|LARA'S INTERVIEW AT ECTS
adventurer Lara Croft talks about her new
adventure Tombraider 3. So sit back and
prepare to get the bottom line, as
everyone's favourite silicon super-babe
speaks to UK Editor Ian Howie.
Why are you at ECTS how does it compare
Well, I'm here to star in my new game
Tomb Raider III -surely you must have
heard all about my latest adventure by
now? ECTS is certainly not as big, as hot
or as noisy as E3... but interesting
nonetheless. And of course it's an
extremely important show for me - it'll
be the first time a lot of the European
press have seen Tomb Raider III so I'll
be doing my best to impress!
At E3 you appeared on a big video screen,
why aren't you doing the same at ECTS?
Unfortunately there isn't enough space or
time to set up all the equipment for the
satellite link - it's a shame since I
really enjoyed talking to the people at
Tell us about Tomb Raider III
Well, Tomb Raider III combines the best
elements of its two predecessors: the
atmosphere, vast locations,
puzzle-solving and exploration elements.
They all combine to offer players an
enhanced environment which features a
50-50 balance between exploration and
How are the levels different?
Tomb Raider III's non-linear levels will
present players with more than one route
to complete each level. There is also a
new structure with five separate
'adventures' which link together. After
completing the first adventure, the
following three may be played in any
order, before the fifth level brings the
game to its conclusion. A new save-game
system has also been implemented,
offering 'easy' and 'difficult' options.
Tell us about the AI
My enemies artificial intelligence has
also been improved and allows for more
sophisticated combat techniques as they
react far more realistically -even
running away when I approach. It is now
possible to sneak past some of my enemies
and duck behind objects whilst shooting.
As well as a
completely new landscape system that
allows much greater detail than the
previous games, Tomb Raider III elements
such as multi-coloured lighting, weather
effects and more realistic execution for
flames, explosions and water surfaces.
All of these elements have been designed
to give the game more depth and the
player more satisfaction!
Is that enough for
now? Obviously I'm not going to tell you
everything - a girl has to have a few
secrets you know!
Do you fear a press backlash against the
new game? Quite a few journalists have
said that this is a sequel too far.
Well, I must admit that I was initially a
bit concerned that I might not have
enough time to research and actually
finish the new adventure, but I'm
extremely confident now that this will be
THE Tomb Raider. The programming team
have done wonders with the engine and
level editor, plus my new moves really
give me a lot more scope for exploration.
I know a year seems like quite a short
time in games development, but Core
wouldn't release the game unless they
felt it offered the player enough new and
improved elements. The team have done
plenty of research to find out what my
fans liked and disliked about Tomb Raider
I and II - and they've also worked
exceptionally hard to bring in new puzzle
elements, more realistic enemies and
fantastic environments. This is the most
adventurous game by far!
Which is the best location in the new
My personal favourite has to be London,
although I've visited on numerous
occasions, I've never had the time to
really explore the city...until now!
In the new game can you use your knife to
find secrets and items in rocks or
Sorry but I won't actually have a knife.
Well, not this time anyway.. But I do
have some great new weapons such as the
rocket launcher, grenade launcher and a
Where are you living these days?
When I'm not globe-trotting, my residence
is at my ancestral mansion in Surrey.
Are you playing any games at the moment?
I wish I had the time... the 'games' I
play require a lot more activity than