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
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.
 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.
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
 Players liked
- Fantastic sounds
- Nice puzzles
- Great visuals
 Players didn't like
- Bad level design
- Character animations are too long
- Story is dull
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.
 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
 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