Matt Cabral reports:
''The leading lady of gaming, Lara Croft, has made an impressive showing for the media this year. Her newest adventure, Tomb Raider: Underworld is being touted as the first next-gen outing for the polygon pin-up. Some of you may be wondering: "Hey, didn't I play Legend and Anniversary on my Xbox 360?" Yes, technically those two titles appeared on next-gen consoles, however, their gameplay and design were driven by last-gen engines. So, Underworld then, is the first built-from-the-ground-up-for-next-gen-hardware entry in the series-guess that wouldn't sound as good in the marketing materials, though.
The new engine seems to be doing the trick, too, as Lara's latest looks fantastic, improving on the previous two entries in a variety of ways. First up, lets look at the girl with the guns, herself; Yup, you guessed it, once again Lara Croft is super hot-what a shocker. But, what's more surprising is her astounding new animations. Tomb Raider's focus has always been on its sexy star and her impressive agility, but despite her athleticism, Lara occasionally moved like a tank. Addressing this, Lara's been completely motion-captured--by a professional gymnast/stuntwoman, no less-for the first time in the series' long history. So, although her moves may be familiar-running, jumping, climbing, swinging, diving--her slick acrobatics now support a natural realism not scene in her previous adventures.''