Sunday, April 16, 2006

Lara Croft Bristo?

The Japanese level of Tomb Raider: Legend feels heavily influenced by Alias. In this level Lara abandons dusty tombs for high-rise buildings and stlyish nightclubs. Change the character model a little, mention "Rambaldi artifacts" instead of just "artifacts," and this level could pass for a demo of a new Alias video game.

I've also noticed some obvious product placements in the game. Everyone seems to drive Jeeps, and the vehicles are carefully "posed" like a shot from a Jeep commercial. I drive a Jeep myself and have been a proud Jeep owner for more than a decade, but even to me these product placements feel artificial.

Tomb Raider: Legend is fun though, and the game really benefits from the improved graphics of the Xbox 360. In a game about exploration and discovery, it helps when the new areas you discover look incredibly detailed and great -- it makes it more rewarding.

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