Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. Sep 19, 2018
    Yes I’m a fan of Tomb Raider, but once again I have loved my time with Lara in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. If you’re in my camp, and enjoyed the first two games of this rebooted franchise, then I would highly recommend this experience. In fact, it is the best of the three in terms of of tomb exploration, puzzle interactions, deep storytelling, and action.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a great example of how to do a sequel with an amazing story, great protagonist and gameplay mechanics that just work.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    When the credits roll, you feel like you've been on a real journey with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. You've experienced ups and downs, made new friends and enemies, and had the pleasure of seeing some phenomenal sights along the way. And as the dust settles, Lara has become who she was meant to be. But it is you who has got her there. It is you who has traversed dangerous environments and raided temples for their treasures, all the while defending yourself from those who seek to put a stop to your adventure. And just like any good adventure, you'll be left wanting more
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers an epic journey that’s jam-packed with heaps of fan service. There’s more depth and gameplay diversity here than in any game before it, spanning a lush, rich and deep world that’s crammed with activities, secrets, and an impressive variation of deadly tombs. Despite some minor issues with the otherwise solid story, this is Lara’s most defining adventure yet.
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of Tomb Raider tells an outstanding coming of age story Lara Croft has so desperately needed to propel her into the next chapter.
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the perfect conclusion to the series' reboot trilogy, further improving and masterfully meshing all its gameplay elements - including the very satisfying stealth mechanics - and delivering jaw-dropping visuals. A must-buy game for every fan of the franchise and for action-adventure lovers in general.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is definitely darker than its predecessor but that doesn't hurt its awe-inspiring setting, fun stealthy combat, oodles of rewarding collectibles, and suspenseful action that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
  8. Sep 11, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the perfect closure to a trilogy that has only improved title after title.
  9. Sep 12, 2018
    While combat could still use some fine-tuning, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a master class in turn-of-the-century-esque exploration awe, and I hope this serves as a springboard for Lara into the next generation of gaming technology.
  10. Sep 11, 2018
    With heightened stakes and tension, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will keep you engaged throughout its hours of gameplay. Its limited advancements over previous games should be noted, but the final package is still an unmissable Tomb Raider adventure.
  11. Sep 10, 2018
    Lara Croft is no more, and the Tomb Raider takes her place. This latest entry is a wonderful cap on this rebooted series that delivers on both the promise to refresh the character of Lara Croft and to bring the action of old Tomb Raider games to the modern era. It was a fun and visually stunning game from beginning to end.
  12. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider evolves in its gameplay to be much wilder. The story is interesting and the Lara Croft that we will know, much deeper. Many hours of play with great content are afoot.
  13. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the perfect conclusion for Lara's origin trilogy. It tells a compelling story about her past, a conspiracy and the Maya apocalypse, offering a whole new world to explore, with jungles, villages, new and lethal tombs and plenty of secondary missions.
  14. Sep 10, 2018
    I would have liked a little more incentive to explore the beautiful world Eidos Montreal has created, but I’d much prefer too much content than too little. There’s so much to enjoy elsewhere in a game that’s stuffed to the brim with ideas and devilishly challenging puzzles. I can’t wait to see where Lara goes next.
  15. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is more of the same Tomb Raider experience we’ve known since 2013, and that’s precisely why you should be making the trek to Paititi.
  16. Sep 10, 2018
    Lara is back with a great adventure. It’s fun, very enjoyable and it looks incredible on Xbox One X. Some secondary missions do need some extra work, but overall is a game fans of the series will love.
  17. 90
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider ends the series reboot, and it serves as a wonderful final chapter, bringing back all of the things that made the franchise a hit, while adding so much more.
  18. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s prioritization of exploration and stealth coupled with a more reflective plot ends Lara’s origin story on a more human note, which is strengthened by the remarkable presentation.
  19. Sep 10, 2018
    As much as a radical shift would have been interesting for the Tomb Raider series, there’s no denying that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another excellent adventure starring a troubled Lara Croft. A title that plays to the series strengths, whilst also indulging in its weaker aspects.
  20. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a sensational, spectacular adventure that gives us a deadly Lara Croft, even frightening in some situations, but very human nonetheless.
  21. Sep 12, 2018
    A great conclusion to a great trilogy. Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers a clever mix of storytelling, combat, puzzles and exploration that should please hardcore and casual gamers alike.
  22. Sep 10, 2018
    An evolution of the two previous games that is as fun as they were but a bit more varied in the classic sense of the word. It has some flaws, but even with that it's a great game.
  23. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider succeeds in giving Lara the character growth she needed and also brings the reboot trilogy to a satisfying closure. It does so mostly by refining the strong gameplay foundation set with the previous installments while delivering a great action/adventure experience in terms of storytelling and audiovisual spectacle.
