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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: 40 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
  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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 234
  1. Feb 6, 2019
    10
    I bought this game little bit later and I wasnt disapointed. The graphics are stunning, story is well written, game mechanics are workingI bought this game little bit later and I wasnt disapointed. The graphics are stunning, story is well written, game mechanics are working greatly. This game far exceeded my expectation.I like how the stealth is implemented. Overally really great game! Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    Wow what a journey! I just finished this on Oct 1 at 100% completion and 95% trophies earned, which took about 30-40 hours with slow-mediumWow what a journey! I just finished this on Oct 1 at 100% completion and 95% trophies earned, which took about 30-40 hours with slow-medium gameplay.

    As a massive fanboy of Tomb Raider since 1996, this game gets a 10/10 from me.

    The gamer in me will give it an 8.5/10.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PLAYING THIS AT HIGH DIFFICULTY THE FIRST TIME, AND EXPLORE EXPLORE EXPLORE!!

    Pros:
    1. Stunning, beautiful graphics with excellent cutscenes.
    2. Fun puzzles to solve in Challenge Tombs.
    3. Immersive exploration, with open hubs instead of open world.
    4. Brilliant level designs. Tombs really feel oppressive and authentic.
    5. Shadow really captures the feel of Mayan/Incan/Aztec art and culture. I've always been enthralled by their history, with my favorite Mayan based movie being Apocalypto.
    6. This time round, the devs toned down on combat and focused more on exploration and puzzles instead which I really feel captured the essence of the original Tomb Raider in the 90s. Those games were hard!!
    7. Climbing and controlling Lara is intuitive. Feels natural and I actually enjoyed traversing/spelunking around the tombs. It doesn't feel as boring or mundane as the climbing in Uncharted for example. You'll really feel like an expert wall climber.
    8. I love the music used especially in the young Lara sequence and the credits.
    9. Story is engaging, especially if you collect all the lore items and read the notes in sequence.
    10. With the end of this trilogy, I cannot wait for the devs to bring Lara out of origins and into a full blown Tomb Raider dual pistol wielding mode. I hope they will hire talent to improve on writing, story flow and pacing to get to the levels of Uncharted/The Last of Us/Hellblade.

    Cons:
    1. They recommend turning on native language for immersion but I feel it's the opposite because Lara will be talking in English while NPCs will be talking in their native languages. I ended up turning it off so everyone's dialogue is in English accept for background conversations.
    2. They still haven't fixed examining objects for hidden clues. I need to turn on controller vibration each time because that's how the game allows you to detect the clues. Finding clues visually is an exercise in frustration.
    3. Background audio sometimes overlaps, cuts off or loops in the most immersion breaking manner.
    4. I cannot stand Jonah in this. STFU already with your, "Are you OK, Lara?". She's the friggin TOMB RAIDER. YES SHE'S OK JONAH. SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE SIGNED UP FOR. GET ON WITH THE PROGRAM. I feel that his character is redundant and useless. And how on earth is he always able to catch up to Lara?? He's no tomb raider obviously, yet somehow is able to find his way to Lara who had to go through climbing hell to get to places. Some writer out there must love his character so much to give him the spotligh in Rise, Shadow and even the comics. I would've preferred if they developed Sam Nishimura as a secondary character. That would've made more sense what with them being best friends in college and surviving a traumatic experience in Yamatai. I still don't know what happened between Lara and Sam. What a wasted narrative opportunity.
    5. Side missions MUST be improved the next time. It's very basic. To be fair, this is not a dedicated RPG like The Witcher/Skyrim/Fallout but if you're gonna include side quests, either go all in or remove them. Shallow fetch quests just spoil the whole experience. The gains in plot points did not justify the blandness of the side missions.
    6. Super long loading times, making fast travel a chore. I guess they'll patch this in the future. I hope.
    7. End of the world/save the world plot is getting stale. I really hope they improve their writing and narrative design for the next one.

    In conclusion, despite it's flaws, I absolutely enjoyed Shadow, and I really felt like a Tomb Raider.
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  3. 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
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    8
    The game controls fine and looks nice. I am a fan of this trilogy so I am a bit biased. The story was serviceable, but nothing memorable. OneThe game controls fine and looks nice. I am a fan of this trilogy so I am a bit biased. The story was serviceable, but nothing memorable. One aspect that I really hated was the forced unarmed combat sections. There is a part where, once again, you lose all your weapons and are forced to stealth kill enemies. What drives me crazy is that they have guns, but you are not allowed to pick them up and use them. That is such a stupid decision just to force you to use stealth. Also the "lose all your weapons" trope needs to go in games. It is not a fun "mechanic" and is so cliche at this point. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2020
    7
    El juego esta muy bien gráficamente, aunque no me acabó de convencer del todo. Es entretenido para pasarlo una vez, pero para mi gusto no loEl juego esta muy bien gráficamente, aunque no me acabó de convencer del todo. Es entretenido para pasarlo una vez, pero para mi gusto no lo rejugaría. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2018
    6
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is probably the most disapointing game I´ve played this generation.
    Coming from the two last games that I enjoyed
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is probably the most disapointing game I´ve played this generation.
    Coming from the two last games that I enjoyed (the first more than the second) the direction of this story has no direction at all.

    -Story: the game tries to deliver a epic journey but with no success. Why Trinity is now a paramilitar organization and its head boss a guy who lives in a hidden village pretending to be the god messenger? In RIse of the TR the enemies were heavily armed and hard to kill, now you can take down most enemies with 4-5 bullets, no joke, even the armored ones. These leads to a poor use of the stealth mechanics. Why use stealth if going berserker is more effective?That is a huge problem.
    Also Lara is like a superhuman, even if a jaguar **** her back she is like "only a scratch, no real deal".
    Also Jonah... An unnecessary character like in RotTR.

    -World: beautifull I have to say.

    -Combat: the combat in this new trilogy has evolved practically nothing. Same animations, same moves, same weapons, same enemies. In addition on this game there are significally less combat than in the previous two, why?

    -Conclusion: a huge dissapointment and a bitter ending to a trilogy than looked promissing.
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  7. Mar 30, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 0 points is too high for this game ! Repetitive, repetitive and repetitive ! This game is very poorly made, Story and everything !! It had the same price at release as red dead redemtion 2, i paid 25€ for it and it was still too expensive for what it offers ! The game is a joke ! Expand

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