Tomb Raider: Xbox 360: Action: £34.99

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GOING back to a franchise as famous as Tomb Raider and Lara Croft is a bold move... there’s a lot of history there.

However, this reinvigoration of Lara’s adventurous life, going right back to where it all began, proves to be a revelation.

Tomb Raider nails the perfect balance of old and new, offering up a wealth of action and exploration that sheds new light on the series – and the central character – through a beautifully realised exotic world and a tightly-knitted storyline.

Combat has been finely tuned, whether you’re attacking from afar with your bow or steaming in all guns blazing, and the traditional “tomb raiding” is as deliciously dank, dark and relic-ridden as it’s ever been.

It’s a fast-paced adventure with so much to offer in single player and, while the multiplayer offering falls way short of what we were hoping for, don’t let that deter you.

This is arguably the best Lara Croft adventure yet.

And that’s saying something.