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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: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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
    90
    There is a noticeable emphasis on the narrative. Although Shadow of the Tomb Raider modifies what we've grown accustomed to within the franchise, the change of pace is welcomed. You'll find pockets of open-world to explore, with tons of side-quests and interactions with NPCs. Don't expect guns-a-blazin', but do expect getting more than you bargained for from this Tomb Raider experience.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    90
    Some of the physics could have been better, but overall, it’s going to probably be one of the most beautiful games in 2018. It would be interesting to see where the story goes from here. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the highlight of the series, and topping it will be difficult.
  4. 80
    Despite some frame-rate stutters, slight audio-visual desyncs, and the occasional bad texture rendering, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is eerie, challenging, thoughtful, compelling, and downright fun.
  5. Oct 9, 2018
    75
    The new Tomb Raider shows Lara Croft as an empty character that has nothing inside.
  6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't have much to offer compared to the recent games. However, if you are a fan of the Tomb Raider series, you will enjoy it.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    20
    Tomb Raider was personal because it was personal. But now it’s come full circle to yet another vapid videogame character muddling through bad writing, rote familiar gameplay, and fewer features than the last time. Wake me when the next reboot is here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 263
  1. 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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  2. Aug 7, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A better and dark conclusion to lara's journey, totally worth it. The New Game plus is totally worth it and personally gives the players a good start everytime they start a new game. 10/10 Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2020
    9
    An amazing, fun, beautiful, and investing game. I wasn't sure how the third game in this reboot would hold up but it didn't let me down in theAn amazing, fun, beautiful, and investing game. I wasn't sure how the third game in this reboot would hold up but it didn't let me down in the slightest! Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2022
    7
    I expected this one to be the worst in the new trilogy and was pleasantly surprised. It is a bit more bombastic, taking inspiration fromI expected this one to be the worst in the new trilogy and was pleasantly surprised. It is a bit more bombastic, taking inspiration from Uncharted, so it still feels unsure of what it wants to be. The best thing would be the challenge tombs (esp DLC) which are fun, the worst, the main story which is bland.
    I would have liked a bit more backtracking in the dungeons so they feel more like Zelda or exploration and a bit less combat.
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  5. Oct 24, 2018
    6
    I'm not one of those who are unhappy because the game went on sale after I bought it. That's the way things happen sometimes. While I won'tI'm not one of those who are unhappy because the game went on sale after I bought it. That's the way things happen sometimes. While I won't say I got my money's worth, it wasn't bad for what it was.

    That said, the only reason I finished this game was to finish it.

    Very disappointing. Very little in the way of action, veeerrrry sloooow pacing. Lots of exploration if that's your thing, but for me this game is dragging in a way the first two did not. The game mainly takes place in a Mayan city (in Inca country :|), where you spend hours doing fetch quests for the villagers for no good reason I can see. Can't fight anyone, can't even draw weapon. Sadly, as you get further into the game the rails become even more constricting. The side quests do become less trivial, but they do not become less tedious.

    The climbing/stunt mechanics are the same as the first two games, but somewhat over-elaborated. The current iteration is over reliant on gadgets such as a magic ice pick that deploys a cable to enable you to 'rappel' down cliff faces, then apparently psionically detatches itself, coils it's own line and turns back into a normal ice pick. Oh it also shoots out said magic line to hook on things while you are in mid-air to enable you to swing around.

    This handy utensil is used by Lara in the service of a plot line that's been recycled from the last game (Rise of the Tomb Raider) and is showing it's wear.

    Apocalypse only Lara can prevent? Check
    Trinity? Check
    HIdden city full of that somehow survived unnoticed for God knows how long? Check

    The first Tomb Raider was a bit on the shooty side but this one seems like the early episodes of ST:TNG- lots of evil doers around but somehow nobody ever uses violence to solve things. The developers are lucky they disabled weapons or I would have ended their game about a third of the way in when the major villain passes by about fifteen feet in front of Lara in said Mayan city. The few encounters with Trinity forces in which Lara is in combat are in a way the most disappointing parts of the whole game. Obvious stealth rails are obvious. In the first iteration, the action came at you relentlessly and you really felt some tension. In this game, with one partial exception, you plow through the poor schmoos with little difficulty, unless you do something superlatively stupid. The partial exception was in an oil refinery. That part was exciting and had some kick to it. The rest of the game left me flat and disappointed.

    The rails are really apparent and they take all the fun out of the game. I don't necessarily have to fight my way into Himiko's castle to have fun, but finding some rando Mayan kid's dice is something I can do with.out.

    There's actually the bones of a good story and a good game in here, but unfortunately the execution is not adequate to pull it off. Scenes that are intended to be discussions of morality and philosophy are shallow and without real affect. Flashbacks to Lara's childhood, intended to outline her growth, are not engaging. I did not have any real interest in either, which is too bad, because that's what this game was supposed to be strong in.

    In the end, it's a button masher with cutscenes. That's a real pity, because the first two outings were more than that.

    One of the commenters to my initial review seemed to think more puzzles and less shooting made this game more like the original Tomb Raider. If that's the case, I'll take the 2013 Lara any day of the week.

    You know, I think I do want to go storm Himiko's castle again and rescue Sam.
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  6. Feb 13, 2019
    6
    The exploring, graphics and gameplay is great. The great problem is the boring and generic story. Such a poor end of a great trilogy.
  7. Dec 25, 2020
    0
    This is not only the worst Lara Croft game this game is the one of the worst games I played in years. It is basically a walking simulator.

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