Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Beneath the Ashes offers extra content that the fans of the voluptuous adventurer will be grateful for. Tomb Raider Underworld follows-up in Xbox 360 with an epilogue not too necessary in terms of plot, but that contributes with new puzzles and combats to its campaign. More hours, achievements and challenges for a genre that, unfortunately, does not proliferate in the present generation.
  2. Under the Ashes is immediately framed as being little more than build up to Tomb Raider Underworld: Lara’s Shadow. With spokespersons from Crystal Dynamics clearly more excited by Shadow than by Ashes, you’re maybe going to be left with a sour taste. Did you just spend seven quid for a quite enjoyable jog to a cutscene? Quite possibly.
  3. Anybody actually paying attention to the narrative will appreciate the gasp-inducing ending, and anybody under twelve will appreciate the abundance of inappropriate costumes that come included. For everyone else it’s a good, if not quite great platformer, that complements the main game while not exactly revolutionising it.
  4. It's perhaps unsurprising, given the matinee idol lineage of the series, that Lara Croft's set-piece adventures work so well carved into chunks, yet - even if it's not as long as you fancied, and there's a bit too much shooting - it's still a pleasure to spend a few more hours with one of gaming's most graceful legends.
  5. Tomb Raider Underworld: Beneath the Ashes is a new level that can only be recommended to more dedicated fans. Even if you put aside this short duration, the truth is that it brings nothing new to the experience. It offers challenges that the player already knows how to deal with, and once you finish it there is no reason to play again.
  6. Games Master UK
    Lara fans and platforming nuts will no doubt be sated, but memorable Tomb Raiding this ain't. [May 2009, p.75]
  7. 50
    It's laudable that Eidos is supporting Tomb Raider Underworld with additional downloadable content, but Beneath the Ashes is a weak level pack for the title. Extremely easy and short, those that have played Underworld or any other Tomb Raider game will be able to blow through this pack quickly and won't return for a second play through.
  8. The follow-up to the latest Lara game uses the same engine, offers some brand new environments and storyline. But, overall, it lacks depth, it's far too short and quite expensive for what it offers. Good ideas, not so well developed.
  9. In closing, Beneath the Ashes is a commendable slice of Tomb Raider adventuring, but still feels like it was part of the main game, that was either left on the cutting room floor, or withheld for the purpose of exclusive content.
  10. The main problem with this expansion is the price you’ll be charged to play it. Even for the ones who overlooked Underworld shortcomings, 800 MP could be too many for just a couple of hours of adventuring. We wish we had more in this package than just the new Lara’s swimsuits.
  11. Pelit (Finland)
    Beneath the Ashes is short, but well paced mini-larathon which offers nothing really new. Lara’s Shadow is a little bit interesting case, but messing with deadly blue liquid is really frustrating. There are also annoying level re-runs, but generally both adventures offers sturdy but brief Tomb Raider experience. [May 2009]
  12. Tomb Raider Underword: Beneath the Ashes is a good first DLC, offering a good new setting and puzzles, new cut-scene as well as an ending good to build enough hype for the plot, waiting for the final act, entitled Lara’s Shadow. But this new level presents also many bad issues, mostly technical, and the 800 Microsoft Points price is not so cheap for a half an hour of longevity. Recommended only to biggest fans of Lara.
  13. At 800 points (approx £7.00) this extra level is a bit costly, however if you look at it as going to the cinema, it has similar length and is more fun than most of the drivel that turns up at your local multiplex. Worth a try if you can't get enough of Lara.
  14. You’ll be left with mixed emotions after playing Beneath the Ashes. On the one hand you’ll have really enjoyed the experience, especially the fact that the new level isn’t a patchwork quilt of other environments from the main game; it’s a fresh new level with some pretty great puzzles. On the other hand, 2 or 3 hours will have passed and you’ll be questioning the price for such a short albeit entertaining experience.
  15. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Not beefy enough to warrant the fat cash. [June 2009, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. DavidD.
    May 10, 2009
    Very fun game and DLC! It was more of the same from Underworld but the best part of this game was the story line. They kept the story going Very fun game and DLC! It was more of the same from Underworld but the best part of this game was the story line. They kept the story going and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The way they tied in Underworld to this and shadow were just awesome! Full Review »