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==Traps and Obstacles==
 
==Traps and Obstacles==

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Tomb Raider Underworld
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Tomb Raider 8
Release Date 18th, 21st, 27th Nov 2008 and 1st January 2009
Platforms PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS, Mobile
Developer Crystal Dynamics
Publisher Eidos Interactive
Rating +16 and M
Game Chronology:
Tomb Raider Anniversary Tomb Raider Underworld

Tomb Raider Underworld will continue the story of Tomb Raider Legend, as it was left open at the end. Tomb Raider Underworld sees Lara undertake her riskiest mission yet, descending to the depths of the underworlds.

Release Dates & Platforms

Tomb Raider Underworld will be released in November 2008 and early 2009. It will be playable on the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, PS2 and Mobile.

PlayStation 3

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    Australia & New Zealand - 27th November 2008

PC

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Xbox 360

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    United States - 18th November 2008
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    Australia & New Zealand - 27th November 2008

Wii

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    United States - 18th November 2008
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    Australia & New Zealand - 27th November 2008

Nintendo DS

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    United States - 18th November 2008
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    Australia & New Zealand - 27th November 2008

PS2

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    United States - 18th November 2008
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    Australia & New Zealand - 1st January 2009

Mobile

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Levels

  • Prologue: Croft Manor (Training Level)

(will appear as the manor is burning; upon completion, gamers will see a 'one week earlier' message)

  • Level One: Mediterranean Sea [1]
  • Level Two: Thailand
  • Level Three: Croft Manor
  • Level Four: Mexico [2] [3]
  • Prologue
  • Mediterranean
  • Coastal Thailand
  • Croft Manor
  • Southern Mexico
  • Jan Mayen Island
  • Andaman Sea
  • Arctic Sea
  • Level Five: Valhalla
  • Level Six: Viking Ship
  • Level Seven: Helheim

Development Process

In November 2007, Eidos was reported to have filed for a trademark on the phrase, Tomb Raider Underworld. Eidos soon after reserved the Tomb Raider Underworld domain name. In December 2007, Eidos filed for a second trademark for Tomb Raider Underworld, reserving the right to provide "computer games that may be accessed network-wide by network users." In the January 2008 issue of the magazine Play, details from the "first-ever demo" of the game were revealed. SCi, which owns Eidos, officially announced Tomb Raider: Underworld on January 10, 2008, and confirmed that all platform versions of the game will be released simultaneously in November 2008.

Play's assertions that this is the "first true next gen Lara" and "one big physics smorgasbord" which "looks altogether photo-real" led to speculation that Tomb Raider: Underworld might be using a new game engine for its next-generation graphics rather than the system used by Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Deus Ex 3. Later, the Senior Producer and External Designer separately confirmed that Underworld uses an all-new engine that was built especially for it.

Keeley Hawes will provide the voice of Lara in this installment, as she did in Anniversary and Legend.

Lara's costume has been redesigned and she no longer wears her trademark blue sleeveless top and khaki shorts, but instead, a dark brown halter top and black shorts. Additionally, her hair is no longer braided, but worn in a ponytail. According to Play, Lara "moves as good as she looks [and] no longer moves like a video game character" thanks to being fully motion captured. Olympic gymnast and NCAA Women's Gymnastics champion Heidi Moneymaker was the model used for motion capturing.

A teaser trailer was released on 19 July 2008, displaying a chronologically backwards video of Croft Manor being destroyed. The trailer starts zoomed in on her signature weapons: her twin pistols, which are covered in ash and lying on Zip's computer desk. As the camera reverses out, it displays parts of the main hall covered in debris and ash. The camera continues to reverse out, flying through the main window of the hall, with the pieces of glass flying back into place, finally reversing far enough to show Lara facing the house with her back to the camera. As the camera stops, time starts again, with rain and rolling thunder surrounding Lara and the mansion. Lara turns towards the camera with a cold look on her face and she presses the trigger - blowing up Croft Manor. Lara walks off the side of the camera, and the final shot shows Croft Mansion burning.

A gameplay trailer was released on 15 August 2008. It features Lara in various locations - Mexico, Thailand and what appears to be her own manor as it burns down. In the trailer, Zip shoots at Lara with a gun, Lara then draws her pistols and shouts "Drop it Zip or I'll drop you". At the climax of the trailer, Lara walks into a laboratory-like room as the screen turns to black, and then Natla's voice is heard saying "I'm very pleased to see you again, Lara", before the final release date screen shows.

