Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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Uber-curvy Croft in remake shows brains, bravery.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lara may be a sex symbol, but she's also a strong heroine with brains and bravery.

Violence

No blood, but plenty of shooting creatures and animals with dual pistols.

Sex

Lara Croft is voluptuous in an unreal sense, and appears in skin-tight tops and short shorts; but players can also earn new outfits that reveal a lot more cleavage and skin.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a remake of the 1996 classic. It's rated "T" with "mild suggestive themes" because voluptuous Lara wears ultra tight-fitting outfits including a cat suit and swimsuit, which you earn by playing well. The "violence" warning by the ESRB is for Lara's use of guns to shoot creatures and wild animals, but there isn't any blood.

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What's it about?

LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: ANNIVERSARY is a relatively affordable single-player game for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Windows PCs, which reintroduces us to Lara Croft as she risks her neck spelunking through tombs, battling through ancient cities, and scaling cliffs. The story reveals Croft's quest to find a mystical artifact, dubbed the Scion, but she soon realizes the mysterious syndicate that hired her had an ulterior motive. As in the original, you can first roam through Croft Manor to practice many of Croft's moves, including running, jumping, hanging on ledges, swimming, climbing, shooting guns, and using a grappling hook. Then it's off to Peru, Egypt, Greece, and other areas for her assignment in breathtakingly attractive environments.

Is it any good?

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While the original game was advanced for its time, Anniversary greatly improves on the visual appeal by adding highly detailed characters, smoother animation, and realistic-looking indoor and outdoor scenery. Larger levels and new pathways to explore mean you will be able to play through this adventure in different ways. Enemy artificial intelligence has also been improved.

While the game is an extraordinary remake, some nagging camera issues occur. Sometimes the camera locks behind Croft in a way that obstructs your ability to see what she's shooting at or swinging toward. On the PC version, it can be tough to juggle all the controls using the mouse and keyboard. Computer gamers might fare better with a gamepad. Minor shortcomings notwithstanding, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is an exceptional, value-priced remake worth playing through -- even if you've completed the original game multiple times.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game would be as successful if it featured an unattractive "Larry Croft" instead of a beautiful "Lara Croft." Families might want to talk about how the game mixes real-life adventuring and treasure hunting with a bit of a supernatural twist, a la Indiana Jones. Who does this game appeal to most? Girls looking to play video games with strong female role model, or guys wanting to play games featuring hot heroine?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:June 6, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for mild suggestive themes, violence (PlayStation 2, Windows)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byabodoh April 9, 2008
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Teen, 13 years old Written byHalo 117 April 9, 2008
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Good strategy game

I have this game and i get confused almost frequently.Tis game really makes you think so parents this game actually makes your kids use their brain.Their isnt any blood and minimum violence so parents dont have to worry about that.This is probably the best out of all the lara croft games and it has really good graphics for a ps2 game.
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