Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft

 
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Bigger, Badder and Better than EVER! New locations. New moves and vehicles. Great Graphics.

She's back! Action heroine Lara Croft returns in this impressive action adventure game from Eidos. Once again, the world's most famous "grrrl gamer" must jump, swim, climb, and shoot her way through numerous challenges. There are five locations and 15 massive levels to explore, including the South Pacific, India, London, Antarctica, and Area 51. Unlike previous games in the series, this version lets you visit any of the gaming areas in any order that you prefer. This change enables beginning players to immediately appreciate the diverse gaming environments and designs of different levels that have captivated advanced gamers for the duration of the popular series.

Unlike most action shooting games, Tomb Raider III requires a heavy dose of puzzle solving. In fact, fast reflexes and shooting skills are probably less important than your ability to figure out the best way to unlock the secrets that will advance your entry into new and hidden areas. With clever gameplay and eye-opening 3-D graphics, the third entry in the Tomb Raider series significantly advances the quality of one of the strongest franchises in the history of video games. --Brett Atwood

Pros:

  • Massive game levels to explore
  • Visually stunning 3-D graphics
Cons:
  • Difficult puzzles may intimidate newer gamers
Features:
  • 1 Player
  • Analog Control Compatible
  • Vibration Function Compatible
  • RPG
  • Rated "T"

Customer Reviews:

  • Tomb Raider: 3 !! GREAT GAME!!
    This is a great game to own I have and I beaten It ten times and I sill play it the level's are pretty to look at the background's are ok it's colorful and a little rich here and there.

    Play through five world's there are:
    1 South Pacific
    2 Antarctica
    3 Area 51
    4 London
    5 India

    New Moves, and Vehicles:
    Speed Dash, Monkey swing, kayak and quad bike help Lara out of tricky situations.

    New weapons like:
    1 Grenade Launcher
    2 Desert Eagle
    3 Rocket Launcher

    In the game fine the ancient meteor rumored to have life giving power's. HEY! get ready for anything.

    Kill or be kill by:
    1 Hyenas
    2 Monkeys
    3 Piranhas
    4 T-Rex
    PS. save your heath pack you are going to need them.
    Be careful out there I would if I was you take It slow
    GOOD LUCK!!...more info

  • What were they thinking?!
    I must agree with many of the other reviewers in that this is by far THE worst game in the Tomb Raider series. I beat this game a long time ago, but I have been bored lately so I dug it up and started to play again. My opinion has not changed since I labored through it the first time. I would never have even finished it the first time except that I thought it MIGHT get better (or even slightly fun) as the game went on. Nope.

    Now, don't get me wrong. I am a huge fan of the whole Tomb Raider extravaganza; it's an excellent and clever collection. But I was disappointed so much in this one that it almost killed my interest to continue on with the later games in the series.

    First of all, the levels are unstimulating and repetitive. I hated the levels in India and the South Pacific Islands so much that I purposely killed myself off a few times just to get the frustration out. As a general rule, I think just one nature-based level should be allowed for Lara; they both were so damn similar and I got tired of killing lizards and monkeys.

    Then, for someone who loves a good puzzle, the puzzles in this were just ridiculous. I had to buy the strategy guide just to find my way around the confusing dead-ends (and 'dead' I mean literally). And by the way, the strategy guide was misleading and seemed like it didn't even go with the right level at times.

    Also, some of the stunts and moves that Lara has to make to reach intricate points in the game are so precise that you have to save your game before even ATTEMPTING them...or say hello to some huge backtracking or unsightly death. But oh wait...you can't save your game anytime you want. You must have the beloved save crystals! Too bad I'm always reluctant to use them in fear that I might need them for something more important than jumping to a tree limb.

    I gave this game two stars for two reasons. The first being that Lara has some new moves---crawling, monkey-swinging sprinting, etc---and those were quite nifty at times (unless I was about ready to gnaw my own hands off from everything else). The second reason would have to be that I liked some of her unusual foes---the creepy Shivas, in particular.

    But that was about it, my friends. And those few joys did not hold up well against everything else. I recommend TR2 above any and all other TR games. Even without some of the fancy schmancy moves and scenery, it never fails to impress or enthrall. I mean, how can you top the Barkhang Monastery? Give me a good monk any day....more info

