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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Developed once again by Crystal Dynamics, another installment of the third-person perspective adventure series started in 1996. Tomb Raider: Underworld is a continuation of the events from previous parts of the series and concentrates on the search for artifacts connected with the Nordic god Thor. On her journey, Lara Croft visits new locations, like Thailand and south Mexico, and dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The game offers elements characteristic for the series, like exploring tombs in places associated with mythical realms of death: Xibalba, Valhalla, or Niflheim. The game’s mechanics remain mostly unchanged, but the gameplay has become more non-linear. Lara has a new set of tricks and a useful gadget – a rope with a grappling hook. Graphics were changed also and now they have more dark and gloomy atmosphere.

PC / Windows
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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | PC

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for PC:

game language:
English

18 November 2008 | Worldwide

21 November 2008 | Europe

18 November 2008 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 3048 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 367 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | XBOX 360

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

18 November 2008 | Worldwide

21 November 2008 | Europe PAL

18 November 2008 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 419 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 100 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS3) Cover
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | PS3

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for PS3:

game language:
English

18 November 2008 | Worldwide

21 November 2008 | Europe PAL

18 November 2008 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 407 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 23 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS2) Cover
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | PS2

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for PS2:

game language:
English

23 January 2009 | Worldwide

23 January 2009 | Europe PAL

16 February 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 209 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 85 players' votes.  

Tomb Raider: Underworld for PlayStation 2 is the 8th instalment of the popular series with Lara Croft in the leading role. The game is developed by Crystal Dynamics, which created Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Legend. Eidos Interactive was still the publisher.

Plot

The plot revolves around the search for artefacts connected with the mythical Nordic god Thor. Lara Croft visits for example south Mexico in order to investigate the underworld called Xibalba. She goes to ancient ruins of a Thai temple, dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. All of these locations are associated with the mythological realms of death – Xibalba, Valhalla, and Niflheim. Underworld is a direct continuation of Legend – Lara does not abandon her quest of finding the mythical Avalon, where she hopes to find her mother.

Mechanics

Gameplay is a combination of jumping, running, pulling levers, solving puzzles, and fighting. Lara now has a new set of tricks and a very useful tool – a grapnel, which comes in handy in exploration. You can climb columns and get to places difficult to reach. Moreover, the fit heroine can climb walls with any grooves on the surface. Lara can even hold a ledge or stick to a column with one hand and shoot her gun with the other. Altogether, the protagonist has about 1000 animated moves. Lara can also use a motorcycle to travel between distant locations. If she, for example, sets elements of a puzzle in a particular position, a door at the other end of the map opens. Lara would not make it there on foot before the door closes – in such situations the vehicle is useful.

The game offers partly non-linear gameplay. If you come across a poacher hunting game, you can choose one of two options. The first one is to stay away, hide, and observe the combat. After the battle you can jump out of the bushes and kill the remaining enemy. The other option is to attack openly both opponents, but you need to keep in mind that they are also driven by the survival instinct. They can set traps, attack from behind, etc. Luckily, Lara is not defenceless – she can kick, punch, throw grenades and shoot guns. Moreover, she can use elements of environment as weapons – e.g. you can grab a pole bitten into the ground and throw it at enemies. The shooting system allowing firing at two targets at the same time is a great novelty. While using guns Lara does not have to focus on just one target, which makes gameplay more diverse. As Lara fights mostly wild animals, combat with other humans is a rarity in the game

Misc.

The game no longer offers Lara’s characteristic outfit. In this instalment she usually wears black shorts and shirt and braided hair. However, in the course of the game she changes her outfit several times. The archaeologist again speaks with Keeley Hawes’s voice.

Nintendo Wii
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Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | Wii

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for Wii:

game language:
English

18 November 2008 | Worldwide

21 November 2008 | Europe PAL

18 November 2008 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 122 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.8 / 10 calculated out of 10 players' votes.  

Tomb Raider: Underworld for Nintendo Wii is the 8th instalment of the popular series with Lara Croft in the leading role. The game is developed by Crystal Dynamics, which created Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Legend. Eidos Interactive was still the publisher.

Plot

The plot revolves around the search for artefacts connected with the mythical Nordic god Thor. Lara Croft visits for example south Mexico in order to investigate the underworld called Xibalba. She goes to ancient ruins of a Thai temple, dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. All of these locations are associated with the mythological realms of death – Xibalba, Valhalla, and Niflheim. Underworld is a direct continuation of Legend – Lara does not abandon her quest of finding the mythical Avalon, where she hopes to find her mother.

