It's pretty old now but a decent title so I was pleasantly surprised to see Tomb Raider: Underworld on sale from Powerplay Direct for less than a fiver, over three quid less than the next best price is £7.99 from Gameplay.
Underworld is largely regarded as something of a return to form for the pneumatic busted one. A follow up to Tomb Raider: Legend, it follows Lara's continued search for the truth about her father's research and the story of what happened to her mother. Her quest takes her to an ancient ruin under the Mediterranean sea where she uncovers evidence suggesting that the Hammer of Thor may actually exist!
The narrative lends itself to a nice mix of environments with some good indoor, outdoor, underground and underwater locations. There's also some innovation in Lara's moves with the convenient ability to fire at two targets at once now implemented as well as a special focus ability. There's also been efforts made to make problem solving a bit less linear feeling. However, these innovations all feel a little superficial and the game suffers from many of the same old issues that plagued earlier instalments. These include a nice selection of glitches and visual issues and while Lara's new abilities make things more fun, they also compromise the challenge offered in combat. Furthermore, while I am a fan of Norse mythology, the story is disappointing and uninspiring and the dialogue hackneyed.
Tomb Raider: Underworld is definitely a good enough game to justify a sub £5 spend but don't expect anything life changing.
Thanks to charver at Hotukdeals!