  • Annoying!
    I love all of the tomb raider games but this one was really bad. The most frustrating aspect of this game are the saving crystals.Unlike all the other game where you just go to the pasport at will, you must collect crystals in order to save. This did not increase the difficulty of the game at all. I just found it annoying. I returned it to the store and got Tomb Raider The Last Revelation which I am very happy with....more info
  • Excessively difficult even with guide book!
    Don't get me wrong, I am a big TR fan. I have every single game. But TR3 sucks big time. Although visually rich and detailed, it's extremely and unnecessarily hard to play even with the guide book. The method of saving is excessively awkward, as bad if not worse than the first game. Even with the walkthrough, much of the jumps and leaps require a great deal of trial and error to get the specific angle or character position just right or you die. That's rough! Although the backgrounds are beautiful to look at, they often look so similar from point to point, you can easily get lost or end up running in circles. And to make things worse, there appears to be a glitch in the game's programing. When I finally finished the first section (India), instead of moving onto Arizona or some other section, the game starts me all over again from the VERY beginning in India (level 1)!!! Now I cannot move beyond the first section, and cannot finish the game!!! I was successful the very first time, and moved onto the next section. But unfortunately, when I realized after looking at my book, I had forgotten to pick up the grenade launcher after defeating the boss, I replayed that last level again, picking up the grenade launcher, but then not being able to move beyond to the next section. One can argue that it's just my particular CD that's defective, but when I went to my local Game Express store, I was told by the salesperson that AT LEAST THREE OTHER customers have made the EXACT same complaint about TR3 - the exact same complaint!!!! So I suspect this problem is a design flaw that may be widespread. I know for certain I followed the guide book exactly, and didn't miss anything. I am very, very disappointed!...more info
  • Too Hard
    Why do developers contiue to insist that the best games are virtually impossable to complete? Instead of using pro-gamers as play testers they should use regular people. The game looks good and plays well but unless your a vidio games freak you wont be able to get your moneys worth out of this game....more info
  • Where are the tombs?
    This Tomb Raider has the best graphics in the series. The new water and flare effects are great. The dash and monkey bar swing are lots of fun. The non-linear gameplay is a nice bonus. But somehow this game is mising something...TOMBS! Where are the tombs? I did not know that London, England had tombs. I loved the gamplay but it should have been named The Adventures of Lara Croft. All in all a great game worth your hard earned cash, a must buy for any Playstation owner...more info
  • THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!
    I LOVE THIS GAME I IS THE BEST GAME EVER MADE (YES BETTER THAN ZELDA)this game has the best graphics in the world!Every aspect of the game is better then the preivios!...more info
  • Excellent but also hard
    Before you get the game and play it, you get the impession that you need to use a gun a lot because in most of her pictures you see her with guns. She does use her wide range of guns quite a lot but not as much as you might of thought. It is deffinetly not easy so don't buy the game if you are not very good at strategy games. But if you played Tomb Raider 1 and 2 and you liked them then you deffinetly want to get this game. It takes a long time to finish it. The new vehicles that she gets are also really cool....more info
  • The best video game ever!
    Tomb Raider 3 is the best video game ever. It's best on PlayStation. If you don't have this game, you should get it! I can't wait until the new game "The Last Revalation" comes out. Check out my web-site for some cheats on Tomb Raider 3 and other games....more info
  • Difficult
    I thought it was riddled with unnecessary graphics,that didn't tie in with the story.Its pinpoint acuracy,also made difficult enjoy.The music I thought married the story well. Now if they just would make Craft...more creative, more three dimentional. Like Metal gear has done. 3 stars for music and concept....more info
  • kick *** game!
    this game is great! they took Lara and made her a super star again. the graphics ar dope! they also added a whole lot more weapons that kick ***.i also like the new outfits and the AI, cause they're smarter. also the Nevada scenes are tight!...more info
  • Exiting game, new concept of choose your own path to finish
    I like the new concept of being able to play the middle three levels in any order you want. This lets the user feel like they have more control over the destiny of the game. You still have to achieve certain goals, but it adds to the excitement. London was simply amazing with Lara in her black leather body suit, rain pouring down around her on the scaffolds.....very entertaining and exciting. I have all four of the series, still have not finished this one, but I'm looking forward to how it all turns out in the end....more info
  • spend your money elsewhere
    Lara Croft games have NEVER been any good. I remember when the very first one came out 10 years ago. Teens were practically DROOLING on their controller every time they saw Lara's pretty face. Tomb Raider must have been advertised like it was the most groundbreaking video game to ever hit the freakin' market. The thing is, the games are boring and Lara Croft isn't very pretty.

    If polygon-breasted girls are your thing, go for it. But they aren't MY thing, and I know I'm not the only one to think so. Lara Croft isn't good-looking to the millions of internet gamers who understand that a blocky-looking computer babe isn't going to automatically make a game any fun to play. I'll give Lara Croft SOME credit. She was one of the originators of the "running around half-naked female shooter/adventure" type of video games. In fact, you might even say she was a MAJOR influence because soon after her very first adventure, more and more game companies were making the main characters in their games half-naked chicks. Lara brought something new to the world of video games and I will give her credit for that.

    Sometimes influence doesn't matter when a game is really bad. This is one of those cases. The Tomb Raider series on the original Playstation is a joke. I absolutely *groan* when I think about playing a Tomb Raider game because I remember how ugly and dark the environments are, the glitchy problems that dominate all three Tomb Raider games, the annoying and difficult jumping style of Lara Croft (which makes it nearly impossible to progress to the end of the game. Good luck- she NEVER jumps where you want her to) and of course, mentioned above, Lara's supposed beautiful face (she's NOT pretty, remember?)

    It also doesn't help that the puzzles you have to solve are ALWAYS really awful (and appear frequently) and, because of the jumping problem, very frustrating to complete. Trying to aim your gun at an emeny isn't exactly a walk in the park, either. The whole series has been an overrated disaster up to this point.

    By the time Tomb Raider 3 was released people were REALLY getting fed up with the series. Now, these same people will tell you this was because they kept releasing more and more Tomb Raider games, but I actually think people got sick of Tomb Raider because games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill came along with a similar style and improved on it *drastically*, making Tomb Raider look awfully dated by comparison.

    At least the third Tomb Raider game has SOME decent-looking background levels. I guess the company who created Lara Croft finally understood that Lara's pretty face ALONE isn't going to get the job done anymore. I mean, at least in some places the backgrounds LOOK good . Not exactly the prettiest environments available on the Playstation of course, and most of the time all you see is darkness or candlelight. But what's THERE is okay to look at, at least.

