LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS
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!
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.
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.