Finally, after what feels like an æon, I've managed to complete Tomb Raider 1. It feels like it's taken some Herculean effort (not that I'd know!) after nearly 12 years, and for me is something to celebrate. To most people it won't sound like a big deal at all, but the real reason it feels like such an achievement is that this actually means I've now finished all
of the Tomb Raider games. All eight of them. I can finally say that I've scaled the Tomb Raider mountain.
It seems kind of odd to have finished the first game last, but when it was released I wasn't really interested in playing it (even though I loved computer games and remember being mesmerised watching my house mate Alex complete it at the time). Rather strangely I didn't start playing the games until thoroughly enjoying playing through Angel of Darkness. Apparently I was the only person who did enjoy it, but it got me hooked and I moved on to the others.
After completing Legend I didn't think I'd ever play the first game (I thought it'd feel too much like playing it twice) and so would never finish them all, but eventually that human-collector-instinct got the better of me and I had to give it a go. It was well worth it, in spite of its venerable age.
So, I'm glad I can revel in the fact I've completed them all, at least until they release Underworld, which I'm nonetheless looking forward to. In the meantime, I've not yet played all of the extra Gold levels, so there's still work to be done. And for the record, maybe Angel of Darkness was my favourite, although Chronicles was the best of the vintage games and I loved the Venice level in Tomb Raider 2 as well.