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Tomb Raider: Legends

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Action, strategy, and beauty -- teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Plenty of shooting, explosions, etc. End game has Lara shooting at point-blank range near the head of a defeated enemy, ending with a pistol whip to the head.

Sex

Plenty of outfits highlight Lara's figure. Unlockable goals include racier outfits like swimsuits etc.

Language

Plenty of minor cursing.

Consumerism

Part of the Lara Croft franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lara's outfits tend to emphasize her physical attributes, but her portrayal swings widely between a gun-toting femme fetal and a brainy archaeologist. The combat sequences can get intense but lack close-up blood and gore, with defeated enemies fading quickly away. The game's puzzles have little to do with actual archaeology, but they do present a challenge and a welcome break from the reflex-heavy action sequences.

What's it about?

Opening sequences show a young Lara and her mother exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization, discovering a sword embedded in a stone. When her mother pulls the sword from the stone, she is engulfed in an explosion and appears to be killed; Lara is left to piece together what's happened. Soon, she discovers that much of the secret revolves around the broken shards of a powerful sword, which have been scattered around the world. But it's not so easy to get them: A former friend and her right-hand man want the pieces for their own purposes -- and their methods can be ruthless.

Players need both good reflexes and brain power to advance. Sometimes it's all about timing, and sometimes it's about solving puzzles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

TOMB RAIDER: LEGENDS is better than most of the installments in the series because it sticks closer to the allure of the original formula: great graphics, a great storyline to carry the action, and game-challenging puzzles. Some levels contain intense firefights, with exploding tanks of propane, mounted machine guns, and vicious guard dogs. Overall, though, shooting sequences tend to be limited to one or two major incidents per level. In the end, this a fun and challenging installment in the popular series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Lara. How do you feel about the way the game portrays her -- in sexy costumes and wielding weapons? Is she a stereotype, or does her blend of brains, beauty, and bravery break the mold? Who is the intended audience for the Tomb Raider franchise? Is Lara meant to inspire girls -- or to make guys drool?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:April 11, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes and Violence

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Kid, 12 years old October 29, 2014

'Tomb Raider: Legend' Age Rating Review

This game is very, very good. It has some great, edgy puzzles and some intense action sequences. However, is this game okay for YOUR CHILD? The violence is most probably the worst issue here. There is a LOT of intense action including: gun fights, kicking, punching and also some mild/moderate fantasy violence. But, you probably think violence means blood and gore. In this game there is NO BLOOD OR GORE SHOWN. Once enemies are knocked out or killed, they flash away like in retro videogames. Another issue is that there is some mild/moderate scary images and/or sounds that could scare some sensitive children. Language in this game is infrequent* and at the orange light of the 'traffic light system'. This includes words like 'piss' and 'bloody'; these words are mild and are not used offensively. You will probably get some mild/very mild sex references. These are NOT a major issue, however nudity can be moderate. The outfits the main character (Lara Croft [female]) wears are sometimes quite revealing, as it shows the crack between her breasts and a lot of skin is shown. This I would not call an issue, but parents make the decisions, so I have to pick out that tomb raiding is glorified. I give this game on the age rating meter, generally suitable for children 12 and over, unless an under 12 is mature enough. *infrequent - when something is said or shown rarely.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I EVER PLAYED!!!!!!

this is probably one of the best games ever! but it's only for older kids: 1. lots of guns,explosins,killing,at the ending lara shoots point blank at the vilian while scearming at her, and barely missing. 2. lots of mild language,words like d--n ,and h--l are used freacuntly. 3. lara's outfits are VERY sugustive, some moe than others, like the japan ooutfit. 4. lara stels,breaks and enters, and kills with no regret. sso this instalment in the tomb raider ssiries is only apropriate for kids 12 aand up.
Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written bykelldeal October 17, 2009

good for 8 year olds but not for 6 year olds

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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