    Tomb Raider 3 features a challenge that is mostly only challenging because of the above-mentioned jumping problem. She simply doesn't jump the way you want her to. You'd THINK the game company would've dealt with this problem with all the new moves for Lara they added to the game, but no, none of these new moves make the game any easier. The artifact-finding storyline had potential but unfortunately the frustrating challenge ruined it.

    BOY am I glad I never bought any of these games (all these years I've been watching OTHER people play them). Reading reviews for the more recent Tomb Raider games on the Playstation 2, I see NO improvements have been made. Let the series END already. ...more info
  • Awesome! the greatest TR game!
    This game is awesome! it's pretty cool, and..well it's hard, and you have to think a lot, but that's good..because most of video games are kill and nothing else, i just finished it, and i'l impressed, awesome video game!...more info
  • Good edition to the Lara Croft series, but with a few bugs.
    If you loved Tomb Raider I & II then definitely get this game. Tomb Raider III has the same feel and gameplay as the first to so fans will not be disappointed. The new graphics are great! The new textures are more realistic and such touches as sunbeams and her smoking guns really appeal. On the downside, items are smaller and much harder to spot and identify. Lara's new moves are fun to try out but the crawling feature is a little hard to control at first. As for the new save option, all I can say is get a hint book right away. The weapons cheat will also give you 50 extra save crystals. Trust me, you'll need them.

    As for the analog compatabilty, I'm not sure it's worth it. Most of the time it's great and makes the game real fluid, but sometimes when you're backed up into corners or trying to look through windows the screen starts jumping wildly. Also I haven't experienced much vibration at all. I don't think the guys at Eidos really planned for analog the way the creators of Metal Gear Solid did.

    All in all, the game is fun, the graphics great, the gameplay the same. It is a good solid edition to the Tomb Raider series, but I'm already looking forward to #4....more info

  • The worst one in the whole series.
    I love the tomb raider series,except for this one!!!!! It's way to hard and it won't let you save unless you find a save crystle. After that, I switched to the pc vesion which has unlimited saves but there is only one problem...IT'S TO OLD FOR WINDOWS XP!!So buy at own risk but if you want to play it and you have an old computer I recommend the pc version....more info
  • Not difficult, impossible. However...
    Yes, TR3 is a bear (so to speak ;-). E.g., there's a particular spot at the very outset of the game, hiding under the leaves, which you have to make a blind leap to find, and would never guess is there if someone hadn't told you. But that is in the grand old tradition of Adventure -- the one point remainder (a postage stamp, usually, in the old days, or dropping the magazine in a particular place when you're at your wit's end). The impossible puzzle drags you out of the game and forces you to kickstart your social life, and ASK REAL PEOPLE for the answer. Very legitimate. Same as, "Don't kill monks at Barkhang Monastery" (TR2), and don't kill monkeys either (TR3)! This game is a heckuva lot of fun on a great many levels OTHER THAN gameplay. It's full of visual splendors that rival the next to last discontinuous maze of TR2, and I enjoy everything about it ... except playing. The game part is tedious, unfair and annoying beyond belief. But it's a real collector's item, especially on PlayStation 2 (be sure to keep your PS1 memory card!), and in our family, it's in its second generation of total immersion....more info
  • The real reason dinosaurs became extinct
    The third in the hugely enjoyable instalments of Lara Croft's adventures, cyber-babe Lara continues to collect artifacts whilst casually eradicating the world's rare animals (including the last T-rex).

    This time Lara begins her adventures in a temple of Kali in India, after a piece of an ancient meteorite with strange powers. The storyline is weaker than in the first two movies owing to the new feature of a non-linear plotline. After India, Lara can choose to explore the south sea islands, London, or Area -51 before finally venturing to Antarctica.

    Whilst the storyline is flimsy the new weaponry is the best to appear in the games. Along with the usual weapons Lara now can have a Desert Eagle pistol with great stopping power or the Heckler and Koch MP5 favoured by special forces. Her new skills this time round include crawling and a very useful sprint function that means you don't have to bounce around like a fool to cover ground quickly. The graphics are sumptuous, the animated Kali statues look fantastic. New ways to die include immersion in cold water and shoals of vicious piranha that can kill in seconds.

    New vehicles include the quad bike and a very difficult to control (but still fun) kayak. The essential skill to master this time is to be able to crouch whilst letting Lara happily blast away with her handguns. Useful for taking out cobras and unwary guards. The levels are satisfyingly huge so you'll be spending a lot of time finishing this game and for the hard-core purists, this time all the secrets unlock a hidden level called All Hallows....more info

  • Ok, but not great
    Compared to the other Tomb Raider games in the series, this one is somewhat of a disappointment. Yes there are more weapons and moves, but the difficulty level is much too high. You might find yourself in the middle of a level saying, "Uh..where do I go?". It's nearly impossible to know the routes through the levels without some kind of game guide. Also, some levels require you to travel very far to find one item or key or switch, then walk ALL the way back to the beginning to use it. This makes the levels tedious and boring. The cut scenes look pretty bad as far as graphics go. Very square. The heads bob when characters talk, but the mouths don't move! Pretty funny actually. The enemies are pretty cool though, especially the raptors and crocodiles. The music is cool, and the plot is kind of interesting. I wouldn't recommend this game unless you are a die-hard Lara Croft fan and absolutely must see her gigantic---well, you know....more info
  • Not bad for the tomb raider series
    Tomb Raider is a great series but has always had some flaws. No difference here. In this game you start out in india or something, then you have a choice between Nevada, London, Or some other rainforest. You end up doing them all eventually but you pick the order. You then finish up by going to Antarctica. The story line is something like Lara is trying to find a meteor or something that killed everybody along time ago or something like that. The controls are very shaky but after a while you get used to them. The best part of the game is deffinately her house. This is the training level. If you want tips on how to skip levels and get the key in her house to the four wheeler, e-mail me at Lazyboy112@adelphia.net . I have a bunch of codes. If you're a fan df Lara and tomb raider get it but if you're not than don't waste your money....more info
  • Just Say NO!
    I adore the TR games & I have completed them all except for this one. I have tried to get into it and have started it on 3 separate occasions. I just do not find it fun. The most frustrating aspect is the save crystals. This game is unreasonably hard in some sections yet you are afraid to save and waste a save crystal in case you need it more later on. I don't feel the crystals add to the challenge of the game. They just make the game annoying.

