the sailors reached the altar where
the meteorite was still locked into
the earth, they found and unwittingly
looted the four artefacts placed there.
One of these sailors kept a journal
as they headed back to England. Only
he was to make it home.
day, and a research company has started
to make excavations deeper into the
ice. Readings taken from the rock
indicated traces of a previously unknown
material. This material appeared to
have the potential to multiply and
alter hock genes - the genes which
determine the make-up of living organisms.
These alterations were therefore capable
of evolving a greater diversity of
this rock were the next most important
findings in genetics and evolution
since Darwin - a progression that
he ironically just missed when they
uncovered the body of a European,
perfectly preserved in the ice. Scratched
on his tombstone was the name of the
boat he sailed on. Following this
information, they located the shipmate's
journal and set about searching for
the artefacts lost by the sailors.
Croft, meanwhile is in India searching
for one of these artefacts. Unaware
of its true history, she only knows
that in local beliefs it was supposed
to hold great powers and has been
revered by tribes there throughout
Raider III combines the best elements
of its two predecessors: Tomb
Raider's atmosphere, vast locations,
puzzle-solving and exploration elements
Raider II's action and use of
vehicles. The combination of these
elements offers the player an environment
that features more of a 50-50 balance
between exploration and action elements.
Raider III's non-linear levels present
the player with more than one route
to complete each level. There is also
a new structure for the order of gameplay:
Tomb Raider III contains 5 separate
'adventures' which link together.
After completing the first adventure,
the following three may be played
in any order, before the fifth level
brings the game to its conclusion.
A new save-game system has also been
implemented, offering 'easy' and 'difficult'
artificial intelligence allows more
sophisticated combat techniques since
enemies react far more realistically
- they may even run away when initially
approached. It is now possible to
sneak past some of the enemies and
duck behind objects whilst shooting.
well as a completely new landscape
system that allows far greater detail
than the previous games, Tomb Raider
III incorporates a variety of new
elements such as multi-coloured lighting,
weather effects and more realistic
execution for flames, explosions and
water surfaces. All elements have
been designed to give the game more
depth and the player more satisfaction!
Raider 3 is availabe on PC,
Playstation and MAC.