September 25, 2011

Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge Day 25: Which is the most challenging Tomb Raider game?

UPDATE: This month-long challenge has officially finished, but you're still welcome to post your comments below at any time. We'd love to hear what you think.

As we discussed on Day 22, all of Lara's adventures have their rough spots, but today we ask which game was the most difficult overall and why?


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27 comments:

  1. I don't think I can name just one. Each game certainly has challenging sections, and aspects that are hard for different reasons. The Last Revelation had a lot of confusing backtracking between levels, but that was also sort of fun in a frustrating way. Angel of Darkness was a challenge for me because of the unresponsive controls and constant crashes and glitches, but part of that may have been the system I was playing on at the time. Subsequent replays have been much easier, though I still despise that Boaz boss fight. Anniversary had its moments as well--what with the adrenaline dodge and all--but once I got the hang of that, it's not so bad. Looking forward to hearing what you all think....

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  2. I find the crystal games much easier than the classics. Tomb Raider 1,2 and 5 weren't crazy hard (just very very hard xD). The third and fourth are the toughest to beat. TR3 had lots of crazy enemies, and the levels were gigantic. You arrived into the second level and you already had sneaky snakes, boulders and spikes and GIANT SHIVAS!! And invisible platforms! I mean, core design, are you crazy????? About TR4, it starts rather easy, some training levels, small and easy enemies, nothing much. But the puzzles are mind-blowing, you really need to be either very smart or very lucky.
    I think I choose TR3. It's really hard and long. The parts that are harder (for me of course) are the London levels (Aldwich, oh my god, aldwich) and the Lost City of Tinnos. I don't know who the hell invented those.
    Still, I wished it would all come back. A game needs to be challenging. Although Legend was very good and smart, it lacked adversity. Even in the hardest difficulty.

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  3. Definitely Tomb Raider III! It's my favorite of all! Even the theme song is so memorable!

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  4. TR4 was hard but TR3 was harder. The CD games were about as hard as the game Disney used to release that tied in with their feature length cartoons.

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  5. P.S. A question about fan fiction might be interesting :)

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  6. Angel of Darkness is definitely the hardest. I still haven't beaten it! It's the only game in the series I couldn't get through. I've played all of the others a million times and just love them. I continue to have a blind spot for AOD.

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  7. Well, I'm replaying III right now, and it's pretty tough (btw, I'm using item/weapon/secret cheats, but still playing through enrire levels). Aod was of course dastardly because of the control scheme. However, the camera/control shift in Underworld was the most aggravating.

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  9. Ehhh, I don't find any of them to be stand-out hardest, but I found AOD difficult because of the sloggy controls. I think that GOL is pretty challenging, too, mainly because of all those damned timed events...

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  10. Tomb Raider 3, I consider to be the hardest. Just thinking about how long and frustrating the level London is, gives me a headache. but then again the game is fun. I finished the whole game with all secrets around 4 or 5 times.

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  11. I think that Revelation was the toughest for me just because of all the backtracking but its not so bad

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  12. TR3 PS version is the hardest one. I mean the levels are large, they are full of (surprising) traps, there are timed doors and some of the enemies were really tough too. And the fact that you can't save the game whenever you want makes it a million times harder. For example, I had to restart Madubu gorge from the start because I got stuck and I didn't have any saving crystals left. Oh and that bloody kayak!! :D That was probably the most difficult and annoying part in the game. My fingers got sore after the kayak part. Now the level is easier for me of course, but I still don't like that kayak.

    Other TR games have some difficult parts too, like TR4. I got stuck very often because I didn't know what to do or where to go next. And usually it was just something very simple that I didn't realise. And there is also a lot of backtracking between many levels, which made it a bit confusing. But fortunately, in TR4 you can save whenever you want.

    Aod was quite hard too on my first playthrough. And the reason is mainly the controls. Jumping was really hard especially, because I didn't know Lara could do those little jumps and steering her to the right direction was really hard. But I think my controller is broken so that might be part of the reason why it was so hard. In Aod there were some really hard parts too, like the Boaz fight and this one jump in The Lost Domain level that took me forever to accomplish.

    But no matter how annoying these games can get, I love them to death! <3

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  13. Legend was so hard. JUST KIDDING! TR3 and 4 are the hardest! TR2 had it's difficult moments too, but you know it's just like "Keep on raiding!"

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  14. For myself, I'd have to say Anniversary. Not because of the puzzles or the bosses, but because of the game's targeting system. I'm playing on the XBox 360, and it seems like, for instance, I can be on a retracting ledge with a flying mutant right in front of me at point-blank range and pounding me with fireballs, yet when I fire my guns, Lara doesn't target the mutant, but instead targets some remote button in the background that's nearly off-screen. Or sometimes I can jump at a ledge or handhold and come so close that she nearly cracks her forehead on it, yet she refuses to grab it and falls to her death. I've had this difficulty with Anniversary more than all the other TR games put together.

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  15. last revalation is the MOST challenging TR game i ever played. second to that would probably be between TR2 or TR3, in my opinion

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  16. In the process of buying the old games to play to find out!

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  17. I always look back on the original Tomb Raider as the most difficult game for me, but I did only play it once. If I tried it today, that might be a different story. Out of the games I've revisited, I'd name Chronicles most difficult just because of the VCI levels (especially Red Alert!). Those are a *pain*!

    I'll also agree that I find the first five games done by Core/Eidos to be much more difficult than the CD games.

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  18. Every Tomb Raider game is challenging in its own way, but the one i spend the longest on is always Tomb Raider 3.

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  19. Tomb Raider Last Revelation definatley! I thought it was a bit too difficult for me to fully enjoy.

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  20. ...There is no need for me to post anymore comments.I agree with Stella 100% of the time...

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  21. TR4 (last revelation) was the most difficult. At least cause it felt the longest to me.
    I guess all the backtracking wasn't my cup of tea.

    The level with the giant chess game looked so daunting, that I chose the easy way out (from Stella's walkthrough, thank you!).
    I kinda feel bad that I didn't fall down through the floor and puzzle/rope-climb my way back up & get all the secrets & finds.

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  22. Tomb Raider 3 was the hardest. The London levels were very hard to get through. Also trying to kill the final boss in the game was really hard.

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  23. Surprisingly, tomb raider angel of darkness has gotten much easier than when I was 8. The most difficult one, and the only one I haven't finished the first level in is, Tomb Raider 3. It's very difficult in my opinion.

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  24. I agree with you, Stella, Tomb Raider: Last Revelation is the most confusing. Lotta backtracks & puzzles.

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  25. TR3. Some of the levels were just so huge and I hate the lighting. It was also the first game where sprinting was introduced and it was so hard to get used to; and it was so necessary at some parts. Dr. Willard was a really hard boss, as well. It wouldn't have been so bad if you could have a chance to recover just a little bit from his hits, but one and your done. It took a lot of sprinting to defeat him too, and it was so easy to run off of that narrow circular platform into that burning lava stuff. All of the difficulty seems to be in the Antarctica levels. It's the first time we've also had to watch body temperature and how much breath we had left while swimming.

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  26. love all the originals and think 3 is the hardest. love it though gonna try it again now actually. i got TR4 when it was released for my 11th birthday and after about 3 months managed to beat it. no guide, no help. was a proud gaming moment. never beat the rest oddly. got near the end of TR1 though and then my disc screwed up :( sooooo i gotta say 3 is the hardest followed by TR2.

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  27. Survivor is hard in some places but fun. But mainly the only Core game I've played, Angel of Darkness, was so annoying and hard; I still haven't finished it! Didn't even beat the first level.
    -GrtGreekBear

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