Tomb Raider Anniversary Review
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System: X360, PS2, Wii, PC, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Crystal Dynamics 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Eidos Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 13, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Added to the combat specifically for the Wii is the adrenaline rush, which occurs when you shoot an enemy repeatedly, and then they charge at you. Then, if you shake the Wii remote at just the right time, you'll accomplish instantly killing that enemy. You'll also be faced with the death defying quick reaction events that have become so popular nowadays, where in order to make your way through a scripted sequence, you'll have to time your button presses and controller motions with on-screen cues. The problem is that on the Wii version, the controller may not always register your movements correctly, forcing you to play through the sequence multiple times, despite getting it correct the first time. Some of the puzzles also make unique use of the game's capabilities, requiring you to trace certain objects, to place cogs on a machine yourself, and other various activities that aren't present in the other versions. It's nothing ground-breaking, but it does serve to add something unique to the Wii version to help set it apart from the others.

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Graphically the game is brilliant despite it's flaws. The various areas you explore feel unique and vibrant, and Lara is modeled perfectly, appearing lifelike and agile. When she performs her feats, you'll believe them to be possible, despite the fact that many of them probably wouldn't go so well in a real-world situation. Enemies are equally well done, and overall the whole experience just takes you in in a way not many others can. Even the little touches of sound that Lara makes while scaling a wall or leaping between ledges help bring the experience to life. Enemy motions are convincing, and their sound effects are generally a step below Lara's, but still well-done. There are some occasional issues ranging from occasional slowdown to areas where things simply look awkward, but more often than not they'll go unnoticed due to the sheer beauty present elsewhere on your screen.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the perfect way to revisit Lara Croft. Instead of a remake, we've been given a remade version of her original adventure, bringing with it all the improvements that have been made to her character over the years, yet retaining the qualities that made us fall in love with her games in the first place. The title has its flaws, and the Wii version is not the definitive version, but that doesn't mean it's inferior either. The motion controls are enjoyable, and do add a level of interactivity not present in the other versions. A second analog stick could have done wonders for the title, but as it stands the title is both competent, and a joy to experience once again. This one may be lost in the rush of Holiday titles, but Wii owners are doing themselves a disservice if they skip out on this one in favor of another mini game collection.

By Justin Conte
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Redesigned Puzzles: All-new puzzles have been created specifically to take advantage of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk providing a dynamic new experience not available on any other platform.
  • Archaeologist's Tool Kit: Draw runes and hieroglyphs in the sand to activate ancient mechanisms, break fragile walls with the pick axe to find secret areas, uncover clues buried in layers of ancient grime with the chisel and brush, and take charcoal rubbings of findings to put in your journal.
  • Remote Flashlight - Illuminate dark areas by pointing and aiming the Wii Remote like a torch to reveal ancient clues. Twist the Wii Remote to narrow the beam of light allowing you to uncover secrets hidden in the dark. If the light flickers, shake the Nunchuk to turn the light back on.
  • Flick of the Wrist Controls: Use the movement of the Nunchuk and Wii Remote to climb and shimmy along ledges, swim, grapple, swing, and shake free from enemy clutches.
  • Active Aim Combat System: Use the Wii Remote to aim your pistols at the screen and unleash a hail of bullets at charging enemies.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.5
    Graphics
    Beautifully done, despite occasional awkward areas.
    3.0
    Control
    The Wii remote just can't substitute for a second analog stick.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Well done, but nothing that stands out besides Laura.
    3.5

    Play Value
    Not much to do or see once you've played through.

    3.9
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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