Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
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  1. Sep 10, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the best game in this trilogy and was well worth the wait. I've been trying to hold myself back with gushing about all the things so I don't spoil it for everyone, but seriously this game is a masterpiece. Yes, there are some things which bothered me while playing but overall the experience was magnificent and should not be missed.
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    93
    It's an impressive game, there's no lull in the entire story. It's full of emotions, with a constant fight inside Lara. The creators they have taken the evolution of the protagonist to a place which I particularly love. It's amazing how she's created her own path, how she has placed the foundations that make it and after all that, you can tell how easy it can be destroyed or how it tumbles to survive in her heart. World's fate is in Lara Croft's hands, and She looks so human, so sensitive and yet so dedicated and strong. All of these things make the shadows and the lights of the tomb raider, Lara Croft.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    92
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider brings a fine balance of exploration and combat to the origin TR series.
  4. Sep 12, 2018
    91
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is exactly the Tomb Raider I wanted.
  5. Sep 23, 2018
    90
    The game is a revelation, it's the nearest you are going to get to a perfect Tomb Raider game. It's sweat dripping environments whether in a jungle in Peru or deep in a tomb covered in blood or swimming through water filled caves filled with dead bodies made me feel like I needed to take a shower after each gaming session. Regardless of the age of the series, this game is keeping up with modern games and surpassing them in every way.
  6. Sep 19, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers the best game of the trilogy. While the jungle might be a place of death, the game really comes to life with a nice balance of puzzles, combat and exploring. A true ending to a awesome trilogy.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    With a story that manages to satisfactorily tread the line between high-concept fun and grounded character exploration, Shadow of the Tomb Raider meaningfully wraps up the journey Lara began in 2013 and convincingly leaves her in a place resembling where she was when we were first introduced to her more than 20 years ago.
  8. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    The new course of the Tomb Raider saga seems to have definitively matured with this chapter: someone could find it superior to Uncharted 4, and it would not be blasphemous.
  9. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    It feels like the best way to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider is to embrace all of it and take some time to sink into the world Crystal Dynamics has crafted so that Lara 's journey feels more filling. That 's when her journey and everything she does feels a little more ... right.
  10. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an excellent conclusion to the origin story that began in 2013. It’s great system, captivating world and attractive presentation make it one of the better games of the franchise. Eidos Montreal made an honest and mature experience that is focused on doing what it does best: being an adventure that keeps you hooked.
  11. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Exciting from the title screen to the closing credits, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a tremendous thrill ride. It’s the definitive final chapter for story threads we’ve been following since 2013’s game, but also leaves the door open for more adventures in the future. We’ve got our fingers crossed that this isn’t Lara’s last hurrah. It doesn’t matter where she travels. Lara is going to be involved in some precarious predicaments, and we want to be there with her.
  12. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider improves every element of the previous games. Tomb design, jungle setting and the natural disasters complete the definitive Lara Croft adventure. Sometimes it feels too similar to Rise of the Tomb Raider, not only gameplay-wise but even with respect to locations, characters and enemies.
  13. 90
    There are some things that I can nitpick about, but all in all, this is a pretty great game and a great way to end Lara’s origin story. Fans of the rebooted Tomb Raider series are sure to be pleased, and if you’re someone who has yet to get into the franchise, maybe now is the time to do so.
  14. 90
    It's comfort food for seasoned Tomb Raider fans, and yet it will still be appetizing to newcomers.
  15. Sep 10, 2018
    87
    This Lara Croft memoir ends in a good way, and I’ll miss this version of Lara more than any of them.
  16. Sep 15, 2018
    85
    This is the best in the new trilogy of Tomb Raider games. Between action, exploration and puzzles, this is the most balanced one. Yet, it is afraid to bring forth real innovation. It is a great game, but it won't surprise anybody.
  17. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    A solid follow up that proves there’s life in the franchise and its heroine.
  18. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Lara Croft’s survival trilogy closes with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. There’s room for improving the formula, but this is a great adventure with plenty of action and platforming.
  19. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider has all the polish and extraordinary visuals you’d expect from the third entry in a huge franchise, but it’s also held back by uninspired writing and an emphasis on archaic video game conventions like boring gunplay.
  20. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider understands the essence of the old franchise and renews it. The game is all about raiding tombs, puzzles and stealthy fights in a beautiful world.
  21. 85
    A reassuringly solid trilogy third act, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will certainly prove familiar. Nevertheless with better tombs to raid, improved underwater exploration and a more brutally framed narrative, enough adjustments have been made to underscore everything that fans have loved about the series for years.
  22. Sep 14, 2018
    83
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider delivers a great new adventure. However, the closure of the trilogy does not stand its ground with enough courage in order to try and provide remarkable new elements, which in the end leaves us with a bittersweet feeling.
  23. Sep 10, 2018
    82
    The personality of Lara and the many beautifully designed tombs that can be discovered should make Shadow of the Tomb Raider the best in the series, but due to the sloppy finish this is unfortunately not entirely the case.
  24. 80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn’t as good as the original reboot, but feels more like a complete package than Rise of the Tomb Raider offered. Peru is represented beautifully, and with some jaw dropping landscapes coupled with very detailed character models, Tomb Raider remains an immersive adventure with just a few faults keeping it from being a true great.
