Reviews for Tomb Raider

84

Lara is back!

Demadizz | Oct. 6, 2014 | See all Demadizz's reviews »

Fantastic reboot to the franchise and series. I look forward to playing the next one in line. The visuals were stunning the game play was tight and fluid. Tons of actions and lots of destruction all around. Lara seems to be accident prone with disaster and mayhem in every aspect. Solid game all around with tons of collectibles and side activities. It's all you could ask for in an action adventure game. 8/10

91

One hell of an adventure

Frezco | Oct. 2, 2014 | See all Frezco's reviews »

This game was gripping at every turn and offered a great deal of replay ability, the pacing of the game is very balanced. You are not overwhelmed by enemies in the beginning and bashing your way through enemies by the end. The online multiplayer is a bit lacking but honestly this is a story game, not a multi-player wonder. Ok enough about the game play for now lets talk about the visual.

This game has some of the best graphic you will find in an adventure game. And the treseffect mode makes it even better. Its very rare that you encounter any visual clipping everything has been to look seamless. This is one you will enjoy in high def and with your settings at max, anything less would be a disgrace to the game.

Purchase with confidence and enjoy.

85

A Realistic Turn For The Series

Azrael360 | Sept. 26, 2014 | See all Azrael360's reviews »

This new reboot in the series puts an innocent and naive Lara in some dramatic and brutal situations where she struggles to survive. There's no more the sexy and beautiful Lara that does the impossible and without a scratch, this Lara suffers, has pain and limitations, and cries. To me, this realistic turn made me connect more with her than before, you really witness her giving the best she can to survive.

  • What I like from the game: • Great story. • Excellent voice acting. • The level maps are big, sometimes you won't know where to go or see (without using the Survival Instincts, a "power" where you can see where to go or highlights items). • Rich and fully detailed enviroments. • Intrincated levels (Shanty Town, for example). • A good amount of exploration. Players who like to explore and take their time will be at home here. • Graphically and the sound effects and music are great.

  • What I don't like from the game: • No manual save. The game autosaves every time you pick an item or go to a campfire. It also does a second save when you stop playing and go to the main menu. This is usually the save you will be loading the most, because is the last save created, but from time to time you will have to backtrack to where you were before. • Shaky Camera + Head Bobbing, extremely. Usually I don't suffer with this, but in this game the amount of those "realistic" effects goes beyond my limit and made me suffer with motion sickness after an hour many times. I wish the developers could have added an option to disable them, but they never did. It's like an invisible cameraman follows Lara everywhere, and when there's a lot of action going on it gets worse. • The multiplayer: I think it was pointless and a bad idea to add that in a game like this, but the developers did it anyway. And it seems many thought like me because the multiplayer was dead almost since the launch day (BTW, don't buy DLC items for this game because they're useless and you will never use them). • Adaptive movements: There's no manual running nor ducking, Lara will do what she wants. If you go behind some rocks or wall she may hide behind those but you can't do that for her, or run when you want. She will decide when to do it. You can only guide her and do the rest.

There's also a good amount of QTEs (which can annoy many players) and also the ways Lara can die are really gruesome. After all what she has to suffer in this game, and later what she does and becomes, you never see her as a female Indiana Jones, and instead, she gets closer to be a female Rambo. Still, a great game to recommend for players who enjoy adventure, explore and action equally.

88

Prepare for moans

angrymouse | Sept. 17, 2014 | See all angrymouse's reviews »

Tomb Raider is an adventure game revolving around young Lara Croft who develops survival skills at every step.The story wasn't quite extraordinary,the other characters are poorly done and Roth was the only one who was useful. The enemies are not difficult and they range from wolves to scavengers but the combat does gets repetitive and boring.If you hate seagulls,boars,deer and crabs,feel free to kill them and get rewarded. The game runs smoothly and the environment is astounding.You can explore the whole island after you finish the game although there will still be enemies.The actual raiding of tombs was optional and more like a side mission.Sometimes to exit a tomb you have to go all the way back to the entrance which I found it unnecessary and a waste of time since you find artefacts that are not relevant to the main story. Every time Lara jumped,climbed,dodged or ran into a bush,she moaned and it just got weird sometimes.Overall,a beautiful game where you have to hunt or be hunted.

95

One of the best games I have ever played

adryanor | Sept. 11, 2014 | See all adryanor's reviews »

I will keep it short. I’ve never been a fan of Tomb Raider games. Yes, I’ve played most of them, but Lara was pretty hard to control and there were too many puzzles for my taste. Boy I was happy when I tried this game. Lara handles smoothly, you can feel total control over her movement. There are puzzles, but they won’t make you frustrated because of their difficulty level. There is way more action than in previous games. Shooting is really satisfying. You really feel that you’re putting those arrows and bullets in enemies. There is upgrade system that encourages you to do some exploring to find materials that will make your equipment stronger. Sound is very climatic, graphics are AMAZING. For me it’s the best looking games I’ve ever played and I played almost every new game. I really recommend this game for everyone who loves action combined with adventure and a little of puzzle solving.

85

Just great

SNAPLOAD111 | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all SNAPLOAD111's reviews »

The ''Tomb Raider'' series always had an amazing story-line. This game has an amazing story too. I always loved the character of Lara Croft, and it was fun too see how her game model changed because of new graphics and technology, and in this game the model is fantastic and the graphics are great too. Really, the only thing I don't like in that game is the multiplayer. But I always just wanted the main single player in tomb raider, so I still had a lot of fun. The sounds in the game are just great and the voice acting is amazing in my opinion. The gameplay is great and not that complicated. Tomb Raider was always great, and this game is great too. Overall this game is not a downfall of the series in my opinion, but it's not the best game in the series. I give this game a rating of : 85 It's great, but not perfect.

85

LARA is BACK

Alinasser | Aug. 8, 2014 | See all Alinasser's reviews »

Tomb raider's Lara is back and she's better than ever, the series reboot is something all people should try and it's highly recommended as a modern action game.

Story: You will feel LARA "not physically ofc, ehm" but emotionally, you will feel like you are there with her during her journey and you will want to know how her story uncovers 9\10

Graphics: Great graphical reboot, The island feels real and with the definitive edition, things can not get better specially Lara's "Hair" 8.5\10

Sounds: helps a lot with the atmosphere and the feeling of constant danger in the game even when the music doesn't stand out. 7\10

Gameplay: It's great. It's new ,and it's easier "for the hardcore fans." the climbing, jumping, shooting ,even the QTEs,, all was great "best part of the game"

Replayability: once you are done with the story there is no reason to play again and the multiplayer mode is bland and mostly dead by now.

overall, great gameplay and story driven action game that everybody should try.

88

I love Lara!

dan13lcab | Aug. 3, 2014 | See all dan13lcab's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a game that I personally was a revelation for me, with infinite Bioshock i found it to be the best games of 2013. In the game we find ourselves with a history not very innovative, but a gameplay and a exquisite Lara with which we are identifying and feel up to the pain of the wounds that suffers, fraught with moments of action worthy of a Hollywood production, as a player feels the adrenaline by several epic moments within the game. Artificial intelligence is another significant point if we play in difficulty high , perhaps the negative point of the game is the multiplayer that it looks as if it had been as by obligation or filler and ends up being more of the same .... and today with servers dead! Highly recommended.

80

A pleasant surprise

rasky_music | July 29, 2014 | See all rasky_music's reviews »

I went into this gaming thinking it'd be a bland and poor action game. I'm glad to say the game proved otherwise. I found myself getting immersed in the game very quickly and found myself enjoying it more and more. I am a little disappointed by the DLC that is currently available, but the campaign offers a fair amount of things to do (collectibles, upgrading, tombs, etc). The game also looks incredibly beautiful and feels sturdy, like you're in full control.

93

A return to form for Ms. Croft.

JURGMANDR | July 26, 2014 | See all JURGMANDR's reviews »

Tomb Raider is great. Here's a quick rundown of all the things that make it great in my opinion: 1. Camilla Luddington feels appropriately vulnerable in parts of the story and bad-ass in others, and was a great casting choice. The acting in general, is great (though there's only 3 guys doing the voices for basic enemies, which is nowhere near enough). 2. The bow and the ice axe feel appropriately weighty and all the weapons deliver satisfying kills/executions. 3. Controls are absolutely fantastic (very responsive). The cover system is simple and very effective overall (no button presses necessary, just get close to it). 4. If you've got a high level graphics card you'll be in love with the visuals. 5. The level design is fantastic, there are multiple ways around (at least in the bigger areas) and plenty of secrets to be found. 6. I really loved the UI, which was simple and effective (not quite Dead Space level UI but still great)

Cons: 1.The tombs are fun but there aren't enough of them, and they're all quite easy 2. Game will force you to fight certain enemies for setpiece moments (like Uncharted), instead of being given the option to sneak around (this is relatively rare though) 3. the survival instinct button is basically like detective vision in arkham asylum and not necessary imo.

Single Player is the only reason to play this, although multiplayer is fun if you can actually find people to play with.

100

The Wolf killer.

hateah | July 24, 2014 | See all hateah's reviews »

This game is a truly Gem. Lara is the main actress again. You start by your ship crushing in the middle of the sea. Then you go on an island and there is where the real action starts. The mechanics are amazing, there are skills to level up, different weapons you can use, your bigger enemies are the "pirates" who invaded the island, and the wolves which i find for scary. I can say that if you play the game in 00:00 AM you'll be scared, cause of the atmosphere there.. You got that feeling which doesn't let you stop playing to go on the next quest to see what you have to do and etc. The bow aiming is amazingly smooth, the pistol aim is even better than some other games and tomb raider is not mostly shooting, cause you can choose to sneak around the enemies or kill them with an instant headshot. I like killing them with the bow in the head :D You can make silent kills, the graphics are just amazing so detailed, the water, the forest,the wolves and the humans. You use campfires as saves and levelling up your skills. They gave so much afford into doing this game i can imagine how hard it was to do such a perfect game, it's not a GOTY for no reason ;) the journals are being read by a voice, instead of u reading it by yourself which makes it even more entertainment, you can climb up rocks and jumping around. You are on your path to save your friends and go out of this cursed island full with wolves.Also there is requirement to use your brain, because it does kinda need a logic, not only bam bam and hide ;)

65

Amazing graphics

philip08533 | July 23, 2014 | See all philip08533's reviews »

This game has amazing graphics. Other than that i found it to be boring and it seemed like it stole a lot from Far Cry 3. The story is dull and uninteresting. The game-play, although good, can irritate you. It takes her too long to climb a simple ledge. Besides the graphics, this game is bad, and is corny to no end.

73

Good story, but not our classic Lara Croft

ThreshNautBlitz | July 16, 2014 | See all ThreshNautBlitz's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a good story with an annoying protagonist. The game is overhyped for having a female protagonist and needs to be looked at in closer detail just like any other game. The Lara Croft in this reboot does not possess the same personality as the original Tomb Raider protagonist. And while some may claim the new Lara is going to have differences than the classic Lara because it's an origin story, it still does not make up for the huge gap in the mindsets of each version. Overall the story is decent and worth a shot. The gameplay is cheap and throws immeasurable key mashes, quick time events, and jump scares at you. The only thing that kept me going on this game was the beautiful graphics, decent story overall, and the exploration side of the game. If this goes on sale, give it a try.

85

Soo REALISTIC!

EtaYorius | July 16, 2014 | See all EtaYorius's reviews »

This is an extremely well done Reboot, never really liked the "old" Tomb Raider, but after playing this game i became a fan of Tomb Raider franchise.

THE GOOD:

  • Beautiful Graphics
  • Superb Landscapes
  • TressFX (It`s awesome for me)
  • Great Story
  • Wonderful Animations
  • Great Controls
  • Awesome Combat Mechanics
  • Brutal Death Cinematics
  • Good Weapon Upgrades
  • Fun Multiplayer

THE BAD:

  • Kinda Repetitive combat
  • Tombs too short
  • Game kinda Easy

My final score for this game is 85 out of 100, a frigging MUST HAVE!

89

Different from from the other Tomb Raider Games.

alanmaz567 | July 12, 2014 | See all alanmaz567's reviews »

The game looks visually amazing, and the Requirements to play the game are not too high. The storyline is well written, the game might take you around 6-8 hours to beat depending on how well you play. The gameplay has some elements of stealth in it. There isn't allot of puzzle solving in the game. The multiplayer in my opinion was really fun. After you finish the game you can come back and unlock all the hidden collectibles that you haven't gotten yet, some of which giv you a little back story to some of the characters that you will meet or have met throught the game. Overall the game is amazing and i recommend getting it on a sale.

80

A kinda different Tomb Raider

Seibitsu | June 30, 2014 | See all Seibitsu's reviews »

Don't buy this if you are expecting a Tomb Raider. This reboot brings you a new Lara, weaker who has to face difficult situations. This Tomb Raider is kinda more realistic, you find more crude scenes and loads of quick time events (which are a little bit hard to master at the beggining as they don't tell you which key to press). Still after all of that is a game you can easily enjoy as long as you don't have in mind you are playing a Tomb Raider.

93

Tomb Raider: A Wonderful Game

mrminecrafter1 | June 25, 2014 | See all mrminecrafter1's reviews »

This is different from the rest of the series. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. The graphics in this game are absolutely outstanding and ranks up in the top 10 most beautiful games on my list. The story is incredible, thanks to the excellent voice acting and animation. Watching Lara Croft grow throughout the game is really amazing. Gameplay is pretty good while admittedly linear. Every weapon is fun to use especially the bow. I would no doubt about it, pick it up. But caution to all Tomb Raider fans: This is a different game from the rest of the series. Completely different.

40

This is NOT Tomb Raider.

KingArthas94 | June 19, 2014 | See all KingArthas94's reviews »

This game is full of problems, the most important is: it's not Tomb Raider.

In a "Tomb Raider" game you're supposed to raid tombs, well, in this game tombs are totally optional, and one of them is available only if you buy a DLC. Really?

This game is not funny at all: it is so easy that you will finish it in less than 15 hours. With the click of a button you will have the possibility to highlight the part of the environment that is important to progress, so NO exploration at all).

They say it's an open world: false statement. It's a "corridor" with the possibility to fast travel between bonfires (without any logic, this isn't explained in the game mechanics like it is in Dark Souls, for example, so it's only a tool to move in a fast way from one place to the other just at the end of the game, to grab "treasures")... So, if you want to finish it 100% you will play for 25-30 hours, but it will be really boring, because it's just searching for items in the environment. Hunting is boring too, you won't need it that much (I never thought "Oh, I need hunting to survive, let's grab some arrows and kill some animals", just because it's useless; Far Cry 3 is an example of how hunting should be done in an action videogame).

However graphics are nice, this game is a really good benchmark.

The plot is, well, someway nice but not that much interesting, you will forget about all the characters in a day or two, because they are not well developed throughout the story. A character dies? Who cares, if he's been on the screen for, like, 15 minutes?

Some spoilers ahead: It reminds Lost because you and some other people are on a journey but an Islands "captures" you, however you won't be able to leave, until the hero (Lara, in this game) saves the day. Finally the final boss battle is really really easy, no skill required. Just aim and shoot.

Buy this game only if you want the classic tps-gameplay (cover and shoot, go on, cover and shoot, go on) with a female character in a rainy environment or if you want a benchmark for your brand new video card.

80

Be aware - it's not Tomb Raider

Gosen | June 18, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »

Young Lara, beginning of the legend with Yamatai-mondai in background. It all sounds good and feels great at first, but...

It's just a game, I don't mind that all crazy stuff that happens, but if game tries to be deep and show some psychological and historical aspects it would be good if it has make sense. It doesn't here. First Lara cries about killing animal, first man, then she kills hundreds of human enemies and nothing. Also - it's Tomb Raider after all, so where are those Tombs? Shooting with bow and gameplay are nicely done, but what about Tombs? Just bonus locations with riddle level for 5 years old child? No, it's good game I admit it, but it's not TR anymore. Also, historical problem, Yamatai - origin of Japan, sounds cool, but... story falls apart after around half of the game. Absurds and strange things start to happen. Game started with deep problems, but ended with stupid effects for B class action-adventure movies. Except that I don't have a problem with this game, it's very good. Just if you expect riddles in the Tombs like it should have been done, forget it.

80

It's worth the buy

Arindel | June 11, 2014 | See all Arindel's reviews »

From what I've played. it's an amazing game with a good story. What I've liked at this game was the gameplay, which got improved a lot since Tomb Raider - Underworld and other older games.

The graphics are great, but requires a powerful video card to handle it. It's not Crysis level graphics, but it does the job in any case.

Unfortunately, the game lacks the puzzles the series is known for, but the gameplay and the somewhat open world makes it up for that.

The game is not very replayable, but for a one-time play, it's pretty good.

I'm gonna give it a 8/10 because it's a great game, but not very replayable for an open world game.

85

Short but sweet

Dustymech | June 7, 2014 | See all Dustymech's reviews »

A gripping new narrative on the life of Lara Croft that brings us a brutal, dark epic that will have you sneaking past enemies, performing gritty executions, and hunting man and beast alike with a bow. The heavy violence surprised me at first, but shows the game developer's commitment to creating a realistic atmosphere that contradicts the series's somewhat cartoony past. The change is good however, and had me sucked into the game. After the initial first couple hours, the world begins to open up and you are introduced to some of the craziest wall-climbing sequences of any game I've played. Not only that, but there is plenty of hidden paths to explore and goodie filled tombs to raid. ;)

100

Masterpiece

VenuSV | May 19, 2014 | See all VenuSV's reviews »

Lady archaeologist is back, only more beautiful than ever and in a total different atmosphere and a new gaming experience. I'm a big fan of the Tomb Raider series, but rebooting it was the best thing that could have happened to it as the good old Tomb Raider cliché was getting dull. So being introduced to a whole new unexpected mature eperience was insanely satisfying. It was such a big risk that Crystal Dynamics took, but they succeeded and allowed us to join Lara in a terrific action packed adventure, and to watch her grow into a young strong woman, armed with determination and intelligence. In an outstanding environments and rewarding island exploration and puzzles. And mostly the improved combats and camera. they were one of the biggest steps forward to the series. Gorgeous graphics, stunning visuals, smooth animations, amazing cinematics, the details display, especially the hair, was beautifully made. The dialogues and acting are very believable, which creates a thrilling and gripping ambience. Must not think twice, this game is a must!