Gameplay

Differences from previous iterations in the series are that Lara's environment will be an "interactive world that reacts and remembers". Such as footprints left in the mud, or mud transferred to Lara's knee from kneeling on the ground will be washed away by rain, the bodies of the foes she encounters will remain where she killed them, and any destruction to the environment she causes will be permanent. According to creative director Eric Lindstrom, this is "to not only reward the player for the effect they're having on the world, but to give them navigational aids." The game uses an animation blending system that allows Lara to interact dynamically with her environment, such as pushing foliage aside with one or two hands, depending on if she is carrying a weapon. It also features a "hybrid lighting model that combines dynamic lights with carefully created light maps" and a weather system that changes the environment, for example, "If Lara’s negotiating a wet ledge she’s more apt to slip or lose grip," which makes "the environment ... her adversary" for a large part of the game.

Previously seen separate aspects of gameplay have been combined together for a new experience. Lindstrom explained that "in the past, there was climbing, and there was shooting, and there was puzzle solving. And they often didn't overlap. We've now integrated all of those elements." This installment also features a new melee combat system, requiring Lara in some instances to use "direct combat and evasive manoeuvres to distance herself from her attacker". Notably, Lara's bike, among other things, will be a key component in solving the puzzles she will encounter in her adventure. Pick-ups will have multiple uses as weapons and tools in interaction with the environment, and Lindstrom stated that Lara "can also split up her guns and fire at two different targets simultaneously," or hold an item with one hand and fire a gun with the other. The grappling hook can now be stretched taut and used to push objects off ledges unlike in previous iterations, illustrating what project lead Rob Pavey said, that "Lara will be able to do anything that you'd expect her to be able to do," which he called "the big theme this year." Lindstrom describes this as "a philosophy called 'What Could Lara Do?'—WCLD. It's short-hand for having the player be able to use their own intuition about what someone with her abilities should be able to do in an environment such as this, and consistency across the different mechanics and abilities. If she can throw a grenade, then if she can pick up this pole, why can't she throw it?" Crystal Dynamics also aims to make the game non-linear, unlike Tomb Raider: Legend, and eliminate the need for hint icons that indicate the ability to interact with objects.

The interactive cutscenes from previous titles have been replaced with "adrenaline moments". Instead of specific button presses, time slows down and gives the player a chance to get out of harm's way while retaining complete control of Lara.

Lara will now have over 1700 moves, including new combat or climbing methods and fancy moves. Lara now: [4]

  • Melee combats (punches, knees, kicks, grapple pulls)
  • Uses sticky grenades on still or moving targets
  • Shoots split targets, even on perch
  • Shoots while swan diving
  • Shoots while doing a backhand spring
  • Performs an Adrenaline shot
  • Can exert force using the grapple
  • Uses poles as a weapon, slot into walls, climb on, swing on or balance on
  • Mantles onto ledges
  • Wall kicks, even on perch
  • Free climbs on concave and convex surfaces
  • Climbs horizontally
  • Balances on beams and ledges, but will slip off when wet
  • Front flips on narrow beams
  • Can fronthand spring off small objects.
  • Can ledge hop - Lara can hop from one part to the next, in a zig zag form.
  • Can shimmy on ledges and around corners smoothly
  • Runs with picked up objects
  • Glances at killed enemies as she goes by
  • Pushes branches out of her way
  • Can cartwheel
  • Has different stances when running with picked up objects
  • Sprints - allows Lara to run twice as fast without running out of stamina
  • Has a new reach move
  • Uses a Personal Light Source
  • Sprint jump - allows Lara to reach twice as far ledges.
  • Player Tailoring

Story

For generations, stories have been told of the fearsome weapon of the Norse god Thor. Legend holds that he who wields the hammer has the power to smash mountains into valleys and the strength to destroy even the gods. For more than a thousand years it has existed only as a myth…until now.

In an ancient ruin on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, Lara Croft uncovers proof of the Norse underworld and the mythical hammer. As she attempts to unravel the secrets behind these myths, Lara's perilous journey leads her toward a forgotten power that, if unleashed, could lay waste to all civilization.

Continuing where Tomb Raider Legend left off, Lara attempts to discover a portal into Avalon and save her mother... with one complication: the return of an old immortal enemy.

Locations

Walkthrough

The Official Tomb Raider Chronicles Website has the demo walkthrough for the Tomb Raider Underworld, it is the Thailand Demo. Here is the link http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/underworld/walkthrough/demo.html.

Traps and Obstacles

  • Tightrope - Lara can balance on tightropes, monkey climb along them and mount them.
  • Spring Boards [17] - These are very dangerous obstacles. When in the game, you must skip them or they will throw you in mid air then a long fall which kills Lara.
  • Columns - these are beams Lara has to balance on to get across.
  • Poles - these are poles that are vertical that she either has to pole climb, hop on or to use as a weapon.
  • Collapsing ledges - these are areas of a ledge that will collapse if not quick enough.

