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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: 45 out of 71
  2. Negative: 8 out of 71
  1. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Really well done, not too many mandatory gun fights which I personally find takes away from the Roots of Lara Croft. Story is very intriguingReally well done, not too many mandatory gun fights which I personally find takes away from the Roots of Lara Croft. Story is very intriguing and the world is full of things for you to do (especially if you love hunting for collectibles). Not to mention it looks stunning ALL of the time. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    is a sequel worthy of the previous 2, same game system if you like the previous ones you would like this, there is not much risk in theis a sequel worthy of the previous 2, same game system if you like the previous ones you would like this, there is not much risk in the purchase insured Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    Simply the best adventure of Lara Croft so far. If you have played the previous ones, know that this is a great homage to the classics, inSimply the best adventure of Lara Croft so far. If you have played the previous ones, know that this is a great homage to the classics, in addition to following the tradition of quality that came with the reboot. Be sure to play! Expand
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    9
    IMO best part of trilogy. Tomb Raider 2013 was a quite good game but it wasn't a real Tomb Raider. Rise of TR (2015) was much better game ifIMO best part of trilogy. Tomb Raider 2013 was a quite good game but it wasn't a real Tomb Raider. Rise of TR (2015) was much better game if you enjoy puzzles, platforming and exploration but still there was too much shooting for me. Shadow of Tomb Raider is even more about actual Tomb Raiding :) I was really suprised how great this game is after mixed reviews. I got it for Christmas and plan was to launch it to see how it looks, and then go back to Red Dead Redemption 2 :) Then I heard the music in the menu... and couldn't resist till I completed game in 100%. My only complaint is about some boring quests in the biggest hub location (Paititi). This average content doesn't fit to the rest of game and slowed down action too much... The rest i enjoyed very much, even fighting (not always stealth) :) New swimming mechanic and underwater locations with claustrophobic passages are great. Overall atmosphere created by music (I love the sountrack), graphics and narration was the very consistant and left me with nostalgia :) Very good ending for this trilogy, I will miss it trilogy much more than I expected. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Oct 17, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Although I loved the entire trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider closes the franchise in a sort of disappointing fashion. The jungle environment is the best setting of all the tomb raider games is utilised poorly and really only the first third of the game was interesting as you were really invested in making it out of the jungle alive with hungry jaguars. Lara Croft caused a chain of disasters but you were only invested in the first disaster of the tsunami but the game forgot to show Lara Croft fighting a volcano or an earthquake which would of made the game awesome, and once again why did they not show LARA'S FREAKIN' DOUBLE PISTOLS IN THE FINAL GAME! What a wasted opportunity!!!!. However this game gets high marks on its combat system which is polished to perfection and the beautiful scenery. This game is just like Batman Arkham Knight closing the trilogy of with a certainly good game but in a disappointing fashion. Expand
  7. Sep 12, 2018
    0
    The most disappointing game of the year.
    First game is good, but Shadow of the tomb raider just so bad.

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