83

The best Reboot of a game i have played

CarlosX95 | May 12, 2014 | See all CarlosX95's reviews »

On this time i have played many reboots of old and recent saga of games, but wth tomb raider i felt something different, this tomb raider have the same that the original saga but with a more enchanced atmosphere. The emotions that shows this Lara Croft are completely different of the original, The original Lara Croft was confident, brave, without fear and a great conviction, but this Lara was more scared, more human, this was Lara before being Lara. The experience of seing the origin of Lara and why is like she is Amazing. A wonderful Game that you shouldn´t miss

91

The first Tomb Raider that I completed.

sergebelanger22 | April 22, 2014 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »

I have played a few Tomb Raider games so far, but I was never able to finish them so far. I got tired of each of them before getting far in the story. This time, I have completed it at 100%.

There are a lot of collectibles and most of them gives a little something on the story of the island, the characters, etc... The story is good and the environment is quite varied, even if most of the time you find yourself out in the forest climbing rocks.

The main downside of the game is that it takes you by the hand a lot. Even on Hard, the game is not that difficult. I highly recommend you to put it on Hard. You can always change the difficulty in the menu if you have some hard time somewhere. If you use your instinct, you see things in gold, including where you have to go.

Lara is young and without experience. However, when she falls down of a cliff or a fall, she cries like a little girl. You get tired of this fast enough.

You can plan a good 15 hours to complete the story, or 30-35 hours if you want to complete it 100%.

It's one of the best action game that I have played so far. I highly recommend it to anyone.

90

Great game

MrFreehuggs | April 21, 2014 | See all MrFreehuggs's reviews »

I don't play through a lot of single player games. I usually get bored about midway through. This is the first Tomb Raider game that I've played since Tomb Raider 2. I wasn't expecting much from this game, I thought it would just be a time waster. This ending up being one of very few that I've completed 100%, I did everything possible.

The storyline is great, acting was good and graphics are good. My only complaint about this game is the multiplayer. The multiplayer is a waste of space and just seemed forced. If you're looking for a multiplayer game, this isn't it. The single player campaign is well worth it on its own, though.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone.

85

Great Game, but Short

ripred43 | April 19, 2014 | See all ripred43's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a great game, I haven't played the classic games, so I can't tell you how it compares, but it holds up well on its own. The graphics are incredible, the gameplay is well done, but if you're not a collectible hunter (which I'm not), the game is really short. I mean really short. I finished the campaign in about 8 hours.

It should be noted that TressFX looks incredible, my game drops to 5 fps when I turn it on, so I didn't play with it, but it does look amazing. I plan to go back and replay the game, or at least explore the island and raid some tombs with TressFX on once I get a new video card.

95

Tomb Raider Review

Darkpeing | April 14, 2014 | See all Darkpeing's reviews »

The Great: -Atmosphere. -Visuals. This was the best game I played in 2013

The Good: -Excellent gameplay. -Good Story. -Great progression throughout the game, never a dull moment.

The Bad: -No map markers for challenges.

94

This is how I like Tomb Raider

drakemirow | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all drakemirow's reviews »

I have never been quite the fan of Tomb Raider as a series. Whenever I played one of these games I could never experience the adventure in it. Most negative things I could say about past games I can relate to positive things I have to say about this game. It is gritty, full of action and references to history, there is a lot to discover and is still not just running around for puzzles and clues with the occasional jump scare (which where always a put down for me with the old games). I can see that fans of the series will not be satisfied with this game nor do people that like to roam free. There is a little bit of leveling and an open world feeling but it's not that important, you can easily beat the game without it. I really like the searchable stuff as you can discover lost notes and relics/artifacts that even make sense. Although these GPS caches could have made a lot more sense if they'd a meaning to them. But these are just minor flaws as I had a lot of fun (15 hours for now) with it and did not even touch the multiplayer or discovered everything. So you get a bunch out of it. If you can't judge yourself by videos or images: the graphics are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l and atmospheric. The level design is at time less authentic but you have to disregard that for the purpose of action and suspense.

I really hope they will continue the series down this road.

89

This is how you should reboot a successful franchise!

sivaprasanna | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all sivaprasanna's reviews »

Crystal Dynamics has done one amazing job with their new game. Lara Croft, in all her glory, is back and with the objective to solve the biggest puzzle she has ever faced in her life. The environment and the setting is simply epic; kudos to the art director. The newly improved game physics and mechanics blend together and provide an exhilarating experience. One of the awesome addition to the game was the new 'bow and arrow' weapon. The story is freaking great and the weapon upgrade mechanism is pretty cool. The game's plot has been crafted really well thanks to Rhianna's writing. The supporting characters have done justice to their roles. Conclusion: Lara is back in town!

72

Cool idea, fun gameplay, weird story

Foolwolf | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all Foolwolf's reviews »

Well, the game is a decent one, fun to explore and solve puzzles. The problem is the hefty QTE that happens now and then and sometimes they make sense in how to time attacks, or dodging but other time you have to use attack button and action button in wrong order etc.

The story being the reboot of a young more vulnerable Lara is ok for the opening, then we should really call Dexter to cleanse the island - everyone is a mass-murderer - including Lara. The gun play is the weakest part of the game. The one with the bow, hunting and upgrading is cool, makes sense but after a short while you get enough perks to run around and play Rambo. The feeling of scraping by to survive gets lost and we more into an episode of survivors with guns...

Still, the exploring and some maps are wellmade and while the story and gameplay clashes, it is a nice over all game.

75

(SP Only) Fun but makes the typical modern sequel mistake...

comicnabster | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all comicnabster's reviews »

Before playing this game, I played another SE title, Hitman Absolution. It wasn't a terrible game, but it just didn't feel like the Hitman I knew and loved. I had the same feeling with this new TR game, not as much as with Absolution, but enough.

The shooting mechanics have been massively overhauled, which is a good and a bad thing. On one hand, headshots are possible, aiming feels natural and not cheap (unlike the lock-on in previous games), and upgrading weapons can be fun. On the other hand, it shifts the focus of the game towards shooting more often than I'd like. The shooting sections are entertaining, but aren't Tomb Raider to me.

Tomb Raider is about the platforming, and that's where I was disappointed with this game. Platforming isn't absent, but it's been seriously dumbed down. I still remember having to read GameFAQs at least twice when playing Underworld, and being impressed at how clever some of the puzzles were. In this new game, puzzles are non-existent outside of the side missions, and the platforming is even more linear and obvious than Assassin's Creed. Not good.

Nevertheless, the game has potential. The keyboard/mouse controls are vastly improved over previous games (no more plugging in my 360 pad, yay!) and the technical performance is well optimized - I'm getting all the eye candy minus TressFX at 1080p on max on my GTX560 without a single hiccup. If same the engine can be reused in a future game that actually stays true to the TR formula, I'm definitely buying that.

67

Interesting reboot

Speed4Runs | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all Speed4Runs's reviews »

Tomb Raider is the reboot of one of the best series in video gaming: Tomb Raider. The question is... "is it worth its title"? The answer is yes, partially. First off, if I should consider all elements in common with all other Tomb Raiders, I would rate this 2/10 as a TR game. BUT it's still a great game in which you spend a lot of time having fun. You shouldn't consider it a real TR, but play it as a survival/action-adventure game. The gameplay has been greatly improved, considered the one featured in Underworld, but it's also a lot easier. WAY too easy! The tombs are pretty funny to play, though. Graphics are impressive, really detailed, but also a bit bugged, probably caused by low detail distance. Performance is ok/good, but you will encounter some problems with old PCs.

Graphics + performance: 6.5

I really LOVE the fact that they chose not to use godrays for the sun. They used it instead for the sky, for the fog etc., which is a really impressive and brave choice. It looks way better and realistic imo. Textures are just amazing as

well as all other effects. Shadows are truly awesome. There's a problem with the landscapes after the beginning of the game, because they look... fake, not realistic. They look more PS2-like. There are also some (mostly shadows) problems which are probably caused by a limited details distance. The performance is pretty good generally, but if you enable TressFX, it can slow down significantly if there are visuals near to Lara's hair.

Plot: 6.75

Very interesting plot. There are some cool twists, at the right time, but they didn't "hit" me that much, since most of the characters aren't developed and you hardly see them during the game. But while they're neglected, I really enjoyed Lara's transformation, her development during the game, which is really well done. The base plot will always make you want to hear more, and it has a lot of questions.

Longevity: 6.5

Big enough world, above average base-champaign, and good replayability. Finding all secrets will take you up some time, if you won't use any guide, although the instinct really helps you too much.

Gameplay: 6.63

Too easy gameplay, (also thanks to the instinct...) yet very funny and cool. I liked a lot all new survival aspects of the game, which were well combined with the adventure/action part of the game. I hardly ever felt bored while playing this.

Sound: 7.5

The best thing is that you can hear Lara breathing. This makes the game so realistic. All Lara's monologues are really cool too, as well as the dubbing. Soundtracks are good, but they're not a too high level. The sounds in general are mind blowing.

Final score: 67/100

Unbelievably well done, amazing game. Recommended to everyone!

72

Good (flawed) fun

cannibalwombat | Jan. 29, 2014 | See all cannibalwombat's reviews »

First Tomb Raider game I've played since the PSX days. Gotta say, I enjoyed it a hell of a lot. Gorgeous game, generally plays well and the sound design is particularly good in my opinion.

The story is pretty predictable at times, which is a shame, but it's generally exciting. The set-up is really interesting and I think Lara's vulnerability early-on leads you to believe that you're in for a challenge. Struggling through the terrain to that first base camp got me thinking that just surviving would be tough. However, the game is mostly very easy (at least on Normal difficulty). As soon as you get a couple of weapons and upgrade them a bit (which is possible early on), you can breeze through the rest of the game.

The 'puzzles' don't really amount to much, with several core mechanics being re-used over and over. Even the secret tombs, though great to look at, offer little resistance and even less reward (the same chest in every one, from which you get experience, not even any cool treasure!) which is a shame since the game is called Tomb Raider! The relics, GPS caches etc. are throwaway and offer little added flesh, only serving to remind us how much better they're implemented in Uncharted games! The ones that are dotted around seem incongruous, leading the player to ask (as they so often do in games these days) "why has this just been left here?". The documents, however, do add to the narrative and are interesting to read/listen to.

The enemies and NPCs are, unfortunately, really uninteresting. The former are just faceless bullet sponges and the latter are poorly developed and wholly unendearing. The terrible Scottish and northern-English accents were especially frustrating; why can't studios hire native voice actors? Even the main antagonist (Matthias) is barely a fleeting threat. You see him so rarely and never fight him. The said, the character that really matters - Lara - is believable and expertly portrayed.

I could go on forever. This game has its flaws and there are a lot of things that are disappointing about it, but I can't deny that it was really addictive. Most of all, it is one of the best looking games I've ever played. Certainly gives the scenery of Uncharted 2/3 and The Last Of Us a run for their money! Each terrain is distinct and (usually) a pleasure to navigate and the guns/shooting mechanics are brilliant. It is, generally, a lot of fun to play.

p.s. don't bother with the multiplayer. It sucks. Not as much as Bioshock 2, but it still sucks.

91

Lost, starring Lara Croft.

sonicchaos | Jan. 28, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »

What is it about? Well, there are some tombs and there is a bit of raiding, kinda. So yeah, we can still call it Tomb Raider, although if this was a completely new IP we might not even know that it's related to the popular franchise. Which is a good thing. That only means that it's a game with a strong backbone on its own. On the other hand, they could of named the game after the main character, Lara Croft, and no one would question that decision. Lara has a memorable name and she's an iconic emblem of gaming everywhere. But Tomb Raider is kinda stretching it. It's more like Island Survivor without raptors. You know, much like the Max Payne games would have been called Noir-ish Shooter or Party Pooper. Ok, those are bad examples. Anyway, it's a game set in the Tomb Raider series and tells the origins of Lara Croft, a young archeologist (I think) who has a hard time figuring out if she's "that kind" of Croft. She is and we're the ones to prove it to her. Also, there are samurai people.

How does it look? Gorgeous. Purely astounding. I don't know if I've ever seen so much attention to detail in a game. The island is superb, the new Lara looks beautiful, and mostly everything looks amazing, there's no denying that. I just add anything that hasn't been said before about the graphics. One thing though, if you use clothing DLCs, some things that are supposed to happen to her appearance doesn't happen, for example a scene where she's supposed to be covered in blood. The supporting cast is a bit on the weaker side, if hardly supporting at all. Seriously, they hardly do anything. Even the enemies are completely forgettable. I think the main villain is a stranded guy who got mad and now wears a hood. In the end we're kinda showed how he's right about stuff, but I don't know.

How does it sound? Camilla Luddington does an amazing job as young Lara Croft and I think her beauty has also inspired the designers for her look in the game. She also provides motion capture and it shows, because the acting is really visible, proof that we don't have to worry for robotic character in the future of gaming. Music is also great and one of the best when the game came out, thanks to Jason Graves who was also responsible for Dead Space's eerie tunes and soundtrack.

How does it play? It's a third-person action adventure with cover-based shooting here and there. You can't play throughout the game without killing people or standing around questioning what you've just done, except if you count the camp fire moments and her journal entries that many missed to notice. She's faced with danger, people are coming to kill her and she has a gun. What would you do? How is she so familiar with guns? Apparently, "she's a Croft", whatever that means, but she clearly has training, especially with a bow. No seriously, people are whining about "well, if this is her origin story, why isn't she falling to her knees and starts crying every time she kills someone?" If that's the main problem of this game (and if you can't think outside of what's in front of you), then this game deserves the perfect score. Unfortunately, I wish there was more to the story. I enjoyed the climbing, the tomb puzzles and platforming sequences, even the shooting, but the plot felt a bit underwhelming given the situation. And the tacked on multiplayer just for the sake of having multiplayer isn't helping at all. But it is a beautiful title, a must for every action adventure fan and a classic on its own rights. I gladly recommend Tomb Raider and can barely wait for a sequel.

85

Spetacular and disappointing

DaranV | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all DaranV's reviews »

This game is one of the enjoyable experiences I had in a while. The graphics are amazing and some of the scenes are simply breath-taking. The controls will make sense to most FPS and TPS players and the story is decent enough to take you to the end. But I have many complaints of the game. First, the game strays away from the puzzles and ingenuity of past Tomb Raider films to create a more mainstream clichéd cinematic game aka Uncharted or Assassins Creed. Puzzles are relegated to optional side missions while the main part of the game favours brawls over brain. I am not necessarily saying this is an entirely bad thing, rather it would have been a much better game if it had kept in touch with its roots while modernising the series. Secondly, the story is awfully weak. I say it's enough to keep you playing but it's certainly not a story you will became engrossed in. The NPCs do not have any character development and you are unlikely to develop any interest in them; they simply serve to progress the story forward. As for Lara, reflecting other reviewers, she too rapidly transforms from innocent victim to a mass murderer for any comprehension. I understand from the perspective of the game why this happens, nevertheless a bit more realistic character development would have made players more emotionally invested in the game. Altogether, the game is a decent addition to the canon and one Tomb Raider fans should experience. Just don’t play it expecting it to be like previous Tomb Raider games.

85

Impressive Reboot, but is it Lara? (Single Player Review Only)

Direfuldodger85 | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all Direfuldodger85's reviews »

Full review - silly Enter Key

I am an old school Tomb Raider player and fan, and was a little sceptical about this game, especially when the Square Enix suits it as 'redefining Lara'. There was nothing wrong with the old games and I still go back them now - I enjoyed them all (even with some of their quirks and strange design decisions). There has also been a reboot with Legend, so to do another reboot was a risky move especially with the Tomb Raider faithful.

It has paid off, but not by replacing old (or even older Lara), but making a brand new game, which should have been a franchise in it's own right with a different name - it would of held! The game is a pleasure to play and you become emotionally attached to the main protagonist and find yourself forgetting that you are playing a game. Even though Lara is a little annoying at first (constantly groaning about the situation and always seemingly able to get hurt by most things in her surroundings), this goes quickly as you endure the story with her and start to see her grow stronger. The story is captivating stuff, even though the ending feels a little oddly out of place.

Graphics (90): The graphics are fabulous, and really immerse you into the surroundings, and doesn't detract you from the story unlike previous outings and the anatomy that can be calculated by Pythagoras. Some of the settings are beautiful and others don't work so well (shanty town) but are not hideous.

Sound (85): Apart from the grunting, groaning and general all around whininess, the voice acting is excellent quality and very believable.

Gameplay (83): For the most part very solid, with the usual levelling up. There are some very odd moments with the specifically placed wooden pillars for Lara to zip or climb to different vantage points. Combat is goo, but nothing special. On the plus though - nothing quite as satisfying as using your arrow to take down the wildlife inhabiting the island. The tomb sections felt a little tacked on and add no real great value to the game, unless there is a little pandering to the old guard.

The length of the game is a little short, but that might be an indication of my enjoyment of the game. Not too sure about the grind of collecting artefacts to extend the lifetime of the game. I did enjoy the game enough to complete twice though.

I haven't played multiplayer and probably unlikely to do so, as I feel it may detract from the experience of the main game, but as I have not played it, I cannot say whether it is good or bad.

Overall, the game is well worth purchasing and playing (with an open mind if you are old Tomb Raider faithful), as it stands shoulder to shoulder with most AAA games released at the same time.

85

Impressive Reboot, but is it Lara? (Single Player Review Only)

Direfuldodger85 | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all Direfuldodger85's reviews »

I am an old school Tomb Raider player and fan, and was a little sceptical about this game, especially when the Square Enix suits it as 'redefining Lara'. There was nothing wrong with the old games and I still go back them now - I enjoyed them all (even with some of their quirks and strange design decisions). There has also been a reboot with Legend, so to do another reboot was a risky move especially with the Tomb Raider faithful.

90

Outstanding!

NiMa168 | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all NiMa168's reviews »

Just bought this recently and I was simply blown away with how fun this game is. Controls are simple and the graphics are spectacular! I'm new to the Tomb Raider franchise and this game has made me into a fan. I haven't been so interested in playing through a game with a great story, such as this one, in a long time. Definitely worth the purchase!

87

Great Reboot

chataolauj | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

This game is a reboot just in case you guys didn't know and it's coming with a sequel; it's supposed to at least. Anyway, this game is quite and awesome game, but terribly easy. There are a lot of QTE (i.e pressing buttons to make Lara do something) through out the games and they sometimes pop out of nowhere. The deaths are very brutal, but I think they're kind of cool anyway compared to other games. At this time, this game is roughly worth $19.99 or below, so don't get it for anything higher. Not much replay value unless you REALLY, REALLY and I mean REALLY love the game. All in all, worth the try if you're just looking for an action game that doesn't last too long and drags out the story.