  25. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    More of the same but the familiar formula is polished to an impressive degree, featuring some of the reboot series’ most majestic environments and its best puzzles. [Issue#154, p.82]
  26. Sep 18, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider leaves a little to be desired as the final instalment in this reboot series, but the trilogy all together is a strong and fantastic series. It’s worth picking up and playing if, for no other reason, than to share in Lara’s incredible adventures one more time.
  27. Sep 12, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a messy ending to a messy remake of a messy franchise. But it’s messy in a way I was compelled to see through to the end, shining in ways that were engaging and faltering in ways that fall far from ruining anything.This Tomb Raider trilogy has been full of ambition and missteps, but never failures, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, despite its problems, ends things on a high note that reminded me both why I loved the 2013 reintroduction so much and why Rise of the Tomb Raider left me wanting. It lies somewhere in-between, and I’m glad the Trinity story has concluded so we can move on to something new again.
  28. 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.
  29. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    It’s another terrific addition to modern Lara Croft’s adventures, albeit a safe one that doesn’t seem to want to take too many risks outside driving the series’ iconic protagonist through a dark and grisly story.
  30. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Its initial focus on Lara’s character and colonialist mentality is surprisingly poignant. But it stumbles in following through on those topics and improving or changing the gameplay loop.
  31. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Lara’s most dangerous journey yet, but also her best. Action-adventure aficionados and Tomb Raider fans alike shouldn’t hesitate to check this one out.
  32. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    With Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we get one of the best episodes of the whole franchise. It doesn't intend to revolutionize the formula the reboot put in place in 2013, but it has a quite interesting story and a dashing setting, offers a well balanced experience, and has a huge amount of challenges that will surely please plenty of virtual explorers.
  33. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    The final and strongest entry in the rebooted trilogy, this adventure sticks to Lara's strengths while embracing its dark side.
  34. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    As what may be the last hoorah for this particular story arc, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a stereotypical stealth-action game, but one which manages to separate itself from the pack by excelling in everything that makes this genre what it is.
  35. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is mainly more of the same thing. Focusing on stealth gameplay is an excellent choice, but the story is all over the place.
  36. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes us deeper into exploration and deserves its name more than ever, to the detriment of pleasurably less rare but wild fights. If the game does not invent anything and draws much from the competition as in the formula of its predecessor, it is nonetheless the culmination of the splendid career of a Lara Croft who has become mature and definitely charming. A truly exotic adventure.
  37. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    It’s only a small step forward from the last game but this is the most successful attempt so far to modernise Tomb Raider, even if the storytelling still has problems.
  38. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    The stealth mechanics and fun world traversal in Shadow of the Tomb Raider make it a great game. Whether Lara is smothering herself in mud to shank enemies and return to the shadows, rappelling down into gloomy caves, or blasting creatures with her powerful shotgun, this game has a grimy edge that makes it well worth playing.
  39. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider shifts the franchise's focus more towards exploration - which is a good thing, since it complements Lara Croft's character in a way the more shooting-oriented previous games didn't. The adventure's a bit predictable, but nevertheless a joy to see through to the end, even if an annoying camera and bad input registration drag the experience down at times.
  40. Sep 10, 2018
    78
    I don’t feel like I earned the ending I got, and I believe fans who traversed all three games are going to feel a bit shortchanged by the final cutscene. Despite captivating set pieces and a sentimental journey with Lara, my engagement took a dive at several intervals, and my pendulum of investment too often fell on the fringe of excitement. A few missing puzzle pieces leave a good experience in the place of greatness.
  41. Oct 22, 2018
    74
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider should leave us wanting more from the rebooted Lara Croft game, but with some clunky controls and a lazy combat system, what saves the game from being below average are beautiful visuals, fantastic puzzles and tomb layouts along with true adventuring. It’s as mixed up of a bag as one can get.
  42. Games Master UK
    Oct 4, 2018
    73
    Lara's origin story ends in a lukewarm fashion. It lacks thrills and its early story potential is wasted. [Nov 2018, p.76]
  43. games(TM)
    Oct 4, 2018
    70
    A rich, vibrant world despite its lacklustre campaign. [Issue#205, p.78]
  44. Sep 26, 2018
    70
    Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is a mixed experience. The plot is weak but the solid gameplay and challenge tombs will make you want to come back and finish the last entry in the trilogy.
  45. Sep 21, 2018
    70
    Lara Croft’s final adventure in her revival trilogy is easily her weakest yet. Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s story fails to critique the heroine in the many ways it attempts, while aging gameplay mechanics and troublesome new additions undercut deeply satisfying exploration and an exquisite visual presentation.
  46. Sep 17, 2018
    70
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider shines in exploration, offering stunning scenic views that enrich the pursuit to walk among the greater open world. It's filled with rewarding puzzle platforming tombs that emphasize the return of new and old gameplay mechanics. However, the same can't be said for the story, as Lara's journey is concluded with a tired and tried formula that never reaches the potential it displays in certain cutscenes, despite its promising beginning.
  47. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a familiar thrill ride with new scenery. It’s good at what it does, it’s simply not big on surprises.
  48. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    As a final blowoff to the Trinity saga, I couldn't help but walk away feeling that the resolution to the story and to Lara Croft's character could have been so much better. But in terms of a pure "Tomb Raider" game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is everything a bold explorer could ask for, giving players a vast jungle to explore and daring them to master it.
