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The Lost Emperor by Sabatu

The Snarky Lesbian 8 7 10 10
Torry 10 10 10 10
release date: 28-Sep-2020
# of downloads: 1089

average rating: 9.38
review count: 2
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file size: 211.00 MB
file type: TR2
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"This six level Tomb Raider 2 set brought back all the joy of those early days of raiding and quite honestly, I found it better than the original. The only level I did not like was the first as let's face it, you cannot do much with the Venice package but what there was, it was interesting enough. There are a few "boss" fights in these levels, the most serious being the last and when I entered that fateful chamber I had little ammo left and when I exited I had none (after many, many reloads I may add). I only found 11 of the 18 secrets and whilst I saw a couple I gave up trying to find my way to them. I did enjoy the TR1 sandy desert features in a TR2 game. That was different and unexpected. Enemies are numerous and general attach em masse and the giant spiders worried me as after they were dead they appeared on all six legs (and not on their backs as in the original game) so that when you re-entered an area I was unsure if what I saw were dead spiders or new about to spawn spiders. Creepy. Graphics were great, atmosphere fantastic, game play absorbing and whilst there were near no puzzles I did not miss them. There were many, many dark areas but you had flares literally coming out of your backside that that was not an issue. I just loved this and spent the better part of two days here. Thanks Sabatu." - Torry (13-Oct-2020)
"Oh dear, this is collection of levels (6 levels in total) very hard to Review in a shorter form. Cause I definitely enjoyed my time with them, enough to post a more longform Review on the forums. But breaking that down into a smaller more concise version? Well maybe my struggle there is well reflected in this collection, as it also struggles with a concise gameplay flow. I'm not exaggerating when I'm saying that "Short and Sweet" is not a phrase fitting these levels. Pretty much all but the last one take too long, tend to meanders around until you lose interest in finishing the level and drag in it's details a bit too much. I'm serious, these levels say in two hours what you could say in one (kind of like my writing). Sadly it also sported an odd pickup ratio, where in the early levels you kinda drown in it, while the middle levels cause a minor famine. And when you do get pickups, you get multiple at the same time, as if trying to fill a quota somehow. And the enemies? Let me ask you this: Do you like Spiders? The entire middle section of the collection, featuring the Egypt-style levels, consists of you mowing down armies of giant spiders. Say good bye to that ammunition of yours. In later levels you have a lot less spiders, but often huge groups of enemies that ambush you while trying to climb ladders or bombrush you in large groups while you're in a tiny room (hello finale).
But I must halt myself here. It's like all is negative. But it isn't. In fact this may be mostly due to me being nitpicky. There is A LOT to love about these levels. Firstly, all of these levels hit their thematic background perfectly, and work out nicely in representing "where" they might be in reality. They consist of thematic progression as well, having levels progress from a lighter theme, to a more deep and thematic one over time. ESPECIALLY the second level jumps out to me here. Ocean Trench (the aforementioned second level) is finely crafted level starting in a corral riff, leading you through big and wide ocean pockets, down to claustrophobic tight corridors in a wreck, and back to freedom. A light in the darkness, and you ARE feeling that. The Atmosphere in both the second and the last levels are beautifully realised works of art. And while the other levels thematically work as well, their slow meandering nature might make you quit early. Don't push yourself, just allow yourself to take it in slowly, play it over multiple days, and then see for yourself. There are some real gems in here, you just have to dig for them." - The Snarky Lesbian (12-Oct-2020)