• "The problem with remakes and ports for the critic, especially those of old beloved games, is emotional baggage. It's difficult to give a cold, measured critique of something you've loved since childhood. How can you give an objective appraisal when every time you hear the game's start-up melody your mind soaks happy in memories of warm endless school holidays, and that delicious, pure, all-encompassing escapism unique to children who play videogames? This game's story is also a part of my story, so it's impossible to get much distance between the two." A lovely paragraph in Simon's review of the DS Chrono Trigger re-release.
  • "Auditorium is about the process of discovery and play. There are no right or wrong answers; there are many ways to solve every puzzle." Sounds gorgeous; looks beautiful. So much loveliness.

Tomb Raider: Legend

09 July 2006

Ten years of Tomb Raider, and only one of them was ever any cop. When the BBC and Design Museum ran a public poll for the greatest icons of British design, Tomb Raider was nominated the eighth greatest British Design icon. One notch ahead of Grand Theft Auto, no less. Which begs the question: has anyone who voted for it actually played a Tomb Raider game?

My review of Tomb Raider: Legend is now online at Pixelsurgeon. Surprisingly, the game doesn’t suck. Parts of it are, in fact, “rather good”. This was a turn-up for the books, so to speak.