85

A great revival of the series

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

This is the first Tomb Raider game I've properly played (I've had a quick go on the first and Legend I believe) and I have to say it's a very good game.

As far as I'm aware it takes a different angle on Lara Croft, her beginnings, focusing on where it all began, and so you start the game not as the Tomb Raider you may expect, and you see the character change throughout the game to become the character many know and love.

It's a very good looking game, especially on PC, capable of taxing most systems when you crank up the details, I was able to run it mostly maxed at 1440p using a GTX670 and 760k with some dips here and there but overall very playable and it still looked fantastic, with green forests, windy mountain passes, caverns and temples all shown in glorious detail. I better mention the hair, since it caused a bit of heat when it first came out, even on normal the hair is just as good as I've seen in other games, and when you try TressFX you can definitely notice the difference, although it does lead to some odd bugs with strands flying about all over the place, but it can look amazing, sadly my gpu wasn't up to the task so I settled for normal. The voice acting is top notch with a range of accents rather than it being full of the generic American army man type voice which was nice to hear.

The controls are pretty good, I played it using a keyboard and mouse without many issues, although I can imagine if you're half decent at aiming using a controller then it would also be a very good experience especially during some of the more platformer-esque sections.

At times it's almost like an interactive film, with control being taken away from the player a lot, some may not like this but I didn't have an issue with it and thought it worked well, keeping the player engrossed even if they had no control over what was happening on the screen. There are many quick time events throughout the game, some of which caused me issues due to either not noticing I needed to press a key (if it was just after a video sequence for instance) or either mashing the wrong button accidentally (both E and F are used at times and I'd often get the wrong one), I guess that's not really a fault with the game but it certainly annoyed me at times!

The character change I mentioned before, from a frightened woman to a hardened fighter is a little quick for my liking, along with a couple of odd story moments only slightly damage an otherwise strong story. One of the most annoying aspects of the game for me, is consistency, it's a game that certainly seems to try and be realistic yet it fails in some very obvious ways, including Lara's bow appearing and disappearing before/after videos, then also when changing weapon the other weapons just disappear, merely a graphical issue as it doesn't affect gameplay at all but I found it very off-putting.

Overall I think it's a great game, not sure if you're a die hard Lara fan if you'll like it due to it being a bit different but if you want a game of the Unchartered/Assassin's Creed style of action RPG with elements of platforming then I highly recommend it :)

91

Fantastic Game

sungunnara | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all sungunnara's reviews »

Bought this right after it came out. Let's get the bad side out of the way. The negative of this is that the game is reasonably short (or at least that is how I found it) however, it might be because I fell into the game so much that I had not realised it. The good thing is that the game has a good story line. The crafting side is really good as well as finding secrets and leveling up skills. The main character is really pretty :D and the graphics and detail is very wonderful. Recommend this game any time

91

Very impressive

MrHalligan | Jan. 17, 2014 | See all MrHalligan's reviews »

As someone who never really had the chance to play the original Tomb Raiders in full, I was extremely impressed with it. Never thought I could enjoy the multiplayer the way that it looked in videos, but was pleasantly surprised, when after a friend suggested it, I bought it and played only to find myself addicted.

Suggest this game to any fan of the series, and just any fans of traditional TPS games.

80

Great for a newcomer to the franchise.

TETfromLondon | Jan. 17, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »

Having never played a Tomb Raider game before, I didn't know what to expect. However, I wasn't disappointed by this game. Firstly, I'll mention that this game is extremely well optimised on PC, at least for AMD GPUs. I turned on ultra graphics settings and still got above 40 frames per second on a fairly low end gaming PC. This seems to be the trend for Square Enix published games of late. However, in the graphics settings, unless your PC is insanely powerful, don't turn on the TressFX hair settings. This makes Lara Croft's hair look insanely realistic, and tanks the framerate more than any other setting (and in case you're interested, no this setting is not on consoles).

Graphically, the game is excellent, especially on PC. The facial animations and character models are great. The environments are very nice too. The fire effects are a bit weird though.

The game world itself is open, but it doesn't feel this way. The game does suffer a bit from focusing on the set pieces a lot rather than the actual gameplay, Uncharted style. However, these are integrated flawlessly into the game, and the transfer between gameplay and cutscenes is very smooth. The combat is pretty good. The bow is nice to use, as are the other weapons, although they are limited. The game also has a nice stealth mechanic.

The story is quite strong, but the transition between panicked and inexperienced Lara and murderous psycho Lara is a little too fast. Still, overall the game is great and worth a buy, especially on sale.

85

A good start for things to come

smajor92 | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all smajor92's reviews »

I really loved this game from the start, it was fun with a good story, beautiful scenery and great voice acting. I think my only real qualm with the game is the lack of survival in this, and how easy she feels with killing after the first during combat, the distress that she goes through is only shown in the cut-scenes and i think if it was shown more in the combat and survival as well it could have been even better, but for the price its at i would definitely recommend it!

80

Gorgeous and fun, yet slightly uncomforting.

Discostink | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all Discostink's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a revamp of a long-running franchise from back in the age of the Playstation 1, which aims to repaint Lara Croft and her adventures in a more realistic, gritty tone. The game's main gameplay focuses are on the combat, which plays out as a competent, fun third-person shooter with interjections of stealth, and the exploration, which gives way to a very large amount of collectibles, hidden areas and interesting challenges. The game controls quite well, even on a mouse and keyboard, and while there are a decent amount of QTE events in the game, it's not nearly as egregious as some seem to believe.

Tomb Raider is quite gorgeous as well. The setting being a lush, forested island shows off the game's graphics very well, especially when you experience one of the occasional downpours, as the water looks quite stunning as well. Tomb Raider is also the first game I've seen that includes TressFX, which when enabled, allows for very fine details such as Lara's hair to turn from a low-polygon model to a realistic bundle of hair, with every single strand modeled on its own. Of course, this requires a slightly beefy PC, but if the hardware requirements are met, it's a quite lovely sight.

The game does have a few drawbacks, and what I personally saw to be the most off-putting was the developers' intent to make the game seem as gritty as apparently possible. Lara undergoes a -lot- of punishment, and it doesn't take many hours of playing before it all starts to seem a bit unnerving in a bad way. It almost gets a bit gross at times, and while the game strives to be very realistic at times, the realism is completely, conveniently forgotten at other times, which helps to break the immersion quite a bit.

90

everything about it is amazing

madxskillzxgame | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all madxskillzxgame's reviews »

to start graphics are amazing looks great and tressfx is crazy every strand of hair is moving depending on how your moving and the direction the wind is blowing.next the gameplay the movement and animations are extremely good and look realistic the crafting system keeps you salvaging so you can upgrade your gun to face the faster or bigger enemies.now last the story this is an origin story so it has nothing to do with past tomb raiders and it was a great reboot you can feel lara croft's pain with realistic and believable screams and wounds.

98

BEST TOMB RAIDER

Percyro | Jan. 7, 2014 | See all Percyro's reviews »

This is by far my favorite Tomb Raider game. First off, the graphics are great. The water and environment look superb, as well as Lara. And throughout the story I found myself getting more and more attached to her. She is just so life like. And the game play is fantastic. There is a good mixture or run and gun, quick time events, slow motion, stealth, and explosions. The game is very immersive and the story is very enjoyable. This is a phenomenal prequel to the series and I would highly recommend it to any Tomb Raider fan or anyone looking for a great game.

95

Impressive Reboot

xiJester | Jan. 6, 2014 | See all xiJester's reviews »

If you're expecting a typical Tomb Raider game where there's really no story plot, jump from platform to platform, and vast exploration. Think again. This reboot introduces game mechanics like stealth, QTE(Quick Time Events), and a skill system. Not to forget, the story of Lara Croft and her beginnings of survival.

I was really impressed with this game. If you're looking for something fresh to play, definitely pick this up!

30

Grudgingly finished, regret my purchase

tommy255 | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all tommy255's reviews »

This game has far more negatives than positives in my eyes. It is ruined by the INSANE amount of QTE, cinematics and control being taken away from the player literally every 5 minutes for no good reason. The developers failed entirely in their attempt to pace the game, the result being you're either mowing down dozens of guys (yet you still freak out at seeing a single dead body), pressing W to proceed through the literally hundreds of cinematics (pretty sure my middle finger has doubled in strength), or breathing deeply to let out your frustration that the QTEs regularly don't even work on PC. Not only are they awful but you'll die frequently just because you don't know the button to press or fail because the stylized system they use to show timings is so unclear! In addition, the tombs are AWFUL, I don't think a single one of them took me longer than 10 minutes. One of them (hall of absolution iirc) involved you just throwing some items on a platform to bring it down, then just getting on it and throwing them off. That was the whole tomb, took less than 2 minutes. The rewards for completing tombs are also awful, normally just being a skill point or weapon upgrade point - I say point because the weapon upgrade system is the most nonsensical arcadey piece of trash I've seen for a while, it tries to immerse you by offering "realistic" upgrades, but it really isn't very immersive at all when I can turn my 1940s WW2 era Sten into an AK47 with just two "weapon parts", the "parts" to which I've found in tombs thousands of years old!

The game does have some redeeming features, such as some of the cinematics are very impressive and the game is graphically beautiful, but it tries to be too much like a film and falls short. A film is sculpted around the fact the viewer isn't directly involved in the action, which is why such high quality acting, writing and direction are necessary to create an immersive film. Tomb Raider has none of these features, and so falls short as a game, my hunch is that the developers secretly outsourced the writing to Michael Bay.

Overall, if you've just got off the high of the wonderful world and visceral combat that a game like Far Cry 3 offers, then this game is going to seem like a bunch of steps backwards. I was looking forward to the end from before even half way through. Research this game before you buy so you know what you're getting into. The game tempts you with survival aspects, but in reality it is probably the most linear game I've ever played, being required to get food because your character is hungry AS PART OF THE MAIN STORY is just madness, that should be either an optional side quest or implement a survival aspect in the game! Normally if I don't like a game I shrug it off and move on, but Tomb Raider is such a wasted opportunity, the developers have filled the (relatively short) game up with hundreds of cutscenes out of sheer laziness. It is clear they have made no effort to implement a proper combat or movement system which would be capable of handling their vision for the game, and so they just filled it with cutscenes and some very basic mechanics. It's like the developers even knew this and created the stupid and unnecessary system of collectibles, which have no impact on the game other than some context, because the games mechanics are so flawed and repetitive. For example, you can't use the pickaxe you've had since the start of the game in melee until you've "learned" that skill, since when does one need to "learn" how to swing an axe in someone face? Why can Lara use a bow like she's the love child of Legolas and an Amazonian archer and not swing a massive freakin pickaxe in someones face? How does tapping a zippo lighter on the front of your bow create flaming fire arrows that set everything alight? I genuinely think the devs of this game were smoking crack whilst making it. I could go on forever about the games goofs, all games have them to some extent but at this level they really made me feel like the devs were taking me for a fool. Taking into account what other games you could buy with £20 I would recommend absolutely against buying Tomb Raider, it simply isn't worth the money, maybe at a 1/4 the price I would consider it, but I feel very let down by the game and regret spending my money on it.

90

Beautiful Surprise

ROKET | Dec. 26, 2013 | See all ROKET's reviews »

Ive been pushing hard through my backlog lately and just finished Tomb Raider. Im rarely surprised by games and rarely have a game get better as I progressed through but Tomb Raider really proved me wrong. Overall it was a spectacular ride and really fun to play.

Story:

Most games are over the top, unnecessary, and stupid in the story department but Tomb Raider is not. I started off wondering where the story would go but then found myself pushing through to find out what happened next. The story isnt completely original and doesnt break any barriers but really empowers Lara as you progress. You grow from a scared inexperienced woman to a ruthless and brave one that you cheer for by the end.

Gameplay:

The story is made even better by the wonderful and fluid gameplay. You control Lara from the third person perspective and the combat is really satisfying. You fight using 4 different weapons and upgrade them using salvage material you find around the maps. At first I thought the upgrades and new gadgets would be limited and stop early but instead found that you gain new and even more powerful weapons as you progress. The crafting system is extremely helpful and only deepen your feeling of being a badass.

Presentation:

This game is soooo pretty. I ran the game at maximum and it was extremely fluid. The game comes with plenty of options for configuration and is very well optimized. Will tessellation and SweetFX turned all the way up the game is stunning! All the character models were great and the environments were breathtaking. There were several segments that were very cool and the interaction between you and the environment is felt. They didnt shy away from giving you nice large scale set pieces to ogle and reel over. I loved it.

Overall: 90/100

100

Best surprise of the year

34243 | Dec. 25, 2013 | See all 34243's reviews »

Most definitely one of the best games of the year, the reboot does almost everything correct. It's cinematic, the story is good, it looks amazing, and the pc port is fantastic. The game does suffer from having a distinct lack of tombs to raid, and lara goes from frightened survivor to mass murderer rather quickly, but it's a good first game of a series.

All in all highly recommended.

90

Best Tomb Raider I've played. Lara Croft is awesome.

Coolicy | Dec. 22, 2013 | See all Coolicy's reviews »

The old Tomb Raider is not known for its story, but focuses more on exploration and gameplay. This is where this reboot shines, the story is intriguing and really explores the beginning of the famous Lara Croft. She's not the battle hardened explorer that you've probably played in past TR games, but this vulnerable pretty girl that's caught in a bad situation.

Due to this conception of Lara's character, every threat feels real and imminent. Without spoiling anything, I felt scared when things go south during cut scenes/story plot points, and my heart paced during gun fights that aren't in my favor.

This is truly a brilliant reboot, and worth every penny I paid for it. The action felt nicely paced, the gunplay feels visceral, and the story was tightly knitted. It's not the Tomb Raider you remember, but it's better in every way.

90

A great reboot

icole8 | Dec. 21, 2013 | See all icole8's reviews »

This was my first Tomb Raider game. I came, I saw - and I was stunned.

It's a great game, but one that focuses more on the narrative than the gameplay, although the latter is rather good too, especially when it came to tomb raiding - I rather enjoyed it.

It's the story though, that defines the game as a whole - it tells of Lara Croft's beginnings, and how she transforms herself into a hardened survivor. In a sense, you could say that rather than the narrative being made to fit the game, it was the other way around; this was a game made to tell Croft's story, not a story made to sell a game.

My only criticism of this game would be the constant hot-key sequences, and perhaps the lack of an actual boss - but otherwise, it's well worth playing.

80

A nice refresh

Billus_08 | Dec. 17, 2013 | See all Billus_08's reviews »

This is exactly what Tomb Raider needed urgently as the series was getting stale and recent games have been quite disappointing, if not just plain boring. Welcome to Tomb Raider 2013. Graphics wise, this game is quite breathtaking with all those DX11 bells and whistles. A new technology called TressFX also makes an appearance but is somewhat a letdown with its unrealistic and unnatural physics and nice performance hit.

Tomb Raider is an enjoyable affair with a story somewhat comparable to Far Cry 3's, but with characters that you may actually like. The story is quite immersive and draws you in as you witness Lara's struggle on the island as well as the indulging background story on the characters and the island. However, players who don't enjoy quick time events and long uninvolved cinematics may struggle to enjoy this game as Tomb Raider heavily utilises them. Gameplay wise, the game incorporates stealth mechanics as well as imaginative ways on taking on the bad guys and the level itself, although, this was destroyed by the game by encouraging players to look for hidden items which I found to be quite distracting and takes away from the mood and seriousness of the game. At times I found myself wondering across an area after defeating enemies just looking for these items. The game could have easily done without these pesky annoyances and truth be told, the game would have been a lot better. At the very least, these should have been omitted from the campaign and placed when replaying.

At this time of writing, the game was not configured for those with SLI or Crossfire systems. It provides avid amounts of options/settings as well as PC based resolutions which will be a sigh of relief for PC gamers. For those preferring a mouse and keyboard may want to give this choice of weaponry a second look as this game is not at all made for this demographic. I played this using a PS3 controller which is far more suited for this game but a Xbox or similar will easily suffice.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone even if you have never played a Tomb Raider game before. The story is enjoyable and the gameplay fun. And for this price, the game is well worth it.

90

Great Reboot!

MauroR | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all MauroR's reviews »

Normally when a software house decide to make a reboot of a famous franchise the risk of failing it's very high, but in this case Tomb Raider has exceeded my expectations. I've liked the very human aspect they gave to our beloved Lara Croft, the game it's very adult oriented and this shows that developers start going in another direction (I know there are a lot of violent and adult oriented game, but they're very few with this style) making games much more than a simple fun experience, just take a look at Bioshock Infiniten, maybe who knows, in the coming years people will start to give videogames more consideration instead of thinking of videogames like a children enternainment only, let's see.

I've enjoyed also the various added features of Tomb Raider, especially the RPG elements where you earn experience and the ability to improve your main protagonist upgrading her weapons and much more.

I won't spoil you anything because you have to try it for yourself and discover yourself, believe me, it's worth it, you won't regret it.

I strongly recommend this game to anyone, don't miss it.

95

Classy Reboot

siliconkibou | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all siliconkibou's reviews »

A good looking game worthy of the modern era, with good controls and some light RPG elements (upgrades of stats and such). Young Lara is incredibly realistic both in emotional portrayal and physical proportions and makes for compelling entertainment.

Pacing sometimes falters a little, with some sections feeling a little "same-y" or feeling like one is idling on their own for two long, but overall this is brilliant work, handled maturely and most importantly - fun.

86

One of the best action adventure games of 2013

Takeshi_K | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Takeshi_K's reviews »

Tomb Raider is back in style. It's gritty, realistic and incredibly exciting. Not being a fan of the old games, this one caters so much to my taste. Uncharted comes to mind when I think of the imfluences. The story isn't the strongest about this time. It's the puzzles (although there could be more), the action and the ability to fully explore.

Two complaints though; a linear path sort of. It wasn't an open world which I would have enjoyed more. Also, the crafting system was incredibly simplified. Even more than FC3's was.

But all in all, an amazing game with a few things that could be fixed for a sequel which I hope comes.

88

Excellent reboot to excellent series

Kordas | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all Kordas's reviews »

Reboots of the known brands are often just a cash-grabs. I was afraid of what this game will be because I've been fan of Tomb Raider series for a long time. Fortunately, Square Enix lived up to fans expectations and delivered a game so good that I'm sure new Lara has more adventures for us in the future.

