2.5+GHz
  • Memory: 1GB (Windows XP) / 2GB (Windows Vista) system memory
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series 6800GT (or better) / ATI 1800XT (or better)
  • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
  • Hard Drive Space: 8 GB Free Space

[edit] Mac minimum requirements

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Processor: Intel 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Graphics: 128MB
  • Hard Drive Space: 8 GB Free Space

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User Reviews


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Twenty years of tomb raiding

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Tomb Raider: Underworld made free-to-play as browser game, via Square Enix's Core Online

As long as you don't mind an ad every 20 minutes

Dec 21, 2012, by Lydia Sung | 7 comments
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Re-remake, anyone?

Jan 06, 2011, by Sean Ridgeley | 2 comments
Guinness World Records crowns Lara Croft most famous video game heroine

Not to mention the most successful game girl, with both top selling games and motion picture adaptations

Jan 21, 2010, by Leo Chan | 6 comments
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, phone saleswoman

Raiding The Carphone Warehouse this week

Feb 04, 2009, by Sean Ridgeley | 0 comments
Eidos asks journalists to hold off on negative reviews

Hopes for high Metacritic score

Nov 21, 2008, by Lydia Sung | 10 comments

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Aug 22, 11 8:23am
Similar to previous TR's really. Great looking environments. good gameplay, however pretty short, and story didn't draw me in much. TombRaiderUnderworld
Feb 5, 11 6:04pm
Love the action in this game it is more action packed than any other Tomb Raider game I have ever played. TombRaiderUnderworld
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Apr 9, 10 8:21am
My favourite game of all time. I've been playing Tomb Raider ever since I was 8. TombRaiderUnderworld
Feb 20, 10 8:52am
Bad graphics. Don't like this one. TombRaiderUnderworld
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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Mar 3, 2009 (PS2)
    • Nov 18, 2008 (PC)
  • Japan:
    • Jul 17, 2009 (PC)
    • Apr 23, 2009 (Wii)
    • Jan 29, 2009 (PS3)
  • Europe:
    • Jan 23, 2009 (PS2)
    • Nov 21, 2008 (PC)
  • Australia:
    • Feb 12, 2009 (PS2)
    • Dec 4, 2008 (PC)
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