Reviews for Tomb Raider III


Same fun with improvements!

Furrek | March 30, 2016 | See all Furrek's reviews »

By third Tomb Raider game there is not much change when it comes to gameplay. You will start to notice that game looks better than previous one: with better looking environment and special effects. Lara got also few new moves and she finally can crouch and crawl! There is also finally an option to save game anytime and how many times you want BUT for some people thats not a change for better. Why? You can save your game before anything that might look suspicious, any hard moments etc. Playstation version don't have that feature. Is that bad thing, or good? To be honest, you can play Tomb Raider game as always, without using this save option so I don't see anything wrong. It's fun to look around the world for pieces of mysterious artifact. If you enjoyed previous Tomb Raider games then you will enjoy this one too.


Excellent gameplay-wise, but still misses something

lconanl | Dec. 27, 2015 | See all lconanl's reviews »

Tomb Raider III was the first in the series to really go all-out in terms of gameplay, introducing new features such as sprinting, crouching, well-thought and more challenging boss fights and the option to choose the order of the levels, while improving on already existing ones. The game looks better than its predecessors, has better sound design and visual effects, more vehicles and longer and harder levels than ever before (so much so that it sometimes becomes very difficult to find your way through them). The secrets are back from Tomb Raider I (in the previous game there were 3 dragons per level to be found serving as secrets), as well as boat segments (noticeably, the level where you struggle to survive in a canoe), save crystals and, let's not forget, raptors and T-Rexes. In terms of story, the plot feels like a rehash of the one from the first game, but it is more polished and better presented, making connections with Charles Darwin's explorations and taking inspirations from the movie "The thing". The villain, Dr. Willard, is, like Natla from Tomb Raider I, introduced in a benevolent light at first, being the reason while Lara sets out to find the 4 polynesian artifacts which comprise the central objects of the story. The final boss fight is also fairly more difficult, Willard being invulnerable for most of it. The game features a variety of diverse vistas as its levels, embarking the player on a journey throughout the Indian jungles, the London locales, the Nevada desert including Area 51, some South-Pacific islands and finally Antarctica. In the end, even though a lot of elements from previous (and later) games are here, Tomb Raider III distances itself from others as unique and unforgettable (whether it's in a positive or negative manner for some). It goes without saying that if you're adventure or puzzle games fan, you should add this game to your collection as soon as you can.


Fixes the second game's problems, almost as good as the 1st.

sycomantis1991 | May 26, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

Tomb Raider II had a lot of control issues and glitches that marred an otherwise great experience. Tomb Raider III addresses a lot of those issues, not all, but a lot, and delivers another great game. The temples and dungeons are unique, and there are more missions in open terrain than ever before, adding to the variety. It doesn't quite reach the heights of the original, but it's not far off.


Nostalgia strikes back

PlayTyrant | May 10, 2015 | See all PlayTyrant's reviews »

I remember the day I received this game for my birthday, it was awesome and a great change from TR2. The combat system it's pretty much the same, but the ambience, the ability to ride vehicles (that quad!), they kept everything as 'Tomb Raider' as possible. But better. The sound quality is just what the games on that time were, a lot of looped sound effects are short and repetitive (the fire for example) and there's a lot of recycled sounds from the previous games. But hey, we're talking about an old school game! This was all about gameplay, and though the 'tank control' is quite annoying sometimes, it still provides you with loads of fun. It's not an easy to beat game, keep that in mind!


A more advanced version of the second and first games.

rjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

This third version of the Tomb Raider franchise offers up better graphics and new ways to tackle each of the large, varied in which Lara Croft , the main protagonist, has to traverse in order to find the precious artifacts. Much of the core game play of the first games has stayed the same but the most noticeable change is the improved graphics. Lara now looks more three dimensional and she feels more real and like you are actually controlling someone and not an object. Overall the game improves on the original Tomb Raider formula and is a must buy for fans of the series.


