FOR LARA CROFT
Copyright 2008 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[June 7th 2008 ]
July 2008 issue of Playstation magazine (UK) features
a spectacular preview of Tomb
Raider Underworld and includes information
on Lara Croft's
forthcoming nautical incursions. Included in the
preview are new undersea screenshots and a first
look at our feisty heroine in scuba gear.
to PSM, "Seeing Lara squeezed into a wetsuit,
standing on the deck of her luxury yacht anchored
in the Med, two things are clear. First, we really
need to return 'Into The Blue' to the video shop.
Second, the grave-robbing must be going well if
she can afford the kind of boat that Donald Trump
would dismiss as showy.
arrives at this new location - the first level
of Tomb Raider Underworld - after learning her
father found something here shortly before he
disappeared. And at the bottom of the sea lies
a submerged temple that hides a lot of the answers
to Lara's questions."
location is hiding a big secret, though. The main
chamber is blocked by a Kraken (read: 'big angry
octopus') whose tentacles are wound through the
door, pulling it firmly shut. Getting rid of the
big squid involves leaping from ledges and poles
to creaky old switches and mechanisms, finally
releasing a large platform suspended over the
leggy flesh-sack's head."
of the new game-play features in Underworld appears
as Lara clambers through the cavern. As she crosses
a bridge the Kraken swings one of his tree-sized
tentacles, triggering an 'Adrenaline Moment.'
Rather than the button matching mini-games from
Legend or Anniversary, this causes a flash of
slow motion, giving Lara a split second to evade
the limb as it crushes the bridge under her feet."
the best demonstration of just how good this all
looks in action, however, comes when Lara reaches
the last switch and drops the platform onto the
creature - crushing it under a huge slab of rock.
It's impossible to tell whether squid-face's roaring
death throes and thrashing tentacles are a glossy
CGI sequence or the in-game engine."
Tomb Raider Underworld preview can be collected
in the July 2008 issue of Playstation magazine,
on sale now across the UK. Thanks to Tomb
Raider Forums for the heads-up.