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  • Summary: Experience Lara Croft's defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forgedExperience Lara Croft's defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

    FEATURES:

    * Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth: Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems.

    * Become One With the Jungle: Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos.

    * Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs: Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles.

    * Uncover Living History: Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 10, 2018
    100
    If Uncharted rose to fame with weapons it stole from washed-out Tomb Raider (before its reboot), Shadow of the Tomb Raider grabs them back, making it visually and gameplaywise the most essential action-adventure you can imagine. It not only builds upon the series legacy, it goes to its roots and successfully brings back the exploration that we were busy not to even notice was missing while tackling through many exciting action set pieces of the previous games. Doing so, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the most poignant entry in the long series since the very first game.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    91
    With all these improvements, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is clearly the best part of the Origins trilogy for me.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    From start to finish you are taken into a cool adventure where Lara Croft becomes more and more human. With good balance between puzzles, battles and explorations, you feel like you're in an adventure where everything is dangerous.
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    84
    A greater focus on raiding tombs, and massively improved stealth combat, make this one of Lara Croft's best modern adventures.
  5. Sep 15, 2018
    82
    Shadow of Tomb Raider absolutely is the best one in the trilogy since 2013, and its combat, puzzles, narrative, level design are all at a peak. But to be honest, those improvements are not as important as its two predecessors', and it might bore some of the veteran fans who expect more.
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Closer to the original Tom Raider games, at least in its atmosphere, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is well crafted, beautiful and loaded with interesting puzzles. But the feeling of deja vu is strong with this one.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    The parts of Tomb Raider that make it really fantastic--uncovering the mystery of ancient ruins, solving impressive challenge tombs, and exploring exotic environments--are still here in Shadow, and they are just as outstanding as they have always been. But the core mechanics that have been with the series for half a decade are starting to show their limitations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    The first thing that I can say without a shadow of doubt is that this is one of if not the most impressive games graphically I have everThe first thing that I can say without a shadow of doubt is that this is one of if not the most impressive games graphically I have ever played. The scenery’s are stunning, and the jungle feels alive around you. I often find myself just admiring the view everywhere I go. Gameplay wise It is very similar to the previous two games. There is a much bigger focus on exploration in this entry and the tombs are bigger and much better designed. If you don’t like the survival instincts highlighting all the walls you can climb then I’m pretty sure you can make the difficulty harder to turn those off. The game itself is massive as well. The story is massively over the top but very very enjoyable and feels very high stakes. There was one particular moment early in the game after Lara sets off a series of events that actually shocked me. I won’t spoil it but It definitely shocked me and I wasn’t expecting it. Lara’s buddy Jonah plays a much bigger role in this game but is still pretty much Lara’s side kick. But I must say that I found his voice actor does a great job this time around and Camilla Luddington again does a great job as the voice of Lara. I honestly can’t recommend this game enough. A must buy especially if you enjoyed the previous two. I’m hoping that this is not the end of these amazing games and that another will be made in the future. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    i'm Fan of this game series and it's not make me disappointed at all . shadow of tomb rider is one of the best game in 2018 and i think it'si'm Fan of this game series and it's not make me disappointed at all . shadow of tomb rider is one of the best game in 2018 and i think it's better than previous version not only Graphic but also game play and story ! BEST !!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Amazing game. Playing on hardest difficulty is so fun.
    -story is better
    -tombs are better -graphics are better -Everything is better than
    Amazing game. Playing on hardest difficulty is so fun.
    -story is better
    -tombs are better
    -graphics are better
    -Everything is better than previous 2 games.

    Best of the trilogy!
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  4. Sep 15, 2018
    8
    On one hand the more of the same if you look at the last two games (especially the Rise of Tomb Raider) but on the other it's really fun toOn one hand the more of the same if you look at the last two games (especially the Rise of Tomb Raider) but on the other it's really fun to play and they improved on puzzles.

    One downside for me though... It may be just me but the camera angles are a bit wonky sometimes.
    Other than that, a very good game.

