Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 10, 2018
    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
    The Tomb Raider trilogy presents itself in its best form for the final. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an all-round great action-adventure game.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    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. Sep 10, 2018
    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.
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    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.
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    Lara is back to her roots. The focus on adventure instead of endless fighting is fantastic and the gameplay has been evolved for the better again. On top of that Tomb Raider never did look so good.
  7. Sep 13, 2018
    A highly worthy adventure for Lara Croft, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider actually breaks out of the shadow of Uncharted by keeping the combat low and the puzzles high. If only the story was a bit better…
  8. Sep 10, 2018
    A greater focus on raiding tombs, and massively improved stealth combat, make this one of Lara Croft's best modern adventures.
  9. Sep 15, 2018
    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.
  10. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 21, 2018
    Lara’s new adventure is definitely the best in trilogy, but it still lags behind the leaders of action-adventure genre, such as Uncharted 4. [Issue #233, p.44]
  11. 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.
  12. Sep 10, 2018
    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.
  13. Oct 9, 2018
    The new Tomb Raider shows Lara Croft as an empty character that has nothing inside.
  14. Sep 23, 2018
    If you had a good time playing the two previous Tomb Raider games, the same will happen with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. However, its issues with respect to story, characters and the unbalanced gameplay structure show a lack of solid vision on how the trilogy would be implemented, which in no way ends satisfactorily.
  15. 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.
  16. Oct 4, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is doomed to remain in the shadow of its predecessors.
  17. Sep 10, 2018
    Eidos Montreal applies its signature gameplay touches to Tomb Raider, making for the series's most satisfying balance of combat, exploration, and puzzle solving. Unfortunately these mechanical successes are let down by a journey that fails to deliver a compelling study of Lara's personal shadows.
  18. Sep 10, 2018
    It’s unsatisfying, is all. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, as I said up top, isn’t a bad game—at least by traditional metrics. It’s just not a good game either. It falls in that weird gray area of okay, like Mad Max or a Shadow of War. There’s not much of substance here, certainly not on the story side and, after two predecessors that play almost exactly the same, not really on the moment-to-moment gameplay side either.
  19. Sep 10, 2018
    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.
  20. Oct 11, 2018
    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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  1. This works out as a great balance between the icon-ticking compulsion of a top tier Ubisoft game, with the puzzling chops from a team that have suddenly remembered they were the best in the business. It’s huge and detailed and stupid and probably most of all, fun. Problematic fun, without question.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 861 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Dec 6, 2018
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. It would seem Rhianna Pratchett was fired, BUT Jill Murray intercepted Pratchett's baton, I don't even know where the script is worse in the previous two games or in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

    - The conscious deterioration of Lara's face compared to the Rise of the Tomb Raider
    - Lack of plot. Instead of it nonsense
    - Small locations, while the game lagging
    - Absolutely uninteresting characters
    - Secondary quests - one of the worst in the gaming industry
    - The lack of any motivation for the characters to do what they do, especially Lara, one side she helps the "naked ass" tribe, on the other hand she kills everyone on her way
    - ORCS in Latin America - what kind of drugs does Jill Murray use ?
    - ORCS do not react to shots at close range by a shotgun, you need to shoot at least twice or thrice
    - Initial data: on the one hand, the orcs with spears and arrows, on the other hand, well-armed militants in body armor and helmets, with the support of an armored personnel carrier, and several combat helicopters. What is the result? Victory of Orcs.
    - Foxes either coyotes the size of an elephant, in which you need to put a half of the charger of the machine gun to pacify their.
    - Unnecessary hunting
    - Tombs have become more than in the previous two games, but they are easy and not interesting
    - The game is full of bugs, for example, in the tomb, where you need to close the "curtains" the wind continues to blow even with the curtains closed, or the quest "echo of the past" cannot be passed, because the Abby does not appear in the house of the granny, and the granny herself mumbles some nonsense standing at the entrance of the house.
    - Jonah underwent plastic surgery, why is he needed in the game ? Better would have added girlfriend for Lara xD
    - Lara is Rambo, or Predator is not very clear.

    In short, this is the worst game of relaunch trilogy.
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  2. Sep 16, 2018
    I am shocked by the positive reviews this game is getting. It's pretty, but beyond that, it's not a good game. The story is predictable, theI am shocked by the positive reviews this game is getting. It's pretty, but beyond that, it's not a good game. The story is predictable, the gameplay is dumbed down to pointlessness. It's everything I hate about the consolification of games. Not a good game. Reviews are way off. Full Review »
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    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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