This week's Critical Reception takes a look at
Eidos' last-chance effort to return the storied Tomb Raider
franchise to glory with Tomb Raider: Legend
, developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos, and available on the PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360.
Suffering from somewhat of a public drubbing some three years ago for Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
, which earned a dismal 56% average
(according to game review compilation website GameTab.com), Tomb Raider: Legend
returns the franchise to respectability, if not glory, with a compiled 78% rating
over all major review sites.
The consensus seems to be that Tomb Raider: Legend
returns Lara to her roots, and is thankfully reminiscent of the first and second Tomb Raider
, rather than later iterations, as Yahoo! Games' Justin Leeper relates
: "The series returns to what made it such a big hit in the late '90s, while adopting some of the better game design philosophies that have surfaced since. As a result, Tomb Raider: Legend
will appeal to most anyone with a taste for adventuring."
You can read the full Gamasutra column
, including further game criticism from Eurogamer's Kristan Reed and 1UP's Jeremy Parish (no registration required, please feel free to link to this column from external websites).