    PS: Sound track is in lousy mp3 format and that is just unforgivable... :(
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  5. Sep 16, 2018
    7
    Certainly not a bad game, but it's largely the same as the 2016 Tomb Raider. I'd never played a Tomb Raider prior to the 2016 release, and ICertainly not a bad game, but it's largely the same as the 2016 Tomb Raider. I'd never played a Tomb Raider prior to the 2016 release, and I was pleasantly surprised with the experience. I also thought, however, that it was a bit of a grind what with all the fetch quests and scavenger hunts. While I beat the game, I don't remember the plot at all.

    SOTTR is basically the exact same thing as ROTTR. The main differences are that (a) there's more cut scenes with your partner, Jonah; (b) Jonah is, overall, a much bigger part of the story; (c) there's parts of the game that take place in civilization, i.e., small towns and villages, so it has a bit of an RPG feel to it in that regard (this was, by far, the best addition to the title); and (d) the graphics are improved, though this is a bit apples to oranges for me since I played ROTTR on a console, and SOTTR on a suped-up P.C. on max settings.

    Just like ROTTR, I'm not terribly interested in the plot. That's a shame, because the game makes you sit through a lot of cut scenes related to same. The base camp upgrade system is exactly the same as from the previous game. Overall, it's not a bad game, and it looks great on an amped-up P.C. It's just a bit boring after a little while - running around, spamming the "Q" button for "survival instincts," i.e., highlighting boxes to break, enemies, etc., looking around, breaking open a box, repeat, ad infinitum. I've not finished the game yet, but I've heard there's not a lot of combat. So far, I concur. That's going to be a problem, since the non-combat elements of the game (save for the tombs/crypts) are a bit boring (see above).
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  6. Sep 18, 2018
    6
    -> you had a bad-skilled woman trying to make feminist-apllying plot. twice. she failed. twice. now you swap her. ON THE BAD-SKILLED WOMAN-> you had a bad-skilled woman trying to make feminist-apllying plot. twice. she failed. twice. now you swap her. ON THE BAD-SKILLED WOMAN that is known for 2 bad side-games of assassins about a girl and black guy. i dont know, somehow the devs didnt learn their lesson.
    -> lara got a 40+ years old woman face. idk why.

    -> they shifted focus to exploration and tombs, but forgot about the action and adventure in action-adventure game.
    -> fights take like 10% of the game. yet still your skill-trees are all about fights. (need more fights)
    -> lack of new mechanics. which is not extremely bad, would be fine if other parts of the game were made better.

    -> game still takes itself really seriosly while being extremely cliched and bad-written. but unlike RotTR where it was so bad that it was funny now its just boring-bad kind of thing.
    -> the plot works same way in all 3 games.

    look:

    - Tomb Raider (TR) - we shipwreck, we stay 1 on 1 with nature, craft-survive.
    - Rise of the Tomb Raider (RoTR) - avalanche, we stay 1 on 1 with nature, craft-survive.
    - Shadow of the Tomb Raider (SoTR) - we suffer air strikes, we stay 1 on 1 with nature, craft-survive.

    In all three parts, we pump about the same skills. Every time we find the right subject on the plot, a cutscene is included, in which the evil guys from the Trinity organization come and take our find.

    The leader of the local population in the Siberian wilderness in RoTR is a girl. In SoTR, the leader of the local population of Paititi is also a girl. In Han Solo, the leader of the resistance is also a girl ... oh, not there. Well, you understand.

    Before the final boss in the first two parts, we run through a huge city, which collapses before our eyes. Everywhere fight soldiers of the resistance / mythical warriors and Trinity. Exactly the same garbage (if not say 1 in 1) is happening here. Only instead of zombie warriors we have here a local sect about which legends go. Half-naked guys with darts give a strong fight to soldiers with assault rifles and helicopters.

    -> What did I learn after finishing the Shadow of the Tomb Raider? I still do not know who is the leader of Trinity and what their goals are.

    its not-well-made end of not-well-made reboot.
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  7. Sep 19, 2018
    0
    Played through story in 14 hours (finally I payed for it and hoped it would become better). I am really angry now that I spent money on thisPlayed through story in 14 hours (finally I payed for it and hoped it would become better). I am really angry now that I spent money on this crap. Whole experiance was lame, irrelevant and boring. I did like Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider... but this one is a waste of money. I regret the purchase. Expand

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