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Tomb Raider Chronicles
is the fifth game in the Tomb Raider series and the sequel to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. It was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive.

The game was originally released in 2000 for PC, Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation.

The game was the last of the Tomb Raider games to be released on the PlayStation 1 console.



Tomb Raider: Chronicles

Tomb Raider Chronicles opens just days after the events of The Last Revelation. Lara is still missing and presumed dead. A memorial service brings together three old friends of Lara: Winston, Charles Kane and Father Patrick Dunstan. While the rain outside is pouring, the three reminisce about Lara's earlier adventures at Croft mansion. Meanwhile, hundred of miles away Werner Von Croy co-ordinates the frantic dig searching for answers buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert.

Tomb Raider: Chronicles

The gameplay of Tomb Raider Chronicles is closely tied to that of The Last Revelation. In terms of movement, the only new additions to Lara's skills are the ability to walk on a tightrope, the ability to grab and swing on horizontal bars and the ability to drop from a ledge forwards while crouching. Several weapons from the previous game have disappeared but the MP5 submachine gun and the Desert Eagle from Tomb RaiderIII have returned. Also new is a grappling hook, which is used to latch on certain areas of the ceiling and swing across vaults. Only one vehicle of sorts appears: a high tech diving suit designed to penetrate deep waters.

Tomb Raider: Chronicles
Tomb Raider: Chronicles

In addition to her familiar outfit, Lara wears two new and one old costume in Tomb Raider Chronicles: thermal combat gear to withstand sub-zero temperatures, her Young Lara outfit from The Last Revelation and a black catsuit, which was a modified version of the one already seen in Tomb Raider III.

Secrets in Tomb Raider Chronicles are represented by a golden rose (much like the dragons in Tomb Raider II). In total there are 36 scattered throughout the game and when the player has found every one of them, a new special features menu is unlocked from the Options screen.

The game consists of four sub-adventures and brings Lara back in time to Rome, a haunted island called the Black Isle in Ireland, a high-tech building in New York and a Russian submarine. Each adventure requires its specific game characteristics. In Ireland, a teenage Lara has to find her way without any weapons, whereas the Russian sub can be compared to an episode of The X-Files. Rome is said to be the classical Tomb Raider action, and in the high tech building the keyword is stealth.

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