New Lara is not as sexualized as the one from previous intallments in this series, we are seeing her as young, and still not so experienced archeologist. Plot overall is OK with some really strong moments, but it's not something that is the best in the game. The gameplay is! Fighting, sneaking, solving little riddles (especially raiding the tombs! It's awesome!) is fun and while the game doesn't do anything really innovative in gaming industry, still every game aspect is at least decent.

If you're fan of previous Lara Croft's adventures you should definitely try this one! If you've never tried Tomb Raider, you won't have better occasion to start than playing this reboot!

96

The Most Relentlessly Exciting Game of 2013

Bokoblin23 | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Bokoblin23's reviews »

Not for children, but for mature adults, this very well executed action thriller is absolutely worth playing for the pitch perfect gameplay.

While other games in 2013 may surpass Tomb Raider in certain areas, there is no game more exhilaratingly fun and exciting released so far this year.

The kinaesthetic experience of playing this markedly more mature, dark and grounded Tomb Rader is so good that even the simple act of jumping feels right.

The premise is simple, a young Lara Croft is shipwrecked on an island and sets out to survive, find her friends and uncover the secrets of the mysterious island inhabitants along the way.

Lara is a fully realized character, smart, intelligent, strong and part of a greater social dynamic, the story is certainly engaging, but don't expect to be confronted by huge moral conflicts or political themes seen in other recent releases.

It would have been nice to see such a violent game confront itself more frequently than the few acknowledgements we see amongst this theatre of blood and gore, but ultimately the story can be boiled down to a captivating thriller, rather than anything more deep - a missed opportunity, maybe.

However, if you are willing to forgive the indulgence in blood soaked content ultimately, the action adventure game play that sets a new standard for the genre.

The new cover system is revolutionary, the animations are smooth and responsive without feeling weightless, the gunplay is frantic and the set pieces are perfectly paced amongst light puzzles, traversal and atmosphere that drips off the screen: all of this is satisfying enough to keep the controller glued to your hands.

There is no PC game this exciting, period. The PC version is also very solid with added effects and details, it is recommended you use a 360 controller to play though, as with most 3D action platformers.

Pros: Literally everything except the cons

Cons: Such a violent game should have addressed Lara's morality in killing hundreds of human beings more seriously.

90

A new Lara for a new generation

DavidFCG | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all DavidFCG's reviews »

When I first heard about this reboot I was afraid it'd try to be a bit too much like Uncharted. But while it does borrow those kinds of breathtaking cinematic moments, it also implements an open-world a la Zelda with lots of secrets to discover which can only be accessed with the right item. Graphics are top notch in PC and it's easy to say the cross the line that divide ''current-gen'' and ''next-gen''. Impeccable voice acting and a great soundtrack on top of fine-tuned gameplay make this game one of the best surprises this year? If anything bad can be said, it's that the multiplayer fails to be as awesome.

90

Lara Croft is back with a masterpiece

MisterRay97 | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all MisterRay97's reviews »

The latest instalment of Tomb Raider is an amazing single-player game that, I believe, all single-player fanatics should play. I'd admit that I didn't play all the previous Tomb Raider games, but I've played a few, like Legend, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This Tomb Raider is not about the usual 'tomb raiding' like the other games, but it's more about survival. It is a different reboot, but still, I enjoyed the storyline, the game is well written and the storyline elements are fantastic. The gameplay is solidly amazing; it reminds me of playing games like Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed, both series are my favourite. The environment is well made and the game looks like it has been put beautiful amount of work to be made. The trees, the rocks, the climbing parts and location, everything was wonderfully made. The shooting is good, but still, not so challenging as you'd expect in a shooter. There are 'tomb raiding' side-missions where you'll have to solve Limbo-esque puzzles. They do not form any integral part of the story and they aren't interesting too. The graphics of the game are amazing. The game also looks well-optimized; it ran well on low-medium on my a bit weak PC and the graphics looked sweet. The characters are well made, so much that you'll immerse into the beautiful story. The physics are decent: the explosives, the arrows, the fire arrows; you can upgrade your weapons by finding collectibles called 'salvage'. I love the system. Adding to that, the game has good replay value. You'll find yourself wanting to get all the collectibles and complete the tomb raiding puzzles (even if they're not so interesting). Also, the multiplayer part isn't interesting, but isn't bad either. It's better than nothing, though.

Overall, this game is an amazing reboot of an amazing game series. I loved the game for it's storyline and the amazing environment. A great game to play. Worth buying.

86

Great Next-gen reboot.

chiboonia | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all chiboonia's reviews »

Although this game took many of it's ideas from other next gen games..aka uncharted, it does it very well. The game never gets dull but gives you enough breathing space between set pieces to take it all in. I must say that I did like the first half of the game better then the second (the whole survival element) But never the less, the controls are tight, the graphics great, (especially on pc) Sound is amazing, and a good balance in difficulty. Great.

95

A Clone of a Tomb Raider Clone... and that's Perfectly Fine!

NimbusStev | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all NimbusStev's reviews »

Tomb Raider is one of gaming's most revered franchises, so it's no surprise that in 2007 Naughty Dog took that formula and turned it into a blockbuster series of its own. While Uncharted was pushing new boundaries, Tomb Raider had kind of fallen from grace with a couple of very mediocre entries. Thankfully with TR2013, Crystal Dynamics took some hints from its biggest successor and got Lara right back on track.

The setting and plotline are perfect for a game about exploring unknown tombs. You've got an interesting shipwreck story, a decently likable cast of characters, a psychotic villain and his followers, and a boatload of pretty graphics. Speaking of which, this game is gorgeous on PC. As a 3D artist myself, I love being able to see the early stages of artwork, and Tomb Raider gives you tons of beautiful concept art and 3D models to unlock. And if you have a DirectX11 capable video card, you can also enjoy the amazing hair technology they've implemented into Lara's locks.

Lara herself is a very interestingly written character. As this is an origin story, gone is the bold, cocky woman we all know. Instead we have an ordinary but believable young girl thrown into an extraordinary situation. She starts off as an innocent and ambitious adventurer, and through a need for survival evolves into a strong young woman. Some haters may argue that the game instantly transforms her into a cold-blooded murder the second she sets foot on the island, but that all really depends on your play style. Nobody wants to play as a scared little girl for an entire game, so some suspension of disbelief is required here. The transformation still fairly natural within the confines of an entertaining action game.

Speaking of action, the gameplay in Tomb Raider is fantastic. It has all of the stealth, gun play, platforming, puzzle solving, and melee combat that you'd expect out of a big budget title such as this. While it doesn't really do anything groundbreaking in this regard, it is a nearly flawless game that I can't really find anything to complain about. Not only are there tons of things to collect if you choose to wander off the beaten path, the highly cinematic story telling will encourage you to progress through the main plot as well.

Overall Tomb Raider is a breath of fresh life for a series that was treading into dangerous ground. With jaw dropping environments and genuinely fun game play, Lara has regained her throne as "Gaming's First Lady." This was without a doubt my favorite game of 2013 and I'm already waiting on the edge of my seat to see what comes next. Some may claim they made it a little bit too much like Uncharted, but if that's the price we pay for an excellent Tomb Raider experience, then it's completely fine with me! Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

92

The beginning of a true survivor

commanderhavoc | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »

Have you ever wondered how Lara Croft came to be the tough survivor that she is in the older Tomb Raider games? Then your answers are given here in this absolutely FANTASTIC reboot for the series. Lara along with a few friends and colleagues are stranded on a mythical island located in the Dragon's Triangle, which is considered to be Asia's very own Bermuda Triangle, where they must fight against other ruthless survivors as well as some rather unexplainable foes that lurk in the dark asian jungles along with secrets that give a glimpse into the island's dark past. If you've played games like Uncharted, then you won't have much trouble getting used to the controls, however don't expect Lara to be as agile as she is in the older titles due to her youth and inexperience. One important mechanic in the game is fire itself, it is used to solve several puzzles and can also be used as a weapon with the bow that Lara eventually makes, the bow can also be used to silently take down foes as well as any wild animals that live on the island. Scavanging is also very important here as you have to gather parts from boxes and chests as well as any animal you manage to kill and these parts are then used to upgrade Lara's weapons, like a makeshift silencer for the pistol as one example. Lara will also earn experience points as she takes out foes, hunts, finds hidden treasure troves and solves whatever devious puzzle she encounter, as she levels up, she can pick a skill in one of several catagories that will allow her to have an easier time surviving on this mysterious island. There is also a multiplayer mode, but it feels rather shoehorned in and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the game, but it might still be worth a peek if you're interested.

90

One of the best adventure games I played in the last years

sternihans | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all sternihans's reviews »

Usually I don't like third-person-games. I started playing some of them, but I did not like any of them. But this game is not like the others. I really enjoyed playing this game for many hours. Actually I am doing this for the second time.The story is great, so is the gameplay and the music. I recommend this game to everyone that likes adventure games.

85

A Good Game & Reboot

Incendia_Intus | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all Incendia_Intus's reviews »

I was a little iffy on this purchase (having bad reboot experiences before,) but instead of a letdown, I received an amazing game.

The graphics are stunning and top notch, from the environment, to the creatures, to the characters. I actually cringed at some of the injuries I witnessed. The animations are equally flawless.

The game-play was very fluid with keyboard/mouse & gamepad. I never found myself frustrated at the character for not doing what I wanted her to do. The length of the game is decent at about 10 hours, give or take an hour or two, and offers replayability through collectibles, different approaches, and enjoying game-play.

Overall, this was a leap in the right direction in every way, in my opinion.

94

I want more!

DeadEndRic | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all DeadEndRic's reviews »

It can't be described how good this game turned out... but I'll try... I haven't been a fan of Tomb Raider games until now, I actually only played one of the very first games on the PSX, but it didn't felt that great back then. Now, after playing this masterpiece, I just want to see a sequel!

The story and the way it was told, was amazing, for graphics and sounds...got no words. I've been playing it trough for the 3rd time now and it still feels like when I was playing it the 1st time. Just freaking amazing! New fans or old fans, I don't think anyone could have dreamed of a better reboot for this awesome series.

Go Lara, you're a Croft!

78

Enjoyable

juxtaposed_j | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all juxtaposed_j's reviews »

This reboot is a mix between Uncharted and the Indiana Jones film series (but with a female), if you used to the old, original Tomb Raiders with the many puzzles this may seem rather different as this one is much more action-packed (in line with the Uncharted trilogy)

(On the PC especially) this game runs/looks amazingly- the textures and art style are rich and detailed.

Even if you have played all the other Tomb Raider games before you should definitely give this one a shot, recommended.

95

The right way to reboot a series

BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7's reviews »

Series reboots don't always stay true to the feel and nature that made the original successful. This new iteration of Tomb Raider does provide the grit, high stakes action and platforming that has come to be expected from the TR series.

In many ways, it also improves upon its predecessors. The graphics are breath taking, and truly can put your graphics card to the test. Sound and production are also top notch. More than aesthetics, Tomb Raider nails character development. You really begin to care for(or hate) the characters you are introduced to, they are all interesting in their own way.

This is for sure worth a pick up, and one of the best action platform games to come out in this generation..

90

Finally, a good linear game!

mattpatterson | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all mattpatterson's reviews »

Usually when games are rebooted (duke nukem etc) they don't turn out as good as they have been hyped up to be. The new tomb raider reboot was not the same case and was actually surprisingly good! Yeah the game is linear, but it's been made so well that it's actually not such a big deal. The cinematics are awesome and Lara Croft get's hurt so badly throughout you could almost cringe. Whether you loved the previous games or you didn't, check this game out.. you will enjoy it!

93

Amazing gaming experience

jcaezar | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all jcaezar's reviews »

The first thing that you'll notice when you play TR 2013 is this: Lara Croft is gorgeous. But don't let her looks fool you, she kicks ass! Now let's break down what makes this game great.

Graphics: The graphics are amazing. Lush forests, eerie dungeons, the water is fantastic, and all the lighting effects combine to create a living, breathing - but deadly - island for Lara to explore. Lara herself looks outstanding, and the enemies look great, too. Animation quality is top-notch. You'll notice it on the way that Lara's movement changes depending on the environment. It's excellent.

Sound: Nothing much to say here, pretty standard affair. Nothing memorable, but they get the job done.

Music: The music, on the other hand, is great. It helps a lot in setting the mood. Whether while exploring, or fighting enemies. The music will make you relax, or make your adrenaline pumping.

Gameplay: It's so much fun. Combat is very well made. Difficulty is very good. The system for skills and weapon upgrades is very balanced and upgrading those feels very rewarding. Whether you like shooting people with arrows, bullets, flaming arrows, exploding bullets, exploding arrows, etc. You'll have fun here. Not to mention the very creative puzzles in the game. You'll have a lot of good time.

Replayability: Story can be finished in 8-12 hours. But with all the collectibles, and the multiplayer mode, you can squeeze out more game time from this game.

Overall: You will have a blast playing this game. The game will make you care about Lara, making it agonizing when you fail and she dies. Which will happen. A lot. And once you beat it, you'll be left asking for more. Play it!

85

Unexpectedly good!

xzybit | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all xzybit's reviews »

Going into this game I wasn't expecting much, given the previous games, which I was not a fan off, that said going into this game I found it to be very different yet somehow the same. We still have our badass, adventurous Lara but this time she hasn't become what we know her for. Secondary character's are just that secondary, although the gameplay is solid and fun, the story was quite good.

I'd recommend the purchase just for the story, tough the graphics, gameplay and sound manage to stand on they're own.

99

Game of the Year?

wetsoks | Oct. 20, 2013 | See all wetsoks's reviews »

Definitely one of the best games I've played all year. Game-play is top notch, the progression through the game feels very fitting and natural, and the tombs are a lot of fun to raid. With so much to do in this game, you'll be busy for a while. Optional tombs, stat and weapon enhancements and collectibles that offer tons of back-story, are all fitting and enjoyable ways to spend some of your time. The story is brilliant and very eerie at times, but seems to fall apart at the end.

90

Do not miss it!!!

Nova4 | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all Nova4's reviews »

This game... is not the usual tomb raider experience, yes, you have to kill tons of enemiges, but not as a badass big breasted woman that tried to save the world... This game is more dark, emotional and tale telling, you really feel how lara struggle to sourvive and to save his friends, it really is an amazing story, really do not miss it. The game play is kinda basic for the modern standarts, but the IA and the Steath mechanics work fine, bot are well implemented and the check point system is great. I looking foward to play this game for a 3th time, is such a fun, emotional and great story that worth everysingle dolar. I want a sequel of this game... now...

90

Great comeback

Jorgel | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all Jorgel's reviews »

Lara Croft is back in a outstanding performance. Leaving the all-strong Lara from previous games, here we start with a fragile but determinate
researcher, that has to fight with a lot of enemies and situations in order to survive. This element makes us evolve along with Lara and her skills and personalities, bringing a great charismatic element to the plot. The gameplay is great and brings a lot of weapons and tools you have to use in order to advance. The graphics are also great, and helps to have you immerse in the game's atmosfere. The only downside I can see is that the game forgets it's origins since the real 'tomb raiding" is just optional, but this doesn't make it a bad game at all

100

Amazing reboot to a timeless series.

sheogorath98 | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all sheogorath98's reviews »

Tomb Raider has always been one of my favorite franchises, and when they announced a re-boot and a prequel to the classic games, I'll admit I was rather skeptical. When the game was finally released I didn't pick it up until I saw it cheaper, and it would have totally been worth full price. Amazing graphics and voice acting, storyline is fantastic, gameplay is fluent, and it's just a fun game all around. If you're a die hard Tomb Raider fan, or if you're new to the series, this will definitely leave you satisfied.

95

What a Revival!

Lleris | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all Lleris's reviews »

Great game indeed! Solid in virtually every aspect, the game brings challenges and puzzles that are satisfying to solve, action and shooting which is more than comparable to other shooters, and a great storyline to tie it all together.

Whilst the plotline was actually quite predictable at parts (which I really don't like in puzzle-based plots and games), the story was still very immersive and the experience was immensely gratifying.

Multiplayer is solid as well, but nothing particularly special and doesn't really bring anything new to the table that other games don't already do (and usually better).

I don't feel it's a must-have game, but certainly a nice one to add to your game lists if you have the money and/or time to spare.

80

An excellent frame for future installments

Jackal_Squire | Oct. 8, 2013 | See all Jackal_Squire's reviews »

Nearly everything in the game is polished to a mirror shine. The guns feel weighty and good to use, the platforming can be quite exciting at times, the story is surprisingly involving, but it never quite meshes together. The feeling of being alone and vulnerable lasts approximately twenty minutes while Lara feels alone and vulnerable for the first half of the fifteen hour game. Though the levels are quite open for a linear shooter, progression feels very directed. Though the gunplay is good, the enemies are incredibly boring and usualy shooter tactics work up until the last fifteen minutes, where everything finally comes together.

94

An Exciting Game!

NFLfan2539 | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all NFLfan2539's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a beautiful game. The gameplay was downright fantastic! The graphics were stunning! The character development was great!

The thing that made Tomb Raider enjoyable was probably its versatility. If you are a gameplay junkie, this game is one of the best games ever. If you are a story-based fan, this game is beautiful. The game had its stealthy moments, its small skirmishes, and its gigantic brawls! This game was probably one of my favorite games ever.

However, sadly, all games have their flaws. The story is somewhat hard to follow for me, some of the characters are not well developed, and the optional tombs were not much more than walking in and finding something, then walking out.

Overall, this game was brilliant. I would definitely recommend it.

90

A must-have adventure!

Blackwingdragon | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all Blackwingdragon's reviews »

Impossibly fun!

With great graphics, looting and upgrade-based equipment as well as a stupidly high amount of epic, cinematic action. The story waves around itself a few times and comes to a nice, epic climax.

It controls fine, runs fine without any problems. The game has a lot of collectibles and stuff to do . I destroyed it in 4-5 days, but that's 4-5 days of playing 4+ hours a day to get 100% completion.

More than anything else you have a very human character who struggles with her first injuries, fights...and murder. Naturally she'd get used to that after but it's still a nice change.

This is a really, REALLY good experience. Don't let the idiots who put it odwn discourage you - if you like jumping, gunning , or just plain actiony fun, get this game. You will not be dissappointed!

80

Great game!

nomis77 | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all nomis77's reviews »

I had heard good things so I decided to give this game a shot, and I am so glad I did. I have not played any other Tomb Raider games so I can't really comment on how this game measures up to them. Tomb Raider does so much so well. The graphics are stunning and everything just looks great. The story is a good one, nothing brilliant or ground breaking, but just a good linear story. Many have said that Lara becomes a hardened survivor a little too quickly but I didn't feel that this is a big issue when trying to enjoy the game. The combat and stealth moments are great, with the many upgrades to weapons, combat and exploring keeping things fresh throughout the game. There's a decent number of collectibles too, which is good if like me you like dedicating a little time to those, some of which give some interesting additional information too. I haven't given the multiplayer a shot but I can say that the main game is a satisfying enough experience to be absolutely worth it.