  24. 85
    Dark and dirty but also full of fun and discovery, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is rife with jungle mysteries, embellished history, gratifying puzzles and Lara Croft's personal struggles. With more open world exploration, more climbing, more tombs and more options for combat, it's a familiar but improved adventure and a gripping conclusion to the trilogy.
  25. Sep 25, 2018
    All new Tomb Raider games were good, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider - despite some flaws - is the best of them all. It's the most balanced game in the series, with all the things Croft's fans hanker for (with emphasis on fantastic exploration).
  26. Sep 20, 2018
    The tweaked gameplay mechanics, along with a bigger emphasis on platforming and puzzle-solving, make this a perfect ending chapter for the recent trilogy, and series fans will certainly be pleased with how Shadow turns out.
  27. Sep 11, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a spectacular close to an amazing trilogy. It has been a fantastic ride and I cannot wait to see where the series goes from here. Shadow is a must play game for those that have enjoyed the series up to this point. It continues the trend of excellence set forth by Crystal Dynamics.
  28. On the subject of breathtaking scenery, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a showcase for what an Xbox One can do.
  29. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a heavy experience. Lara has grown up over the last few years and we have had a chance to watch her mature. Some may not like the person she has grown into but she is definitely not the victim she once was when she fell off the boat. Shadow deals with dark subjects but does a nice job of interspersing some scenes to try and lighten the mood, a favorite of mine involves a young Lara in Stark Manor. For those that don’t like the turn the story has taken the gameplay is still fantastic. The exploration is as good as it has ever been and the Tombs feel even more rewarding than they ever have. If you’ve enjoyed the first two Tomb Raiders there is even more to like in Shadow.
  30. Sep 10, 2018
    While it may not have a ton of new features or a gripping story, Shadow of the Tomb Raider improves upon just about every aspect of the previous titles. Its combat is a bit tighter, characters feel more personal, and the locations you visit are more intriguing than ever. If you’re fan of the previous Tomb Raider entries or looking to jump in for the first time, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Lara’s finest adventure yet.
  31. Sep 10, 2018
    Even if largely predictable, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an engrossing and enjoyable adventure, full of things to do.
  32. Sep 23, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a winner. Then again, that was to be expected given how good the games that came before it were. While this one isn’t as tight, memorable or great as either Tomb Raider 2013 or Rise of the Tomb Raider, it’s a very good game and one that you won’t want to miss.
  33. Sep 14, 2018
    This may not be Lara’s best adventure, but it’s a solid ending to a rebooted franchise that I would gladly revisit. It’s easily the best-looking game in the series and playing on both an Xbox One X and PS4 Pro shows how much the visuals have evolved. Like Rise, you can choose between a high framerate or high resolution, both which look equally as gorgeous.
  34. Sep 10, 2018
    Lara Croft still does not make the most coherent decisions (let alone the wisest ones), but at last she shows a bit of that vulnerability that they had shown us, hand in hand with their more visceral aspect.
  35. Sep 10, 2018
    Lara Croft comes back for the last chapter of the trilogy. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a wonderful action-adventure, but it lacks the courage to reach the top of the genre.
  36. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2019
    It’s a very solid game, lacking any surprises or a wow factor, but boasting outstanding level design, very satisfying exploration and beautiful graphics. [11/2018, p.68]
  37. 80
    A uniquely satisfying third act for this edition of Lara Croft, who continues to be the most badass female protagonist in gaming. She’s more vicious in this game, and she exists in a game that’s definitely showing its age.
  38. Sep 18, 2018
    While Shadow of the Tomb Raider does not feel as fresh as the 2013 title, it concludes the rebooted trilogy on high ground. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the most complete entry in the trilogy that manages to gather all the great elements from the two previous titles and take them to the next level. Now we have to wait and see how this legendary series will form in the future.
  39. Sep 14, 2018
    A worthy finale for the reboot trilogy. In the future I could do without all the collecting nonsense and the superficial ability system.
  40. Sep 10, 2018
    The series continues to struggle with giving players a compelling reason to keep playing beyond the end credits and aspects of the narrative could have used more work, but it’s still a mostly satisfying conclusion to Lara’s origin story.
  41. Sep 10, 2018
    Better-crafted platforms and Tombs built around more interesting puzzles, the title unfortunately loses a slight foothold when it comes to telling its story or fully immersing the player.
  42. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a sequel that does a lot well, although its biggest detriment is how safely the developers seemed to play it.
  43. Sep 10, 2018
    Few games manage to pipe so many jaw-dropping sights into your eyeballs and even fewer deliver such complex, enjoyable puzzles and traversal challenges. Shadow of the Tomb Raider does all of this and more, its exhilarating predatory combat the icing on the cake.
