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  • Summary: An intense and gritty story of the origins of the infamous Lara Croft and her ascent from frightened young woman to hardened survivor in Tomb Raider.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 11, 2013
    96
    Tomb Raider is a mature experience featuring a young, strong woman who - armed with grit, determination, and intelligence - rescues not only her friends but herself as well. Surely there’s a lesson in that for the rest of us.
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    95
    Rebooting Tomb Raider is the best thing that could have happened to the series. The game is full of story-wise emotions and superbly directed action scenes, and it still has a very strong human factor. I'm rarely this positive about a game. Crystal Dynamics took a risk that won't appeal to some orthodox fans, but all in all the developers have succeeded. The most important thing to know is this: the new Tomb Raider is one of the best action-adventure games I have ever played.
  3. PC Master (Greece)
    Jun 10, 2013
    92
    The new incarnation of the iconic Lara Craft might very well be one of the best games out there right now. [April 2013]
  4. Mar 8, 2013
    85
    Lara’s origin story is a terrific, action-packed experience with stunning visuals that sadly has not much to do with her previous adventures. Yet the puzzle physics are cool, the exploration of the island is rewarding and the much-improved combat is easily one of the biggest steps forward for the series – too bad there is sometimes too much of it.
  5. Mar 13, 2013
    85
    But with its excellent controls, engaging heroine, thrilling combat, and fascinating setting, it doesn't need to. Lara may be covering some previously charted territory here, but Tomb Raider is so well-crafted, you won't mind at all.
  6. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    While not every promising idea Tomb Raider has is pulled off successfully, it nevertheless turns in a tense and memorable ride that combines modern game design with its forebears’ adventurous spirit in some exciting ways. Some of its missteps may well come at the cost of your enjoyment, but most can’t hope to hurt the adventure in the long run. Although it never fully finds its identity, this is a game and a story worth seeing through.
  7. Mar 15, 2013
    73
    A bottomless chasm separating the story and the gameplay is the biggest problem of this Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics rebooted the series with an origin story. The developers wanted to show us how Lara learns to kill – first animals, then humans – in order to survive, how the hardships of the Yamatai island will make her into the tomb raider well know and love. But in reality, you can’t suspend your disbelief even for a minute. Though Lara sighs and whines a lot, her superhuman vitality would make Wolverine green with envy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 742
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    This is the kind of game that I would recommend to all game lovers. I love this game so much! It's well planned. Its full-filling content willThis is the kind of game that I would recommend to all game lovers. I love this game so much! It's well planned. Its full-filling content will leave all players an unforgettable memory. To me this game is unlike many other games; this game is full of surprise and contents for players to discover. Some people may dislike its cut scenes, but i think it's what makes a game awesome. A good story line is what makes a game distinguishable from millions of games release each year. Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2014
    10
    Made an account on metacritic just to put this up here.
    This game has only two flaws - the game is a bit too easy, even on Hard difficulty I
    Made an account on metacritic just to put this up here.
    This game has only two flaws - the game is a bit too easy, even on Hard difficulty I only died during battles if I played sloppy or was trying to do fancy kills.
    The second problem is - even if it's a long game but I wish it was longer! I enjoyed every single minute of it and afterwards I was left with a somewhat empty feeling. This is a must buy!
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  3. Mar 5, 2013
    10
    This game is just insanely good. I was thinking it was just a hype, like Far Cry 3, Skyrim (that I thought a little tedious), but no, thisThis game is just insanely good. I was thinking it was just a hype, like Far Cry 3, Skyrim (that I thought a little tedious), but no, this game is just the top 5 best games in this generations (PS3, Xbox360, PC), that soon the generation is over. Awesome graphics, awesome dinamic, and I think the best was the sound, that was marvelous. People that are giving yellow scores is the "Uncharted" fans. Altought I have to say I love Uncharted series, there's no match to Lara Croft and this games just raised the bars that Uncharted brought. They're just jealous. At some points I got goosebumps playing the game. Well, if you have any doubt, don't waste your time, play this game now. There's no way you can regret. Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    9
    This was easily my favorite game of last year. For anyone who grew up with Tomb Raider on the original PlayStation - this is a must-playThis was easily my favorite game of last year. For anyone who grew up with Tomb Raider on the original PlayStation - this is a must-play game. It is a grittier take on the franchise, and felt a lot like Daniel Craig's "Casino Royale" James Bond origin story reboot in a lot of ways. The graphics and scenes are incredible and kept me in constant suspense / amazement. The only complaint I have is that the competitive multiplayer really felt tacked onto the end and felt out of place in a Tomb Raider game - I would've preferred even more story or some compelling co-op mode option. Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2013
    8
    I really had a good time with this game, great graphics and the combat is really fun as well. I don't think enough can be said about just howI really had a good time with this game, great graphics and the combat is really fun as well. I don't think enough can be said about just how phenomenal the sound is in this game. It is a little extreme towards the end when you literally take on hundreds upon hundreds of enemies, they should have favored more difficult enemies instead of numerous ones. Still, it's one of the best 3rd person shooters of this gen, not quite as good as the uncharted series, but I personally think the combat in Tomb Raider blows Uncharted away and the graphics on PC of course trump it as well. I also am a sucker for mature settings and I love all the gore and the mature storyline in the beginning is actually quite good, but falls on it's face towards the end. Great reboot, definitely the best tomb raider since the PS one days, without a doubt. I really really don't understand all the negative comments about quicktime, the VAST majority of the game's combat is cover shooting and stealth if you want to. There are occasional quicktime events, but they are few and far between. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    7
    The story takes place in an island, this is a prequel to the other games and shows Lara developing as a strong character. Going throughThe story takes place in an island, this is a prequel to the other games and shows Lara developing as a strong character. Going through various trials to get to the end goal of getting off this island. At the start you are put in a situation where you are alone in a cave where you have an hour of fun filled… quick time events. Well at least the graphics are good and you get to see her have super human strength by grabbing on to massive ledges and pulling up her bodyweight with minimal training. Archaeologist must be from some sort of different planet. But yes you will find throughout the game that this woman can literally do anything. Except from raid tombs, this barely ever comes up, except for a couple of side missions. There are a couple of rewarding mechanics, shooting a deer or a human with a crossbow is always fun. And the gunplay is rewarding and there are upgrades to keep you engrossed all through the game. The island has a lot to explore and multiple collectables. This is a very gory game so I would say it should be for a 15 year old or higher. Expand
  7. Jul 23, 2017
    0
    No, it's not even 2/10. Ok, This game contains:
    Very bad optimization.
    Sea of bugs. "Surviving" but without Surviving (I mean Hardcore,
    No, it's not even 2/10. Ok, This game contains:
    Very bad optimization.
    Sea of bugs.
    "Surviving" but without Surviving (I mean Hardcore, Realism, Hunting, Starving, and bla-bla-bla).
    Godlike AI (Nope).
    And Skins. Skins for Lara. And it changes only your skin, not skills. And this skins is costs money. Yes.
    Oh, yes, it feels like Hard mode on start and Very Easy mode when you close to the ending. I don't know, maybe actors want to say us: "You made it!", but after the ending i feel myself like garbage. Like if I played with cheats, and now I have a VAC. But i just want to say: This game must cost maximum 5$ for full pack, that includes game and all the DLCs (Oh, sorry, I want to say SKINS, because DLCs of game is only: "Sample Text" and "New Skin are Available").
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