91

Great platformer, great graphics, but terrible story

Qwertyfour | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »

I'll admit it, I did not like Tomb Raider the first time I played it. I researched it a bit to figure out if it would be a good game, and a lot of reviews came to the consensus that it had a great plot, which it does not. The plot is a pretty generic coming of age type story, Pokemon Red did it better than this game. However, this game is absolutely gorgeous in scenery. It looks very photo realistic, but the character models are a bit lacking. Also, it's hallmarked for its lowered sex appeal, but it's evident that there still is one, with her constant moaning, camera angles in prerendered shots, etc.

If you do not like violence and/or are very squeamish, do not get this game. Lara Croft gets stabbed so much it's not even funny . The opening scene starts with her falling and getting impaled by a bone, but that's the first of many times she gets hurt.

Overall, it was a great platformer, but do not buy it if you enjoy story based games because this is not one of them.

99

Simply stunning!

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

This is a gorgeous game. The graphics are stunning and the character of a young Lara Croft is easy to sympathize with and you really feel for her as the story line progresses. The gameplay involved in Tomb Raider is mostly combat based and for the most part it works well. Lining up a bw shot and slowly taking down all the guards is a very rewarding experience and it should not be missed. However there is a distinct lack of tombs to actually raid and this is my only problem with the game. To conclude Tomb Raider 2013 is a great addition to the Tomb Raider franchise.

95

A Survivor is Born

CoillyZ | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »

In short, this game is amazing. In long, this game is amazing. It is a very moving experience with great gameplay, character development, and graphics. There was no aspect of this game that I didn't like. This reboot of the Tomb Raider series has been hyped for a while and it surpasses every expectation I had. The gameplay is tight, with a deep upgrade system and some worthwhile stealth sections. The story is great and feels like a Tomb Raider game. It is realistic for the most part, while introducing some supernatural elements as the game progresses. Even though this game is amazing, there is no game without flaws. The only flaw I see in this game is that the characters other than Lara are a little underdeveloped. Even with that, the game is still deserving of a 95/100.

75

Pretty good game

Arp1033 | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Arp1033's reviews »

I will admit that I never played any other Tomb Raider game before this, but this game is pretty nice. The game itself is very pretty, the game play is engaging and challenging, and the collectables are cool enough that I want to collect them.

HOWEVER, this game is far to fond of fan service. The camera is always focused on Lara's behind or chest, and she is always moaning and grunting. This is rather distracting, and adds nothing to the game. All and all, worth picking up during a sale.

77

A good game, but where are the tombs?

Artorius | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Artorius's reviews »

Who played the old games must keep in mind that this game is more similar to Uncharted than the originals. The main focus of the game is, in fact the narrative and the combats in between. The first is good but suffers of an heavy cliché syndrome whose first victims are the characters, except Lara, and some locations, with their overdone gruesome and horrorific feel. Also, like many cinematographic games, Tomb Raider is plagued by too many quick time events, whose engaging effect is working only in the minds of the developers, I think. This flaws fortunately are alleviated a bit by the beautiful open sceneries and by the more "open world" explorative sections. The combat is a bit clunky in my opinion, and omnipresent from the start of the game, with waves of enemies eager to be butchered by the player, despite the fact that the narrative insists on the innocence and the fragility of Lara, trying to make her more human and belivable than its former incarnation. Therefore, despite its name, tomb raider doesn't focus very much on tomb raiding anymore. The hunt for treasures in this game becomes a hunt for collectibles scattered across the locations and the reward for finding them are some experience points, some artworks and the steam achievements. Despite their supposed purpose to enrich the plot, like the documents and the relics, and to stimulate players to discover the past of the island, in the end they don't add anything to the narrative and finding them will became a boring chore (I suggest very much to use the "spider senses" of Lara to locate them quickly). The tombs themselves are only a side activity, small caves with a little puzzle to solve to reach a chest which again contains some experience points. In the end, Tomb Raider is a good game, which will offer you a very cinematographic experience, but the gameplay itself doesn't add very much to the series and sometimes will seem more a filler than an amusement.

96

Tomb raiding was never better!

ccroatian | Sept. 18, 2013 | See all ccroatian's reviews »

When I started the campaign, I realised that I can't put it down. There is something ecsiting in every minute. Visually it is beautiful like Lara. I never played the Uncharted series but after this I am much more ecsited about that franchise than I was. The Multiplayer is simple and good, could be better but I am really happy that they focused on the singleplayer.

100

best game ever

RLFAV | Sept. 18, 2013 | See all RLFAV's reviews »

WOW! i bought the game few days ago and WOW! my mond bolwed! so emmotional! so good! so...PERFECT! man...i finished the game in 1 night and i still exited from the game, i wish there where more games like this, with alot of fun and few hours i finished the game. i think i'm in love with Lara croft,,,,,,

93

A lot better than I thought it'd be

Kevduit | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Kevduit's reviews »

Tomb Raider has always been the most epic game for travelling through long lost caverns and finding treasures that only legends speak of. In this newest edition to the collection, you play as the young, but heroic, Lara Croft. You play as her, but when she was just a long woman, searching for adventure, but adventure found her first. You must over come almost surpassable odds as you try and find your way out of this deadly land, full of men who seek to kill you, and animals that are ready to pounce on you every second of the way. You must fight to become the heroic woman that Lara Croft eventually becomes, and you must make decisions that will affect every thing in life. This, fellow Tomb Raider Fans, is the game you've been waiting for.

89

Uncharted for PC

PCpower | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all PCpower's reviews »

I wished that there was a game like Uncharted for PC, and that is why I was excited about the Tomb Raider reboot. I was not disappointed, but I would have preferred if the game did not have such a dark story, and I would have like if there were no gruesome deaths.

I actually would say I preferred Tomb Raider: Legend to this game, but it is almost like comparing apples to oranges. This game is a lot more like Uncharted than older Tomb Raiders, but it is also very different from Uncharted. The story is very interesting, the graphics are good, and the game-play is well polished.

My biggest disappointment with the game is likely the lack of puzzles, there are some in the game, but not as many as I would have liked. The puzzles are mostly optional and hidden in caves so make sure to find them all if you like puzzles. If you like Uncharted or think you might, I recommend this game.

85

Great game

Simao20 | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »

One of the better games of 2013, especially early on. The Tomb Raider reboot wasn't something I was even looking forward to.But with great reviews I had to check it out and they were spot on . This is Lara Crofts origin story where she ends up stranded on an Island along with several of her crew mates and friends. Basically she has to save them and leave the Island. The game play is the best of the series , RPG like elements thrown in as well. The gun play works extremely well and being to upgrade your weapons throughout the game . The platforming is done well but you don't use it that often. All in all, its a great start to hopefully a fantastic rebooted trilogy or even more

100

Better than ever

aznsnsn | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all aznsnsn's reviews »

Tomb Raider this time around is so much different from its predecessors. Remember when you had draw your gun, turn left or right slowly, or press a run button? Those days are long gone. This third person shooter has a well developed combat system with many fun and interesting ways to kill enemies, from an axe melee or bow snipe. The plot is very interesting and makes you want to rush through to see how it all ends. The way Lara is developed as the game progresses really draws players into the game. The multiplayer mode is also fantastic. The many different upgrades make it worth continuing to play online, and you can burn many hours trying to rank up. Overall, this is the best Tomb Raider game in existence.

88

Great reboot of an old series

nightassassin1 | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »

Could not have asked for a more beautiful and entertaining reboot to the TombRaider series. The game play is very smooth and is not very repetetive compared to most games these days. The graphics are stunning as well. The amount of work put into the graphics of the game alone makes this game worth getting if not just for the graphics. The story is nicely put together and is just complimented by the graphics. The opening scene to the game is a bit odd and disconcerting, but after playing for another short while you get into the game much more and enjoy it quite a bit. I am not fond of the whole "magic of the island" type stuff, but even with that part of the story it is a nice game. If you ever enjoyed TombRaider this reboot does it justice and you will enjoy it. If you have never played TombRaider, this is one of the best there is so it is a good place to start.

80

Rekindling the Lara Croft Legacy

phool | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »

Another year, another reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. However this time the game has been given a new lease on life and feels fresh. Gorgeous graphics and brutal gameplay are the name of the game. The environments are beautifully rendered and while some of the assets are re-used a little too much, you still get drawn into the superbly crafted landscape.

Some new game mechanics have been thrown into the mix, and the rpg-esque levelling up and upgrading of gear, are a welcome introduction to the series, while still retaining the feel of the earlier games. The fighting/gun-play is excellent and manoeuvring Lara around the extreme terrain is a breeze.

There are some annoying things though. The frequent breaks into mini-cut scenes ruin the flow and pace of the action. Coupled with the boring quick-time event sequences, you get pulled away from the immersive environment and engaging story to mash a couple buttons until you die and are forced to reload the same sequence. This continues until you master the arbitrary button-mashing sequences and get back into the real action. Whoever thought quicktime events are fun should be shot. Seriously.

All in all, this is an excellent reboot of a well-established franchise. A satisfying single-player experience which I do hope will get (yet another!) sequel.

87

Better than expected

dmcdermott524 | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all dmcdermott524's reviews »

Was a little nervous about purchasing it but looked up some reviews and decided to just go for it. I am so glad I did. Tomb Raider was a great game. It has a very good story as well as graphics. It was definitely one of my favorite games of the year. If you give it a try, you won't regret it.

85

A great game

awesomemike64 | Aug. 31, 2013 | See all awesomemike64's reviews »

This is a great third-person action game with Uncharted-like elements, and it's a great reboot for Tomb Raider.

85

First good Tomb Raider title in years

Sherk | Aug. 27, 2013 | See all Sherk's reviews »

I played some of the original games years ago, but then the series went downhill. This one brings the name back, although it's a bit of a change of gameplay.

The storyline is excellent and makes for a great adventure game.

87

Brilliant reboot to the Tomb Raider series.

Caputalis | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all Caputalis's reviews »

When I first heard of a Tomb Raider reboot, I didn't know what to expect, but was hopefully optimistic. However, this game has not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. The gameplay is brilliant, as it's almost a blend of stealth, FPS, action, RPG, and adventure all in one game. The controls feel very responsive and fluid. The sound is really good, and the graphics are very appealing to one's eye. The only piece of criticism I have regarding Tomb Raider is its lack of replay value. Although there are hidden tombs and collectibles, I wouldn't considering it strong replay value after you've completed the game. Regardless of that, I'm excited what the Square has in store for the next game. I'd highly recommend giving this game a go.

86

Kick Ass!!!

nforsythe | Aug. 25, 2013 | See all nforsythe's reviews »

I love the feel of the new tomb raider. I didn't know how i was going to feel about the game when i bout it, but once i did i got hooked. the graphics in the game where done well, which is usually a deal breaker for me now a days. The fighting style was a little tricky at first, but what tomb raider wasn't. all in all i had a great time playing this game.

82

Gripping and beautiful

ron975 | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all ron975's reviews »

Tomb Raider is just one of those games that gets your attention, from the beautiful visuals to the solid gameplay. The QTEs were particularly action packed and gave a sense of suspense to the player.

I really enjoyed using the bow to snipe enemies from afar. The feeling of being unseen, is really enjoyable

However, I've experience some motion sickness during some segments of the game, which hindered an otherwise great experience

Overall, Tomb Raider is a solid adventure game. It excels in it's combat, visuals, and gameplay. Well worth a buy

83

Finally a Tomb Raider game made right

theOneUpper | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all theOneUpper's reviews »

Controls is smooth. Keyboard and mouse is doable but recommend using the 360 controller on PC if available. Graphics are stunning but can be taxing on midrange video cards. Story is engaging but a bit heavy on QTE. This game is incredibly visceral and pulls no punches even though having a female protagonist. Highly recommend if playing Tomb Raider for the first time or if played previous installments prior to this reboot. Will not be disappointed.

85

Uncharted of the female world.

Darlizzle | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all Darlizzle's reviews »

In my opinion a good origin story with exceptional pace. The set pieces are a thing to beyond with everything running smoothly. While an incredibly linear game (with the ability to fast travel back to previous areas in order to collect scrap ( to upgrade weapons) etc, a fast paced one always moving you forward. I believe i 100% in around 20hrs or so, which for this price (with 20% off of course) is a very good experience. More tombs would have been appreciated, hopefully fixed in a future sequel.

90

Great action adventure

RicBac | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all RicBac's reviews »

Only played a little of the older Tomb Raider games, so this review is for you guys that haven't played them.

In my experience with the other Tomb Raider games are that they are puzzlle action adventure. Well this one is almost no puzzle and alot of action adventure. The balance is somewhat like Max Payne 3. There are some puzzle moments in hidden tombs that are short and will grant you with a skill point, all optional.

The environment and atmosphere is great! Nice graphics and really nice controls. All though I never learn to aim with a gamepad, the game should be played using one.

So if you want an action game with nice story and atmosphere, this is a great game for you!

93

Great game

Xillion | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Xillion's reviews »

This is my first tomb raider game and i must say this is fun. The only thing i didn't like about the game was it's brutal death scenes. One of the things i liked in the game was how you can use the things around the environment to get to your goal. The combat and music was excellent and i highly recommend this game

89

Fantastic Story in a Great Environment

TCass29 | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

This was the first Tomb Raider game I'd played, and it did not disappoint. The story was engaging and interesting and the gameplay was fantastic. The action sequences and platforming sequences were brilliantly spaced apart to make for a fun and varied experience.

When you get enough scrap to upgrade your weapons, you feel like you've accomplished something and when you use your upgraded weapons, you feel pretty badass. You can upgrade your own abilities as well and they add a lot to the gameplay.

This game is awesome. One of the best of 2013.

95

Tutorial how to become sexy badass

spectatorx | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all spectatorx's reviews »

  1. Take your friends and go for a trip into dangerous island
  2. Crash your vehicle on the island
  3. Try to free your friends and runaway with them from island.

These three steps turned Lara from quiet nerd into badass killing people with cold blood. I was afraid new Tomb Raider which is so-called reboot will be disaster like many similar attempts but no, new Lara turned out to be one of the best games of year 2013 and made her mark in history. Interesting story mixed of real things and paranormal, showing emotions of characters, changing atmosphere between them all. Game has pretty nice graphics, incredible gameplay, i love bow and prefer it over firearms, sound is awesome, i loved to play the game with my 5.1 setup. TressFX is demanding thing but works on nvidia and amd gpus as well and hair effects are really worth to see. Visiting temples is nice, it requires the same thinking as sleight.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the best games of this year which you, as a gamer, have to try out and taste a bit of slaughter on abandoned island.

85

A Surprise

skyline5gtr | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all skyline5gtr's reviews »

When i bought tomb raider, i can say i was very surprised by how amazing the visuals are in this game. It finally brings back story telling to games which has been lacking in so many current AAA games. Gameplay is a typical adventure shooter, the story is where this game shines

80

See how Lara became the Tomb Raider!

Pradlik | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all Pradlik's reviews »

Lara went a long way since her cone-shaped boobs and I wasn't always a fan of her games, more of sexy Lara herself. But the new Tomb Raider got my attention before its release. It promised a restart to the series and a fresh story of how Lara became the Tomb Raider. The story is very good (though I still find strange how fast she changed from a scared student to mighty adventurer and slayer of hundreds of enemies, but still...). What I love about this game is mainly the mystery island providing lots of ways how to reach your target and feels like open environment. Furthermore lots of details - the weapons and skills modification, the camera and its altering to your movement, taking cover during combat and so on. All these details make the gameplay really smooth and really fun. I enjoyed every minute on Yamatai, the mystery island of queen Himiko and I'm sure you would too!

80

A Very Solid Reboot

dgomersall | Aug. 15, 2013 | See all dgomersall's reviews »

With this outing of Tomb Raider, Square Enix have managed to put out a very solid effort of the well known franchise. A decision to make a completely knew reboot to the series seems to have worked in their favour as it feels like a very fresh and fun game.

Very nice graphics, solid controls and good combat all adds to the enjoyment you will have during your play through. I was left slightly disappointed with the problem solving parts of the game and some of the quick time events will seem very apparent and break up the action slightly, but overall it was a very enjoyable game to play through.

I would recommend this game to anyone interested. It's not going to be the best game you will ever play and it's certainly not the longest but there is definitely a good amount of enjoyment to be found here.

I can't comment on the multi player as I never ventured in to this mode.

90

Great Environment Supported by Fantastic Story Line

wongwp21 | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all wongwp21's reviews »

Gone are the pixelated versions of Lara Croft that has grown into a video game icon with this reboot of the Tomb Raider that breaks the normal trend of the series; by portraying Lara Croft not as the swinging, shooting, dicing super explorer that we know, but as a younger woman thrown into unforeseen circumstances by fate.

You will not be disappointed by the graphics and atmospheric setting of the game as you traverse vast open world areas on side quests or main quests alike. The 3rd person view of the game is seamless on most accounts, and while the controls seems to more designed more for controller based input, they are fluid and responsive, leaving you no excuse to not excel at the combat and maneuvering.

88

Great comeback!

thomasfinal | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all thomasfinal's reviews »

I wasn't a Tomb Raider fan, in fact I only played 1 maybe 2 of the previous games, and in their time, they were fun, but the reboot is a heavy punch to the stomach with it's great visuals, immersive gameplay. The story itself is nothing grounbreaking, yet the characters bear the whole experience on their shoulders. The platforming is not frustrating, the fights are great, the landscapes are beautiful. Highly recommended!

85

A good entry point to the series for non-fans like me

ryanclive | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all ryanclive's reviews »

I haven't finished any of the Tomb Raider games (played, yes, but I didn't finish any of them), so please take this review with a grain of salt. My initial hesitation with Tomb Raider is that it might be another quick cash-in to the series, and might end up being average and forgettable. I was wrong.

Right off the bat, the game sets you off on an epic adventure. Tomb Raider is a traversal game at its heart, where you figure out how to get from point A to point B, while stealthily taking down your oppressors, or going guns blazing against them. Character progression is incredibly satisfying; How much you can upgrade your gear is tantamount to how much you can salvage around.

But that doesn't mean the game is a slump when it comes to the game's many shooting segments. The game's combat is actually pretty good, and the game does a good job of letting you feel your character's progress through upgrades you make to your guns.