    Don't waste your time and money. Just enjoy the rest of the TR series and pretend this one didn't happen....more info

  • The game is way too hard and there are too many puzzles.
    The game's graphics are really nice, but the gameplay is totally boring, you have to go back and forth through rooms pulling levers and finding open doors. It just isn't worth it....more info
  • Tomb Raider Three Is Not The First In The Series You Should Play-
    For a few reasons new people of the Tomb Raider games should not start out on this one, unless they are really skilled at video games. Seriously I beat Tomb Raider One and Two and even Four with a heck of a lot more ease than I did with part Three. So no I would not recommend this to new gamers but people that want a challenge this is the game to get.

    One of the biggest reasons this game is so hard are the secrets. They sometimes put the secrets in places you would never even notice. So I advise, if you want the secret level at the end of this game, to get a strategy guide cause 99% of the time you cannot find all the secrets on your own. The secret level though is not neccessary to beat the game at the end, and not truly worth the bother to me. I was so happy and exhausted to just finally beat the game that I could have cared less about a secret level and wouldn't have wanted to play it anyway.
    And that was another problem. How hard the ultimate boss at the end was. I thought the dragon in part two was difficult- at least when it hit me I didn't automatically lose. With the ultimate boss in part three if you get too close he will spew this stuff at you and right away you drop dead. It was difficult and frustrating and took me forever to beat. Yet I cannot say it is impossible, for I did at last beat it, but it is NEARLY impossible and will take you most likely a long while like I. What I did was the best, I got out my rocket launcher and just kept blowing away at him while jumping around and around that platform. I definitely would not stand there or get too close make sure you are as far away as possible for he will not spew that stuff at you unless you are close.
    Then I guess the next hardest part of part three was just the levels themselves. Some parts of the game were very difficult and without the strategy guide next to me I would have encountered many, many dead ends or stepped into a place that just ended Lara. It grew pretty frustrating at times and the worst part of it all is that you cannot save anytime you like- so unless you cheat and get a load of crystals you will do some backtracking.

    Worst part of the game:

    Nevada- In this part all the medi packs you saved up, all the ammo you saved up before- the guards take it all away from you so you have to go through the levels finding your guns and picking up as many medi packs as you can. It grew to be very difficult and I hated that part of the game. The only good part of this level was at the very end when you got to see a few alien bodies.

    Best parts of the game:

    South America- For its lovely scenes and it wasn't impossible to beat. I also liked the dinosaurs they put in, it reminded me of Tomb Raider One all over again.

    And London- London was fun as well I enjoyed playing there, with what looked like the same Sphinx- like statue placed in this part as was in Tomb Raider One, except this time you don't go into this one.

    So- So Levels:

    India- Sometimes a challenge that got on my nerves but then the rest of the time it was just normal Tomb Raider stuff, a little boring of a level compared to the others. The statues coming alive were pretty scary though.

    Anartica- Creepy part of the game. At the ending part of all Tomb Raider games there is some breed of creatures you have to fight- in part one it was what looked like animals turned inside out- in part two she fought what looked like action figures- and now in part three she has to fight mutants. Creepy definitely. Got a little scary sometimes. And this part of the game was not too hard, but indeed I was always kept on alert with those mutants. One problem I hated in this part though was the carts- those mine carts drove me crazy I was always dying in them. Just keep working at it though, eventually you get around those corners without dying.

    Overall I give this game a 3.5 to a 4 star rating. It is definitely not as good as the first two, just a heck of a lot more frustrating but indeed it was a challenge and Lara Croft is still a fun character to play with so I can't hate this game, but I definitely will not play it again for a long time. It is just too stressful and hard of a game to play all the time.

    Do not think Tomb Raider Four is just as stressful and nearly impossible- Part Four is a lot better and I recommend it highly....more info
  • THIS GAME IS SO COOL!
    I LOVE THIS GAME...more info
  • The best Tomb Raider yet...
    Lara's back in the third installment of the "Tomb Raider" series. This time, it's better than ever! You can explore massive 3D levels in such locations as:
    India:
    1. Jungle
    2. Temple Ruins
    3. River Ganges
    4. Caves Of Kaylia

    South Pacific Islands:
    5. Coastal Village
    6. Crash Site
    7. Mudabu Gorge
    8. Temple Of Punu

    London:
    9. Thames Warf
    10. Aldwych
    11. Lud's Gate
    12. City

    Nevada:
    13. Neveda Desert
    14. High Security Compound
    15. Area 1

    Antartica:
    16. Antartica
    17. RX-Tech Mines
    18. Lost City Of Tiken
    19. Meteorite Cavern
    Bonus Level In London: All Hallows

    Lara kicks butt on her quest for the four artifacts as she battles enemy's like:

    Tony (India Boss)
    King Punu (South Pacific Island Boss)
    Miss Safai Lee (London Boss)
    Lara's Employer (Antartica Boss)

    Awesome gameplay and graphics, includes weapons such as:

    Pistols
    Uzis
    Shotgun
    Mp5 Machine Gun
    Grenade Launcher
    Rocket Launcher
    Harpoon Gun
    Desert Eagle Shotgun

    Even check out a cool feature where Lara can practice moves in her own estate!

