Now, this Lara Croft is the Tomb Raider we remember! After a few lackluster adventures and a three-year absence, the brassy British heroine has finally returned, with more polygons and a brand-new game engine. The demo tosses Lara onto the cliffs of Bolivia, where she must use her wits, reflexes, and guns to retrieve a mysterious artifact. With impressive graphics and plenty of areas to jump, climb, and swing through, this demo is a must try for all adventure fans with the necessary system requirements.
The combat system is more advanced than in previous games. Though you still aim via automatic lock-on, Lara can now move around as she shoots, dancing and dodging bullets. She can also destroy specific parts of the environment that will crush enemies when timed correctly. Along with her new combat abilities, Lara has a few new gymnastic moves, including the ability to scamper along ledges, swing in full 3D, and move objects anywhere in the level.
Even though the demo only includes one level, it's a generous amount of content that allows for exploration, fighting, and basic puzzle solving. The graphics are tremendous--Lara has never looked better--and though camera angles are always an issue in third-person games, we rarely found ourselves stuck in corners. If you're a fan of the original or any of the sequels, this demo is well worth the download.
Lara Croft makes her return in Tomb Raider: Legend. Lara travels the globe in search of an ancient artifact and is pitted against rival forces. The dual-pistol-wielding adventurer's polygon count and animation set has been increased significantly, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date. Lara's new quest brings her to lost ancient realms that guard Secrets of the Past. The revamped control system provides intuitive and fluid character movement, while the animation system puts focus on continuous motion, giving Lara the ability to seamlessly handle obstacles and interact dynamically with surfaces.
The demo offers a mission in Bolivia searching for a missing artifact.