I finally found a little bit time to play the Tomb Raider Underworld Demo that’s still out since 2 weeks or so.
Though the final game will be released next Friday i couldn’t wait to have a small demo trip with Lara Croft. In fact, the trip neither was small nor short…
To describe the quality of the Tomb Raider Underworld Demo – and probably the whole game itself – i only need one word: Superb!
I can recommend the demo with no exceptions. You will have a nice walk with Lara through the Thailand-Level, meet a few enemies, learn all about the new moves and control keys, have to figure out the right way, find some secrets and other stuff, and all the time you will be speechless about the great look, the super-stunning graphic of Tomb Raider Underworld.
Oh, you’re still not sure if you should download the 1,15 GB? That’s fine, because i’ve made many screenshots during my first underworld trip with Lara!
The Tomb Raider Underworld Demo!
This is no go-through, just a view inside the demo. But don’t worry, it’s easy to find the right way. I really played many Tomb Raider Levels that were much harder to tackle. Just follow the hints and Lara’s looks…
OK, the demo starts on Lara’s boat that softly is swinging on the sea…
Lara spots out a small rocky platform where she could climb out of the water. So i wanted to jump into the sea but then noticed some sharks in the clear water…
Now i had the first contact with some enemies: Little scary bastards with 8 legs who first hide in the shrubs and then jump on Lara! Fortunately those beasts don’t need much bullets.
Tomb Raider Underworld is nothing for people who are afraid of spiders :)
OK, further on the way…
Here i must say that the plants (and every single stone) appear to be very organic and realistic. The leaves move when Lara runs through. Everything looks very rich detailed and natural.
To be honest, i am not a fan/player of nowadays shooter-games and can’t say how their graphic look.
But i am a huge fan of the action adventure genre and know most of the related games – i never saw such a great graphic like in TR Underworld. Or, to stay inside the same series, Underworld looks like light-years above Anniversary or Legend.
You will get the idea on the following screenshots…
There are many new poses and moves that Lara can do in Tomb Raider Underworld. I can’t wait to explore them all. Some moves happen during the normal actions, some only when Lara is standing still and waiting, others need special key combinations to appear. After all it never gets boring to watch at Lara…
What can i say about the fighting in Tomb Raider? Killing enemies has never been an important part or big motivation in the series. You don’t get special points or anything for dead enemies. That’s totally alright for me because i hate nothing more than idiotic massacres.
Tomb Raider is more about discovering strange and exciting worlds, finding secrets and all that.
So the most thing i hate in Tomb Raider are the boss-enemies. They are often frustrating (for me) and just get on my nerves.
But the most annoying thing is the so-called “Adrenaline-Mode”! Not the idea itself but the fact that Crystal Dynamics seem to have changed the controllers!
MAN, i just learned to kill the T-Rex in Anniversary and practiced a lot to learn the Adrenaline Mode – only to see that it works in a different way in Underworld! WTF!!!
The hints in the demo tell me that i somehow should use 3 different keys to somehow shoot an enemy in the Adrenaline Mode. I would love to explain it here, but i simply didn’t understand how it works :o
The tigers in the screenshot above were knocked out the old-fashioned way: Guns, shoot, jump, shoot, jump…
So let’s move on to a more positive point.
After the adrenaline fight i thought the demo would end, but no! There was even more to find out, so here we go…
I didn’t show you every single corner of the Tomb Raider Underworld Demo.
I recognized at least three “hidden” places with secrets that i want to reach in a second round.
Lara can also stand on small shelfs and shoot 2 enemies at the same time, while one hand shoots at the first, and the other hand shoots at the second enemy.
After playing the demo i’m sure that the complete game will satisfy me. And somehow i will also manage to learn about the adrenaline mode and get rid of the bosses ;)
Thanks for reading. Feel free to post your own opinion on Tomb Raider in the comments.