Thanks Dadguy. Hi Hagatha.
Yeah, I'm only now approaching the Louvre dig site. I'm at the second set of security beams near the Mona Lisa. It's good so far, but nothing like the my favourite TRs, TR1, TR4 and TR3. TR2 was pretty good too, but I didn't like Chronicles at all. What ruined that one finally for me was a really bad bug near the end, where the nasty guy wouldn't follow Lara when she was upping and downing the dipped fllor and the helicopter was shooting at her. I tried that hundreds of times until I read in a walkthru that if she went too fast he didn't come after her and so you couldn't trap him. Poor game all round for me.
I really hope this one doesn't go the way of Indy and Emperor's Tomb. I gave up on that after that ridiculous scene when the nasty guy - can't remember his name - came after Indy in a tank over all those pits and swings. I skipped that level - I hate doing that - and then stooped where Indy was jumping those floating platforms. Not having save capability was bad, but I thought the game was far, far too much combat and peril compared to Infernal Machine. ET was the most disappointed I've ever been with a game. Pleeeease don't let Lara go the same way !
I'm using a Sidewinder joypad with TRAOD and it is much easier than the keyboard for me. The stairs are still a bit of a pain, but the worst two things are manoeuvering Lara when she's autoaiming (heard that's a big problem later with Boaz), and having to piddle around with the Tab key to get to the inventory and to reload and change weapons.
I have DX9.0b and I got the patch already. No difference. It didn't even correct the face graphics of the Cafe owner - half frontward and half backward. I can't see it's made any difference at all yet, except the game hasn''t crashed since I put it on. Before it crashed at the boxing contest in the church, near the rubble from the ceiling. What was the point of that contest anyway ? Betting on who wins ? Was it important to do ??
Sorry for the long ramble. I'm off to Paris again !
Fingers crossed !