Friday, August 17, 2007

Tomb Raider Anniversary

Latest PS2 Cover

Previous TR series
TR Model =DJust demo played it for awhile coz i havent finish my GOW yet, cant wait to play it too as the starting already brings u in to the Croft world =D Anyway already played all the TR series and can say all of it is fully creditable,Eidos is doing a great job in graphic sense, in gameplay sense, in story line, in story board, in stage designing, art directions, it all blends perfectly to give you the feel that you are actually exploring the in game world by yourself in it. Cant be compared to GOW(God of War) or POP(Prince of Persia) as TR doesnt focus much on monster killing and going thru stages after stages with boss 1 , boss 2 , cant beat boss 3 and u are a gonner thruout the whole game, its much more of a puzzle game which invlolves in much thinking, which can really boost your IQ and sometimes might be usefull in the real world =D...If you like Indiana Jones type of action, stages after stages of puzzle solving environment, getting chased by wolfs and crocodiles..stages after stages of finding hidden artifacts..TR is the game u must try out...Step on stone A door C will open..step on Stone B...Stone B will collapse. So try it out! Here are some arts

Tomb Raider: Anniversary, previously known as Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary Edition, is the latest release of the Tomb Raider series. It is a remake of the original Tomb Raider game from 1996, using an improved version of the Legend game engine[1] and it includes all the original 'worlds' from Tomb Raider.[1] The game was co-developed by Crystal Dynamics and Buzz Monkey Software for Sony's PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Windows and Nintendo's Wii.[2] Eidos announced June 1, 2007 as the European release date for the PS2 and Windows version, with the North American release to follow on June 5, 2007.[3][4] Additionally, the subscription PC gaming service GameTap has announced that the game will be available on their service on the same day the game is released at retail.[5] The game will also be available on Steam[6]. The PSP version was released August 9, 2007, with the Wii version to be released at a later date. [7]. An Xbox 360 version was officially announced on June 18, 2007.

Some Screenshots for TRA>>


The story's prelude begins in 1945 in Los Alamos, New Mexico; a mushroom cloud engulfs an abandoned town, uncovering a crystalline structure, sending an unidentified winged creature flying out. Fifty-one years later the game sends us to a cutscene set in Calcutta, India, in which the main story opens: Lara Croft, daughter of Lord Richard Croft is hired by renowned businesswoman Jacqueline Natla through an introduction by her long-time adversary Larson. Natla reveals she has found the location of one of the three pieces that comprise the Atlantean Scion, a mystical artifact buried in the heart of an ancient city, and she wants Lara to retrieve it for her. Lara, sitting back leisurely, leaps from her seat upon hearing this revelation. Fueled as much by her, and her father's, desires to find the artifact, Lady Croft travels on commission by Natla to the icy mountains of Peru to search for it in the lost city of Vilcabamba.

Through the Lost Valley teeming with thought-to-be-extinct dinosaurs and numerous booby traps, she enters a desolate tomb, seemingly undiscovered for millennia. In a further cutscene, Lara finds the corpse of Qualopec. Observing the inscriptions on the wall, it reads that he was one of the triumvirate of god-rulers of Atlantis before it fell beneath the waves, watching over his piece of the Scion even in death. As she peers closely in awe, one of the beast-like creatures roars hellishly at her before falling laboriously to the floor. Realizing this tomb is not uninhabited after all, Lara takes the Scion. The tomb begins to crumble, and so Lara runs for an escape in haste. Qualopec rises from his seat while Lara looks around unnerved. Fortunately, the falling debris traps him, but Lara without time to abolish the problem before it escalates any further. Lara escapes, however, surfacing from the water to find Larson ready to relieve her of her hard earned work. Refusing to bestow the artifact upon him, they engage in a pulse-raising fight, Lara naturally coming out victorious. After giving Larson a good beating, he reveals that another archaeologist has been sent by Natla to look for the second piece, prompting Lara to pay a visit to Natla Technologies to search for more information. A video communication clip reveals Natla knew Lara would never disclose the artifact to her anyway, and the other archeologist, Pierre Dupont in front of the monastery she instantly recognizes; St. Francis' Folly, in the Greek Isles.

