2' ANNIVERSARY REVIEW
Copyright 2006 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 6th 2006 ]
second instalment in our Tomb
Raider anniversary review series invites you
to join Lara
Croft as she travels around the globe in search
of a precious artefact before it falls into the
wrong hands. The legendary artefact, the Dagger
of Xian, is said to give its possessor the power
of a fire-breathing dragon.
search for the dagger begins at the Great Wall
in China, where she learns she has competition
in her quest: a sect by the name of Fiama Nera
(Italian for Black Flame), led by Marco Bartoli,
wants to possess the artefact and would do the
impossible to reach it before Lara does. A frantic
race for the dagger ensues, with each side trying
to outwit the other at every turn.
odyssey takes her to different parts of the world;
from China where she starts her journey, to the
famous Venice, then to a sunken ship searching
for clues that may help her with her quest. From
there, the plot thickens as Lara is compelled
to visit one of the harshest climates of the world,
Tibet. As she discovers more and more clues, she
finds herself face to face with Marco Bartoli
back in China, but if only things were that simple
- Marco isn't giving up without a fight.
Raider 2 retains the charm and atmosphere of the
original, while introducing exciting new features.
Lara faces more enemies than she did before, resulting
in action-packed and often challenging combat
sequences. A new Lara Croft game model has been
introduced, as well as somewhat improved graphics
- and let's not forget plenty of new weapons.
to better puzzles, harder-to-kill enemies, and
a large variety of levels, a new and very successful
appendage has been introduced to this game: vehicles.
The game puts Lara - and you - behind the wheel
of the speedboat and the snowmobile, introducing
high octane action to the broth.
environments, as befits places long forgotten,
have undergone an atmospheric decrease in illumination
- and the addition of Flares allows Lara to light
her way through the darkest tombs.
remain much the same as in the previous game,
with the addition of useful new movements: wall-climbing
opens up new perspectives in level-design, while
the acrobatic midair turn - also performable during
the swan-dive for a graceful effect -comes in
handy during combat.
more combat naturally comes a bigger arsenal,
and Tomb Raider 2 has no lack of new weapons.
The powerful M16 Assault Rifle, the harpoon gun
to fight off underwater enemies, the grenade launcher
and many others are all at Lara's disposal.
doesn't require close proximity in order to take
a target out. Now, with the help of her trusty
M16 she can do it from afar. Only a few clumsy
shots from this monster will topple the largest
troubles underwater? The new harpoon gun helps
you defeat all sorts of swimming nasties, from
enemy scuba divers to vicious great white sharks.
And as for the grenade launcher - the cream of
the crop - it tends to take care of things right
away, shattering your opposition instantly.
the original Tomb Raider, this instalment features
more human enemies. But there is no shortage of
non-human opponents, such as statues that come
to life when Lara approaches them, deadly underwater
creatures, birds, bats, spiders, and so on. The
T-Rex also makes a dramatic comeback, though locating
this classic enemy might require some skill.
from the default one, Lara has some new outfits.
In China and Venice she wears her normal outfit,
whereas in the snowy Tibetan levels, she chooses
something offering a little more warmth: a flight
jacket along with her usual shorts.
clothing worn in the oceanic parts of the game,
Lara is bare footed and wears her famous Sola
swimsuit. And finally, for the concluding levels
in the Manor when Lara gets unexpected guests,
she wears a beautiful blue velvet nightgown.
Raider 2 was originally released in 1997 for the
PC, Playstation and MAC. Enjoy a trip down memory
lane by collecting a copy of the Tomb Raider 2
demo, and be sure to stop by our gloriously detailed
Walkthrough and Game Guide for help untangling
any knots Lara may face.