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TOMB RAIDER III CELEBRATES 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Tomb Raider III celebrates 25 years since release in the United Kingdom and Europe. Developed by Core Design, Tomb Raider III released on 20th of November 1998 on Windows PC and Sony Playstation. The adventure game starring British aristocrat Lara Croft has sold 6 million units according to date released as part of Tomb Raider 25.

Tomb Raider III combines the best elements of its two predecessors: Tomb Raider's atmosphere, vast locations, puzzle-solving and exploration elements and Tomb 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.

Tomb 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' options.

Improved 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.

As 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.

Take a trip down memory lane with a plethora of assets showcasing Tomb Raider III, bolstered by content released as part of Tomb Raider 25, a celebration of 25 years of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider.

Lara Croft in Tomb Raider III