Tomb Raider: Legend is the 7th entry in the core Tomb Raider franchise. Published by Eidos Interactive, this is the first game in the series not to be handled by British-based Core Design, developed instead by British-owned U.S. studio Crystal Dynamics.
The Windows and Xbox versions, ported by Nixxes Software which also worked on the GameCube version, were released in Europe on 7 April 2006 and in North America on 11 April 2006, along with the PS2 and Xbox 360 versions. The North American PSP version, developed by Buzz Monkey, was released on 20 June 2006, the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions were released during November 2006 and the Mobile version was released in December 2006. Human Soft was responsible for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions. The Windows version was released in 2006 and it was also made available for download to GameTap subscribers on 31 May 2007. A version for the PlayStation 3 is included in The Tomb Raider Trilogy collection released in March 2011 and has been remastered in HD. A commercial success, the game sold 4.5 million copies.
Years ago nine-year-old Lara Croft travelled with her mother, Amelia Croft, but their aircraft crash landed in the Himalayas. After taking shelter in the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery, Lara discovered an ornate stone dais holding a sword while searching for firewood. She then activated the ancient artefact by touching the giant stones surrounding the artefact. Amelia came as a giant ring rose from the floor and then she heard something in the light emitting from the circle, she suddenly gasped and pulled out the sword. The dais exploded and Lara watched in horror as her mother vanished before her eyes.
Years later, Lara, now an adult, travels to the cliffs of Bolivia to find a similar stone dais located in the ruins of Tiwanaku, a pre-Incan civilisation. After some ordeals, she runs into a group of mercenaries who are under orders to kill her on sight. She disposes of them and proceeds to a temple encountering more mercenaries and dangerous native wildlife along the way. On the other side of the temple, she sees the dais mentioned in the call from Anaya and finds James Rutland, a rich American socialite and self-proclaimed adventurer. Rutland, holding an unusual sword fragment, mentions Amanda Evert, a friend of Lara's who supposedly died years before in an excavation that turned into a tragedy. He then orders his mercenaries to kill Lara. She overcomes them and reaches the dais, confirming that it was the same design as the Himalayan one. When Lara returns to her mansion, she asks her friend and computer specialist, Zip to find out where Rutland will be going next.
Lara meets Anaya in a village in Peru, and after yet another battle with Rutland's mercenaries, and a motorcycle chase, they reach the tomb in Paraíso, where the tragedy befell them years ago. A Teenage Lara was on an archaeological excavation with her university colleagues, where she and Amanda witnessed an unknown demonic entity kill the rest of the team. Lara and Amanda ran from the unknown monstrous being before being trapped in a large room. The monster was about to kill Lara when Amanda pulled a glowing stone, later known as the Wraith Stone from the wall, causing the creature to disappear into it. However, the room started to flood, causing several gates to close at the same time and as they tried to escape, Amanda's shoe got trapped under a pile of rubble. Even though Lara tried to keep one of the gates from closing, Amanda was seemingly buried alive by falling rubble. Lara still held on to the door until she ran out of air, swimming away impotently after her failure to save Amanda from her death.