Another classic Tomb Raider, another masterpiece

Speed4Runs | Aug. 10, 2013 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »

Same story as Tomb Raider II: TR III Adventures of Lara Croft brings out all goodies of older Tomb Raiders and improves them. Now, we will be able to do even more moves, such as sprint, and crouch. Lara moves more "naturally" and graphics improved very much (in fact, it's a bit more laggy than TR2). There are really good light effects and water colors, related to the zone which you are playing. Yeah, there are different zones, and this time, they're many: antarctica, jungle, temples, London, cathedrals, South Pacific, and many others. This is a very long and hard game. I suggest you to buy it immediately! Graphics + performance: 6.75 *Graphics: 7.5 - Simply amazing! Light effects are VERY good, as well as water, and textures improved drastically! *Performance: 5.75 - It's not as good as graphics, since it may lag on older PCs, but it's still good and enough to enjoy this amazing game. Plot: 6.75 It's very good and it features some twists. Sometimes, you will remain without words! Longevity: 7.5 VERY long game, which features a lot of missions which are VERY long. And since it's fun, you will hardly ever stop playing it. Gameplay: 7.5 It is various, since you can even drive vehicles, and you even have some new moves to discover. You have many other weapons, and this is a hard game. Awesome gameplay. Sound: 7 Same as TR2: amazing soundtracks and excellent dubbing (both Italian and English). Avg. score: 7.1 I'll give it a bonus because it actually, thanks to its success and its awesomeness, revolutioned adventure games (+0.5) FINAL SCORE: 76 Again, 100% recommended to anyone! It's a mind-blowing game!


Classic Gaming, but a bit repetitive

ConorEngelb | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Just as good as Tomb Raiders I and II, Tomb Raider III possessed the same adventuring style, traps and puzzles that made the other games great. But by this point, the lack of major changes to the franchise was beginning to show. While it was enjoyable, the game no longer felt quite as special, or that it was pushing the envelope.


Ongoing series

lok0812 | July 26, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

This is when the series begins to reaches its downfall but never the less it is still a solid game. The reason for downfall is because there aren't many innovations to the series except you going to a tomb in this new place to explore. The only things they added for this entry are puzzle elements and more new gadgets. The visual is a lot more cleaner compared to when the game was first introduced. Storyline continues from where it left off from the series. Still a solid entry to the franchise and a must get for Tomb Raider fans.


Really Hard but good :D

kalil | June 27, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »

Thankfully, the player now as the option to save at any point. The game is still difficult, but dropping the Save Crystals from PSX version helps a lot. Tomb Raider III is a more daring entry in the series. The emphasis on exploration is higher this time around with a well-balanced mix of action. The heavy use of gun fights with human goons from TR2 are lighter this time around. TRIII offers the most diversity out of any Tomb Raider game. From the wider arsenal of weapons (Desert Eagle, Rocker Launcher,etc) , more outfits, new vehicles (quad bike,kayak, etc), new moves like sprinting and crawling, to a variety of larger scaled levels (India, Area 51, London, Tropical island, Antartica). Levels now have multiple paths. The difficulty for this game ranges between intermediate to hard. Environments are more deadly. Traps and Death linger in every corner. Give this game a chance if you are up for a challenge. It's not going to satisfy everyone. TRIII's difficulty has resulted in poor reviews and mixed opinions. Don't let them fool you. Tomb Raider III is a good game that offers more of a challenge and more varitey than others titles in the series


What a great series!

DanielZo0 | June 11, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

Superb. Very challenging game, great graphics, nice plot, excellent gameplay and amazing sound. This is the standard of games that should be made, why don't SHs make games like this anymore? A perfect (or almost) game.


A good sequel

Winklers | May 31, 2013 | See all Winklers's reviews »

Considering what this game had to live up to after the first game, it did a very good job. Using the same controls as the first, this one attempts to go bigger. There are more locations, enemies and weapons. Again the story holds it together although not as well as the first. The puzzles and variety in this game keep it interesting and enjoyable to play.


A good but hard game

Cavalieroscuro | April 30, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

This one is probably the most difficult Tomb Raider title. It is all so dark, there are too many death traps, finding the road is very hard because you can choose several patterns...but the game is good. To complete it by yourself it will require so much time, and I used a solution to pass some section, but the game is solid and funny, you can choose your level around the world after you complete the first one, there are a lot of weapons and the gameplay is pretty much the same from TR2.


Little step back regarding its predecessors

abelfs | Feb. 19, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »

I don't know why but when I finished this one I found disappointment expecting something better than the other two. The levels are too long and the difficulty is the hardest of the saga. I dislike the huge environments that uncovers the limitations of the game. However, it still have its moments and you'll enjoy it if you are a Lara follower.