  49. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    An enjoyable action-adventure for the most part, yet frequently falls victim to a haphazard narrative and structural pacing that stops the trilogy’s finale from truly standing out.
  50. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    Despite a new developer at its helm, Shadow of the Tomb Raider ends up feeling like more of the same. The new additions to stealth are great; the bow continues to be one of the best in all of video games. Then guns enter combat and the self-reflective story falls flat, making Shadow sometimes a chore to get through. The puzzles in those tombs are pretty spectacular though. I guess she really is the Tomb Raider now.
  51. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    In regard to Shadow of the Tomb Raider's gameplay, there's no doubt that Crystal Dynamics has perfected the kind of game that Tomb Raider should be in the 21st century.
  52. Sep 10, 2018
    70
    Culturally tone-deaf themes and few innovations hamper a genuinely fun experience.
  53. Mar 11, 2019
    60
    Shallow story aside, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has the best tomb exploration in the series, and that’s what it’s all about.
  54. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    60
    Still very good, but in some ways weaker than the previous game. Still, fans shouldn’t miss it, just because it is the conclusion of the trilogy. [Issue#289]
  55. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is entertaining enough to be worth the price of admission, but it's an action-adventure title that follows the same beats as any action-adventure title. While the story may be new, the characters, the set-pieces, and the dramatic ending, are all things we've seen before.
  56. Sep 24, 2018
    60
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes Lara Croft to the most beautiful locations of the Peruvian jungles, rewarding players that search around with well-made and challenging tombs. For a change, it actually feels like you are a treasure hunter grappling and platforming through ancient ruins. Unfortunately, this is all offset by a forgettably weak and over-dramatic story, and simple combat sequences that do little to push creativity, underutilising what is otherwise a cool stealth and camouflage mechanic. In many respects, it is the best in the trilogy - but it is also so severely lacking in other areas that it just doesn't reach its full potential.
  57. Sep 21, 2018
    60
    Α hasty job with tons of work but little inspiration. Battles are scripted and confusingly superficial, Lara is a troubled child with killer instincts, and Jonah is the Maori magician who always finds another way, where Lara tries for hours and hours practicing her Tomb Raider skills. Don’t leave your child with a stepparent.
  58. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    The core mechanics are strong and locations are stunning, but the game's pacing and surprising lack of gunplay seems like a bit of a missed opportunity that makes the gaps in action even more apparent. Nevertheless, we're sure fans of the previous games will enjoy closing out the trilogy.
  59. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a strange and vaguely disappointing game, but not a bad one.
  60. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider lacks the feeling of innovation and change its predecessors brought with them. Lara is still an agile and powerful character, but the world and mechanics feel aged, giving us little more than more of the same.
  61. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    Making the journey to Shadow of the Tomb Raider's peaks is certainly an attractive goal, but like the challenging terrain Lara needs to traverse, the path there is getting rougher and more unpredictable.
  62. Edge Magazine
    Oct 11, 2018
    40
    Disjointed and directionless, Croft's descent into darkness is, shockingly, one hell of a mess. [December 2018, p.106]
  63. Sep 10, 2018
    40
    As a Tomb Raider game, as a coherent game in general, and as a narrative experience, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a startling fall from grace. A severe disappointment in a series that was previously going strong, and a sign that this version of Lara Croft might need to retire.
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  1. Sep 10, 2018
    Slick and overly downbeat, Lara's latest sees the reboot trilogy end just as it began.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    In this Tomb Raider, Lara Croft again shows signs of renewal, not as the gritty survivor we met in 2013, but as a more complex character who actually talks to the people she meets on her travels and understands the gravity of her actions.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    Capitalizing on the franchise's best assets and tiptoeing around its flaws, Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes the latest imagining of our girl Lara out in style. From incredible graphics to artfully designed gameplay, Shadow of the Tomb Raider does not disappoint.
  4. Sep 21, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is fine. It’s simply okay, in a mundane way. While the previous games in the “reboot” continuity were great action adventures, this is predominantly a swimming simulator with a boring plot and dull backdrop...Also, the direction this game takes, with its lacking combat and focus on restrictive exploration, is a little baffling.
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider delivers stunning cinematics, evolved gameplay and a deep explorable world, but its narrative and portrayal of Lara Croft is ultimately at odds with the Croft that Eidos Montréal hinted at throughout the game, one that’s supposed to have found nuance in her place in the world.
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    For all the savvy tweaks to combat and exploration, Shadow of the Tomb Raider unfortunately feels like an extremely long expansion pack, now with killer fish and face mud.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    No matter how much Lara changes in the course of this adventure, she's still an instrument of hegemony. This world remains a constructed fantasy, one designed specifically for her...Tomb Raider is and will always be Lara Croft’s playground. And as uninteresting and fundamentally regressive as Lara’s tale is, that’s the only story that this franchise can tell.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1272 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    The best one of the Reboot Trilogy! Thank you Eidos! Beautiful Lara, amazing tombs (finally a lot of tombs). The best final for the trilogy
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    4
    Why is this getting 10s and 9s? Maybe the fans of the series are not seeing the flaws, or maybe despite the flaws, they find this game thatWhy is this getting 10s and 9s? Maybe the fans of the series are not seeing the flaws, or maybe despite the flaws, they find this game that much enjoyable nonetheless. As someone who has completed the first two games, I find this quite disappointing.