In a throwback to the older Tomb Raider games, the game also has secret tombs to discover and explore. At the end of these tombs are treasures that greatly boost your upgrades, making them a worthwhile distraction to your adventure.

As my title says, this game is a good entry point to the series for non-fans, to find out what the gist is all about when it comes to Lara Croft and tomb raiding. Tomb Raider is worth your time.

90

Incredible reboot of franchise

rsand27 | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all rsand27's reviews »

Loved this game. It's very story-driven. Very epic. Lots of intensity. There are a ton of animation sequences for everything. Like squeezing through a hole in the wall presents a short animation. It's small but keeps the camera moving and adds to the cinematic quality of the game. Some people say it's an interactive movie. I can agree with that to some extent, but I happen to like games like that.

You really feel the emotion behind Lara as she goes from panicking castaway to hardened bad-ass survivor. There's a solid soundtrack behind it all. Thanks to fast-paced action, explosions, fires, and QuickTime events, the game is very intense. The entire environment is constantly collapsing.

I was really into the survival aspects early in the game--finding weapons, hunting for food, using campfires as save points. You hunt once for food though and that's it, which was a little disappointing. Once you start seeing salvage crates placed randomly all over the map, it breaks the illusion a bit as well. Here we are out in the wild and oh, look--a supply crate! You can still hunt for experience points and salvage.

The QuickTime events where you have to hit an exact key at the exact moment can be incredibly frustrating. You end up just having to memorize some sequences to proceed. I did get use to this after a while, but then it comes back in a big way at the very end after disappearing for the most part. Threw me off a bit.

Some other scenes are trial and error also, but overall the game isn't incredibly challenging. I built up survivor skills first and I never had issues with ammo. Then again, I played on easy. The game keeps you informed of objectives and displays maps through the TAB key, and the Q key reveals important objects in the environment as well as an objective beacon to light the way.

I like the variety of weapons. Early on I relied mostly on the bow, since it's your best early weapon. Then I switched to guns, but in the end, the bow gains significant power. You can do head-shots or stealth kills for extra experience points. You can blow up oil drums to take out hordes of enemies. You can dodge and counter, though that aspect of the game needs a lot of work. I swear I dodged like a trillion attacks and 1/50 would give me the opportunity to counter. Later you can achieve weapon mastery through skill trees and do some cool finishing moves. You can also shoot enemies in the legs to slow them down. Shielded enemies are supposed to be more challenging but I just hit them with grenades from the rifle's launcher attachment or grenade-tipped arrows. Fire arrows basically eliminate a need for accuracy unless you want head shots for bonus points.

The game is particularly brutal. Some may not like that. I thought it could have been toned down slightly. Whoever the chief designer on this game was has serious issues. When you fail, Lara gets crushed by boulders, shot up by bullets and arrows, plummets deep falls (often hitting rocks), gets brutally strangled, eaten by wolves, and gets a wooden spike jabbed through her head. You can't skip it and the animations are longer than necessary. Lara took a spike to the head eight times before I cleared the waterfall. She was strangled five times before I figured out what the melee button was. And each time it was brutal. There's a ton of blood in the game. Lara is always covered in it.

There are plenty of collectables. Upon finishing the story, I am only 79% complete. Some are pure collectables that add nothing to the story like relics and the GPS items. Diaries add to the story, so those are interesting. I also have a few weapon upgrades and skills to achieve.

Graphically, the game is great to look at. There are varied environments from dusty winds, rainy forests, snowy mountains, rapids and waterfalls, beaches, caves and tombs, modern buildings and wooden villages. I played part of the game on high quality and it looked great, but I experienced some frame rate issues during animations, so I shifted to normal quality and was still happy with the graphics.

100

Game of the Year contender

forgot2shave | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »

Probably the greatest reboot of any series so far. This entry into the Tomb Raider series shows us Lara Croft's beginnings. Her journey starts with her as an explorer but she becomes the survivor we all know and love. Graphically, the backgrounds are massive and beautiful. You actually feel as though you are trapped on the island with Lara. The controls are very fluid and you will have no trouble with combat. Lots of gameplay options with different types of guns and upgrades and even some melee options. Definitely quality worthy of GOTY awards.

75

The game is good, but...

Kiwislash | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all Kiwislash's reviews »

I tried this game after hearing good reviews from several friends. Having never played any tomb raider game before, I was surprised at how decent it seemed.

Things I liked about the game were: - Nice graphics. - Nice cinematics - Fun weapons. - Good game-play.

Flaws with the game - Poor character development. Only one character made any impact on me, and that was solely because he annoyed me. - Story was fairly weak. - Puzzles were very simplistic. - Game was quite short. - Multiplayer was fun, but seems to have a lack of players. Was often difficult to find a game, and when you did, teams were usually terribly imbalanced.

Overall, it was still a surprisingly good game.

85

A Good Origin for the Franchise

Arrjae | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all Arrjae's reviews »

Tomb Raider offers up a top-tier action/platformer that certainly follows suit for the franchise. The controls are fairly simple to use, response is good, shooting mechanics will be familiar to those who have played current generation third-person games.

The game offers a great story about a young Lara Croft, starting out her archaeology career much differently than she expected. Her story is one of survival as it is about the mystery behind the island she is exploring, transforming a young, naive girl into a tough as nails warrior. Their is an RPG-like system which allows you to craft and upgrade weapons as well as increase Lara's skills. Overall, great gameplay mechanics.

The one down side is the story does get boring in places, as well as the combat. At some points, you may find yourself taking out waves of enemies with prescripted motions or simply using headshots. The game is also fairly linear, which wouldn't be a problem if the AI was a bit more intelligent. The linear nature of the game also hurts replay value, and though a multiplayer exists, its fairly weak. That being said, there are certain achievements to be discovered throughout the game world for the more curious gamer.

Overall, a great addition to the franchise that Tomb Raider fans should definitely pick up, and one that new players will certainly enjoy, at least for one play through.

82

Storyline was great

FunctionONE | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all FunctionONE's reviews »

If you are looking for a great storyline, then Tomb Raider is for you. The game's storyline is great from the beginning. It boasts some pretty great graphics and looked great overall.

The shortcomings of this game begins with the game mechanics. The combat system didn't work fluidly. Certain things such as the arrow and rope didn't work unless you were at the right angle.

70

A great reboot

thefaceofboe | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all thefaceofboe's reviews »

After years of blind entries in the franchise TombRaider is finally find it's footing. If you enjoy modern metrovania games you will be pleased to find out it's one of the best around but it's not like its predecessors.

I strongly need to warn that the death animations are quite disturbing at the point of being damaging to the overall experience.

90

Amazing

showgunn84 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all showgunn84's reviews »

Wasn't too sure about picking it up at release, but i am a huge Tomb Raider fan and glad i picked it up on a sale and loved every minute of it. Has amazing action scenes and great visuals. Has a few issues but nothing game breaking.

95

Live action

Gojko | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all Gojko's reviews »

Lara Croft, the female version of Indiana Jones in the gaming can once again be found on our monitors. This time, the best so far. How is this game shook up the gaming industry when it first came out and this remake has introduced new shocks on the gaming scene.

Title Tomb Raider reset the story of the series and takes us to the beginning Laras adventures, where is this girl still fragile and gentle. Common research mission accompanied by coincidence turns into an adventure that will players and he fixes the chair.

Danger lurks on every side, and her every misstep can lead to death, which will take place right in front of your eyes and the unexpected brutality.

The game is a great start for all new players who played previous adventures of Lara Croft but also a recommendation for all the old adventurers who are eager to play with a good story and action.

This is definitely a title that you should not miss.

95

Great Reboot to an Old Series

StallionGutz | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all StallionGutz's reviews »

When having first heard of the making of this I had my doubts, then screenshots starting coming out / demo's. The sheer graphics component gave it enough for me to provide a closer look.

Tomb Raider [2013] sets the tone early with an easy to learn and use first couple of missions. It is heart racing and the views simply breathtaking.

The missions bring back the sense of euphoria of the old days, although Lara doesn't quite jump up and down, the sense of watching her grow and mold into the adventurer that she will become is astounding.

The cinematics are well placed throughout the game and really give you that sense of story telling.

Only draw back is that this game appears made for console rather than PC , as the controls are more for Controller Based instead of keyboard and mouse.

All in all a great effort by Square Enix, can't wait for the next one.

95

Must have, one of best games of the year

Damix | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all Damix's reviews »

I must say that... Tomb raider (2013) looks like an Uncherted in some points (mostly gameplay) but it is not bad ! Great graphic, nice optimization, so you can play smooth even on core 2 duo :).Store line is good but not on of best in games for me... But this is still one of best reboots in last years.

95

Amazing Game

ironicquote | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all ironicquote's reviews »

When I played this game, I found that it was one of the best I have ever played. The story is very good, on par with the Uncharted series. This game kept me playing for days, as I just couldn't part with it. This is a really good regeneration for the Tomb Raider series, and I cannot wait for the sequel to this game to come out. One thing that annoyed me about this game though was the quick time events, as I felt that there should have been something much harder that you should have done to get out of the situations. Other than that, this is an amazing game. I would DEFINITELY recommend buying this game.

75

Very fun game but not without its flaws

zachprkr | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all zachprkr's reviews »

This is a great game without its flaws. The story will grab you from the beginning. It is interesting, different and always engaging. This is a completely different Lara Croft then the previous games and I always wanted to keep playing to see how the character progressed.

Graphically the game is also stunning. In the open world the plants, the back drops, and buildings all look fantastic. When you go into caves and buildings, the detail in them is also amazing.

Where I feel the game feel short was with the combat. When you have your large battles, enemies will just keep spawning. You can plan out how to take them down, but the moment you kill one another will come running from a hall way or jump on to a zipline. Also, they throw every type of enemy at you at once. You could be facing a sniping bow user, dynamite thrower and a melee enemy all at once. The only way to make it through is to constantly roll around and pray they don’t hit you. While this wasn’t horrible and only applicable in some situations, I still found myself pulling out my hair wishing I played the game on easy after the tenth death.

Where the game does excel is in the exploration and platforming. Running around the island exploring tombs, finding relics, and searching for GPS items was an absolute blast. The platforming was also extremely well done. The system is very responsive to your actions and is forgiving if you make small mistakes. Part of me wishing for a Tomb Raider where there is no fighting and just exploring now...

Overall it is a great game! It was a good challenge, controller support was flawless and the multiplayer still has me playing the game now. I would highly recommend this game.

90

A stunning reimagination

nemesis44uk | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all nemesis44uk's reviews »

Tomb Raider has held a special place in my heart since the first blocky game. True, I fell out of love midway through this long series with Angel of Darkness, but the games have improved since that lowpoint.

This, then, is Tomb Raider 2012 style and is a proper reboot of the series. Everything is reset and it all starts again.

Graphically, the game is the most beautiful I have seen. On PC, the textures are crisp and the patented TressFX hair technology (because we're worth it) is bizarrely effective in making the game look more realistic.

The "feel" when Lara is negotiating 100ft drops or diving to catch her ice axe onto a rock outcropping is spot on. It has the right amount of inertia and momentum, which can't have been easy to program.

In many reviews, the occasional lack of playability has been raised and I can't argue that there is perhaps too many areas where you aren't given enough to do. What I would say, is that as a whole, I didn't find that spoiled my enjoyment of the game to give it a lower mark.

It has been well publicised that the title didn't hit sales targets and as a result, was defined a failure by the publishers. That really is crazy talk as I suspect that the estimated sales figures were way off.

This is the most exciting Tomb Raider since its initial outing and should not be missed.

85

Surpassed my expectations - great replay value

so0san | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all so0san's reviews »

I had never really played the other tomb raider games, or followed the franchise. I thought this game would just be another simple adventure but boy was I wrong. It has great replay value, to finish off all the missions. The combat system is good, though it could be a bit more refined. The story itself and character development was great. Definitely will be playing this again.

95

An absolute must buy

hasib11m | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all hasib11m's reviews »

One of the best action/adventure games I have played this year. Fantastic platforming, great shooting mechanics, and an amazing story.

90

Blew away my expectations

Paulgusman | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all Paulgusman's reviews »

I'll state this up front. I was not a fan of the old Tomb Raiders. Any of them. I despised them. Thus, when i purchased this upon a friend's recommendation, I was thoroughly surprised by the quality of game. Visually, the game is superb. Gameplay and mechanics are solid. What won me over was the emotions of the main character Lara. She actually has depth now instead of being a bimbo. Much welcomed reboot, that I STRONGLY recommend picking up.

85

Loved the game

mosart | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all mosart's reviews »

I have never really played to old Tomb raider games but I absulutely loved this game.

The combat was realyl good and I really enjoyed the bow in the game, it felt very good which most games fail to do. It was also a fair amount of exploration in the game which is excpected in a Tomb Raider game. It is very similar to Uncharted in many ways but I find the combat in this game to be better but the platforming and story may be better in Uncharted.

The only real complaint may be that the platforming is a bit slow and feels a bit weird but it's still good just not perfect. That can be fixed in the sequel, right squenix? :)

92

A very well done reboot.

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

I've always loved Tomb Raider, and ever since this game was originally announced, I've been looking forward to it. As much as I personally overhyped it, the game lived up to all my expectations. I've always idolized Lara Croft, but she's the most likable in this entry. Throughout the game, you'll see how Lara adapts and survives. Every weapon is fun to use, and Lara is one of the most lovable protagonist's since Gordan Freeman. The environment's are beautiful, and the gameplay is fluid. The adventure is one hell of an experience, and whatever happens to Lara, you feel for her on another level.

A really good game, and I look forward to more installments.

93

Great!

greasysun | July 29, 2013 | See all greasysun's reviews »

I've played the first tomb raider when I was 6 years old so playing the reboot was definately exciting for me.

The first thing ive noticed is that the game lets you choose how to interact with enemies,you could either sneak in and attack them without anyone noticing or get a gun and start shooting everyone,both were definately entertaining but what wasn't entertaining,was the realtime events.The realtime events were a pain in the ass to do,atleast on hard mode,I had to repeat every event atleast 5 times to get it right,which was extremely annoying.

Both the characters' and the enviroment's graphics were gorgeous,those that belong to an AAA game,with the camera effects(rain drops on the screen when it rains) made the game look exquisite and beautiful.

The controls were easy to get the hang of but as I said in the first paragraph,the realtime events are really annoying.

You follow Lara as she becomes a survivor and a hunter,the game has beautiful graphics,gameplay and story.A must buy for anyone,especially a Tomb Raider/Uncharted fan.

95

Awesome.

Heavenswake | July 28, 2013 | See all Heavenswake's reviews »

I was never really a tomb raider fan, only really played one or two back on the original playstation. However the hype got to me and I finally decided to pick this up. All I can say is it was well worth it. Amazing adventure, great graphics and it kept me glued to the screen. This will definitely be stuck in my mind for a while!

95

Exactly what I expected

HuN3Xor | July 28, 2013 | See all HuN3Xor's reviews »

I am following the adventures of Lara since the beginning (PS ONE), so it was natural that I will buy the new episode. I had a feeling during the game that it was specially developed for my taste: nice actions, relaxed puzzles and an extremely deeply developed environment (I am a big Lost fan, so it was another plus for me). Nowadays, when people don't have 80-90 hours to walk through a game, this could be a nice game for them. It's a must-have masterpiece to everbody who requires 21 century fun, amazing cinematic experience and who are still in love with Lara, our immortal beatuy.

70

The next installment of Tomb Raider, minus exploration.

zonzon | July 27, 2013 | See all zonzon's reviews »

This game sets in the first adventure of tomb raider's lara croft. The story on itself is really classic and mildly boring, though, this is an action game, don't expect it to be an adventure game like the previous Tomb Raider. On the action side, the game is good, maybe too unforgiving, the enemies (at the highest difficulty) will shoot, and land every bullet at their target if you're not bothering to take cover. But the tombs are optional and looted in roughly 5 to 7 minutes each, and there is no more than 10. If you're expecting an adventure game, please buy this game knowing this is an action game, no more, no less.

91

Best reboot & best game of the franchise

spycid | July 27, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

Tomb Raider is arguably the best reboot in the video game industry and perhaps the best game of the franchise too. The gameplay is more or less same as the previous one only with the addition of set pieces the game had more of a live interactive cinematic gameplay. Story is the origin of Lara Croft the Tomb Raider, so it's quite fitting for a reboot too. Overall it's a must play title for a Lara Croft and Action-Adventure game fan.

85

Better than Expected

OmittingCoder | July 27, 2013 | See all OmittingCoder's reviews »

I was never a fan of the Tomb Raider game but when I started watching gameplays and commercials on this I was hooked. I bought the game the day it came out and wow. Beautiful setting, beautiful graphics, beautiful everything. The game looks great. Now down to the gameplay and storyline. Storyline is pretty basic (Stuck on island need to get off) but with a twist. Gameplay is above average and fits the game very well. It's cool seeing Lara evolve from a normal girl into a hardcore survivor. Voice acting is very well done also. A good buy.

75

Fun and nice visual

Xibalba | July 27, 2013 | See all Xibalba's reviews »

As an action/adventure game released after the Uncharted series, this of course takes a lot from those games and actually improves on certain aspects. I haven't encountered any set pieces on the scale of Uncharted yet, but the more personal story and the larger focus on realism make the action a lot more tense, regardless of it not being quite as flash as Nathan Drake's adventures.

Definitely get this if you're a PC Gamer that hasn't played the Uncharted series and still get it if you have. It takesa lot from other games and isn't the Tomb Raider we are used to playing, the characterization is weak and TressFX kills performance. Yet the game is still worth it for overall story, Lara's character development, tense action sequences and impressive gameplay.

90

Great reboot

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

This is a different, albeit still good reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. However, fans of the series and the gameplay it offered in the past may not enjoy it as much as those new to the series. There is a much lessened focus on puzzles compared to other games, with the focus now being combat. It is still possible to explore, and there are tombs throughout the game. However, there aren't that many. Regardless of this fact, the game holds up well. The plot is interesting, the combat feels tight, the visuals are great. Give it a shot!

87

Awesome Adventure

ruler8696 | July 26, 2013 | See all ruler8696's reviews »

The tomb raider reboot is a great adventure. There aren't too many tombs to explore but the intense story, gameplay and great graphics make up for it.