  44. Sep 10, 2018
    Open-ended mechanics and a suite of customization options make Shadow of the Tomb Raider an absolute joy to play.
  45. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is a bit like an enormous box of Celebrations. There’s loads to binge on and you’ll really enjoy gourging on most of it – but there’s also mini-versions of Bounty bars you’ll have to suffer through here, too.
  46. 80
    Were it not for a lack of polish, Shadow of the Tomb Raider would stand right alongside the other action-adventure giants in truly defining the genre. It has a lot of heart, all of the pulsating set pieces that series has become known for and a primal Lara Croft at the height of her powers. As it stands, Shadow is still one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I’ve come across as it respects what it has always done best rather than muddy the waters with needless gimmicks.
  47. Sep 10, 2018
    Building on the foundations of Rise of the Tomb Raider, there’s more depth to the actual tomb raiding, more flexibility in the combat, and the city of Paititi is a hub that you can easily get lost in as you explore it and the surrounding jungle. So, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s story lacks some of the meaning and impact that it sets out to, this is another action packed romp for fans of the series.
  48. Sep 10, 2018
    Despite being the best episode of the new trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider fails to deliver deep character development and compelling narrative. But it's an excellent piece of work with an outstanding graphic detail, beautifully directed sequences and unexpected flashbacks.
  49. Sep 10, 2018
    Whether it was a more engaging skill system or a bigger map, I was often left wanting something a bit more — yet, I could play it for hours. As the final game in Lara Croft’s origin story, it just didn’t hit the high note it needed to. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s not a crazy, high-stakes adventure worth taking.
  50. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a perfectly good game, but it feels as though it never figures out a way to address the most compelling aspect of this arc: Lara's personal growth.
  51. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider fails to stand out among the two games that preceded it simply because it lacks an identity of its own.
  52. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes the series’ formula and pushes it, polishing the platforming and bolstering its tombs, but the game’s power ebbs as the main quest is bloated with distraction, and the writing is still patchy and dull.
  53. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 21, 2018
    Solid yet underwhelming, shadow fails to send Lara out on a high. [Dec 2018, p.75]
  54. Sep 11, 2018
    Though it climbs to impressive heights, it fails to stick the landing.
  55. Sep 10, 2018
    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.
  56. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is basically the same game as Rise of theTomb Raider, but in a new environment. This time Lara finds her self in the Peruvian jungle – and it looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately the graphics are about the only thing new in this game and we wish the gameplay would have been improved as well. But despite it's shortcomings, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has a great entertainment. value.
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  1. Sep 10, 2018
    Shadow stands as near the best version of what it sets out to be. Luddington's finale is a grand one, and well worth it for fans of the series. Even if it can't quite manage to keep all its balls in the air.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    Eventually, Shadow of the Tomb Raider succumbs to the darkness, repeating many of the series’ usual mistakes, but along the way it shines a thrilling and refreshing light. [Polygon Recommends]
  3. Sep 11, 2018
    Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s roughest patches push Lara around for the sake of the plot, reducing her to little more than the flat video game avatar she was in the ’90s. For one brief moment, though, while she’s standing on the roof of her home and wondering why she puts herself in such ridiculous situations, Lara Croft actually feels like a real person.
  4. Sep 11, 2018
    Much like Mission Impossible movies, linear action games like this either need to blow you away with their direction or deliver on their story — preferably both. Shadow of the Tomb Raider does neither. As a fan of the previous two games, I was happy enough to blast through another near-identical adventure. But the series now finds itself at the same place it was before the reboot: stale and out of ideas.
  5. Sep 11, 2018
    Closes the book on Lara's origin story, but whether players (or Lara herself) have learned anything is entirely debatable.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 337 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 337
  1. Sep 14, 2018
    A terrible follow up to Rise of the Tomb Raider that forgets every lesson that game learned from the original reboot. The level design isA terrible follow up to Rise of the Tomb Raider that forgets every lesson that game learned from the original reboot. The level design is boring and dull, the game keeps interrupting with cutscenes at the worst times, controls are sluggish (that one is baffling, why didn't they just keep the controls from Rise?) and the art direction is all over the place as if several parts of the same levels had been contracted out to different people without any design guidelines. It honestly feels like Core got their B-team making this, it's the Andromeda of the Tomb Raider series. Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2018
    The most disappointing game of the year.
    First game is good, but Shadow of the tomb raider just so bad.
  3. Sep 12, 2018
    Simply the best adventure of Lara Croft so far. If you have played the previous ones, know that this is a great homage to the classics, inSimply the best adventure of Lara Croft so far. If you have played the previous ones, know that this is a great homage to the classics, in addition to following the tradition of quality that came with the reboot. Be sure to play! Full Review »