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Tomb Raider Underworld confirmed for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

by Steven Williamson on 17 December 2007, 09:10

Tags: Tomb Raider Underworld, Eidos (TYO:9684), PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Action/Adventure

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Swinging back into action

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Eidos had patented the name Tomb Raider Underworld. The rumours that it was related to the eighth game in the Tomb Raider series have today been confirmed via PLAY magazine, who have an exclusive on this latest adventure and reveal that it "takes place after the events of Tomb Raider Legend".

The game will be developed by U.S. developer Crystal Dynamics, who has previously worked on both Tomb Raider Legend and this year's Tomb Raider Anniversary. The new title is set to be the best looking game of the series so far and will feature a changing weather system. "We developed a hybrid lighting model that combines dynamic lights with carefully created light maps to make our world look stunning in ways that none of the available methods could achieve alone, "reads the article.

They'll also be more attention paid to the environment and the way in which Lara can affect it. If she kills an enemy their bodies will remain on the ground rather than disappear.She'll also - please don't get too excited - leave her footprints in the mud!!

The developers are also looking at improving Lara's movements through the use of motion capturing "to bring a more natural fluidity to her movements, with proper weight and secondary motion."

Now that the cat is out of the bag, we're expecting a list of new features and screenshots very shortly.After Tomb Raider Anniversary I thought the series was looking really tired, so let's hope they can revitalise it for 2008 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Source :: Tomb Raider Chronicles

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The series has been following a downward spiral lately but I do hope it can get back to best. Tomb Raider is one of the classic series and Lara Croft one of the best characters. They'll need some new and inventive ideas though rather than the tired formula of old.

I'm thinking a new sidekick that you could play alongside Lara would be the best way or bringing something new. Could even pave the way for co-op!
The series has been following a downward spiral lately…

Have you played Legend and Anniversary? I thought they were the best by far, although I guess you could argue that Anniversary is just a remake of the first one.

I'd love Tomb Raider even more if they would just sort out the rubbish combat. Something akin to Drake's Fortune would be great.
I'd played Legend but not Anniversary. I thought Legend was good, but despite the revamped visuals and audios, it still felt a bit repetitive and felt like something I'd played before.

I do enjoy the series though, just hoping for something a little more from the next installment.
I didn't like Anniversary, not on the Xbox 360 anyway. Thought it was a bit shabby.
Oh, shame. :(

I played both on PC, with 360 pad; no idea if there's any difference. Anniversary was definitely my favourite, since it kept the crap combat to a bare minimum. I have to admit tho, I never played the original. Perhaps if I had, it would have killed the experience somewhat.