Pros: Larger levels, made great use of graphics engine, a "must play" for die hard TR fans
Cons: some area's way to dark, items and switches are not as easily visible as before, flares don't last as long as they used to, not for beginners to TR series
Hello Everyone! Channie's back again, this time to talk about Tomb Raider III. If you are wondering why I titiled this " ENLARGED? ",it is for the simple fact that it seems as if Lara's breast size keeps increasing with every new episode. hahaha, anyways, let's get to it!
Lara Croft is back to her travels around the world in search of 4 missing artifacts that were buried with a meteorite, which crashed to earth centuries before.
I have to start by telling you that I feel i am an " expert " player on the Tomb Raider series. By far, these series of games happens to be my favorite.
If you have heard about Lara Croft, seen her on T.V., and have not yet had the chance to play the game, I would not suggest starting with this one in the series. Don't get me wrong, TR3 is a very good game, but I feel that after playing the first level, it was created for the people who are " used to " operating her. Some good advise to those of you who haven't player her, I suggest renting or buying the first or even second of the series. This will give you the opportunity to be able to explore the mind of Eidos when it comes to this series and give you the chance to learn all about Lara and her moves in an " easier " environment.
I played TR3 all the way through and found myself feeling a little disappointed. They did a great job using the graphics engine, and alot of thought, and I mean alot of thought, went into the " hiding " of objects and the puzzles. What frustrated me the most was how " dark " it was.
I am not speaking of the story line, but the actual lighting. I found it very difficult to see objects and switches in the darkened areas. This is something I was not used to in this series. I am used to switches and ledges " blending " in with the environment, but it seems to me they wanted to take the challenge one step further for us. This challenge I did not care for. In the previous games, when an area was dark, if there was a switch that needed pulling or an item that needed to be picked up, you could see it. Not in TR3. I could be standing directly in front of a switch and not see it.
I also found that the flares provided in the game, don't seem to last as long and they did in the previous games. I am sure that Eidos planted many flares around, but I myself was unable to locate alot of them. Thank goodness for a game shark! hahahhaha
The levels in this game are absolutely huge and could be a bit intimidating to look at from a full scale, but remember, Eidos will always lead you down the right path so don't get intimidated by the size or height of the levels.
Eidos, I feel, did an excellent job using their graphics engine for this one. Other than the mind boggling puzzles and the storyline, TR3 is visually captivating to look at. The 3d levels are brighter, smoother, and larger than ever, with plenty of room to run around, swim, and climb.
I do recommend this game to anyone who's an adventure buff. TR3 is packed with action, puzzle solving, beautiful graphics and the music to go right along with it all. I do guarantee that if you love all of the above and more, this game is a must to try. Just make sure you use your flares sparingly, unless of course you have a game shark. If you do, get the cheats for this game and have a blast climbing higher than you would in the usual game, have all the weapons, unlimited air, and all the other goodies.