Artifacts


Gear

Multi-Purpose Grapple
  • Multi-Purpose Grapple
A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, rappelling, performing wall runs and manipulating objects within the environment. The grapple will be more maneuverable, Lara will be able to use it both for wall running and swinging using the same hack.
Camera
  • Camera
This game will feature a camera, which will not only be used by Lara in cutscenes, but will be usable as an in-game tool, which Lara can take pictures of beautiful vistas or even set the camera on a timer so that she can appear in the photo. These photos can be viewed at the game menu.
The waterproof personal digital assistant will supply Lara with vital information about her mission, gear and terrain. Now featuring an active sonar map; a revolutionary new tool that emits a sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations. [18]

Weapons


Outfits

As in Tomb Raider Legend and Anniversary Lara will have numerous outfits at her disposal, not all have been revealed yet.

Vehicles

Lara will be able to drive her motorbike as part of the Mexico and Arctic levels. She will also make use of other (still unnamed) vehicles.

  • Motorbike - An all-terrain hybrid motorbike, a unique vehicle design built to drive on everything from mud to snow and ice. (The Wii version will support steering wheels for exclusive motorbike sequences.)
  • Yacht - Lara's private yacht is seen and can be explored as part of the Mediterranean and Thailand levels. [19][20]

Characters and Enemies

Confirmed Characters


Confirmed Enemies

The number of human opponents is less than the number of animals in the game.

  • Animals
  • Monsters, Mutants and Mythical Creatures
  • Humans

Rumoured Enemies

Unlockables

  • Outfits (details above)
  • Storyboards [24]
  • Cheats [25]
  • Cutscenes
  • Character Biographies
  • Concept Art

Rumored Unlockables

  • Trailers

Exclusive Content

  • Xbox 360
According to the gamingsite Eurogamer two new chapters will be available for download around Christmas and Early 2009. (Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes and Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara's Shadow)[26][27]

Ultimate Fan Pack

EB Games is giving gamer's a chance to get Tomb Raider Underworld Ultimate Fan Pack when you perorder Tomb Raider Underworld on PS3, XBox 360 and PC. The pack contain's: Tomb Raider: Underworld game Lara Croft figurine 2009 Lara Croft calendar Tomb Raider T-shirt Trucker cap Messenger bag Collectible packaging

This Pack is available on the release of Tomb Raider Underworld.

Press Releases

January 2008

SCI Entertainment announces that Tomb Raider Underworld will be released in the fourth quarter of 2008, for PS3, XBox 360, PC, Wii, Nintendo DS and PS2. [28]

References

  1. PlayStation Official Magazine - UK Issue 020 July 2008
  2. Computerbild Spiele (German computer games magazine), issue 2/2008
  3. CD Action
  4. Eidos press release
  5. PlayStation Official Magazine - UK Issue 020 July 2008
  6. Eidos Press Release July 15th
  7. Gamestar 03/2008 page 52
  8. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/c2fb077ba3f9b33980256b4f002da32c/e021646b2c11736d802574c5003dabd2?OpenDocument
  9. play, January 2008
  10. Computerbild Spiele (German computer games magazine), issue 2/2008
  11. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/c2fb077ba3f9b33980256b4f002da32c/e021646b2c11736d802574c5003dabd2?OpenDocument
  12. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/c2fb077ba3f9b33980256b4f002da32c/e021646b2c11736d802574c5003dabd2?OpenDocument
  13. Eidos Press Release July 15th
  14. play, January 2008
  15. Computerbild Spiele (German computer games magazine), issue 2/2008
  16. Gameplay Trailer from August 08
  17. CD Action
  18. Fact Sheet by Eidos
  19. PlayStation Official Magazine - UK Issue 020 July 2008
  20. Gamescovention gameplay trailer
  21. Computerbild Spiele (German computer games magazine), issue 2/2008
  22. Computerbild Spiele (German computer games magazine), issue 2/2008
  23. CD Action
  24. http://www.tombraidergirl.com/tr8/articles07.php
  25. http://www.tombraidergirl.com/tr8/articles07.php
  26. Eurogamer http://www.eurogamer.de/article.php?article_id=253950
  27. http://kotaku.com/5059493/eidos-reveal-exclusive-360-tomb-raider-underworld-dlc
  28. http://www.hemscott.com/news/latest-news/item.do?newsId=57266947022972

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