Level: Tomb Raider: Anniversary II - Definitive Demo back home search
Author(s): Bojrkraider SrDanielPonces
total rating:9.34 Gameplay &
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ameliacrofty 7 9 10 7
Dark Sheep 9 9 10 10
Jay 9 9 10 10
JesseG 8 9 10 9
JoeTheCrazyGamer 10 10 10 10
manarch2 6 9 9 9
Phil 9 9 9 10
Ryan 9 9 9 9
SeniorBlitz 10 10 10 10
Victoria 10 10 10 10
Woops 10 10 10 10
category averages
(11 reviews)
8.82 9.36 9.73 9.45

Reviewer's comments

"We've had our share of TR2 remakes lately, complete with the annoying and totally unnecessary FMV sequence from the original release. At least the one here is abbreviated. For some reason it's been given the name "definitive" demo, whatever that means. It could be an intended slap at Tombraider95's partial remake released back in June. Probably not, however, since that one was not billed as a demo, but the inference is certainly reasonable. Anyway, we once again get to explore the Great Wall and Venice. To me Great Wall was little more than a rehash of what we've seen many times before, with tigers and crows and spiders and - you get the picture - and it's unnecessarily dark in too many places, but the remote views of the wall and surrounding countryside are breathtaking. For my money, the reason you play this one is the delightful romp you get in St. Mark's Square. It's remarkably accurate (I know, I've been there) and a far cry from the Venice levels we've been offered to date. You spend a little time in the water, but most of the gameplay takes place in and around the iconic buildings of Venice's trademark tourist attraction. All told I spent about an hour and a half here, but the latter segment was by far the more enjoyable. Highly recommended." - Phil (15-Jan-2019)

"So much fun in what seemed like so short because playing this made time go by fast! Venice was my favorite demo level. The atmosphere and the graphics were just amazing. I can't wait for more levels to be released!" - Victoria (13-Jan-2019)

"Wonderful atmosphere, nostalgic however with new and very well built scenarios. I loved every detail, congratulations to the work." - Dark Sheep (12-Jan-2019)

"This is a very promising demo with excellent looks, both parts of the first and the whole second level are pretty stunning to look at and especially the second level is a very realistic picture of Venice that makes this game worth to see. Not sure if I can say it's worth to play, because the gameplay is really not to my liking. Much of the first level is highly reminiscent of the original level and even if some traps and jump sequences are different, it wasn't that interesting to follow. The second level is basically an extended sightseeing trip, as said it's nice for visiting all the locations alone but there's little to do actually, else than finding a lot of items (most are secrets in one form or another). Sometimes a few decent acrobatics make up for the change. I wished there were a lot more puzzles and actual tasks in there. All the secret items are fun to find but there is not enough substance to the main gameplay path. What could have been better were the many parts where Lara just looks onto plain walls, often there is something important around but not where she looks at, but that's a minor thing - all other aspects are very professional and it's an extremely beautiful game, despite a few textures needing some more attention. I also liked that you get an explanation on how Lara enters the "real" Venice level at the end. Maybe there is more to come in other levels of the full version, I really hope so because otherwise the talent of the builders is not used to its maximum. Finished in 50 minutes." - manarch2 (11-Jan-2019)

"Lara explores the Great Wall and Venice just like the old times. Gameplay is mostly exploration and traps with a fair amount of combat, but a bit lacking in the puzzles department. The levels are decorated nicely with a variety of objects, including people that help Venice feel just a bit less sparse. The geometry is good and the levels are immersive, I particularly liked the new part of the Great Wall level and how it gives a sense of a vast landscape. The cutscenes are put together very well. Textures are applied well, a few get warped due to the geometry which prevents them from lining up with each other, but that is a minor complaint. Lighting is nice but more color variety would please me. Overall I am impressed with the attention to detail and this reiteration of Tomb Raider 2 blew away my expectations. 1 hour 15 minutes." - JesseG (08-Jan-2019)

"Simply stunning. I personally don't enjoy the original Tomb Raider 2 that much but this pack is simply stunning. the new areas added in the Great Wall are mesmerizing. The entirety of the second level is just great. Amazing work! Can't wait to see the full game!" - Woops (07-Jan-2019)

"TR Anniversary 9/9/10/10 What a treat this is: a beautifully updated version of the first two TR2 levels. The Great Wall level is truly impressive, but for pure, jaw-dropping amazement just wait until you get to Venice and view St Mark's square. It's entirely realistic and, as someone who adores Venice levels in all their incarnations, I was happy just to wander around sight-seeing before getting stuck into any actual gameplay. It's not a slavish re-creation of the original levels (although quite a few parts of the Great Wall will seem familiar), more a re-imagined version of the old favourites, with Lara's up to date moves and vastly superior graphics. There's plenty of fun to be had with the gameplay too, whether emulating the fun traps etc., from the Great Wall, or the largely new aspects of Venice. I had a wonderful time and was really sorry when it ended. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for the full version, but obviously games of this quality can't be rushed. An absolute must-play." - Jay (07-Jan-2019)

"A very impressive Demo that improves on all aspects of the previous Trials, the new areas are integrated in such a nice way, without feeling like they were shoehorned, I also have to praise the implementation of the alternate secrets and artifacts, the amount of things to collect might be overwhelming to some, however, the implementation of such felt right, well hidden, but not cryptic, with a nice in- sight into the development of the level and some extra trivia as a reward. The atmosphere was spot-on, full of visual details and a sleek look, the highlight for me however was the new level, a really nice intro and it fills in the plot gaps really well, with nice pacing and build- up." - SeniorBlitz (05-Jan-2019)

"I have to say that this demo really improved from the last one, the great wall level was really beautiful and enjoyable but I saw some distorded textures and some strange shadows that makes the room kinda weird. As for the second level the gameplay gets slow, basically you just walk around and search for keys to go forward and the map is really difficult to follow. I got lost a lot of times, the first level was great but the second needs more improving, looking forward!" - ameliacrofty (04-Jan-2019)

"Remakes of official levels aren't among my favourites, as it would have to really surpass my expectations for me to find it worthwhile to play without getting a sense that I've been there and done that (but that's just me, others might feel differently). So I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this effort and found it thoroughly entertaining (rather perversely). It's based around the Great Wall and Venice sections and manages to be faithful to the parts that are recognisable, but it adds a significant amount of new gameplay to the format, making it a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience overall. The locations themselves are also beautifully crafted and textured. In particular, Venice looks absolutely stunning with the new textures used. The secret system is very different to the one from the original game. You still get the pickups reward for collecting all three in a level, but you can also acquire gold bars and Venetian masks in the respective levels for a bonus of a little behind the scenes look at the project. Not as useful as ammo or medipacks but a nice touch nonetheless. Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I expected to, and I'm looking forward eagerly to the next sections." - Ryan (04-Jan-2019)

"This demo looks good, has amazing gameplay it also has a good atmosphere, 100% recommended, Can't think of any reason not to give a full score. Can't wait till the full game comes out." - JoeTheCrazyGamer (01-Jan-2019)
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