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POSTED 12/12/14


LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS

Square Enix



Weíre on a mission from dog...

Well, actually weíre on a mission to take down a gargantuan golden dog named Set. But we couldnít resist that as an opening. Hit it!

Having realised that the Mayan thing is like SO four years ago, Lara Croft has decided to walk like an Egyptian, or at least to plunder their rich Ė and already rather overly plundered - line in mythology.

Cue a story involving the king Osiris, his wife Isis (before she went all [REDACTED]), their son Horus, the aforementioned dog of a sibling Set, a box, traps, loot and, like, total dismemberment, dude!

You may have noted the lack of the words ĎTombí and ĎRaiderí in the title, and thatís because this is a wholly different vessel of fish. Much like Guardian of Light, this one goes for more of a Diablo meets Gauntlet cocktail, eschewing total mashy-mashy shooty-shooty for thinky-thinky brain-drain to solve myriad puzzles. They may start rather elementarily, but the more you progress, the more they distress.

Donít panic though, itchy trigger finger folk, there is some shooty-shooty.

Itís all quite good fun in single player mode, but where LCatToO really gets its freak on is with local co-op. Local four player co-op. Thatís specifically-tailored-for-however-many-players co-op.

Whether itís negotiating mystic platforms and golden grappling hooks, or fiddling with balls and pulling shafts (insert requisite ďFNARR!Ē here), going all collaborative adds immeasurably to the experience on offer.

Itís not a poor manís Raiders of the Lost Ark, for that was National Treasure. Itís not Tomb Raider either. But it is Lara Croft, complete with toodle-bippity-boppity-boo, indubitably fastidious British accent and a wallop-packing arsenal of weapons, wits and wobbly bits. Itís more like a Saturday afternoon matinee version of her exploits, rather than the Sunday night main feature.

Now, donít come back... until youíve redeemed yourselves.

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