|PC CD Game - TOMB RAIDER CHRONICLES|
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24th November, 2000
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TOMB RAIDER CHRONICLES|
Uncover the Secret History of Lara Croft
Tomb Raider Chronicles features four of Lara Croft's previously untold exploits, each comprising a separate adventure, offering new insights into her past.
Taking place only a few days after Lara's death in The Last Revelation, beginning at her memorial service – her body has not been found. After the service Jean Yves, Winston and the family Priest, Father Dunstan, retire to Croft Manor. As they collect their thoughts, they reminisce about some of Lara's past adventures, each of which is introduced via FMV flashback sequences.
The locations for Chronicles' four adventures feature the city of Rome, a German U-boat, a small Irish Island (played as the 16-year-old Lara) and a hi-tech tower block. Each episode has a unique focus and requires you to adopt a different strategy.
Chronicles consolidates the most popular elements of previous Tomb Raider titles and also features some familiar faces from its predecessors. The game engine is modified for graphical improvement and the smoothest gameplay yet. Environments feature increased detail, improved lighting, a greater number of characters and objects plus greater levels of interaction with characters and objects. Greater use is made of the inventory system and more items may be collected to allow greater variation on the 'combine' option. New features include additional moves and miscellaneous animations for Lara plus a wider variety of enemy animations. A 'search' option for Lara is included, enabling her to look through files or drawers and take any items of use. New weapons include a sniper rifle and a grappling hook gun. New moves make use of tightropes, suspended bars (Lara may swing from bar to bar) and grappling ropes. This combination of bars and ropes requires you to traverse areas in a wider variety of ways than previously seen.
Enemy AI is extensively overhauled and Lara's opponents now react to sound, allowing a 'stealth' option to be implemented. Hand-to-hand combat features where Lara creeps up behind enemies and uses either a cosh or chloroform to disable them. Enemies are able to hide more effectively - Lara will not lock on until the enemy is clearly visible.
Lara has two new in-game costumes: a catsuit with headset, plus an SAS camouflage outfit. The game features a larger amount of FMV than seen in previous Tomb Raider titles.
Tomb Raider Chronicles includes the Tomb Raider Level Editor as used to create previous Tomb Raider adventures. The system allows you to create and play unique Tomb Raider levels - in the same manner as the Tomb Raider team. The software includes a tutorial, allowing you to familiarise yourself with each aspect of designing your own levels.
Since Lara Croft was introduced in 1996, the hugely popular Tomb Raider series has had such games as Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, Tomb Raider Chronicles and Tomb Raider The Last Revelation, as well as two blockbuster movies.
More information on the Tomb Raider series can be found at our Lara Croft Tomb Raider site.