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Tomb Raider: Underworld

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Tomb Raider: Underworld is the ninth game in the Tomb Raider franchise and the third to be developed by Crystal Dynamics, completing the trilogy established by Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary. As with Legend and Anniversary, Underworld was developed by the remains of the team that worked on the Legacy of Kain series and featured several 'Easter Eggs' and other references to the series.

References to Legacy of Kain in Tomb Raider: Underworld[edit | edit source]

  • As with Anniversary and Legend, The Croft Manor (traditionally used as a 'training level') still features a portrait of the Human Kain, first seen in Kain's Mausoleum in Legacy of Kain: Defiance.
  • Underworld's story features Lara visiting several mythological Underworld locations; though they are depicted literally as sealed underground locations rather than a separate plane of existence.
  • Several enemy variants seem similar to those in the Legacy of Kain series, with many appearing to derive from the same mythological concepts; although treated in a much more 'straightforward' fashion than Legacy of Kain enemies. These include "Giant spiders", the Octopus/Squid-like "Kraken" (which cannot be harmed by conventional means); perhaps most similar are the "Thrall" variant enemies - undead enemies raised by the liquid "etir" and having a notably similar 'decayed humanoid' appearance to the Legacy of Kain thralls.
  • The 'Legendary Blade' concept returns as Excalibur (previously assembled from fractured pieces in Legend) makes a brief appearance in the final cutscene. A different 'Legendary weapon' - Thor's Hammer - can be collected and used in game; its attacks are similar to those used for Excalibur and the Soul Reaver in Legend.
  • The end credits of Underworld begin with the dedication "For Kyle"; referring to the tragic death of developer Kyle Mannerberg who passed away around a year before the release of Underworld. Along with being credited as the lead level designer of Underworld, Kyle was one of the staff originally given custodianship of the Legacy of Kain series after the departure of Amy Hennig.
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