Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Even with TR’s faults, this game is quite enjoyable for new people to the TR universe. Old fans will just be ecstatic over the story and the chance to play a 21st century version of Lara Croft.
  2. Unlike previous Tomb Raider games that presented you with a handful of secrets items, areas, or unlockable bonus content, there is nothing here beyond the core game (no pun intended). There are no branching paths, multiple endings or any reason to replay the game anytime soon after your first pass.
  3. The gameplay fails on so many different levels, and that’s a shame given how good the other elements are in the game.
  4. Hard-core Tomb Raider fans and other particularly patient players should be able to overlook some of these flaws and enjoy this new installment for its engaging storyline, death-defying action sequences, and impressive locations.
  5. Production values in the graphics and sound are excellent. The attention to detail, from the rich textures to the symphonic score, is nothing short of brilliance. If only the game played as good as it looks and sounds.
  6. Outside of the updated graphics and the introduction of the new playable character, Kurtis, I really didn't see anything new brought to the game which is a major disappointment.
  7. Would have made 70% if not for the atrocious control system.
  8. 53
    Holds close the qualities that made the first two game so likeable, but it similarly retains many, if not all, of the same mechanics, gameplay tactics and problems that dragged the series down over the years.
  9. 52
    A mess that 36-plus months of development time couldn't flesh out.
  10. The twitchy controls mean that instant death is just a flick of the analog stick away, and even though we’re not psychic, we can guarantee you’ll die many, many times just trying to either work out where you’ve got to go or nab yourself a handful of bonus items.
  11. This game certainly isn't breaking any new ground, neither have the past few that came before it.
  12. Infuriating, buggy, and ultimately boring. [Oct 2003, p.96]
  13. The controls handle like utter crap and will remain a continuous nuisance throughout the entire game. Seriously, when it comes to character control I've never witnessed such a badly managed a port.
  14. A festering pustule of dreadfulness. [June 2006, p.97]
  15. There's almost no connection between your keypresses and Lara's movements on-screen. It feels like she's moving through molasses. [Sept 2003, p.74]
  16. At times, maneuvering Lara is like steering a battered shopping cart; Lara often takes a half second to react to commands. [18 July 2003, p.82]
  17. And thus gaming's highest-profile franchise is run into the ground and kicked repeatedly in the head. [Oct 2003, p.118]
  18. 25
    The PC version has better visuals, more comfortable control, and fewer bugs. And online patches might stamp out the bugs that do exist. [Sept 2003, p.51]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. JonM.
    Mar 25, 2006
    Easily the most awkward game in the world. Looks great, however controls are as easy to master as a three wheeled shopping trolley on ice.
  2. ChrisC.
    Sep 5, 2004
    Horrible game for PC - you can barely control the Character - Complete waste of money - eidos and core are destroying the franchise by not caring what garbage they are pumping out - stop worrying about making crappy movies and start worrying about making a lasting franchise by having good games - completely horrible and buggy - DONT BUY . Full Review »
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    The story and plot were well written. In fact the story remains one of my favorites in the series after a little more than a decade. The only issue is that much of the story was obviously cut out before release. This gives the game a disjointed feel. The music is also excellent and always fits the setting well.

    However these high points only cause the lows to stand out more. The controls are frustrating and takes far too long to get used to. Although tolerable after a short while, they still have far too many hiccups when trying to do something as simple as walk across a room. The game play could have also been more consistent. It feels as though the developers began adding in RPG elements, but ultimately abandoned the idea.

    Overall, the game was obviously rushed to release in an unfinished status. It had the potential to be an excellent addition (by the more interesting story if anything else). However, the crude controls and rampant bugs. Make it so that many users cannot even enjoy said story.
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