A remake of Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider with a technically more advanced graphics engine. It has the same basic storyline, though some cutscenes and much of the dialogue within have been expanded or modified in other ways. Locations correspond to those of the original version and are accessed in the same order, but have been re-designed with different layouts and mostly completely different puzzles which allow implementation of new moves: swinging on ropes and using a grappling hook at specific points.
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I know this is a remake and I haven't played the original so I don't know how much of its faults are its own or from the original game but it's safe to say the atrocious controls are this developer's fault. It's insane how a game that focuses almost exclusively on platforming manages to be so clunky and unresponsive sometimes, the levels are hard enough and on top of that it's always a gamble whether Lara will jump in the direction I told her to or not, at the risk of dying and having to do it all again. It also has one of the worst cameras I've seen in a game, I feel like the camera is the biggest boss fight of them all, I fight it throughout the whole game.
Technical problems aside, Lara just isn't as compelling as she is in Legend and the story is just nonsensical to the point I gave up trying to understand what was going on. As soon as dinosaurs showed up all of a sudden with no explanation while I was exploring Peru I knew it was no use. Speaking of which, all the enemies are animals for some reason? What happened to the cool combat vs humans from Legend?
It's not all bad, it has some good puzzles and level design and when the controls work the platforming can be really good. It's probably the most platforming focused of all the Tomb Raider games I've played, and it's a good approach but can get repetitive sometimes.
I gave up after the 10th attempt of getting Lara to unsuccessfully grab a ledge on the last location and having to fight the annoying flying enemies again.