TOMB RAIDER CHRONICLES
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[ August 7th 2000 ]
Playstation Magazine's August feature this month
focuses on the fifth instalment from the phenomenally
successful Tomb Raider series from Eidos Interactive
and developed by CORE DESIGN aptly named Tomb
Raider Chronicles. The scene begins with the funeral
of our heroine Miss Lara Croft, feared consumed
in the Temple Of Horus at the end of The Last
Revelation (aka Tomb Raider 4). As Wilson and
several other guests begin to reminisce of adventures
entertaining Lara to the covenants of the globe,
the story cuts to Rome, where, as Wilson narrates
a particular favourite adventure, Lara assumes
her role and the game begins.
ONE - BACKSTREETS OF ROME: The level begins in
Rome's Opera House where Lara, in evening gown,
is here to meet Larson and Pierre and buy the
Stone from them. A double-cross ensues and the
chase takes to the narrow streets of Italy's capital.
TWO - THE SUBMARINE: Talk turns toward a picture
of a German WW2 U-Boat close to the fireplace.
Jean-Yves reveals that the ship was carrying the
mythical Spear of Destiny (the Spear that was
said to have pierced Jesus' side and is alleged
to have magical powers) back to Germany but, due
to a mysterious explosion, never made it. Flashback
to Jean-Yves and Lara (in arctic style costume
)heading out to Murmansk to find the Spear.
THREE - SPOOKY ISLAND: Lightening strikes and
the candles go out. It's a hellish night, and
one that reminds Winston of the time he spent
out at Conussie - the Butler's old Irish home.
The teenage Lara once stayed there with Winston
and Father Dunstan and saw some strange apparitions
on one of the islands. The two Irishmen don't
explain what these apparitions are, o the young
heroine sneaks away on a boat to investigate.
FOUR - TOWERBLOCK: We rejoin Winston, Jean-Yves
and Dunstan in a secret area of Lara's Trophy
Room. Winston pulls up a dusty sheet and finds
the Iris. As the light from this jewel illuminates
the room, we flashback to a Tower Block, the Von
Croy Industries logo shining out in the dark.
Cut to Lara, dressed in a Cat Suit, who must use
all her stealth skills to infiltrate the building,
dodge laser trip wires and claim the mysterious
and game play appeared as a seamless exercise
in The Last Revelation, this next adventure will
include a training level in Rome. The game is
also set to reward the player, perhaps with extra
levels, which might suggest the inclusion of secrets
for a fifth time. New moves include tightrope
manoeuvres and balancing techniques, weapons a
protections spray and a truncheon, and even the
accompaniment of a new character to aid Lara in
the Tower Block level.
over one hundred well hidden secrets for those
more than apt at skipping through the levels with
ease, Tomb Raider Chronicles looks to be Eidos
Interactives best yet. The game is set for a November
release, we think December is more likely.