The new graphically improved St. Francis's Folly.
The new graphically improved St. Francis's Folly.

Here she races against Pierre Dupont, a rival archaeologist. Lara uncovers the Tomb of Tihocan, the second of the three god-rulers where she finds his empty coffin, the whereabouts of the body unknown. Pierre then catches up with Lara, threatening to kill her unless she gives him Qualopec's piece of the Scion. Lara refuses, attacking him until he flees from the tomb. However, two centaurs then awake, trampling Pierre to death. After escaping Tihocan's tomb, she leaves for the Sanctuary of the Scion located in Egypt for the third and final piece. As soon as she obtains it, she leaves the Sanctuary and connects the pieces. She blacks out and has a vision about the dawn of time where the god-kings stood in counsel over the third ruler, revealed to be Natla herself. She is being expelled from their sacred order and condemned for unleashing Atlantis' own armies against it and trying to usher in the Seventh Age through the use of the Scion. She is then encased in the crystalline structure which was later uncovered in the blast in Los Alamos.

The new graphically improved Sanctuary of the Scion in Egypt.
The new graphically improved Sanctuary of the Scion in Egypt.

Natla then calmly takes the now complete piece away from the still shocked Lara, clutched by Natla's henchman "KOLD". Lara asks her what the Seventh Age was, Natla asking her how far she would go to find out. Natla orders her henchmen to kill her quickly. "Kid", another of Natla's henchmen goes to shoot Lara, but Larson pushes him out the way, purposely missing her with his shotgun. Lara escapes, diving over the edge of the cliff into the lake as Larson fires. Lara pursues Natla on her motorbike, managing to infiltrate Natla's boat undetected. They soon dock to an island which is a remnant of Atlantis, where Natla has mining operations. Inside she meets Larson again, holding a key trying to stop her from continuing further. Larson taunts her, betting she will not shoot him. Insistent on impeding her path, he tells her she would never shoot him because, "that's just not who you are." Lara replies, "I'm not who you think I am". This resulted in Lara shooting him three times in the chest. Larson falls to his knees, and lays down to the ground gasping for air, his hand reaching out to Lara for help. Lara rests her hand on his chest and turns him over, taking the key from his pocket. Looking at her hands horrified at what she has done and competely forgetting that she thought that it was for the good of all man, she vigorously dusts off the imaginary blood on her hands, greatly remorsing from her first human kill thus far. As she continues through, one of Natla's henchmen stands guarding the next chamber wielding a knife. Lara warns him, telling him he will end up like Larson if he does not let her past. Another of Natla's henchmen "Kid" emerges from the shadows with a pair of uzis. Lara shoots them in her defense, however, KOLD stabs Kid so he can kill Lara himself. KOLD pins Lara against the wall by her throat, but she is saved when Kid kills KOLD with his uzis from afar before dying of the stab wound. Lara finally catches up with Natla who has activated the Scion, along with the pyramid buried beneath it. Natla tells Lara she has reached the top, that it takes three to rule, that Tihocan and Qualopec were too weak to destroy what stands in the way of the Seventh Age, but Lara has the strength to claim the seat beside Natla's rule.

Lara looks at her hands then apologizes to her father before shooting and destroying the Scion. Natla charges at her in rage, pushing her off the platform, with Lara pulling Natla down with her. Lara grabs the platform on the opposite side with her grapple, Natla falling to her doom beneath the depths of the lava. Natla then confronts her, still alive, accusing Lara of having a heart as black as hers, after the blood she has spilled. Natla clutches Lara by her throat, stating she cannot be killed, and that she is immortal. Fortunately, Lara manages to pin her under a falling pillar. Natla screeches in agony as Lara escapes the now crumbling pyramid, the island violently erupting. Reaching the shore, Lara dives into the sea and gets into the boat she used to get to the Lost City. She looks back at the exploding island, then at her bloodstained hands as she leaves the erupting island behind. Lara smiles, realizing she really did kill Larson for the safety of all man, and sails off into the horizon.

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