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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: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Sep 10, 2018
    100
    If Uncharted rose to fame with weapons it stole from washed-out Tomb Raider (before its reboot), Shadow of the Tomb Raider grabs them back, making it visually and gameplaywise the most essential action-adventure you can imagine. It not only builds upon the series legacy, it goes to its roots and successfully brings back the exploration that we were busy not to even notice was missing while tackling through many exciting action set pieces of the previous games. Doing so, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the most poignant entry in the long series since the very first game.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    There is a noticeable emphasis on the narrative. Although Shadow of the Tomb Raider modifies what we've grown accustomed to within the franchise, the change of pace is welcomed. You'll find pockets of open-world to explore, with tons of side-quests and interactions with NPCs. Don't expect guns-a-blazin', but do expect getting more than you bargained for from this Tomb Raider experience.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    90
    Some of the physics could have been better, but overall, it’s going to probably be one of the most beautiful games in 2018. It would be interesting to see where the story goes from here. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the highlight of the series, and topping it will be difficult.
  4. 80
    Despite some frame-rate stutters, slight audio-visual desyncs, and the occasional bad texture rendering, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is eerie, challenging, thoughtful, compelling, and downright fun.
  5. Oct 9, 2018
    75
    The new Tomb Raider shows Lara Croft as an empty character that has nothing inside.
  6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't have much to offer compared to the recent games. However, if you are a fan of the Tomb Raider series, you will enjoy it.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    20
    Tomb Raider was personal because it was personal. But now it’s come full circle to yet another vapid videogame character muddling through bad writing, rote familiar gameplay, and fewer features than the last time. Wake me when the next reboot is here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 61
  2. Negative: 8 out of 61
  1. Oct 19, 2018
    10
    For me it's the best one in the new trilogy.
    They used their experience gained in development of first and second game and created third one.
    For me it's the best one in the new trilogy.
    They used their experience gained in development of first and second game and created third one. I don't understand why it's for a lot of people 6-7/10. I expected that it will be another game for people who loved rise of the tomb raider and it's exactly game for such people.
    I had a great time with this game 10/10, better than action movies in a cinema. I think it's not Uncharted 4, but it's close, really close to Naughty Dog games.
    And the story is surprising for lara's fanbase. Maybe that's why people don't accept it.
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  2. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    The first thing that I can say without a shadow of doubt is that this is one of if not the most impressive games graphically I have everThe first thing that I can say without a shadow of doubt is that this is one of if not the most impressive games graphically I have ever played. The scenery’s are stunning, and the jungle feels alive around you. I often find myself just admiring the view everywhere I go. Gameplay wise It is very similar to the previous two games. There is a much bigger focus on exploration in this entry and the tombs are bigger and much better designed. If you don’t like the survival instincts highlighting all the walls you can climb then I’m pretty sure you can make the difficulty harder to turn those off. The game itself is massive as well. The story is massively over the top but very very enjoyable and feels very high stakes. There was one particular moment early in the game after Lara sets off a series of events that actually shocked me. I won’t spoil it but It definitely shocked me and I wasn’t expecting it. Lara’s buddy Jonah plays a much bigger role in this game but is still pretty much Lara’s side kick. But I must say that I found his voice actor does a great job this time around and Camilla Luddington again does a great job as the voice of Lara. I honestly can’t recommend this game enough. A must buy especially if you enjoyed the previous two. I’m hoping that this is not the end of these amazing games and that another will be made in the future. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Amazing game. Playing on hardest difficulty is so fun.
    -story is better
    -tombs are better -graphics are better -Everything is better than
    Amazing game. Playing on hardest difficulty is so fun.
    -story is better
    -tombs are better
    -graphics are better
    -Everything is better than previous 2 games.

    Best of the trilogy!
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  4. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    Played through the game on a 1070TI with utlrawide high refresh rate monitor - using an XBOX controller. Graphics are stunning - some of thePlayed through the game on a 1070TI with utlrawide high refresh rate monitor - using an XBOX controller. Graphics are stunning - some of the best I have seen in places.
    Sound as well is great - with guns sounding much better than the last 2 games in the series.
    I played through the game in 11 hours - and I found it enjoyable.
    Some truly great moments.
    This said - it is not perfect
    - Very easy - a bit too easy in places.
    - Very limited interactivity for a lot of the game. Ie. HEAPS of cutscenes (more than the last 2), and sections where you are just pressing "up" for example to climb through a tight area.
    - Extremely linear (by design) - not much in the way of exploration
    - Story is not great. (similar to the last 2)

    Overall - Pros exceeded the Cons for me - and I consider it a good experience worth having
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  5. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    I really want to give this game an 8 or even a 9, but the issues set the game back too far.
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider does a lot of things
    I really want to give this game an 8 or even a 9, but the issues set the game back too far.
    Shadow of the Tomb Raider does a lot of things right, but also does some things that were done "okay" in the previous 2 titles far, far worse.

    Pacing is an absolute nightmare. You constantly feel like you're being shoved along through the story and any emotional moments feel like they don't stick and are swiftly forgotten.

    Traversal, this is the first in the series where i've had issues with the controls while climbing. Almost all of my deaths have been due to Lara not jumping far enough(in a scripted event) or just plain refusing to latch onto a wall.

    Combat, while I appreciate the game going back to its roots of less human enemies and more animal enemies. It also made encounters primarily stealth, with terrible AI and if seen, you end up fighting the most aggressive enemies I have ever encountered to a point where it feels pointless to use anything other than a shotgun for most of the game. Melee attacking is far worse and the bow received a very, very heavy reduction in power from previous titles.

    Graphics, no complaints here other than it being extremely heavy on the CPU load with a lot of stuttering without external tweaking. Game looks amazing and blatantly better than the previous 2 games.

    Sadly, this was not the conclusion to the trilogy I had hoped for. Lara STILL has a lot to learn and honestly, her voice actor feels like her only emotions are anger and gasping for air.
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  6. Sep 17, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am rather disappointed. The first game was amazing. It had good progression and the environments where great with a good story. Second game was even better, different gear with different progression and more unique environments. This game has none of that. You start the game with all your tools you had at the end of the 2nd tomb raider. You don't get new tools to work with except for some climbing boots, but they don't add much if any at all to the game. You start out in a jungle and you end in a jungle. the first two game had fun collectables that you can turn and look at and lara would give you some banter about it, that's not here. the challenge tombs feel to simple. Like there is just one puzzle and that's it. The ones before felt like they had multiple puzzles that combined to make one big puzzle. You spend about what feels like 60-70% of the game just platforming. I would suggest to go back and play the first or second one. I am disappointed with my purchase compared to the previous instalments. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2018
    0
    they destroyed lala croft's personality. playtime is short, storyline is absurd and mediocre. it's not tomb raider anymore. the game itself isthey destroyed lala croft's personality. playtime is short, storyline is absurd and mediocre. it's not tomb raider anymore. the game itself is a tomb of the brilliant series. Expand

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