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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. Positive: 99 out of 171
  2. Negative: 25 out of 171
  1. Nov 24, 2018
    10
    I will echo others who have said not to believe the negative reviews! I almost abandoned the game an hour or two in because I thought it wasI will echo others who have said not to believe the negative reviews! I almost abandoned the game an hour or two in because I thought it was inferior to the first two installments of the trilogy and going to be a slog to get through. But luckily I stuck with it through its slow start and was rewarded with far and away the best segment of the series. Full marks and kudos to the team behind this game!

    It's true that there is significantly less combat in this one and in the first two hours, what combat there is, felt clunky and unsatisfying. But stick with it - the game slowly becomes the most immersive, beautiful, interesting Tomb Raider yet. Stunning, vast worlds and intriguing exploration - and all skillfully executed.

    The tombs are plentiful and have a satisfying degree of difficulty that can be tailored to your taste by selecting the level of hints from none to maximum. There are additional skills and maneuvers that are really fun and the combat eventually becomes engaging and challenging.

    Yes this is an evolution not a revolution but the familiar feels great and the graphics are so much better than the first two, that the world completely sucks you in. I grew to prefer the balance in this one of more exploration and tombs than combat .

    If you're looking for a first person shooter - look elsewhere. If you're looking for one of the best immersive adventure games available on PS4 look no further. Do not miss this one if you are a Tomb Raider fan.
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  2. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    I was feeling bad about their earlier access on PC. However the beginning is really good, I like the exploration, this game its aboutI was feeling bad about their earlier access on PC. However the beginning is really good, I like the exploration, this game its about exploration and taking photos. But I was excepting more... The first Cinematic trailer-which I really like, its not about what you will see in the game. Expand
  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. Sep 21, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I played on PS4 and finished 2 playthroughs. One on hard and one on hard for traversal and puzzles but normal for combat. I'm not a friend of hard combat so I don't think I'm gonna play this on a harder diffuclty.

    pros:

    - I had a bug free game except for the 100% artifact achievement

    - photo mode (could need some improvement but there already is a thread for that)

    - the traversal in every aspect without the white ledges. I looooove it every time Lara's grib fails and I have to press the grab button again.

    - piranhas

    - every puzzle and tomb, especially the eagle trial and path of battle

    - the nahual quest

    - the stealth system

    - the cenotes, the whole yaaxil stuff gave me the creeps (you heard them but never really saw them); especially before we really knew what

    and who they are.

    - The cenotes challenge tomb with the ship

    - San Juan was a lovely hub, wish it would had been bigger.

    - Lara's arms :3

    - Unuratu was very well written, I really felt sad when she died

    - Etzli was gladly not some annoying little brat but I would had prefered a little older boy (16) to take on his mothers heir. How old is he?

    Maybe 13?

    - Villagers voiced their annoyance when Lara ran and shoved them outta the way.

    - Jonah did a good job on keeping Lara on the ground. For exampel when he shouted at her after the tsunami.

    - The story itself was good.

    - Lara's personality was good, like she didn't had time or cared about her injured leg while Jonah worried. The best part was when she had her badass moment at the oil refinery and the "Don't try me" part.
    What irked me was that she said sorry to Amaru after stabbing him. Why? He killed her father. She didn't had any connection with him. I would had understand the "sorry" if he had been one of her Professors or an old friend who visited them often when Lara was young. Also that she fell so easily for Rourke's lie about Jonah being dead.

    cons:

    - her stiff necklace (might be minor but it annoyed me)

    - There were no visible marks on Lara's back (in the cutscene) after the Jaguar attack. I mean her back must have deep cuts from those

