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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: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Sep 19, 2018
    100
    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 11, 2018
    91
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the perfect closure to a trilogy that has only improved title after title.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    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.
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    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.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    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]
  6. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    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.
  7. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 120
  2. Negative: 14 out of 120
  1. Jul 3, 2019
    10
    Just awesome ,its a incredible story and amazing and fun gameplay...love the way the game impact u with the protagonist (lara) and made youJust awesome ,its a incredible story and amazing and fun gameplay...love the way the game impact u with the protagonist (lara) and made you feel the change and made you feel becoming more stronger Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2018
    10
    it's a mastapieceeeeeeeeee. ez pz lemon squeezy lamborghini 10/10 perfection. just right amount of water. -IGN
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    10
    The presentation side of the game is absolutely incredible and both the visuals and sound design had no faults within them whatsoever. I foundThe presentation side of the game is absolutely incredible and both the visuals and sound design had no faults within them whatsoever. I found the story to be amazing and not once did my interest dwindle because it was compelling throughout my time with the game. There is more than enough content to keep you satisfied for quite a while and without a doubt you will find the game very difficult to put down. I loved tackling the challenge tombs because everything about them is intricate and unique and this of course made tackling them rewarding as well. Exploring in the game always felt rewarding because there is so much to collect and collecting all of the different items was always fun and exciting.
    There are different mechanics this time around and these different mechanics feel great and definitely add an extra dimension to the game. The gunplay could be a little better because it doesn’t always make an impact and it doesn’t always feel as responsive and fluid as it should. Rise of the Tomb Raider was my game of the year back in 2015 because everything about it was pretty much perfect and in my opinion it made Tomb Raider relevant and exciting again. As you can imagine then Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a game I was extremely looking forward to, and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. From the moment I started the game I fell in love with it because the game looks and sounds incredible and it immersed me right from the get go. This immersion didn’t dwindle either and that was thanks to the excellent story that accompanies the awesome visuals and sound design. You’ll also be pleased to know that the gameplay is also absolutely fantastic and the new mechanics that have been implemented make the game stand out even more. In terms of problems the game only has one in my opinion and that is the gunplay. This though is only a very small problem and everything else is basically perfect so I can’t recommend Shadow of the Tomb Raider enough. In fact it’s that good that this new Tomb Raider is once again going to be be my game of the year.
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  4. Jul 21, 2020
    8
    The first game was truly awesome and perfect way to bring back the series from the grave. The sequel was even better although I did think itThe first game was truly awesome and perfect way to bring back the series from the grave. The sequel was even better although I did think it started off pretty slowly but got better as the game progressed. With this one it started off strong but slowly started to lose my interest. Not because the story wasn't interesting but I just got kind of tired doing the same things over and over again. The new game play mechanics like hiding in the mud or having jaguars attack you was pretty neat but lost it's cool feeling after a while. I still enjoy it's mature theme and want that to continue for future games, but please give me my duel pistols. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2019
    7
    Juego pasable sin más. Es tremendamente continuista respeto TR2, pero incluso así todo se desarrolla de una forma tremendamente simple. NoJuego pasable sin más. Es tremendamente continuista respeto TR2, pero incluso así todo se desarrolla de una forma tremendamente simple. No tiene absolutamente nada destacable a nivel jugable ni narrativo. Mas bien parece un DLC de Rise of the Tomb Raider. Las tareas resultan repetitivas, más aún si has jugado a los anteriores. Básicamente es el mismo pero en otro escenario.

    Un producto con una calidad muy inferior a lo que se espera de esta saga.
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  6. Sep 12, 2018
    6
    Not as good as Rise, but better than 2013 TR. It's good. Not liking the silly story much, which takes itself way too seriously. PresentationNot as good as Rise, but better than 2013 TR. It's good. Not liking the silly story much, which takes itself way too seriously. Presentation is grand, though. Pacing a bit wonky and personally, I don't like all these many human interactions. I wanna be alone with those puzzles in some weird ass remote place, changing water levels in illogical caves 'n **** Which this still has, luckily. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2020
    0
    Why Tomb Raider, at the origin had great success ?
    Crazy level design and HARD puzzles (find keys, mechanism, try to find a way by climbing,
    Why Tomb Raider, at the origin had great success ?
    Crazy level design and HARD puzzles (find keys, mechanism, try to find a way by climbing, etc.), loneliness and immersion with great dark ambient music, precise gameplay (with a clear view where you can go or not), great OST, different kind of levels (for example, in TR2 you had China, Italy, a boat in the sea).

    What Is Shadow of the Tomb Raider ? A game that has nothing to do with Tomb Raider and its spirit, who died in the reboot in my opinion.

    So basically, it's a walking simulation, in a fake open world (you can't climb 80% of the stuff). 70% of the gameplay is hunting, picking stuffs (in nature or reading useless stuffs). Everything is scripted when you explore the tombs, you have no liberty at all and you have to take THE way the devs wanted you to take). YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK, except for some littles puzzles in very few moments. The firts tomb raider were way HARDER and better in everything.

    Basically so : useless side quests, useless story, useless characters (yeah, the fat latino with you is useless, Lara needs to be alone and don't talk, the immersion in levels normally have to do the talk if you understand what I mean), broken stealth system, too many cutscenes and dialogues, you collect things that you will never use, the map system is horrible.

    The only thing positive is the aestheticism in the game, that's all.

    I finish the game in 20 hours in hard mode doing a big part part of the side quests (thing that would be unconceivable with the first tomb raider). 80% of my deaths were due to : stealth that doesn't work, broken gameplay when you climb etc). Basically it's a straight line, and if you try to think and try other possible ways, you will die...

    Tomb raider needs to stop trying to copy the other games and come back to what make the success : a very hard game with crazy level design, immersion (you have to feel trap where you are). No no no and no, tomb raider is NOT a RPG with quests with talks to useless characters. That's the fate of video games nowadays (unfortunately) : you wanna please for a large public to make money, with everything is scripted with no savor! TOMB RAIDER 1 is way better than this piece of s****, believe me !
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