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Tomb Raider Anniversary Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Applelinks recently posted a new review article examining Tomb Raider Anniversary. The action adventure title revisits the territory of the original game using today's technology to give players a new experience. Applelinks gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

The first thing fans will notice is that Lara looks better than ever. I'd even go so far as to say she looks better than Angelina Jolie in the movies, but that'd be 1.) tremendously geeky, and 2.) tremendously disturbing. But the game does look great. Not just Lara (the water details are fantastic, and her clothes actually get dirty as the game progresses), but the environments as well. Although they're still stuck with the green/grey/brown color palette, the amount of detail makes them feel much less drab. There are some excellent lighting and fog effects, too, which are very important in a game that places so much emphasis on location. Gone are the blocky environments that previously felt like hallways with fancy textures, replaced by more organic environments that force Lara to use them instead of just run through them.

What's most amazing about this is how well the game plays considering the quality of the graphics. My review computer was just above the minimum requirements (albeit with a much better graphics card), and I was able to completely max out the graphics settings with barely a performance hit. The game would slow down a tad when loading up a new environment and sometimes during heavy action, but not enough to really harm the gameplay. And although Feral states the game isn't playable on Intel GMA processors, postings in a few forums I visited stated that some users were having success playing the game on MacBooks. Regardless, the gang at Robosoft did a fantastic job porting Tomb Raider Anniversary to the Mac, and I hope their relationship with Feral is a long one; they really know what they're doing.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Applelinks: Tomb Raider Anniversary Review
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