96

Played through it twice

augieg | July 23, 2013 | See all augieg's reviews »

I bought this game back when it first came out, and ended up paying full price for it. No discounts at all. I don't regret it at all, even with the deep discounts we're seeing now.
This version of Tombraider is a lot different than the previous installments. The action and movie like qualities are really over the top. I've played the later versions of Tombraider (Underworld, Anniversay, Legend and Guardian), and really enjoyed those. But this was different, more gritty and tense. Shooting a flaming bow and arrow to kill enemies was awesome.
If you haven't played this game, and regardless of whether you're a Tombraider fan or now, you owe it to yourself to take it for a spin. At the prices its been selling for lately, it's a steal for an amazing gaming experience.

93

Great Adventure!

Azralynn | July 22, 2013 | See all Azralynn's reviews »

This is the first Tomb Raider I've ever played, and I came in expecting a great adventure, and I was not disappointed at all. From start to finish, everything from the story, the atmosphere, and the characters were all amazing. I love exploring, and finding all the little relics and documents that add to the main story, and make you understand and care about the characters even more. I also really enjoyed the action - everything from jumping and climbing to sniping and brawling. This game has it all! There are also some puzzles to solve the side tombs, they were fun, but I wish those would have been more challenging. Overall though, a wonderful experience, everyone should play!

91

Amazing Gaming Experience

awesome_the3 | July 22, 2013 | See all awesome_the3's reviews »

I am a first time player of the Tomb Raider games. In fact, this is my first time I actually played a platform action adventure game in about 5 years. I really have to say this game blew me away. The storyline is compelling, exciting and suspenceful. This is one of the few games, much like a good movie, where I wanted to play until the very end for the story. Gameplay wise, you'll have the occasional cluncky control here and misjump, but otherwise its very solid and smooth. The gun play is very exciting, especially with some of the unlockable "execution" moves. I think anyone will love this game. I definitely did and I recommend it to almost anyone.

75

Fun - but too many shooting

andyvercammen | July 18, 2013 | See all andyvercammen's reviews »

I bought this game because I was interested in a new Lara game. It started out all right, but later the shooting aspect came up too many time. I like to explore and not always shoot my way through the level. But overall a good game, good graphics and if you like shooting it might be perfect for you. For me the game is gathering dust now, but one day I will start play again and try to ignore the shooting it throws at me.

90

A compelling adventure.

JURGMANDR | July 16, 2013 | See all JURGMANDR's reviews »

This isn't a game, this is a movie. A really fun movie to watch and play. If you're not a fan of QTEs there are quite a few in here. This game does so many things right. It has a great soundtrack and is a very beautiful game. The combat is very gritty and brutal (the executions are downright ghoulish at times), the cover system is well done (no button presses necessary, just get close and she'll take cover), the music is great, the acrobatics feel natural, but the best thing in the game imo is the level design. It's a Dark Souls esque vibe where the world is littered with bonfires (save points/fast travel points) and many parts of the levels are multi-tiered. The tombs are cool though I wish there were wayyy more tombs to explore, since they were my favorite part of the game.

93

Lara is reborn

darkyhbk | July 15, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Tomb Raider takes a whole different approach on the Lara we knew since the early '90s. The large breasted, barely clothed Lara does not make an appearance in this game. We get, however, an even better Lara: young, inexperienced Lara. It is a fantastic change of direction and emphasis that I personally loved. They changed everything about Lara, from her appearance to her voice acting. The game itself is quite different from previous platformers, combined with a little bit of action. This is a survival action-adventure, with a larger emphasis on combat, and on the main characters' development. It does involve platforming and some puzzle solving, but far less than Anniversary, for instance. You get a number of skill trees for Lara, whose abilities you can enhance, you can purchase a number of upgrades for weapons, among which the most entertaining is, by far, the bow. The storytelling is solid, with a lot of documents and journals supporting the main story. And while the other characters don't really shine in any way, Lara herself is extraordinary to say the least. In conclusion, Tomb Raider is a fantastic origin story, and a great survival adventure game in itself. With more complex platforming and a couple of difficult puzzles, it would have been perfect.

85

Great game but still has a few small downsides

GrogtheGinger | July 14, 2013 | See all GrogtheGinger's reviews »

Tomb Raider is one of the best gaming reboots to date and is really fun. Lara Croft is a brilliant character in the reboot but some small story decisions just don't work with the gameplay but it's not much. The bad bits are only small things like having a lot of QTEs and scripted events but that's about it. The supporting characters aren't bad but they aren't the worst around by far. The story is really good but not as much of the supernatural stuff anymore. A lot of upgradables and great gameplay make up for every bad bit of the game. The cover mechanic is great (Doesn't snap to cover but just adjusts how easily she can be seen when next to a wall. The game is just really fun to play so you should definitely go and buy it.

88

Best Tomb Raider..

scottnat | July 13, 2013 | See all scottnat's reviews »

It's more in the Uncharted type mold. Very cinematic, with lots of QTE moments. Beautiful polished game. Agree with some of the other reviewers, in that the puzzles are lacking a little, but on the other hand the action is always top notch. Control's great. Probably my third fav game of the year behind FarCry2 and Bioshock Infinite (thus far).

82

A different kind of Lara

gomuninguen | July 11, 2013 | See all gomuninguen's reviews »

You go into this game waiting to get somewhat what you experienced in past games. You get something totally different, this new Tomb Raider uses the puzzle aspect of the old TR as a mini game in side quests called "tombs", while the main genre is the popular shooter game style you find in Max Payne 3 or Hitman 3. The game itself is fun, nice range of weapons, nice collectibles and unlockables, really good graphics, fluid climbing and parkour mechanics, interesting story line and a nice assortment of enemies. The only things I found less enjoyable was the multiplayer, which has a very bad matching system (beginning players getting matched with max level players), some of the walking mechanics (I found myself spending 5-6 seconds trying to pick up some ammo from the ground), not so smart AI, easy bosses and finally much of the same (mostly changing area, shooting bad guys, with the occasional loot searching, rinse and repeat). Overall, I had fun playing it, went into the game not expecting much and ended up 100% the main story. Multiplayer is dreadful. 8 of 10.

85

Great Reboot

ZindDB | July 11, 2013 | See all ZindDB's reviews »

I was never able to play the old Tomb Raider games for a long period of time, I always got bored or frustrated for various reasons. This time I played through this game in only 2 long sessions. The controls and mechanics even on PC have been greatly enhanced, the story (although nothing really innovative) is solid and the cinematic feeling is really great. As with most new games, the scavenging and role-playing elements bring a new small flavor in the game and makes it more noticeable that you progress and become stronger. Overall a great game and lots of fun, bundled with some awesome cinematic scenes and nice environments.

90

Tomb Raider is Relevant Again

Zikron | July 7, 2013 | See all Zikron's reviews »

Tomb Raider's history has been marred by Lara Croft's rather busty figure and can contribute a lot of its success because sex sells. More attention was given to her and her fans lust for her than the gameplay or story and perhaps that was rightfully so as there was never a lot of depth to the games.

This remake turns the beautiful, acrobatic/god-like Lara into a gritty woman trying to survive and it does it well. The story is one of survival with elements of exploration mixed in. The levels are linear, but they are done very well. Combat wise it is a cover shooter with a sprinkling of stealth. You often will reach battle rooms where you have to fend off several waves of enemies who come zip lining in from many angles.

The story itself is rather lacking, there are basically two lines to follow, the history of the land as well as Lara and her friends tale of survival. Not very gripping but you learn a lot about Lara in the game so I look at it as a building block for what is to come.

My only gripe with the game is the use of quick time events. Why developers continue to use QTEs boggles my mind. Most of the QTEs take place in the beginning of the game and are not nearly as horribly long as Resident Evil 5's but still annoying none the less.

85

An amazing action-adventure game!

Torrentskillz | July 6, 2013 | See all Torrentskillz's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a great game for anyone new to the series or to long time fans. It offers a fantastic story that keeps you emotionally engaged with Lara as she battles her way through the island looking for her friends and a way out. Combat feels fluid and responsive but it is possible to avoid many of the encounters with stealth as well. Old fans of the series will be pleased to know the signature tomb raiding puzzle-solving of the previous games remains sprinkled throughout the main story though most are completely optional for those that are not a fan of puzzles.

80

Very good, but holds itself back

Kelzhas | July 6, 2013 | See all Kelzhas's reviews »

While playing through Tom Raider, i keept thinking how excited i was to replay it afterwards, and thinking what i would do differently once done with my first playthrough. Sandly after finishing it, i realized that there actually was not much of an insentive to do so, the reason being that i would not actually get a different experience from doing so. It's a very good game on the first go, with some good gameplay mechanics and a fitting story, but in my opinion it was a little too short, even after i had collected most of the collectibles i had barely spent 13 hours in the game, and after having paid full price for it, i did not feel that 50 euros was a fair price for such a short game. And even though there is a multiplayer whith the game, it was not able to hold my attention for more than a few hours, since it was a way too standard 3rd-person multiplayer shooter, lacking of anything that makes it really stand out from others.

A good game, but certainly not the best, however i would still recomend it for the story, and the way it makes you feel like you really are stranded, on an island, without ant hope of getting away any time soon.

8 out of 10.

95

Sad that I've completed the story mode

rcourdi | July 4, 2013 | See all rcourdi's reviews »

This is one of the few games that I've REALLY enjoyed playing, great story mode that I wish it never ended. The graphics and cuscenses are superb that sometimes I feel like I am watching a movie but unlike new games it isn't about the graphics, the gameplay is so good that will suck you in. Unlike most Tomb Raider games, this one is more like RPG (you have points to upgrade your weapons and skills) which is a great addition to the series. When you finish the story mode you can play through the map to explore more temples and upgrade your weapons and kill some gangs. Multiplayer: This is the first time there is a Multiplayer mode in a Tomb Raider game, a great addition to the game and will keep you busy for some time but this is not a multiplayer game and I think they will add more modes in the future release.

70

Good, but marred with modern gaming's worst trappings.

Brlghtslde | July 4, 2013 | See all Brlghtslde's reviews »

It's a pretty good game. Looks quite beautiful, with lots of options for PC--it seems well optimised, too. The game itself is fun, with solid controls and tight shooting. However, the puzzles are very few and far between, and often very simple, with minimum effort required. The same goes for the 'survival' aspects to the game. They weren't actually necessary once out of the tutorial. QTEs seemed to plague the game, too. And a skill tree? Really? The story's trite, but that's to be expected, really.

84

Great game.

Kazeking | July 3, 2013 | See all Kazeking's reviews »

From the moment I started playing this game I realized how amazing it is. Awesome graphics, nice skills system, good history, and much more. At first I felt that the combat system was lackluster, needless to say as the game progresses it gets better and better. As a reboot from the TR saga all I can say is that they are doing a great job. 100% recommended.

86

Tomb Raider worth playing again.

JasonAFC | July 2, 2013 | See all JasonAFC's reviews »

I've played some recent Tomb Raider games and they've gone down hill since the first games. This title however is a fantastic reboot and definitely worth your money and time. The closest game it resembles is the uncharted franchise with some puzzles and hectic combat at times. I didn't like the quick time events so much but they are done OK and do bring a bit more challenge to an otherwise easy game. Graphics are top notch, some of the best you'll see in current games.

A top selling point of this game though is its storyline, full or mystery and intrigue, it's an experience worth having. For reference, I gave Bioshock Infinite a 95 and feel this game deserves an 86.

94

Game of the year

drjflash | July 1, 2013 | See all drjflash's reviews »

This game is by far one of the greatest games i have ever played. This game definitely has the potential to be game of the year. They have recreated and revived a series that many people grew up playing.

82

Couldn't put it down!

queenzillaa | July 1, 2013 | See all queenzillaa's reviews »

I loved this game so much! New Lara Croft is really cool and relatable, it's nice to see a person such as herself with fears and weaknesses and have her overcome them and be totally badass. The levels are so beautiful and fun, and the combat is awesome. I finished this game in about 3 days, I didn't want to stop playing it.

92

THE BEST

chester57 | June 30, 2013 | See all chester57's reviews »

This was a great re-introduction to the Tomb raider series. It had a great story to it and I enjoyed the gameplay with the right amount of action and exploration. The only negatives I saw was a couple of the Quick Time events were a pain to complete. But all in all I think it was the best Tomb Raider game of the series and I cant wait for them to bring out the next one.

92

#1 Tomb Raider

committed | June 29, 2013 | See all committed's reviews »

This is the best Tomb Raider game to date! love how they Re-created Lara and if you love the Tomb Raider series then this reboot is perfect! I love the gameplay, the world is so beautiful! A very intense experience of a videogame period.

97

Welcome back, Lara

TGAlan | June 29, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »

What can I say about my candidate to Game of the Year? Superb graphics, superb story, superb gameplay, superb voice acting, superb performance, superb controls, superb port... overall superb. In every single way.

A worthy reboot of one of my favorite franchises ever. If you ask me, this is Lara Croft as she would be in the modern world. And as she should be in the modern world.

As you follow the game you can see how the Lara Croft we all loved is born. I can't wait for the sequel! And the sequel to that sequel! And the sequel to the sequel of that sequel! And the- well, you catch my drift.

Final word: this game should be the Game of the Year. It's earned my vote.

88

A Truly Excellent Game

Arkveveen | June 26, 2013 | See all Arkveveen's reviews »

From the first moment onwards, this game didn't disappoint. As someone who loved the classic Tomb Raider games, this addition to the series is impressive in many ways. It Combines all the blockbuster game elements I love, such as upgrades and Metroid style "equipment gating" or exploration, with the danger and acrobatic traversal of classic Tomb Raider! A great deal of care, love, and attention was put into every ounce of Lara Croft's action packed origins, that I am at a loss for words.

Also, as a PC gamer, I still cannot believe how stunning and optimized this game is. Triple buffering for god damn once? Wow! Great DX11 features? Wow! With all of it running at amazing framerates, this game caresses my eyeballs and is a treat for my senses! Animations and sounds included!

In every way, this game is a complete package and MUST not be missed. It gets my absolute seal of approval!

89

Good Uncharted Clone

reuben4boston | June 26, 2013 | See all reuben4boston's reviews »

I was a huge fan of the Uncharted series, and a big fan of the original Tomb Raider series. Unfortunately, they changed a lot of how it plays to be more of a cover based shooter. However, the story is decent, the shooting is varied and well done, and overall I felt the game was very engaging.

88

Best game I've played in a long time

Eravital | June 24, 2013 | See all Eravital's reviews »

The game can easily be compared to Uncharted both in design and how good it is. It has some great, but fairly easy platforming. Combat is outstanding, and when you add an engaging story it's easily one of the best games this year. Graphics and sound are both among the better I've seen as well. It's not perfect though. Story is very good, but still somewhat predictable and it suffers from giving you way too much ammo, making combat less about strategy and more about just shooting.

80

Good action adventure refresh of the TR series

Wakki | June 23, 2013 | See all Wakki's reviews »

This game has a fantastic story, showing how Lara developed into the adventurer we know her to be in previous games. The graphics are good and the story is emotional in places. The environment was a joy to move around in, and the jumps/climbs were smooth. However, the path you need to take can be obvious most of the time; the side quests are much more challenging that the story routes, and that's where you'll have to do most of your thinking. Combat is done in a FPS style, and upgrades to Lara skills are based on experience you get from killing or collecting stuff.

One thing to be aware is that this game has a lot of gore, and Lara can die in many (horrific) ways. While the setting of the game calls for a lot of it, I personally feel it's over the top and doesn't add much to the game. If you're not a fan of this sort of stuff, I recommend you do a bit of research online to see if it's acceptable to you.

84

Great Buy for the Tomb Raider Franchise

jinx1198 | June 22, 2013 | See all jinx1198's reviews »

You'll love this, it literally plays like a movie, and while it takes a little getting used to, once the game opens up and you get your primary weapons and defense methods, you feel like you're playing a gritty action game. Outstanding graphics, story was quality, I think the only parts that bothered me about the game was that after she killed her first person and agonized over it it wasn't mentioned throughout the story, and several "secret tombs" that you found throughout the way were clearly labeled and were very simple to complete. With that being said I very much enjoyed the game.

97

Assasins creed minus the annoying open world

renny1994 | June 22, 2013 | See all renny1994's reviews »

This game is for people who doesn't like how big Assassins Creed is and how you have to travel long and far to get things done. This game is constant action, Fun & Stealth well worth the price!

85

The best Tomb Raider for years

wickerrman | June 19, 2013 | See all wickerrman's reviews »

At first I was skeptical about this reboot of the great franchise. The last game in the series I enjoyed was Chronicles, but the story and gameplay of this wonderful game by Crystal Dynamics is well worth playing.

It all fits very well into how you'd believe a character like Lara Croft grew into who she was in the previous games.

There's yet more life in the tomb raiding woman we all love.

84

kept him quiet

susannah76 | June 17, 2013 | See all susannah76's reviews »

When it came about that yet another Tomb Raider was coming out i must admit i was a little excited.I have spent many an hour playing the older games and as a 3rd person action game it didnt dissapoint. The game play flows and the scenery is kind of beautiful.With all the collectables and the ability to go back and collect after game is completed is something i enjoy. i look forward the more from Crystal Dynamics.

88

Tomb Raider Deliver Adventure and Story

ravestar | June 17, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »

This is my first Tomb Raider game, after reading alot of positive reviews about it. I'm glad to say this game deserve two thumbs up. The graphics are outstanding and beautiful throughout the story. The story is great and well planned. I had fun navigating the challenges and levels and there were many cool moments where I surivied seemingly against the odds situations.Playing the character of Lara, she is a likeable character with alot of emotional moments in the game.

The two thing I don't like is that the game difficulty is abit easy and the multiplayer mode feels lame amd rushed. Overall, if you like action adventure game, Tomb Raider is defintley worth checking out.

86

Down and Dirty

Eat_Pushy | June 15, 2013 | See all Eat_Pushy's reviews »

First and foremost I've played every single TR game so this review is bias. Besides getting a great deal here like always, which is accounted for all my reviews. This is by far the best TR yet to date! Graphics 10/10, playability another 2 thumbs up, sounds stellar (Astro a50) in 7.1 surround sound and finish it all up with your fine selection of upgradeable weapons and abilities nestled around your camp fire minus the smores! Truly one hell of a ride from start to finish due to the in depth story line and its cast of castaways, with of course a dash of geography and history. Keeping true to the predecessors in this long line of games there are tombs and fun ways to see your self perish amongst the more FPS style this game has become, so it has not lost its classic background. I don't care for the multiplayer aspect of the game, it feels like a last minute thing toss in to compete with other titles. Not to end this with a sour note I will say that my favorite thing in the entire game is the bow and its amazing evolution that combines stealth, one shot one kill, several types of ammo and its use to shoot zip lines! By far best and most useful weapon and to me is the main character in the game although Lara is a fox, but the bow doest talk back to me so I'am in luv <3 <3 <3

86

Great 3rd person action adventure.