    Tomb Raider 3 is unargueably the best Tomb Raider yet, keep an eye out for the newest Tomb Raider "Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness" for Playstation2 and PC.

    Here are the Tomb Raider series in a list of my favorites:

    1. Tomb Raider 3
    2. Tomb Raider 4: Last Revelations
    3. Tomb Raider 5: Chronicles
    4. Tomb Raider 2
    5. Tomb Raider

    Thanks for reading!!...more info

  • Excessively difficult even with guide book!
    Don't get me wrong, I am a big TR fan. I have every single game. But TR3 sucks big time. Although visually rich and detailed, it's extremely and unnecessarily hard to play even with the guide book. The method of saving is excessively awkward, as bad if not worse than the first game. Even with the walkthrough, much of the jumps and leaps require a great deal of trial and error to get the specific angle or character position just right or you die. That's rough! Although the backgrounds are beautiful to look at, they often look so similar from point to point, you can easily get lost or end up running in circles. And to make things worse, there appears to be a glitch in the game's programing. When I finally finished the first section (India), instead of moving onto Arizona or some other section, the game starts me all over again from the VERY beginning in India (level 1)!! Now I cannot move beyond the first section, and cannot finish the game!! I was successful the very first time, and moved onto the next level. But unfortunately, when I realized after looking at my book, I had forgotten to pick up the grenade launcher after defeating the boss, I replayed that last level again, picking up the grenade launcher, but then not being able to move beyoond to the next section. One can argue that it's just my particular CD that's defective, but when I went to my local Game Express store, I was told by the salesperson that at least THREE other customers have made the EXACT same complaint about TR3 - the exact same complaint! So I suspect this problem is a design flaw that may be widespread. I know for certain I followed the guide book exactly, and didn't miss anything. I am very, very disappointed!...more info
  • this is tough
    I have to admit that the level of intensity in TR3 is excellent. However, I took months just to get out of Level 1! Fortunately, I had the strategy guide, which really helped me with the tricks and secrets! :-)...more info
  • The best playstation game ever.
    Tomb Raider III is the best game ever. The graphics on this game is better than the other two Tomb Raider games. Lara Croft is the perfect character for this game. A woman lead character is exatly what everyone likes to see. Especially a stud-muffin like her....more info
  • violent fun
    i thought this game was so cool!the other ones ,well they were coo too but this game is better. you can play as laura in the cambodian jungle or you can go to her "humble abode" in england. it is really cool cuz you can do the assalt course and try to set a record on how fst you can do it,you can take a refreshing dip in the pool, and my personal favorite killing the butler.well actually you cant really kill him, but you can shoot him down and it is really fun cuz he doesnt do [anything] about it!all he does is get right back up and follow you! i like to lock him inj the meat freezer and see how long he will last without bumping in the door!!uh lets leave the violent plans iam going to unleash on the old pruneand get down to the jungle. i am just gonna give you a few tips, never shoot the monkeys once and leave them alone cuz they will come after you and start to take chunks of your health away!...more info
  • whatever
    watch this a preppy girl gets ticked off. okay,okay, i like the other tomb raider games its just something about this that i dont like i think her chest should go down alot. i mean, yeah she is a girl who explores in the jungle and reveales her true complexety,definatley not the steriotypes. but i like how you can enter her home. i like doing the obstacle corse. but its just to freakin' hard when i play i just go in the house , going through the obstacle course, and shoot the butler a couple of times. its an okay game i have played better games....more info
  • Tomb Raider 3 Classic
    dont get me wrong i love the first two tomb raider games and was eager for this one to come out. I got it when it first came out. I played the first level and was bored out of my mind. I got pretty far in it but my intrest was lost in it. It just doesnt have that thing that makes you want to continue on to the next level like on the firts two games. There is one thing i liked about this game and it was laras improved house. There is a secret key that you can find that unlocks a race course that has a four wheeler. I have to admit that was pretty cool. But all in all i was very disapointed in the game. Take my advise DONT BUY THIS GAME. If you really want to see here new house just rent it or something....more info
  • Not the best to begin the series with.
    This is my fav Tomb Raider game (the 1st is a close 2nd), but.... It's way too hard for people just starting with the series. You really have to check out all of your options, because secrets are often irretrievable once you passed a certain point (The level River Ganges even has 2 alternative routes, one of which makes you miss out on a secret!) and in other points you really start to think the makers of this game are a sadistic bunch hellbent on annoying the hell out of you.
    Some, in retrospect fairly easy, moves kept me occupied for hours. But, all in all, a game isn't a game if it isn't challenging. And this game is challenging to the max!
    ...more info
  • The Best Tombraider Game
    This game is the best game I ever played!It was extremely fun and really cool.It's not too hard but not too easy either!Yeah sure,I'm 13 and a Tombraider fan but who cares?If you are looking for THE GREATEST TOMBRAIDER GAME yet,here's your game!I loved it much more than any other Tombraider game.My favorite level was Area 51 but I liked London,South Pacific,India,and Antarctica, too!The story line was great!...more info
  • Frustraiting, but stick with it!
    I loved both TR1 and 2, so for Christmas I got TR3. I new it was going to be a bad one from the start, but I kept playing. Sometimes I wanted to throw the controller across the room because the controls on the game aren't that good, but because of the good atmosphere and backround, I would walk around in areas just looking at the scenery. I stuck with it. After getting past India I got to choose where I wanted to go. I stuck with it. The beautiful islands and underwater creatures that swam with you, and the dinosaurs that chased you were so awsome. I stuck with it. London was well done and the cathedrals were too cool! I stuck with it. Nevada was well done with the dry scenery, and the cool UFO and whole alien vibe was scary. I stuck with it. Getting to Antartica finally came, and I loved it there! You travel around in snow (DUH!) and the whole TITANIC boat thing was cool too.

