Aside from solving puzzles and indiscriminately killing enemies, there are a few other activities you can partake in. There are two motorcycle levels where you have to hop on an improbably placed Ducati and speed after other vehicles while shooting wave after wave of mobile enemies and catching air off jumps. The motorcycle physics are very loose, and the riding sections in Legends feel more akin to a rail shooter than a racing game. There are a handful of interactive cutscenes that require you to press a certain button as an icon appears on screen, much like the cutscenes in Resident Evil 4. And like Leon Kennedy, Lara can meet her demise in many different ways with some crazy death sequences that you get to see if you fail to hit the right button at the right time.
On your first play through, you can easily beat the game in less than seven hours on the default difficulty setting. You can then go back through and play again on a higher difficulty, but it doesn't make much of a difference because the challenge in Legend comes from the puzzles, and those never change. Once you've figured out how to solve each puzzle, the only challenge left is to find all the hidden items in each level or to replay each level in time-trial mode. You can unlock new outfits, movies, models, and so on, but even with all that, you can easily see all this game has to offer in a single weekend.
Luckily, there are plenty of heavy objects lying around in ancient ruins just in case you need to weigh down a switch or something.
Legend looks as great on the PC as it does on each of the consoles, with convincingly dark and decrepit environments to explore. The PC version offers the same sharp detail, ambient lighting effects, and abundance of shiny surfaces as the Xbox 360 version--as long as you turn on the Next Generation Content in the display settings. Unfortunately, doing so results in a nearly unplayable frame rate, even on a system that far exceeds the recommended system requirements. To run the game at the optimal settings listed on the box, you'll need a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon XP/64 equivalent, along with 1GB of RAM and a 512MB accelerated graphics card. So while it's certainly possible to get the PC version looking and running like the Xbox 360 version, you'll need some high-end hardware to pull it off. And regardless of specs and settings, you'll need 9.9GB of available disk space to even install the game. The sound is excellent in the PC version of the game just as it is in the console versions, with good music, plenty of ambient noise, and excellent voice work that really lends a lot of personality to each character--especially Lara.
Tomb Raider: Legend is a good return to the roots of the series. It doesn't do anything new or different, but it has a great blend of action and adventure that will always keep you moving and interested. The problem is that it moves a bit too fast, and it's all over way too soon. And if you happen to be interested in playing it on the PC, make sure your system is up to snuff.