    I mean, I see what were the developers going for. They put more "tomb raiding" and less shooting. And I don't know why people think this is a good thing. Why not more of both? There's no point of upgrading your weapons, you won't be using most of them. Tomb raiding side quest rewards you with combat moves or crafting materials which you rarely use.

    The game mechanics are so similar to the previous games. The only thing new about it is that Lara can camouflage herself by smearing mud all over herself. Don't expect that you'd be doing this quite often, you won't. The encounters with enemies are cut down by 3/4, at least. So, if you're looking for combat as it was advertised, (like a predator) those moments will be brief and you won't miss it.

    The animations are the same ones as the previous titles. I had hoped that they change the dodging animation. It's the same one since the first, crawling like an ape. If you're trying to get back to the roots, keep in mind that Lara is acrobatic, not a wild animal!

    I'm not finished with the flaws. At some point in the game, you are required to be in a specific outfit to talk to people. And this makes my blood boils. It's so annoying going back and forth to the camp just to change clothes. I hated this mechanic. Who thought this was a good idea? This was the worst thing about this game.

    I'm still not finish with the criticism. It's the story. I don't care that the characters are uninteresting. But it's about Lara. The first two game had moments where Lara just snapped, going berserk to seek out vengeance. And after that fallout, she had to deal with that transformation, by going all emotional. This is good and a believable transformation... the first time. There is no reason for this to happen again! She already killed a lot of people in the last two games. When are we going to see Lara Croft The Tomb Raider rather than Lara Croft "becoming" the Tomb raider?

    The good thing about this game. I did enjoy the stealth section, despite it being so brief.
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  3. Sep 14, 2018
    0
    This game is the worst Tomb Raider from the Reboot series. This is basically the developers attempt at making a critic bait 10/10 walkingThis game is the worst Tomb Raider from the Reboot series. This is basically the developers attempt at making a critic bait 10/10 walking simulator with a "deep" narrative. It failed to get any 10s, and the reason for that is the awful story. The physics are terrible and the pacing is horrendous. The puzzles are boring and the level design is bad. The lighting looks horrible compared to the previous installment. This game is just a cheap version of Uncharted 4.

    To make matters worse, there is no multiplayer. So once you beat the story, there is not a reason to touch this game again. Charging $60 for a game without replay value is a cashgrab. Speaking of cashgrab, the Co-op multiplayer is locked behind a paywall in the upcoming DLC. This is a greedy move from Square Enix. I recommend you wait for the game to drop to $10.before picking it up.
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