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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: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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: 45 out of 99
  2. Negative: 18 out of 99
  1. 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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  2. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    I think this game is so beautiful, the graphic is better than the last, this game is more difficult it, means i need more brain to completeI think this game is so beautiful, the graphic is better than the last, this game is more difficult it, means i need more brain to complete this game, and that is why i very like it Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2018
    9
    I have loved Tomb Raider from its very first game ever all the way up until Rise, and Shadow continues that trend. This is an absolutelyI have loved Tomb Raider from its very first game ever all the way up until Rise, and Shadow continues that trend. This is an absolutely gorgeous and immersive game through and through.
    The graphics are some of the best I have ever seen, with so much detail in the environments that it hurts. NPC models could have been improved, but I have yet to see a single video game ever that gives NPC models the same care as player models.
    Gameplay and exploration are classic modern Tomb Raider fun, with extra finesse and polish thrown in for good measure. The tombs and combat have all received a minor flourish in quality and execution overall, and I rarely found myself bored.
    The story is more engaging this time around for me, compared to Rise. I was genuinely invested and noticed a lot of subtleties taken to build the world and Lara's character even more. I really loved the young Lara flashback, that was such a refreshing little addition.
    With Shadow being such a stunning and immersive game, that also means the minor quirks stick out more. Some character and environmental animations can be wonky/glitchy, and Lara moves around a bit too floaty for my taste (that's been a minor issue I've had with this whole trilogy). Also, some traversal glitches pop up every now and then that can be weird and cheap looking, and sometimes resulted in messing up my progress.
    Beyond that, I loved the steps taken to make this feel more connected to classic Tomb Raider, with memorable tombs, engaging puzzles, brutal deathtraps with specific death animations, and lots of open exploration.
    Overall, this is a fantastic game. I wish player reviews would be a bit more graceful, as I can tell people want to crap on this game just because it's the third in a line of quite similar, yet super successful games. It really is a step up from Rise (which was still a great game) and takes us back to a lot more of what the Tomb Raider series is about.
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  4. 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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  5. Nov 16, 2018
    6
    While the developers obviously tried improve upon the poor dialogue writing and the general narrative experience of the series, both of theseWhile the developers obviously tried improve upon the poor dialogue writing and the general narrative experience of the series, both of these aspects still feel almost as nuance free and unnatural as in the previous entries. The world building also feels rather forced, as thought he entire universe revolves around Lara and everything exists for the sole purpose of driving the generic plot forward.
    Unsurprisingly the gameplay and art design are solid enough to engage the player for a few hours, however they are ultimately rather generic as well and nowhere near strong enough to stand on their own.
    This feels even more like it's trying to be Uncharted than the previous entries in the reboot series, while still failing to understand or rather ignoring what makes the Uncharted franchise good.

    We are left with a game that is by no means outright bad, however I have a hard time recommending a game where every aspect is just ok. You might as well play any of the previous entries again and you wouldn't be missing out on much.
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  6. Sep 18, 2018
    5
    This game has awful graphics! It's not even comparable to any game from 2018 or 2017. Looks like uncharted 3 from 2011.
  7. Dec 2, 2018
    0
    The Best Tomb Raider ever, Super graphics, super audio, a world full of details, many place you want to come back and visit...

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