Underworld is visually stupendous with its colossal statues and foreboding catacombs. On the whole it's a match for Drake's Fortune on PlayStation 3, last year's unsung Christmas blockbuster. The latter was balanced in favour of combat, whereas Underworld naturally upholds its essential tomb raiding element.
Fans will not be disappointed, then, but newcomers could find it hard going. Nevertheless the new Tomb Raider really does deliver on high expectations.