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Tomb Raider Anniversary

 

 

SCORE: 60

 

Tomb Raider Anniversary 

 

It is hard to believe that Tomb Raider is ten years old (editor: as a video game franchise). Lara Croft has improved her attire a little bit, but she still has a long way to go. Eidos has still not taught her the lessons about modesty. Plenty of puzzles can be found in this video game, along with gunning down bats, dogs, bears, dinosaurs, wolves, and other such things. The player can let Lara go wild with those two hand guns. At times a button will come up letting the player do a very powerful attack to cut down the length of the fighting action.

You know I am going to say it, so lets get the most important aspect out of the way. Tomb Raider Anniversary shows women as sex objects. Eidos does show Lara to be powerful, strong, and capable of doing anything a man can do. If you come away from this game with that lesson then you are being mislead. The different locations in the game are beautiful, however the camera gave me some problems in tight quarters. There is a fair amount of violence that gets boring really fast.

I liked the majority of the music in Tomb Raider Anniversary. It was thematic, and fit the contents of this video game quite well. The gun shots get old super quick. If you let your children play this game, please pay attention to the ‘T’ rating, as there is some language you do not want them to hear.

Eidos gave Tomb Raider Anniversary a lengthy story with plenty of areas for the player to get stuck. There is some unlockable content for fanatics of the series. I saw little reason to go back through this game because of the camera, violence, and enticement to lust issues.

I really like the control schemes that Eidos picked out for Tomb Raider Anniversary. Most of the puzzles can be figured out with out too much problem, but a few were rather mind boggling. The cadence Tomb Raider Anniversary uses is also rather predictable. I could always tell when an enemy was going to appear, because it had been too long since I had been shooting those guns. I personally did not find Tomb Raider Anniversary to be fun to play.

I really wish the video game industry would start to treat women with respect, compassion, and care. Tomb Raider Anniversary teaches some bad things, and we really need no more sequels to this franchise. It is time to bury Tomb Raider as a mistake from the past, and progress towards a more positive future. I was embarrassed to play this video game.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 67%
Replay/Extras: 66%
Gameplay: 63%
Family Friendly Factor: 50%
System: Wii/Playstation 2/PC/Xbox 360
Publisher: Eidos
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}

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