Tomb Raider: Underworld
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Eidos Probably Fold their amis defiantly and look hurt if you say it, but featuring an almost constantly saturated Lara Croft in the latest Tomb Raider game is less technological innovation, and more perverted titillation. As such, we should all feel a constant throb of shame as we guide Lara along her most adventurous quest yet, through damp dungeons, rainy ruins and inclement Incan temples. By the look of these screens we'll also be feeling immense joy though, with more open level design, less signposting, and the ability to send animals to sleep rather than murder them. Underworld is certainly set to please.
Turns out these guys are happily living at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, blocking entrances to ruins which Lara hopes will lead to the Norse underworld of the game's title.
Underworld will see Lara visit not only the Mediterranean, but rainy Thailand, the jungles of Mexico, and the Arctic Sea. She'll also zip about on a variety of vehicles. Like usual.
Wet surfaces make it difficult for poor Lara to get a firm grip, meaning she might slip and smash her face off some rocks and drown in two inches of water.
To keep her from harm's way, Lara's got a sonar map that reveals hidden passages, and a (presumably waterproof) PDA that offers helpful hints on demand.
Below The Sea
Lara can now fire RSPCA-pleasing tranquiliser darts at the hapless animals she encounters, rather than mercilessly executing them. This shark will be just fine.
With a claimed 1,700 moves (hrmm), Lara's more acrobatic than ever before. Adrenaline Moments slow time for increased precision, allowing her to deftly navigate tricky jumps.
Underworld gives you more freedom to carve your own path through the level, with open-ended puzzles and less clearly signposted grapple points and ledges.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP