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Old 23-05-20, 08:53   #1
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Default TR: Legend-Anniversary-Underworld Level Ranking

Recently re-played the LAU trilogy and I've been doing a sort of level ranking. Sometimes it's not easy to tell if I prefer this level or that level but more or less my ranking is the following:

01 TRA Egypt
02 TRU Mexico
03 TRU Jan Mayen
04 TRA Greece
05 TRU Croft Manor
06 TRA Croft Manor
07 TRU Mediterranean Sea
08 TRA Peru
09 TRU Thailand
10 TRU Arctic Sea
11 TRL Peru
12 TRL Bolivia
13 TRA Atlantis
14 TRL Croft Manor
15 TRL England
16 TRL Nepal
17 TRL Ghana
18 TRL Japan
19 TRU Andaman Sea
20 TRL Bolivia Redux
21 TRL Kazakhstan

What about you?

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Old 23-05-20, 09:25   #2
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Are you grouping Arctic Sea with Andaman by chance or are you missing that one?
  1. TRU Thailand
  2. TRU Mediterranean Sea
  3. TRU Mexico
  4. TRL Bolivia
  5. TRL Ghana
  6. TRU Arctic Sea
  7. TRL Japan
  8. TRL Peru
  9. TRA Peru
  10. TRL Kazakhstan
  11. TRL England
  12. TRU Andaman Sea
  13. TRA Egypt
  14. TRA Greece
  15. TRA Croft Manor
  16. TRL Croft Manor
  17. TRU Croft Manor
  18. TRL Nepal
  19. TRU Jan Mayen
  20. TRA Atlantis
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Old 23-05-20, 09:50   #3
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Oops sorry forgot Arctic sea. That one's good although too much combat.
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Old 23-05-20, 11:18   #4
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1. Thailand
2. Egypt
3. Mexico
4. Greece
5. Nepal
6. Peru (TRA)
7. Peru (TRL)
8. Croft Manor (TRA)
9. Croft Manor (TRL)
10. Atlantis
11. England
12. Mediterranean Sea
13. Arctic Sea
14. Japan
15. Kazakhstan
16. Ghana
17. Jan Mayen
18. Bolivia
19. Croft Manor (TRU)
20. Andaman Sea


This was a nightmare to rank all of them.
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Old 23-05-20, 12:01   #5
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1) Croft Manor {Anniversary}
2) Peru {Legend}
3) Peru {Anniversary}
4) Greece
5) Japan

7) Kazakhstan
8) England
9) Bolivia Redux
10) Lost Island
11) Egypt
12) Bolivia
13) Ghana
14) Nepal
15) Croft Manor {Legend}
16) Mediterranean Sea
17) Mexico
18) Andaman Sea
19) Croft Manor {Underworld}
20) Thailand
21) Jan Mayen
22) Arctic Sea
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Old 23-05-20, 13:00   #6
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I'd rate the top 6 levels as being

1. TRA Greece - Coliseum was a flop but the other 3 are among the best in the trilogy, with St Francis Folly being the best TR level Crystal have ever made in my opinion and being even better than the 1996 original.
2. TRA Egypt
3. TRA Croft Manor - I love that this level is one giant complex fetch quest that actually required a little thinking at times. That is what I feel Tomb Raider levels should be.
4. TRU Thailand
5. TRU Mexico – Personally I hate this level because arachnophobia, but you can’t deny the level design
6. TRL Croft Manor – Yes, Croft Manor was the best level in Legend, by some distance too

I'm not going into the rest of the levels. There's a few others I like for a certain niche reason, such as TRL's England and Ghana for their concept design and atmosphere. However I've thought about where I'd rank the other levels and I honestly struggle, because most of them occupy a very similar space to me. They are all far too linear and easy, and/or too short, and/or forgettable for lacking a colour scheme, and/or having a mixture of fantastic mixed with awful that overall leaves a mediocre level. I couldn't possibly rank them because they're all pretty mediocre together.
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Old 23-05-20, 13:34   #7
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TRL Ghana
TRA Egypt (much better than TR1 Egypt)
TRA Greece
TRL Peru
TRU Mediterranean Sea
TRU Thailand
TRL England
TRA Croft Manor
TRL Bolivia
TRU Croft Manor
TRA Peru
TRU Mexico
TRL Japan

phew... it's a bit tiring..
Well, lets' say that at the bottom I would place the rest of Underworld's levels + TRA Atlantis
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Old 23-05-20, 17:43   #8
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I'd rate the top 6 levels as being

1. TRA Greece - Coliseum was a flop but the other 3 are among the best in the trilogy, with St Francis Folly being the best TR level Crystal have ever made in my opinion and being even better than the 1996 original.
2. TRA Egypt
3. TRA Croft Manor - I love that this level is one giant complex fetch quest that actually required a little thinking at times. That is what I feel Tomb Raider levels should be.
4. TRU Thailand
5. TRU Mexico – Personally I hate this level because arachnophobia, but you can’t deny the level design
6. TRL Croft Manor – Yes, Croft Manor was the best level in Legend, by some distance too

I'm not going into the rest of the levels. There's a few others I like for a certain niche reason, such as TRL's England and Ghana for their concept design and atmosphere. However I've thought about where I'd rank the other levels and I honestly struggle, because most of them occupy a very similar space to me. They are all far too linear and easy, and/or too short, and/or forgettable for lacking a colour scheme, and/or having a mixture of fantastic mixed with awful that overall leaves a mediocre level. I couldn't possibly rank them because they're all pretty mediocre together.
Agree so much about St Francis Folly, the trials have been so improved, especially the water room. Also the Croft Manor in Anniversary is amazing, I like the books you can read. But I give Underworld's manor level the edge because it's so bold and iconic with the doppleganger and total destruction. And I also agree that ranking all of them is a bit pointless as most of the levels are rather linear/easy/similar.

Anyway I rank Egypt higher than Greece because I think the cistern was greatly simplified while Egypt was shockingly faithful to the original and has the hardest puzzle from all CD TR games (the 4 columns paintings one).

Now that I think of it I think I forgot Bolivia Redux but if I remember correctly it's just the final boss fight. Meh.

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Old 25-05-20, 19:48   #9
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Coastal Thailand - Remnants
Japan - Meeting with Takamoto
Bolivia - Tiwanaku
Peru - The Lost Valley
England - King Arthur's Tomb?
Coastal Thailand - Bhogavati
Mediterranean Sea - The Path to Avalon
Egypt - Sanctuary of the Scion
Southern Mexico - Xibalba
Nepal - The Ghalali Key
West Africa - Ghana - Pursuing James Rutland
Southern Mexico - The Unnamed Days
Jan Mayen Island - Gate of the Dead
Lost Island - Natla's Mines
Greece - Tomb of Tihocan
Peru - City of Vilcabamba
Egypt - Temple of Khamoon
Peru - Mountain Caves
Greece - Midas's Palace
Mediterranean Sea - Niflheim
Egypt - Obelisk of Khamoom
Coastal Thailand - The Ancient World
Greece - The Coliseum
Peru - Return to Paraíso
Greece - St. Francis Folly
Lost Island - The Great Pyramid
Southern Mexico - The Midgard Serpent
Mediterranean Sea - The Norse Connection
Peru - Tomb of Qualopec
Mediterranean Sea - God of Thunder
Andaman Sea - Rituals Old
Coastal Thailand - Puppet No Longer
Lost Island - Final Conflict
Artcic Sea - Out of Time
Croft Manor - Protected by the Dead
Southern Mexico - Land of the Dead
Mediterranean Sea - Realm of the Dead
Arctic Sea - Helheim
Jan Mayen Island - Valhalla
Bolivia Redux - The Looking Glass
Kazakhstan - Project Carbonek
Arctic Sea - Yggdrasil
Prologue - No Illusions
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TRL
Bolivia
Peru
Ghana

TRA
Egypt

TRU
Thailand
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