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Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Tomb Raider Underworld - Overview

Release Date: November 2008

Platforms: PC, PS3, XBox360, PS2, Wii

Developer: Crystal Dynamics

Description: The story of Tomb Raider Legend will be continued in this game.

official Website: www.tombraiderunderworld.com

Tomb Raider Underworld is released on November 18th (North America) or 21st (Europe) 2008. It focuses on next generation graphics. Lara and her environments have become more detailed than ever before. Weather, dirt on Lara's body and clothes is supposed to by dynamic and realistic. Enemies will remain after being killed, Lara will leave footprints. Lara's moves have been refined and she will react differently to different environmental conditions (e.g. slip on wet ground). Her fighting techniques have also been refined - for example Lara can now shoot one of her guns while climbing/balancing or she can aim at more than one opponent simultaneously; she can also engage in melee (wield a stick) or hand-to-hand combat (e.g. stomp on spiders). She can interact more with her surroundings (e.g. move branches out of the way). Lara can now sprint. Her opponents are animals (e.g. black panthers, tigers, bats, spiders in different sizes...), humans and supernatural creatures (a Kraken, skeleton-like creatures, Nagas...). One of the locations Lara visits is Mexico where she will explore a temple ruin in the rain forest. Further locations that have been rumoured are: Australia, the Easter Islands, the Golden Triangle, Mesopotamia, Rome and the Vatican, England (besides the manor) and Antarctica. It is also rumoured that for the first time Lara may be travelling without med-kits and instead heal with time (a concept often used in other Action games - e.g. Assassin's Creed or Uncharted: Drake's Fortune). The motorbike will return but will not so much be used to get from A to B but from time to time (much like it was in the classic games). It is possible that further vehicles will be included. Lara will have a number of outfits to wear. Some (like the basic Underworld Outfit and a Wetsuit) she will wear during the normal course of the game, others can be unlocked. Several known characters from the Tomb Raider series make their return in Underworld, among them Lara's two aids Zip and Alister, her butler Winston and her two nemesis Jacqueline Natla and Amanda Evert.
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