    Yes, this game got bad reviews, and sometimes the puzzles get boring and the controls are bad, but if you stick with it, you'll like it. I know I liked it more than TR1! I hope you take a chance and buy this game. I think you'll enjoy it if you have the patience....more info

  • An Almost Perfect Addition To The Adventures Of Lara
    Tomb Raider and Lara Croft are, and forever will be, the pinnacle of Action/Adventure gaming. Although there are haters out there who try to tear the games down at every cost, these games are the perfect blend of action, exploring and puzzle solving. While I don't think Tomb Raider 3 is as good as the first two, it has it's moments. The levels and their design are excellent. The control is great, as always ( anybody that tries to tell you the control is horrible obviously has no skills ). The only things that drag this one down is the insane difficulty of some of the later levels and the villians ( or lack of villians ). TR 3 is hard, particularly when you get to Anartica, sometimes way too hard. Sometimes it's so frustrating you just want to give up and cheat, but I urge you to keep trying, it will make winning the game that much more rewarding. Then there are the villians, one scottish wussy who is about as menacing as Mini-Me, some English woman you chase across a rooftop and a giant spider. I mean c'mon, remember the greatness of villians like Natla, Larsen and Pierre. These were villians that were worthy of my time. TR3's villians are mere obstacles in your way. Even with these minor dissapointments, TR3 has great graphics, nice storyline and the most important thing of all, Lara Croft. A great buy for Action/Adventure fans....more info
  • Eidos has done it again.
    This game is cool. The graphics are way better and the levels are more intense. The only thing I don't like is in one of the India levels the piranahs eat you in three seconds....more info
  • "this game is the best of the three"
    TOMB RAIDER 3 IS THE BEST!!!. I love this game I got it for Christmas and I loved it. I have been a fan for the longest time. Tomb Raider was the start it had the best graphics at the time and the coolest gameplay. When tomb raider 2 came around the game changed alot, there were more enimies and too much action. But tomb raider three is a combo of bothe tr 1 and 2. my favorite thing about the game is the way that you can choose where your adventure starts. The graphics are soooo tight and the fire looks sooooooo real. this game is a must buy for the action gamer. Buy it today!....more info
  • Too exacting
    I LOVE the Tomb Raider series, and while I found the locations, music, and puzzles greatly improved in TRIII, I was sorely disappointed by the difficulty of play. This game expects movements to be absolutely EXACT, which means you can play a particular jump about fifteen times without getting it just right, and thus dying or having to repeat a long series of actions. There is one puzzle which requires timing that is, and I mean this, virtually impossible to do. Hoard your save game gems for this kind of use....more info
  • TOO HARD
    Tomb Raider 3 was by far the most difficult Tomb Raider I have ever played. I'll admit, I used every cheat in the book in order to beat the game. But can you really blame me?

    The game first starts off with an incredibly difficult jungle level, in which you have the option of finding a few secrets and then beginning the level, but regardless, you'll be jumping to a slope and then jumping over a set of spikes, and then (surprise!) jumping over another set of spikes, and finally landing at the bottom with a save crystal and a bunch of different directions to go. Don't go into the sinking sand and watch out for anything that looks dangerous because chances are, it'll be the last dangerous think you look at.

    Finally, after a period of a week to a year, you've finally beat the jungle levels... WITHOUT CHEATS! Well I bet you were quite tempted! Now choose your destination. The strategy guides all tell you to go to the Nevada Desert, and then to the South Pacific, and then London. If you watch the entire "Story So far..." feature, you'll notice that the game plays the scenes with South Pacific first and Nevada Desert last. So nobody cares what order you do it in, it doesn't matter much. And believe me; you WILL get frustrated either way, so go to the one you want to go to first because it will take you FOREVER to finish that section of levels.

    Finally, after God-knows-how-long, you finished the whole globe, and get this; you did it ALL WITHOUT CHEAT CODES! I congratulate you. NOW WE GET TO GO TO ANTARTICA!!!

    Yippee.

    Antarctica is incredibly difficult, and it ends with a big, mumbo-jumbo mother-of-all-spiders human-headed thing. Oh, and one shot with the rocket launcher just won't kill it! And one thing to keep on mind, one-hit K.O. As in, if it hits you once, it will kill you. Good luck!

    But in spite of all of that, I really enjoyed seeing Lara in new costumes and playing in her new house. It was a lot of fun to get the racetrack key and find the shortcut at the racetrack. I must say, I really did enjoy Tomb Raider 3.

