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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light [Download]

by Square Enix
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews) 82 / 100

Price: $9.99
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  • New Lara Croft adventure: Guardian of Light is the first downloadable only title from Crystal Dynamics, and the first downloadable only Lara Croft game.
  • Classic gameplay: Enjoy a classic formula of puzzles, combat, exploration, and breathtaking visuals put through the lens of an isometric fast-paced gaming experience.
  • Exploration and discovery: Use a wide range of options for solving puzzles and traversing deadly environmental traps, offering an unprecedented level of freedom to choose your own solutions and explore various paths through the dense jungles
  • Sprawling environments: Crystal Dynamics' proprietary engine delivers sprawling environments with no load-times and unbelievable vertical gameplay through tombs reaching deep into the Earth.
  • Co-op action: Guardian of Light is the first ever co-op multiplayer action/adventure game featuring Lara Croft with fully cooperative online and offline story mode.

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  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B004UHSH1I
  • Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,850 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Processor: 3+ GHz Intel or 2.5+ GHZ AMD
RAM: 1 GB RAM (XP) / 2 GB RAM (Vista)
Hard Drive: 7 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series (6800GT or better) / ATI 1300XT or better
Additional Info: Requires Steam account for game activation

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Diabloesque Version of Tomb Raider July 22, 2011
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Overall, this game adds a completely new and positive perspective to the Tomb Raider franchise. If you haven't necessarily liked the Tomb Raider series, at least give this game a shot. On the flip side if you love Tomb Raider, its a must have. The graphics and depth are visual eye candy with a mix of a comic book look for the prologue. This game has a pretty good story line (not amazing but not bad) and plays from a perspective exactly like Diablo. The game areas are rich with extras (if you can find them all) and the puzzles are quite solvable; note that when I refer to puzzles I am saying that solving the puzzles in this game is not like trying to figure out a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. They immerse you in the game and have a purpose. You don't have to do the really hard ones if you don't want to either. If you don't though you will miss out on bonuses; ammo upgrades, etc. There are also monsters that spawn just about everywhere (even the puzzle rooms), which only adds to the fantastic environments and game play. You have a variety of weapons and specials to equip throughout the game too.There are only a few things about the overall experience that I didn't necessarily enjoy.

First being the controls, if you don't prefer using the keyboard and mouse (or are not particularly savvy with them) use a controller. I learned that controlling Lara with the keyboard and mouse takes some getting use to.

Second, the voice acting for some of the characters seems kind of cheesy at times and turns the game away from being a serious mythological and adventurous isometric dungeon crawler to a bit of a child like atmosphere and can distract from the enjoyment of the game.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing twist to a popular franchise December 28, 2011
By A. Lee
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This "Lara Croft" game is a top-down shooter, and first of its kind in the Tomb Raider franchise. XBox360, PS3, and even iPad/iPod touch has this game. For those familiar with the genre, it is closer to GunBros, DeadNation (PS3), Zombie Apocalypse (PS3), than Diablo, zombie shooter, alien shooter. You can choose to play using the keyboard and mouse, but I highly recommend using a joypad instead.

In fact, if you have a joypad with great analog sensitivity, this game's an absolute blast at sub $10 purchase. I'm using my PS3 Dualshock via MotionJoy [hint hint], and the XBox 360 controller perfectly integrates with this game, giving it a console feeling.

The co-op is highly recommended, either local or online. Co-op gameplay [mildly] changes the difficulty, but substantially changes the puzzle solutions, means of escaping traps, and of course more enemies, which makes things refreshing between single campaign and co-op campaign. True co-operation is required to get things done.

I'm in Oklahoma, and I play with my friend in Florida, and gameplay is smooth, depending on your connection. In case of a rare disconnection in the midst of gameplay, fear not. The game has checkpoints which you won't have to fret about completing that previous crazy puzzle/trap/encounter again. Steam would be the medium for online gameplay. Aside from online gameplay, I highly recommend activating the game on Steam to gain access to other DLC content, which will cost a few more bones. Honestly, at discounts Amazon is handing out, what's a few more bones, eh?

The gameplay is smooth and well paced, with a mix of typical Tomb Raider puzzles and action. In fact, with a decent graphics card (I'm using GTS250, and my friend's a RD4650), it's a very fluid game.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Activates Through Steam December 14, 2011
By mig029
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This is the first game I purchased through Amazon. Amazon gives you an activation key with the purchase. With an activation key this game is easy to Activate through Steam, which means Steam Achievements.

The Game is fun and runs great on a i5 2500k, 560ti system.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique isometric Tomb Raider adventure January 6, 2012
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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an isometric, fixed camera 3rd person action game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix in 2010. The game story revolves around Lara and a 2,000 year old Mayan warrior named Totec stopping a vengeful Mayan spirit named Xolotl from using a magical artifact called the Mirror of Smoke to unleash his horde demons upon the world. It's up to Lara and Totec to pursue and stop him. Here are my thoughts on Lara croft and the Guardian of Light;


+ Fantastic graphics.

+ Fun and challenging puzzles.

+ Excellent co-op play.

+ Great soundtrack.

+ Optional tombs are always a welcome addition to solve and explore.

+ Non-linear gameplay.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Keyboard controls can be very awkward and troublesome, especially with regards to jumping, tumbling and moving objects.

- Optional tombs can only be solved in co-op.

- Camera can sometimes zoom out too far causing your characters to become almost miniscule on the screen. You can also accidentally drag the other play to their death by being too far apart on the screen.

- Some puzzles can trap players if they're done out of order or in an unorthodox way causing one player to be stuck. The only way to get around this is for both of the characters to die and restart at the last checkpoint.

- Totec's Spear of Light made the final boss fight much too easy.

- Uses Steam (May or may not be a Con to some)

- Gems are often very difficult to see and all items have a 1-2 second delay when picking them up. This constantly leaves you wondering, "Did I get the item or not?
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