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New Tomb Raider game coming to Steam

New Tomb Raider game coming to Steam

Tomb Raider: Anniversary - With upgraded physics and more rounded edges than the original.

After the success of the most recent Tomb Raider game, it was only natural that a sequel would be made. Given how many Eidos games there are on Steam, it was only a matter of time before Gabe Newell's growing behemoth of online retail took on the title.

Titled Tomb Raider: Anniversary, the new Lara Croft adventure will not be the much anticipated sequel that Tomb Raider: Legend was leading up to, but rather it'll be a remake of the first and original Tomb Raider title. You must remember that one, it was the only one without a suffix.

The new game, which will be using the same engine as Tomb Raider: Legend and which will breathe new puzzles and action sequences into the original storyline and levels, will see a release via Steam on June 1st for most of the world, with America having to wait until June 5th to sample the game. Pre-purchases are available now at $29.95 for those with a Steam account already.

The move to Steam is seemingly becoming obligatory for some of the larger titles now which seek to take advantage of lower costs and the ability to make customers automatically update. Steam has been controversial with customers however, occasionally succumbing to power outages and failing under the huge demand for some games, like Valve's Half-Life 2.

Activity on the forums here at Bit-tech.net also shows that some gamers prefer to wait for a boxed copy, even if there is a significant delay.

If Legend is anything to go by then Anniversary will definitely be worth a look, and gamers will hopefully be able to see a conclusion to the cliff-hanger ending of Legend. This saw Lara battling against old friends in an attempt to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death, and hopefully we'll find out what happens next in a later instalment if Anniversary proves as popular as previous titles.

Will you be grabbing Lara's latest instalment and will you prefer a boxed copy or a speedy, updating product? Hoping that renewed interest in the franchise won't subject us to another movie? Let us know in the forums.

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mclean007 30th May 2007, 11:02 Quote
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Titled Tomb Raider: Anniversary, the new Lara Croft adventure will not be the much anticipated sequel that Tomb Raider: Legend was leading up to, but rather it'll be a remake of the first and original Tomb Raider title. You must remember that one, it was the only one without a suffix.

The new game, which will be using the same engine as Tomb Raider: Legend and which will breathe new puzzles and action sequences into the original storyline and levels
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gamers will hopefully be able to see a conclusion the cliff-hanger ending of Legend, which saw Lara battling against old friends in an attempt to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death.
If it is a remake of the original and not a sequel to Legend, how can we get a resolution to Legend's cliffhanger? :|
Nedsbeds 30th May 2007, 11:05 Quote
I love tomb raider :)

My girlfriend and I have been playing through tomb raider 2 on the playstation 1 for a while now whenever we are both at my home. It's been really good fun. Still got 3 and 4 to go at too!
I will have to install legend tonight. I didn't finish it due to a dead hard disk and keep meaning to have another go. Was the ending good?
Bindibadgi 30th May 2007, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
If it is a remake of the original and not a sequel to Legend, how can we get a resolution to Legend's cliffhanger? :|

Extra scenes? Maybe they are giving more info in a prequel?
CardJoe 30th May 2007, 11:12 Quote
The ending had me on the very edge of my seat, unlike any game since Beyond Good and Evil. I honestly didn't see the twist coming and thought the voice acting and reactions were perfectly played with Lara being deliciously sinister.

EDIT: Adjusted the article to show what I originally meant about the conclusion, that there will hopefully be a sequel to Legends. AFAIK Anniversary won't sequel-ise Legend at all.
Jamie 30th May 2007, 11:13 Quote
I hope it's even better than Legends, sat and played that all the way through on all difficulties. Although I can't for the life of me remember what the twist was?
Ramble 30th May 2007, 11:20 Quote
Are these new physics and smoothness all centred around the boobs?
Bindibadgi 30th May 2007, 11:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
I hope it's even better than Legends, sat and played that all the way through on all difficulties. Although I can't for the life of me remember what the twist was?

Nor me. I played it and now I've completely forgotten it. :?

Ramble - You can be assured that we will be looking into it in depth here at bit-tech HQ. In fact, we've dedicated a whole day to the investigation ;)
Orca 30th May 2007, 11:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Are these new physics and smoothness all centred around the boobs?

Her clothes actually get wet when she goes into water if that floats your boat :p
mikeuk2004 30th May 2007, 13:06 Quote
Dont tell me you guys played and like Tomb Raider. Any respect I had for you guys has gone.

They have milked this franchise too long. 10 years too long. I remeber playing a demo of the very first Tomb Raider game on my new PS1 and and after 5 minutes and have never touched any of them since then.
mikeuk2004 30th May 2007, 13:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Juppun
Her clothes actually get wet when she goes into water if that floats your boat :p

I hope you guys have had a a girlfriend in your life. :P
mclean007 30th May 2007, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Dont tell me you guys played and like Tomb Raider. Any respect I had for you guys has gone.

They have milked this franchise too long. 10 years too long. I remeber playing a demo of the very first Tomb Raider game on my new PS1 and and after 5 minutes and have never touched any of them since then.
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I hope you guys have had a a girlfriend in your life. :P
Wow, vitriolic AND sarcastic - if mikeuk2004 hates the game then it MUST be terrible, right?

Maybe if you'd given it more than 5 minutes, you'd have realised that the original was one of the most polished and well thought out games of its time. It may not have been completely revolutionary (how many games are?) but its intuitive control system and emphasis on thinking with action thrown in rather than whether you have the fast twitch hand-eye coordination to score a perfect headshot made it accessible and hugely enjoyable to a very large number of gamers.

I'll admit that some of the sequels have sucked big time, but I'm really looking forward to the remake with a revamped graphics engine. But then, that's my personal opinion and I won't argue with your right to yours, regardless of how kneejerk a reaction it may be to judge a ten year franchise on the back of five minutes of demo play - just please don't be so insulting to others who may not share your views.
Bindibadgi 30th May 2007, 14:01 Quote


Handbags!
Hiren 30th May 2007, 14:02 Quote
I look foreward to the remake, the first was the best in the series. I dropped out after number 3. Good to hear it's coming out on multiple formats.
CardJoe 30th May 2007, 17:22 Quote
I never really got into the first two, but I often want to revisit them. The third one was OK at best, the rest awful until Legends. Legends really interested me thanks to the involvement of Crystal Dynamics and the new faces they bought to the team. If theres one thing CD do well its 3d platformers.
DriftCarl 30th May 2007, 20:58 Quote
the "new" game is pritty good, I had just killed the T-rex after ages and ages of figuring out what to do.
Its been so long since the original tomb raider that it seems like a brand new game to me. I cant really remember any of the original while I am playing it. Graphics are definatly good and gameplay so far has been exciting and challenging.

Im off for a quick play again :)
Tulatin 31st May 2007, 01:52 Quote
It's well and out, lol. *looks at the TR:A images*
kenco_uk 31st May 2007, 13:26 Quote
Iirc, the original TR was released on the cusp of Windows 95 arriving. I think the second is the best in the series - it was far more polished a game for its time. TR3 in comparison, was very poor indeed and the series didn't pick up until Legends. Legends is a barnstormer of a game and although a bit short, the journey is a real thrill ride.
Vergil_117 31st May 2007, 17:22 Quote
I downloaded the demo of anniv. off of steam and I enjoyed every bit of it.
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