1st of all I had the original Tomb Raider on the playstation and I loved the game and the promise that this goes back to the good old days of Lara Croft was very appealing to me.
My 1st impressions were good, alot of climbing and jumping and the occasional battle with a bear, bats or wolves.. here i found the 1st problem, while the shooting parts work pretty well in wide open spaces they dont work so well when you are confined to a narrow corridore in a cave, trying to jump or roll out of the way while shooting usually means you end up jumping into a wall and falling within reach of the beastie thats trying to munch you and the rage headshot also has problems in tight spaces.
My next moan is the achievements.. im a average gamer and for me to complete an entire level on the 1st attempt without dying is probably above my skill level but this is what you have to do to get your gamer score up.. or complete the level finding ALL the artifacts and items and while this isnt exactly beyond the reach of pro gamers some casual gamers may find this frustrating.. also killing the bosses only seems to get you points in you do it on the 1st attempt without dying.
While the game does have more of an original Tomb Raider feel It just didnt give me the same feeling as the original did, this one felt like it was just going thru the motions and attempting to impresinate the original.
Graphics wise its much much better than the original tomb raider, Lara's breasts are breast shaped and no longer look like 2 traffic cones and i would say they are slightly improved on the graphics on Tomb raider Legend.
This isnt a bad game but while playing it i just felt like it was a cheap imitation of the original, lacking in so much of original but then i could just be looking back thru rose coloured specticles.. oh well, it will pass the time until COD4 and Assassins Creed comes out.