    If you like challenges, then Tomb Raider 3 is definitely for you. And regardless, the Mansion is definitely worth the 5 dollars that Tomb Raider 3 now cost at Game Crazy. But, if you're anything like me and do not enjoy getting so frustrated over a horribly pixilated British woman in a jungle tomb, then get ready to memorize "L2, R2, L2(2), R2, L2, R2, L2, R2, L2(4), R2, L2, R2(4), L2" if you want to beat this game!...more info

  • A goodin!
    Ok, alot of people hate this game - but i cant complain with it.Although some of the levels are annoying (i hate the 2nd level of india with a passion) at least it held mostly to the name of Tomb raider (the 2nd, and 4th onwards) should be named "City Raider" the graphics are kinda yellowish. the lighting can be harsh. but its a lengthy game - took me almost 6months to beat (partially cause i jumped triliogy installments)but its an ok game. its better than the 2nd, and way better than all the others afterwards - but doesnt messure up to the original....more info
  • Tomb Raider 3!
    This game had really good graphics. The only thing bad about it is that i cant get anywhere. I mean it is so hard, luckly i found a walkthrough for the game and it helped me alittle bit, but before i found that i couldnt make it through the first level. If you are really good at video games you would probably enjoy this game alot, but if your not, you better think twice before buying it....more info
  • Stick with TR1 & TR2
    Please be warned: this game is long and arduous. If you love to spend long hours searching through trees for some hidden switch with very poor lighting then this game is a good investment. The new weapons, improved graphics, and "duck & crawl" move are a plus. My advice is to stick with the first two and possibly get the fourth which is more in the lines of the first: actual "tomb raiding". All in all, not a pleasant experience....more info
  • THIRD TIMES A CHARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lara Croft is back in the third installment of Tomb Raider!!!The graphics are much improved and more detailed than the other two.This one so far is the hardest of all three,taking you to India,Nevada,the South Pacific Islands,London,and Antarctica.You also get new weapons like the MP5 machine gun,and the Rocket Launcher!!!If you love the last two Tomb Raiders and love Lara Croft,buy this today!!!...more info
  • A very painful review to write...
    My credibility as a die-hard TR fan may be shot with this one review; but I'll take some thumbs down for being honest. TR3 is not the best of the bunch as the company asserts - rather it's the worst game in the entire series. I base this on the fact that I've played every TR game thus far and it's the one I like the least. What makes me so upset is the fact that this game could have been great. After the first two installments, I was excited and bought the third one - as I'd played the series from the start. I was convinced it would be just as great as the other two. Was I ever wrong.

    Let's talk about the good before the bad, as there's not much positive to say. First, the mansion is much improved. We have a quad bike track, a longer obstacle course, and new moves (climbing, sprinting) to deal with. Plus, there are some little puzzles, such as gaining the key to the track, that add a nice touch. The animation has improved once again and seems more fluid. And the controls for Lara are smooth. They work well.

    That's about where the good ends. *sighs* Now onto the negatives:

    1) Story: the story itself is really just a mis-mash of TR1 and TR2 put together. It's highly predictable due to this. Basically, Lara has to find 4 artifacts for a researcher, that make up a meteorite. This gives the possession vast power. Eventually the researcher turns test subjects into mutants and wants the power for himself. Lara has to stop him of course. It sounds like the developers just put together a loose story from the previous games because they didn't care enough to think up something new. Plus many of the villains Lara encounters throughout the game aren't interesting in the slightest. They have a pasted on quality about them that doesn't seem real. Maybe this is because of the non-linear aspect of the countries you can visit; but they should have at least tried to make them somewhat dimensional, even if a little.

    2) Level Design - There are major problems I have with the level design. The first is that it is way too dark. Even when I turned my TV up, I had to use a ton of flares just to find my way around many of the levels. The problem with this is that the flares burn out very quickly. You have to constantly be using many flares while exploring, making searching tedious and irritating - as eventually you will run out. Exploring is also made annoying by the fact that you can wander around a level for a while, and find nothing of importance. Exploring used to be fun, as you'd find little trinkets throughout the level. Or you'd want to try new things, such as climbing to a new area off the main route to see what you could do or where you could go. In TR3, you aren't rewarded for exploring areas. Instead you're given the frustration of knowing you wasted your time looking for nothing, as you can spend hours wandering around. That, or a quick death from a mis-step will occur. (I'll get to that point later.)

    Graphics in the levels are another matter entirely. While the animations are more fluid, the graphics aren't. The Jungles of India and the South Pacific's Mudubu Gorge look exactly alike, adding to the irritation. Nevada looks slightly different; but still resembles London in terms of design. Antartica is a welcome change; but it comes too late in the game to be of interest. It honestly gives me a headache seeing the same graphics everywhere for most of the game. Plus any graphics that resemble rocks (Nevada, South Pacific Islands, etc.) tend to blend together. Often, you have trouble spotting what is or isn't a ledge to jump to. The bottom line is: the developers should have done a better job. Unfortunately, it's clear that they didn't care while making this game. It's just a money-grab for them from the fanbase. And that's something I don't appreciate.

    3) The Puzzles: Here's a major problem. The puzzles are absolutely impossible in this game. Some of them are extremely hard. Now, I don't mind a challenge with tough puzzles (think previous TRs or a Myst game for reference). But, the developers have managed to turn a fun challenge into the opposite - something that continually irritates you. Gone are the days of the previous TRs where you enjoyed the puzzles. This time the puzzles are frustrating and you wonder whether you should even bother continuing. Solutions will either be way out of left-field or something that you would never guess. Combine this with samey graphics and annoying level design and you have a recipe for disaster.

