|Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light|
Nixxes Software (PS3, PC)
|Engine||Crystal engine (Tomb Raider: Underworld's engine)|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two-player cooperative|
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a noncanonical entry in the Tomb Raider series. Unlike traditional Tomb Raider games, it has multiplayer functionality, both offline and locally.
The Story follows Lara Croft on her quest for the Mirror of Smoke. After finding the artifact she accidentally unleashed the demon Xolotl and the Guardian of Light Totec. Lara joins forces with Totec, to defeat Xolotl's army and trap him in the Mirror of Smoke before sunrise, when Xolotl will unleash his army upon the world.
Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light is a twin stick shooter, a first for the series. The campaign is playable in local co-op or online co-op. The campaign is also available in solo with the player controlling Lara, who has some of Totec's abilities to assist in solving puzzles. In co-op Lara and Totec work together to defeat enemies and solve puzzles, with Totec equipped with his spear and shield and Lara equipped with her grappling hook. Players can find new weapons and artifacts that change their character's abilities, and levels are filled with secrets to discover and challenges for players to accomplish.
The Guardian of Light was well received by critics, and holds an 85 out of 100 on Metacritic. Critics praised the level design, clever puzzle solving, and replayability. Daemon Hatfield of IGN stated "Each level begs to be replayed thanks to the varied challenges that promise substantial rewards. Gamespot gave the game an 8.5 stating that "Guardian of Light is a rousing success that ranks as Lara Croft's greatest adventure."
However the game's story as universally disliked, being called a "throwaway plot" and a "cheesey and forgettable plot." Despite these faults, the game received general praise and was often referred to as Lara Croft's triumphant return.
Achievements and TrophiesEdit
- The game was originally planned to start a spin-off series simply titled 'Lara Croft' and was to take place in the Legend canon. Crystal Dynamics originally wanted to produce the Lara Croft series alongside the newly rebooted Tomb Raider series, but little to no information has been released since the announcement of Tomb Raider 2013.
- The lips of the character models in the cutscenes don't actually move. The camera cleverly moves behind whichever character is speaking to hide this oversight.
- Totec is voiced by Jim Cummings, the famous voice actor that has voiced such characters as Winnie the Pooh, Doctor Eggman from Sonic The Hedgehog, and much more.