Tomb Raider Underworld Xbox 360 User Review
Underworld is a sequel from Legend. The developers are kind enough to acquaint new gamers by installing a video that summarizes the whole story to make everyone catch up. The game starts as Lara is led to an ancient Mediterranean Sea floor ruin by her exploration. As she begins to make some investigations, she makes a surprising discovery. The site that housed evidences about the existence of Thor's hammer, wielded by the God of Thunder is true. The discovery is also linked to the truth behind the mysteries of the Norse mythology. The story is well fabricated, mostly with what you expect from a Tomb Raider game installment. Fans will not be disappointed. Your need for exploration will be the fuel as you uncover each puzzle.
The game still stores Lara's flexibility and athletic movements seen on the previous releases. The Agility and the speed are still practically the same with additional freedom and control. You can easily manipulate Lara's movements as she swiftly moves through each obstacle. One of the new features of the game is the removal of the quick time events in Situation Adrenaline. In Underworld, you don't have to look on pop ups that tell you what to do instead, the game developer made you feel the action exactly and to react on it to avoid an incoming threat. Another new is Lara's ability to fire on two enemies from different locations at the same time. Lara is also equipped with sticky grenades that would make a good timely kill. The adrenaline system is another breakthrough. When triggered, it works by slowing down the actions of the enemy and makes your hits stronger. The adrenaline is built up with continuous melee attacks and firing a bullet that hits the mark. You can release one anytime.
As with any game, there are two major issues with this release. One is the clipping and object detection issues that greatly affects the game despite what console you may be playing it with. Another is the camera view. There will be times that it automatically goes from one angle to another without any commands from the player. This would be fine if it doesn't interfere with the view but there are times it would and you don't know if you're jumping to the right direction.
The game is made with high-end graphics and the sound is great too. There are a lot of things in the game better experienced than read in reviews. Surely, playing Tomb Raider: Underworld will reach your high expectations or even surpass them.
Super Gamer Dude
The game may not be as extravagant as the movie but it is still Tomb Raider and Lara Croft will be taking on several challenges to complete her mission. And, of course, you will play her part in all the actions in the game.
The game consists of different levels with all the usual challenges like fighting, puzzles, acrobatics, and mind games. These are what Lara Croft, on her own, has to unravel to finish the game and get to her main goal which is to deliver all of the diamonds she has promised. This is very similar to the movie. Unlike other games that use battalions of combatants to do the fighting, with this game Lara Croft is all alone in her mission. This is a role playing game that requires you to act fast, think and strategize.
The plot of the story is well matched with the character of Lara Croft. The story is well written and you would actually feel like it is still part of the movie you are playing. The good thing about this game is that it did not stray far from the story of the movie, so gamers and fans will not get lost when they play the game. The graphics are well created; you can see Laras moves clearly, and the design of each screen or scene is appealing. The sound or audio is also very good. The game sequence and the plot were properly inputted to make the game as organized as possible. The overall presentation of the game is impressive.
In conclusion, if you have been captured by the movie Tomb Raider, you will definitely be impressed with the game. It is highly exciting, fun and entertaining. This game has succeeded in making a passable game version of the film.