    claws.
    - way too often in combat my view got blocked by big ass leaves (some games make objects transparent when the camera gets too close) - Invisible walls ok there weren't that many but I wished I could jump on most tents, sheds, block of stones. For example I was deeply annoyed that I couldn't jump and climb on most of the buildings in San Juan village and Kuvaq Yaku. I WOULD LOVE TO CLIMB EVERYTHING - The villagers of Paititi shared how many different faces? Not many because after running around some time I recognized them all over again. Some incest heavy village there. Also the faces of Amarus guards all looked the same you can even recognize that tho they wear helmets or facepaint. A little bit more face diversity wouldn't hurt. - Where's that deadly Jungle? There weren't enough Jaguar encounters. Where are the Anacondas, black caimans, giant centipedes and vipers? I didn't felt threatened by the Jungle at all. - combat: I know they reduced combat but imo it was too much reduction. I wouldn't had mind to encounter 2- 4 human enemies here and there and definitely more animal encounters. The first would have been a good place to use hanging enemies up by tree branches. - no enemies in tombs and cryptas - while the underwater sections where pretty and fun; especially when Piranhas were around it wasn't very challenging because I always had enough air. - I was missing a manual control for the flashlight - traps! I only died by one. They are too easy to see, especially if you walk instead of run. - The boss fight. I miss big epic boss battles where you have to learn their mechanics. Destroy/hit some sore spot, evade attacks, go for a boss hit that shortens the Boss life bar (that we can actually see) than repeat until we get to phase two. some random thoughts and suggestions: - I'd prefer to unlock instead of buying some weapons or weapon upgrades, outfits and other extras like hairstyle (Yes the braid), sunglasses, a hat (like I was really envious about Isabella's hat that would have worked perfectly with the adventurer outfit) and colors to dye some outfit parts. I want to be really rewarded by climbing up or down a hard to find cave or some secret passage. Or the church tower in San Juan. Or some underwater section. As of now Shadow is imo the best in this reboot series. And that's it I enjoyed the game and give it 8 out of 10 points.
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  5. Feb 17, 2019
    7
    Gameplay/Mechanics: 8
    Sound/Music: 8
    Graphics/Art: 9
    Story/Atmosphere: 5
    OVERALL: 7.5/10
  6. Dec 6, 2018
    6
    I finished playing this game a few months ago and I still feel disapointed with this final part of the trilogy. As a die hard tomb raider fanI finished playing this game a few months ago and I still feel disapointed with this final part of the trilogy. As a die hard tomb raider fan I really wanted to love this game. I found the world to be beautiful, the initial exploration alone with Lara to be enjoyable and refreshing. The beginning of the game is very dramatic and exciting when Lara takes the dagger, though it felt a bit rushed and left me with questions and wanting more context and back up story. My enthusiasm for the game started to diminish around the halfway point and just decline all the way to the end until I just wanted the game to be over already. So much towards the end was very boring, and the story was not that interesting. It felt kind of like wild goose chase at times and sloppy. The villages were boring and they reused the same character models for most of the villagers. The side quests in the villages were excruciatingly tiresome. It was definitely dark, Laras mood was dark, parts of the game were like a horror nightmare which imo was too much. I miss playing as Lara who is confident and fun. I miss being alone with Lara and vast places to explore where there’s not so many people and not so much talking. If you talk to a villager in this game it can feel like they go on for 5 excruciating minutes.... not interested! Theres nothing really to explore here either. Even on the highest difficulty its not hard to see where to go and almost impossible to get lost or wonder where to go. I only got stuck on one puzzle, and remember only one other puzzle being pretty amazing, most of them were too easy, didn’t even have to really think about what to do most of the time. I miss having to really use my noggin to figure out where to go and what to do with Lara! One really nice part was playing with young Lara, its really the only part of the game where you see a different side of Lara before the end of the game. It is my hope that coming out of this adventure Lara becomes the old Lara we all remember and love. If theres any redemption out of this dark painful story hopefully there will be a new series for Lara that will do the Tomb Raider franchise justice. Out of the 3 games in the reboot this one is definitely the weakest, and though I see what they were aiming for in growing Lara through a difficult time it was not very enjoyable to play as this tormented confused and struggling Lara. In this game Lara is a cold hearted killing machine, and at times feels more like a villain than a hero. After playing and enjoying the first 2 games of the franchise very much I was super excited for the 3rd game. Overall dissapointed. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2019
    0
    this game is not much different in terms of mechanics from the previous one, but it somehow still manages to be better in every aspect;betterthis game is not much different in terms of mechanics from the previous one, but it somehow still manages to be better in every aspect;better graphics, better story, better chase scenes and so on... If you liked the previous two games this one will be a blast, if you didn't i still recommend you try it out, because it's much better than the previous ones (imo), overall an awesome experience, i'm kind of sad the reboot franchise ends here, because they could've improved the mechanics further, but now they will rethink the whole mechanics for their next game, i can't wait to raid some more tombs. :) Expand

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