    And yes, I used a strategy guide for this game. Guess what? The guide didn't help much either. When an official guide can't help you through the game, you know it's bad news. Of course, I eventually beat TR3; but the only way to stay sane was to tag-team through the levels. I would play a certain number of them until I reached my breaking point. When I could take no more of the game, my dad took over until he too became frustrated with it. (He also is a big fan of TR1 and TR2) At which point I would play another few levels until the cycle of boredom repeated again. Suffice to say, it's not just me who has these issues with TR3. He was complaining about the same things I was.

    4) Deaths - Lara will die so many times in this game that it will irritate you. Even if you're a veteran player, you'll find yourself dying like every few minutes in the game. Okay, that may be an exaggeration; but there are some areas where if you make a slight mis-step, Lara will fall to her screaming death. There are also areas where you have to jump on a specific angle or you'll die. In many of these cases, the jumps occur on a jutting out, triangle portion of land. The problem with this is, if you make Lara walk to closer to the edge, you will move with the curve and end up on an angle away from where you want to jump to. So, you re-adjust Lara right? Well, if you run and jump too late, Lara may curve away from the ledge you want to get to. Even simple jumps have their problems - sometimes I found myself dying a few seconds away from where I had last saved. Many of these deaths were not related to my TR skills either. I began to wonder if the game was designed to kill Lara on a constant basis. At least when I died in TR2, I understood why. In TR3, you die for the silliest reasons.

    5) Saving: Save Crystals are back and you have to collect them in order to save. Problem? When you're dying left, right, and center at every turn, you're not going to have enough save crystals to get through a level. Plus you don't want to waste them on just trying to make that jump from ledge X to ledge Y. Honestly, even though I hate saying this, I'd suggest using a cheat code for extra save crystals. It's better than having to suffer from a lack of saves because you used most of them in order to make several small jumps from one area to another without dying.

    6) Other issues: You cannot see items that you pick up. This may be trivial; but you have to keep navigating to your inventory to see whether the item is important or not, which isn't fun. Also, Lara can get poisoned by animals. While this is an interesting addition, there is one major problem with it. That is: if Lara gets poisoned by a snake, then kills it, you have to use a medipack. But, there seems to be some sort of glitch (at least in my game) where one medipack doesn't work. Lara's health will go back to normal; but will still flash yellow. So I have to use a second medipack unnecessarily. It just adds to the already long list of bad things about this game.

    I could go on and on; but you get the point. Unless you are a die-hard TR fan that wants to complete his/her collection, please avoid this installment. It will save you a lot of time and anxiety if you do. ...more info
  • Tom Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998)
    In 1996, the brilliant TOMB RAIDER was released. Although the graphics weren't great, the gameplay was. The puzzles were difficult but intriguing and fun, the pace was fast, the amount of action kept things going and there wasn't one bad level.
    The next year, TOMB RAIDER II was introduced to the world, and God, it was good! It improved upon the original, with each level longer and more action-packed. Even the first level was a treat!
    Then in 1998, there was TOMB RAIDER III, and it really fails to reach the height of the first two games. Although everybody likes a challenge, this game is just far too difficult. I've only got as far as Level 2, so I had to use cheats, and I couldn't complete any of the other levels. It's still a good, fun little game, but it's very disappointing.
    This time, Lara Croft must find different artifacts dotted around the globes. All of the artifacts are connected to a meteorite that struck the Earth long ago.
    Once again, the graphics aren't perfect, although not entirely bad, but it doesn't matter anyway.
    To conclude, the first two games were fantastic - so enjoyable - but TOMB RAIDER III can be very boring in parts, and it's just too difficult for alot of people. It's not really the best way to start the series if your new to TOMB RAIDER.

    Gameplay: 3/5
    Graphics: 3/5
    Overrall: 3/5

    A review by Dale White....more info
  • Lara's the One (on the Playstation)
    I own a playstation but i hardly think it's that great a console. Blame it on the N64 for their exceptional games- but i do believe that the Playstation may have some hope left in it.

    Well Tomb Raider 3 is a good example. This is a huge game with a lot of 3D explosions and gunfire and lots of jumping. Also if you have something against people and animals, then you won't be dissappointed either.

    You also get to blow uo raptors and a T-rex by the way. Despite being a solid title, i beta the game long ago and have since went on to other 'pursuits' like Zelda. I'm not gonna compare the two, mind you, but let's say that while TL3 is a really good game and somewhat long- it's not gonna make a classic or give Mario or Sonic a run for their money.

    Simply put, all the TR games are long and filled with adventure. Lara's cute and i like this game but it's just not gonna be what i'm looking for long-term.

    It's also tedious to have to play through it again. I think it's a mood-game; you're likely to bore through the WHOLE thing when you're in the mood, and that sounds extreme.

    But as you can tell 4 stars is saying alot cause this game definetely restores my faith in the playstation and it's over-rated games.

    If Lara were to make the jump to the Dolphin- i wouldn't be surprised; Tomb Raider always had the potential to be a great game; it's just that sometimes- you need a lot of patience and perhaps, this will fit nicely.

    Finally, the graphics and the sound are passable. Levels are detailed but heavily pixelated and sound sounds cranky or too soft at times.

    But given any new Lara Croft game, i'll be excited and i'm looking foward to the new game after the last one last Christmas....more info

 

 
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