First off let me start by saying that I have never really enjoyed playing any of the Tomb Raider series. Sure Lara Croft was fine looking. Sure guns are fun to play with. Nonetheless these games did very little for me. That is why it was such a big question when I seen “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” on Xbox Live for 1200 points. Sure it received some good reviews, but those people probably loved the whole series. So I figure that I should review the game from the point of view of a player that does not enjoy the gameplay.
My absolute favorite feature to this game is that it is 1 or 2-player. You can play this game 2-player online, and it makes it worth it. I love this feature. Lara Croft introduces you to her sidekick Totec. My brother and I have used a lot of online gaming time thanks to “The Guardian of Light”. There is a lot more diversity in the puzzle solving with co-op play. You will love this too.
I was afraid that they would dumb down the game more since it is downloadable content. I thought it would be horrible considering that I do not even like the games that come complete on discs, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The graphics are the same, if not better, than previous Tomb Raider games. The gameplay has changed. There is a new isometric viewpoint which I enjoy a lot. This new viewpoint has been known to make jumps be more disastrous then they needed to be, but overall I enjoyed it much more. Also, the combat seems bigger than ever. Another aspect that can make or break a game is the sound. There is some original and some of the old music and it helps to bring you deeper into Lara Crofts world.
If you want to be challenged by puzzling levels and play a game that has high replay value then you need to purchase Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The entertainment value and the replay value alone make this game a definite purchase. Like I stated earlier this game is downloadable content on Xbox Live. The cost of the game is 1200 Microsoft Points. Roughly $15.00, but if you do not have any points then you will need to purchase a 1600 MS Point card for $20.00. Look online for different deals because sometimes you can find them much cheaper.
Also, there is a scheduled release for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for the Playstation 3 console in the Fall.