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Overview

Lara Tomb Raider Chronicles is the fifth game in the Tomb Raider series and the sequel to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. It was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game was originally released in 2000 for PC, Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation.

Tomb Raider Chronicles opens just days after the events of The Last Revelation. Lara is still missing and presumed dead. A memorial service brings together three old friends of Lara: Winston, Charles Kane and Father Patrick Dunstan. While the rain outside is pouring, the three reminisce about Lara's earlier adventures at Croft mansion. Meanwhile, hundred of miles away Werner Von Croy co-ordinates the frantic dig searching for answers buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert.

Features

The gameplay of Tomb Raider Chronicles is closely tied to that of The Last Revelation. In terms of movement, the only new additions to Lara's skills are the ability to walk on a tightrope, the ability to grab and swing on horizontal bars and the ability to drop from a ledge forwards while crouching. Several weapons from the previous game have disappeared but the MP5 submachine gun and the Desert Eagle from Tomb Raider III have returned. Also new is a grappling hook, which is used to latch on certain areas of the ceiling and swing across vaults. Only one vehicle of sorts appears: a high tech diving suit designed to penetrate deep waters.

In addition to her familiar outfit, Lara wears two new and one old costume in Tomb Raider Chronicles: thermal combat gear to withstand sub-zero temperatures, her Young Lara outfit from The Last Revelation and a black catsuit, which was a modified version of the one already seen in Tomb Raider III.

Secrets in Tomb Raider Chronicles are represented by a golden rose (much like the dragons in Tomb Raider II). In total there are 36 scattered throughout the game and when the player has found every one of them, a new special features menu is unlocked from the Options screen.

The game consists of four sub-adventures and brings Lara back in time to Rome, a haunted island called the Black Isle in Ireland, a high-tech building in New York and a Russian submarine. Each adventure requires its specific game characteristics. In Ireland, a teenage Lara has to find her way without any weapons, whereas the Russian sub can be compared to an episode of The X-Files. Rome is said to be the classical Tomb Raider action, and in the high tech building the keyword is stealth.

Reception and legacy

Although graphically praised as one of the best installments in the series, the game was subject to numerous criticisms, primarily due to its lack of originality. Many felt that with The Last Revelation, the Tomb Raider formula had been stretched to its limits, and that a sequel would offer nothing new. In addition, the game still used the engine from the original Tomb Raider, which despite improved tweaking began to show its age with each subsequent game. Reviewers complained that the series were out of touch with contemporary game development.

The PC version of the game is notoriously problematic with level bugs. In the last stage "Red Alert" loading certain save points may cause key items to disappear. Sometimes specific events will not be triggered at all.

The return of Larson and Pierre was also subject to scorn as gamers decried their use as "comic relief" characters, while creating plot inconsistencies with that of the original Tomb Raider (theoretically Lara could have known Pierre DuPont, but she had not previously met with Larson).

Although Core Design admitted that Chronicles was not intended to revolutionize the series, they felt it was necessary to wrap up the plot of The Last Revelation before moving on to a more ambitious project involving Lara Croft. That game would become Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, which ironically, became the most panned game of the series.

Interesting Facts

  • As with many Tomb Raider games, Tomb Raider Chronicles makes numerous references to movies. This time they include Sleepy Hollow and The Exorcist (The Black Isle), The Hunt for Red October (Russia), and Mission: Impossible and Total Recall (Von Croy Industries).
  • Jonell Elliott continued her role as Lara's voice actress in Chronicles.

Source: Wikipedia