Mechanics

Gameplay is a combination of jumping, running, pulling levers, solving puzzles, and fighting. Lara now has a new set of tricks and a very useful tool – a grapnel, which comes in handy in exploration. You can climb columns and get to places difficult to reach. Moreover, the fit heroine can climb walls with any grooves on the surface. Lara can even hold a ledge or stick to a column with one hand and shoot her gun with the other. Altogether, the protagonist has about 1000 animated moves. Lara can also use a motorcycle to travel between distant locations. If she, for example, sets elements of a puzzle in a particular position, a door at the other end of the map opens. Lara would not make it there on foot before the door closes – in such situations the vehicle is useful.

The game offers partly non-linear gameplay. If you come across a poacher hunting game, you can choose one of two options. The first one is to stay away, hide, and observe the combat. After the battle you can jump out of the bushes and kill the remaining enemy. The other option is to attack openly both opponents, but you need to keep in mind that they are also driven by the survival instinct. They can set traps, attack from behind, etc. Luckily, Lara is not defenceless – she can kick, punch, throw grenades and shoot guns. Moreover, she can use elements of environment as weapons – e.g. you can grab a pole bitten into the ground and throw it at enemies. The shooting system allowing firing at two targets at the same time is a great novelty. While using guns Lara does not have to focus on just one target, which makes gameplay more diverse. As Lara fights mostly wild animals, combat with other humans is a rarity in the game

Misc.

The game no longer offers Lara’s characteristic outfit. In this instalment she usually wears black shorts and shirt and braided hair. However, in the course of the game she changes her outfit several times. The archaeologist again speaks with Keeley Hawes’s voice.

Nintendo DS
Game Tomb Raider: Underworld (NDS) Cover
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld | DS

Action, TPP, 3D platformers, action adventure

Companies responsible for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Crystal Dynamics | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Tomb Raider: Underworld release date for DS:

game language:
English

18 November 2008 | Worldwide

21 November 2008 | Europe

18 November 2008 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 115 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 5 players' votes.  

Tomb Raider: Underworld for Nintendo DS is the 8th instalment of the popular series with Lara Croft in the leading role. The game is developed by Crystal Dynamics, which created Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Legend. Eidos Interactive was still the publisher.

Plot

The plot revolves around the search for artefacts connected with the mythical Nordic god Thor. Lara Croft visits for example south Mexico in order to investigate the underworld called Xibalba. She goes to ancient ruins of a Thai temple, dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. All of these locations are associated with the mythological realms of death – Xibalba, Valhalla, and Niflheim. Underworld is a direct continuation of Legend – Lara does not abandon her quest of finding the mythical Avalon, where she hopes to find her mother.

Mechanics

Gameplay is a combination of jumping, running, pulling levers, solving puzzles, and fighting. Lara now has a new set of tricks and a very useful tool – a grapnel, which comes in handy in exploration. You can climb columns and get to places difficult to reach. Moreover, the fit heroine can climb walls with any grooves on the surface. Lara can even hold a ledge or stick to a column with one hand and shoot her gun with the other. Altogether, the protagonist has about 1000 animated moves. Lara can also use a motorcycle to travel between distant locations. If she, for example, sets elements of a puzzle in a particular position, a door at the other end of the map opens. Lara would not make it there on foot before the door closes – in such situations the vehicle is useful.

The game offers partly non-linear gameplay. If you come across a poacher hunting game, you can choose one of two options. The first one is to stay away, hide, and observe the combat. After the battle you can jump out of the bushes and kill the remaining enemy. The other option is to attack openly both opponents, but you need to keep in mind that they are also driven by the survival instinct. They can set traps, attack from behind, etc. Luckily, Lara is not defenceless – she can kick, punch, throw grenades and shoot guns. Moreover, she can use elements of environment as weapons – e.g. you can grab a pole bitten into the ground and throw it at enemies. The shooting system allowing firing at two targets at the same time is a great novelty. While using guns Lara does not have to focus on just one target, which makes gameplay more diverse. As Lara fights mostly wild animals, combat with other humans is a rarity in the game

Misc.

The game no longer offers Lara’s characteristic outfit. In this instalment she usually wears black shorts and shirt and braided hair. However, in the course of the game she changes her outfit several times. The archaeologist again speaks with Keeley Hawes’s voice.

Uses: memory card 8MB
Tomb Raider: Underworld Game Guide

game guide 27 January 2009

Here you will find detailed solutions, the descriptions of the armament and information about all 179 treasures and 6 Underworld’s Relicts.