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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: 26 out of 182
  1. Apr 10, 2019
    10
    This is the best Tomb Raider i ever played.I started the franchise on ps1 with the second game.Since then i had lots of TR games and mostly iThis is the best Tomb Raider i ever played.I started the franchise on ps1 with the second game.Since then i had lots of TR games and mostly i loved them.I did not like the 2013 reboot though only its story.Then Rise of the TR came that installment was 8 out of 10 points for me and had a fantastic story.This game however almost fully polished that game flaws and also improved many things vastly including the graphics, stealth, challenge tombs, immersion, swimming and all in all the game is much more various. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2018
    10
    This game gives you feeling of adventure. A lot of cut scenes, a lot of interesting situations. Actually one of best adventure games I'veThis game gives you feeling of adventure. A lot of cut scenes, a lot of interesting situations. Actually one of best adventure games I've played. Also I want mention that jungle has been made incredibly nice, every tree, every animal looks and feels alive. It's amazing, It's really game I wanted to see about Tomb Raider

    P.S. Please don't listen people who gives 0 or 1 points. It's just abusing game. I never understand such people :(
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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. CSG
    Oct 7, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have attained 100% completion in the Deadly Obsession difficulty.
    https://youtu.be/Y_xXKn-g-cE
    And with that I want to give my take on the game.

    Generally I think it is a good game. I enjoyed playing it. I feel there are certain aspects that can be improved. I would recommend the game but I also have suggestions on approaching the game.

    I don’t have any problems with the storyline. It’s not cluttered, not confusing and not too lengthy. It was well thought out. I did not have to play the first two games to figure out what is going on. Generally satisfying storyline with good buildup, good flow and good ending.

    The characters complement the storyline. Lara is not straight up full of conviction. She doubts herself and is somewhat conflicted. Those traits do make her more relatable and endearing. We also see multi-dimension in the antagonist Dominguez. He has Paititi’s interest at heart, just his methods are too extreme. It was saddening when Unuratu died. It was particularly heartbreaking when Jonah was supposedly killed.

    The character animation is top notch. Lara is beautiful. Jonah wouldn’t be as lovable if he doesn’t look the way he does. Characters aside, the environments depicted are also breathtaking. From the lush jungles to the lively towns and cities to the dark and appropriately claustrophobic caves and tombs, everything was meticulously detailed. I love it.

    Exploration in the game is really fun. Lara has the skill set befitting of a tomb raider. What spoils the fun is how inconsistent the game behaves when Lara is executing these moves. One moment she can do it. Reload the game, do the exact same thing and this time she falls to her demise. The inconsistencies and luck factor have to be removed. Apart from all that, I think the game excels in allowing me to live out my fantasy of venturing into caves and tombs; something I consider too dangerous to do in real life.

    I generally dread combat in the game. In the Deadly Obsession difficulty, the best, if not the only approach towards combat is stealth. Sadly, stealth, like exploration, is inconsistent and therefore unreliable. It is not broken because you can eventually stealth your way to victory. For the number of tries you need to succeed, you could actually be doing the same things. Just the outcomes are different and you would be wondering why. Stealth could be improved to be more robust to improve the overall combat experience. As for the fights that provide no option to go stealth, I would say I am not a big fan of the idea of Rambo Lara singlehandedly going up against military trained Trinity soldiers or even the Yaaxil.

    With how dreadful combat is, I do enjoy the missions and tombs where no combat is involved. The challenge tombs are so fun and challenging. The puzzles are very well thought out and executed.

    I do not recommend the Deadly Obsession difficulty. What makes the difficulty broken is the fact that the game only saves at base camps. I wasted a lot of time getting to the hard parts rather than dealing with the hard parts. Using time wastage to achieve a certain level of difficult is a terrible idea. I don’t understand how game developers can confuse challenging with time consuming.

    That’s my review. Let me know what you think. I welcome different perspectives.
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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. Apr 25, 2019
    0
    This game is terrible. I played previous two instalments, which where objectively very well crafted games. This feels like a reskin of Rise OfThis game is terrible. I played previous two instalments, which where objectively very well crafted games. This feels like a reskin of Rise Of Tomb Raider, but with all the fun bits stripped away. The puzzles are boring and uninspired, the graphics are downgraded, the lightning is horrendous and there's almost no combat. Lara is an amazing protagonist. In Rise of Tomb Raider they did a great job, conveying what Lara is going through her face, using an advanced MoCap technology and highly detailed facial models. You could feel for her, empathise with her. In this game facial animations and the models in general somehow look worse than in the first game, you feel completely thrown out of the immersion. The worst thing is the critics that defend this game as though it's a well made product. For the next instalment, I hope to see Crystal Dynamics taking back the charge of their franchise, instead of passing it off to another studio, and restoring it back to its glory. Expand

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