SirSlapsalot | June 13, 2013 | See all SirSlapsalot's reviews »

I had a great deal of fun playing through this game. While it is somewhat of a departure from it's predecessors, it offers up a fantastic story with fun game play. While the quick time events can get tiresome, even those are varied enough to keep the player engaged. Definitely consider picking this up if you are a fan of games similar to Uncharted, as this pretty much is that with a female lead.

91

A Worthy Reboot

BlazingGlory53 | June 13, 2013 | See all BlazingGlory53's reviews »

I had never played a Tomb Raider game in my 20 years of life, being raised as the kind of guy that appreciates females for their personality, not for their bust size. When I heard about Tomb Raider adding more humanity to the game, I honestly was a little skeptical. Then I stumbled across it for $16.99 in a deal (since expired), and I decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did. It's a great self-sufficient game, and really made me feel like I was in the middle of the action. The graphics are mindblowing, especially running on a midrange PC, I was able to almost max it out on 1080p. I didn't use the TressFX, and I don't remember what else I did, but I got it running a slightly tweaked Ultra at 35 FPS.

The action in this is pretty darn epic, just with a ton of crazy how-did-she-survive-that moments. I had a friend come over, and he watched he play and he was gaping-mouth half of the time. I had to keep focused or else I would have done the same.

When Crystal Dynamics said they brought humanity into Tomb Raider, they meant it. No longer is Tomb Raider the cold-blooded sex toy of gamers dreams, she is a genuine human, with emotions, pain, memories, and most of all, companions. I won't spoil anything, but you see her go through a lot of turmoil through this game, and you truly feel for her as she goes through this journey.

Speaking of journey, the story is actually intruiging. It has a sense of supernaturalism, while still being fairly grounded in reality. You will find no dinosaurs in this game, but you will find savage humans, trapped on an island just trying to survive. The story does jump the shark a little bit in a way you may or may not expect, but it's a satisfying story. Also there is a replayability factor, where you can explore, and actually find treasures relevant to the storyline, and helps flesh out this strange environment you are in. I am going to go back and try to find a lot of the different treasures, and raid some more tombs.

This game was incredible, like a mashup of everything good about Assassins Creed 3 and Uncharted 3. I definitely enjoyed this game, and would recommend it to almost anyone (some violence may be offputting to some, but I felt it was never truly over the top for the setting)

88

A nice reboot

samy2tm | June 12, 2013 | See all samy2tm's reviews »

Before this game, I didn't like the Tomb Raider series.

But when i heard the series will reboot, I gave it a chance.

And I'm pretty happy by the result. It's a nice game, with a outstanding visual : during the game, you will see a lot of beautiful panoramas. The gameplay is more dynamic, like Uncharted, a lot of assisted like the QTE. I hate the QTE, poorly integrated on the PC version... The game is easy, even with the max difficult. The music are cools. The story is classic, the NPC are not charismatic...

The multiplayer is anecdotic...

Tomb Raider is not a perfect game, but I take a lot of fun to play.

82

Welcome Back Lara!

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

As far as a 3rd person action/adventure game goes this is very good, as far as a Tomb raider game goes it's not too bad but it could be a lot better. From the perspective of a reboot from a great series this is certainly a nice breath of fresh air and there is a lot great things that has been put into this game: The environments and visuals are some of the best I've seen in a 3rd person game let a lone an action game for current generation technology. The combat system and mechanics are a joy to play and are free flowing and easy to control, the AI is pretty smart and react accordingly to their surroundings, character development is actually quite good considering a lot of people are saying they're 2 dimensional it's still a good story/plot all in all. These are some of the great things this game ha to offer. However I do feel that this game is missing something, it's missing the Indianna Jones style tomb/booby traps explorations we all grew to love in a Tomb Raider game. Don't get me wrong this game has tombs, it has exploration but it just doesn't quite feel the same and that brings me back to my point as a 3rd person action/adventure game this concept would be fine but as it's Tomb Raider I really crave this and that's why I will give Crystal Dynamics the benefit of the doubt and hope they add these important features for any forthcoming sequels. All in all a decent game and deserves a respectable score, however if you're looking for the true Tomb Raider feel you may be left slightly dissapointed.

89

Uncharted: Tomb Raider edition

buckleboff94 | June 10, 2013 | See all buckleboff94's reviews »

The title is meant as nothing but a compliment- I'll admit, I never saw the interest in tomb raider games- it doesn't help I was never particularly good at them. But I decided to take a chance on this reboot, and am extremely glad I did. The gameplay is fast and frantic, interspersed with okay puzzles, great climbing mechanics and set pieces rivalling uncharted- the bow and arrow being a particular delight to use. The story is very interesting, and the collectibles add another reason to explore. The graphics (especially laras hair!) are very beautiful. The story did seem to lose pace a little for me, and there may be one too many QTE's but for me this rivals sleeping dogs for gaming surprise of this gen.

90

Definitely a game worth a try

msdcc | June 9, 2013 | See all msdcc's reviews »

The only Tomb Raider game I have previous played was Tomb Raider legends, and at best, It was playable. The new Tomb Raider is a great reboot off the elder serious and it offers a far more interactive story with an excellent platform and combat balance. The game has a great combat system, to the point where it does not get repetitive, even until the end. I strongly recommend giving Tomb Raider a try; You wont be disappointed (unless you're a hardcore fan and don't like games that have strayed far from the original game)

88

Lara survives next gen

mchand82 | June 8, 2013 | See all mchand82's reviews »

Tomb Raider grows up. I have to admit I don't consider myself a Tomb Raider Series Fan. The Tomb Raider Reboot does much to change this perspective. Tomb Raider delivers tight cinematic action and adventure. The new Tomb Raider meets and outshines its competitors such as the Uncharted games and the Prince of Persia series.

Pros: Next Gen Visuals on PC: Visuals show off Direct X11 Effects nicely. Also TressFX adds more realistic hair if your system allows for it. Animations shine as Lara interacts with her environments nicely. Responsive controls (played with XB360 controller) Cinematic Presentation: cut scenes with integration into the gameplay to enhance tension. Compared to earlier installments, Lara Croft becomes a more relate able protagonist. Level Design: Levels build on the skills and tools you obtain. Levels do have areas that are more open then standard cinematic adventure games. Simple Set-up: On my system no need to make alterations outside of increasing visual settings.

Cons: Overall game length: I completed the single player game with 3 days of intense playthrough. If you enjoy collectibles then your gametime lengthens. (of note multiplayer adds significant playtime) Easy Difficulty:Not much gets in the way of you devastating the game. Luckily the cinematic presentation gives you the illusion of tension but overall challenge is on par with the Uncharted and PoP games.

Overall, I left very satisfied with the new Tomb Raider. If you enjoyed games such as Uncharted and Prince of Persia then you owe it to yourself to get this game. If you're looking for a showpiece for your new PC get this game as the PC version blows current PS2/XB360 games out of the water.

86

Epic Adventure

KellinCore | June 6, 2013 | See all KellinCore's reviews »

A tremendous facelift presents this game puts us in the shoes of Lara Croft, younger and stronger, adventurous, fast and with her usual charms. Leads to an unimaginable place with lots of greenery and also intense and energetic adventure. new enemies, weapons, and combat styles.

Totally recommended if you like this kind of games. Fast and action everywhere!

94

Lara in her best role, the survivor

kalil | June 6, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »

I'm not particularly a fan of the series, although I have played nearly every Tomb Raider, but I never have filled too. But this game had me hooked from the first moment to the last. Narrative, gameplay and spectacular graphics, and a good life.

gameplay 9.5

The story is linear, but leave enough room to explore and collect collectibles. The story is not amazing, but it keeps you hooked. There QTE, but not overwhelmed. The shooting mechanics are very well done, the way Lara is covered is as natural as I've ever seen. The only "but" is that the game is quite easy, there just moments complicated or difficult puzzles. The duration, remarkable. And you can do optional tombs, find collectibles ....

Technology in September

Good overall optimization, tessellation, filters and other technological aspects at a high level ....... Pantene hair and Lara, sponsored by TressFX! What more do you want? I take away a point because I had some fallito point in my nVidia card that made me have to close the game.

Graphics 10

This Tomb Raider PC is today, arguably the most advanced game the graphics, along with Crysis 3. Sharp textures, shadows and lighting very good, outstanding character models ... amazing, go.

Sound 8.0

Generally not surprising although there are several moments when the soundtrack gets really epic, and very well evolve as it goes by Lara.

Innovation 8.0

New tools, a new way of telling the story, modifications for weapons .... not a game too innovative in the sense that it takes many things from other games, but it is when compared with the previous in the series .

If you do not have it, and although you may not be fans of the series, Buy it NOW.

92

Fun and Intense

Turambar29 | June 5, 2013 | See all Turambar29's reviews »

I'm really enjoying the new Tomb Raider game. I've played a few of the older titles, with Legend being the last one I played through. While this is quite a bit different, it's also very good. Graphically it is a beautiful game, though a bit gory for my taste. Combat is fun, with a good number of options for weapons and hand-to-hand techniques. There are some QTE sequences, but I found them to be a lot more fun than I feared, and failure isn't punished very harshly, usually just requiring that you start the sequence over and try again.

The platforming is smooth and requires some thinking, as does the treasure hunting. The actions sequences are intense, visually powerful, and a lot of fun. Despite criticisms of stealing control from the player, I found the way these elements are mixed to work quite well.

The NPC are, on the whole, not well introduced or fleshed out, but it's a minor concern. More blood than I would like to see, but it does add to the intensity. I can't imagine playing the multiplayer aspect of the game - that's not what I'm looking for - and so I lament that lack of single player DLC. In other words, this game is a lot of fun, so much so that I'd love to see more single player content!

95

Great Adventure Game

nagelh67 | June 4, 2013 | See all nagelh67's reviews »

Tomb Raider is a great re-imagining of the Tomb Raider franchise. It features a new younger Lara Croft who must learn how to survive. The gameplay is very fluid and makes you feel like you're in on the action. It is varied enough to not be repetitive and you will have a great time exploring the mysterious island and fighting its villainous inhabitants. Tomb Raider is an amazing adventure game that makes you feel like anything can happen and is a must have for fans of the original franchise or those who just want to have an adventure.

98

This is my Game of The Year

myromance123 | June 4, 2013 | See all myromance123's reviews »

I was never much for adventure games, and I've been playing the Tomb Raider Lara Croft series since the 90's. This is the first Tomb Raider that I have finished and enjoyed so much, that it revived the gamer in me.

I've never experienced a prequel as good as this. If you're someone who likes to game simply for the story, this Tomb Raider has that for you. It has mysteries that need to be unraveled that actually matter to the gamer. It has really unexpected plot twists, and an ending that will leave you satisfied.

In terms of gameplay mechanics, the guys who developed this really thought things through. As you progress, you are able to level up your survival skills and even upgrade your weapons. Not one upgrade is unusable or not needed. Everything you'll find a place, a time, and a purpose for. The mechanics actually complement the storyline, and have a very good learning curve. It's not too easy, yet not too difficult.

19 hours of gameplay just on the singleplayer, and I'm left feeling satisfied and wanting a continuation. I haven't felt like this since Mass Effect 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum.

Not to mention, it runs beautifully in Wine for Linux and Mac gamers (albeit you'll miss out on the DirectX11 features and TressFX for the hair). I got this off GreenManGaming with a huge discount, and I actually feel I should have paid full price for the game. That's how good it is. This game really has something for everyone.

90

Through so much pain you can tell a story.

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

To give a little back history, I've never once was interested or considered playing one of the games from the Tomb Raider series. The series never looked appealing and never tried them. With that said though I knew the status of Laura was the badass female character based form what my friend experienced in the games.

When it came to finally playing Tomb Raider you already noticed how much pain and difficulty Laura takes in this re-imagined prologue to the Tomb Raider series. But because of this endurance Laura goes through shows how much Laura transforms throughout the game and becomes the badass she is.

Regarding the gameplay, the gameplay plays similar to that of the uncharted series without the whole cover system. The quick time button events are pretty annoying at times but that can be sufficed.

93

Immersive

forrrge | May 28, 2013 | See all forrrge's reviews »

At times its hard to imagine you're playing a game, graphics are beautiful, great dialogue, lovely action all played very smoothly.

I'll also add that my PC is 4 years old and this game runs like a dream.

95

A New Beginning

p3nguin_pris0n | May 28, 2013 | See all p3nguin_pris0n's reviews »

I wasn't interested in Lara's newest adventure when I first heard about it. I played the old Tomb Raider games, but never felt a real connection with them. Then I watched a gameplay video...

I usually don't get completely engrossed in a game anymore, but Tomb Raider had me in an iron grip; I didn't stop playing until I completed the adventure, and even then I dove back in to try and find all of the hidden items.

The world is designed so well, which I think is what really grabbed me to begin with. I really felt like I was alone, scared, lacking the skills to survive my new-found aloneness. But as Lara grows in the game, the player grows along with her. You begin learning how to move around, how to climb and reach some place that seems so far away, and how to survive. It's an action adventure game through and through.

Exploration plays a bigger part of the game than people are giving it credit for, I think. It's so fun to just explore. Combat is well done, too. It was incredibly freeing to have Lara just automatically crouch down when enemies were nearby, not only alerting me to their presence but also freeing me from trying to push a button to enter stealth mode.

The story is predictable, which isn't, I believe, a deal breaker. It's still loads of fun; it's a great game that deserves your full attention.

72

Fun game

brewce34 | May 28, 2013 | See all brewce34's reviews »

The uncharted comparison is spot on, the only difference is that this game is more open world. Very theatrical and combat heavy, the story is pretty weak and I got bored of the combat usually after a 2-3 hour session. Not saying its bad the combat is incredibly fun, its just that I can't rely on that alone to keep me playing for an extended period of time as it gets repetitive going from place to place fighting off hoards. The upgrade system for weapons worked pretty well and was fairly simple, just pick up extra salvage from hidden crates placed throughout the island or from dead enemies. I found the bow/pistol to be the most fun to use, since head shots are insta kills. Id recommend buying this game if you're a fan of uncharted.

95

As Good As Arkam Asylam

lozauk | May 27, 2013 | See all lozauk's reviews »

Its as if all the developers played Arkam and said "lets make a game as cool as that but with Lara Croft". Mission Accomplished.

Great game, spent 15 hours playing all the way through on a 100% completion. Enjoyed it loads, great story, great action, fluid controls, puzzle solving, treasure hunting. all good. Recommended.

Only let down was 1 crash in the middle putting me back about 6mins work. other than that, no problems.

90

Growing with Lara

georgiegenocyde | May 27, 2013 | See all georgiegenocyde's reviews »

As a kid I loved the Tomb Raider games. The exploration, acrobatics, mysteries. So Tomb Raider holds a lot of my childhood memories. I hear of the comparison of uncharted, but I never played those series.

Now I have yet to try multiplayer so my review is only on on single player. This game is great! The graphics are beautiful, the controls are smooth, the story is captivating. I love the fact that you get to grow with Lara. You see her go from afraid girl in an island surrounded by killers to a Strong and Independent young lady. At first you feel the need to protect her later on you just feel you should stand by her side. Square Enix did a great job on this Origin story. Now I didn't finish campaign cause I'm an idiot and delete my save file around 60%.

I only have a low to medium end rig. I only have a Radeon HD 7750 and I manage to play this game on High if i tweak a couple things, but my FPS suffer and drop to 40's. Still even when I run it on medium the game is beautiful. Some areas are definitely eye candy. Found myself a lot of the times just stopping on areas to take screenshots. Some of the deaths on this game are brutal. Really impressive you can see her squirm and fight with every inch of her life. It's one of those things that looks so painful you can feel it.

The controls are great too. I like how Lara automatically goes into sneak/cover mode in combat. Keeps the game fluid and its also a hint to when enemies are around. I have no complains except on the QTE either I prefered if it would tell me the key to press rather than the action. Might be my own fault though still getting use to KB+M combo.

Honestly aside QTE icons the only other gripe I have is why is Tomb Raiding optional. They made it more of a Secret/Optional thing. Kinda Ironic. Overall though great game. Definitely worth its money. If you were worried it would ruin your love for Tomb Raider. I assure you it wont. I can't wait to see what Square is going to do with the Tomb Raider series.

91

Great remake of a classic series.

Blendtec | May 27, 2013 | See all Blendtec's reviews »

I'll admit, I was skeptical of a Tomb Raider reboot, it could've easily just been Uncharted with more T&A. I'm pleased to say it's so much more than that. Lara Croft is back and she's learned a lot from Nathan Drake and Desmond Miles. Tomb Raider features cover shooting, light parkour, QTEs and some object collection. If that all sounds familiar, it's because this is a modern third person action game, but it blends these elements so superbly you won't even mind. I can only hope more games follow TR's example and do away with "snap cover". Instead of that tired old system, Lara moves fluidly around the world both in and out of combat. Even in the most gamey parkour platforming bits, everything just feels natural and fun (I'd recommend using a controller though). The gunplay is standard for the genre, but Lara's got a nice variety of weapons and dodging tricks to keep it fresh. You can spot QTEs miles away, but they too blend seamlessly into the action, and luckily aren't infesting cutscenes. The optional collection objects are also in obvious locations, but again thanks to the movement system, they're fun to get. The story and characters, much like Uncharted, are just interesting enough to keep your attention. You'll figure out the twists long before Lara and company even suspect a thing. My only complaints lie with the actual tombs and just how silly some equipment elements feel. Tombs are few and far between, and the puzzles within are laughable at best. Even without the ingame "survival instincts", or hint vision, the hardest ones shouldn't take you more than a few minutes. Much like a Zelda or Metroidvania, your new gear opens new areas or improves your ability to traverse old ones. I was a full third of the way through the game before Lara found a piece of metal suitable for making sparks and torches, yet I had to wait longer still to find a lighter to make fire arrows. I know I should expect this given the genre and influences, but it still just feels a bit forced. That said, Tomb Raider is visually stunning and a perfect fusion of many of the gameplay elements we've come to expect from this generation, and as such is one of the best games I have played in years.

95

Awesome Game!

GrimReaper711 | May 27, 2013 | See all GrimReaper711's reviews »

I bought this game after reading quite a few positive reviews and have to say it lived up to my expectations

The game is very similar to Uncharted 2 with a more serious tone (although I prefer playing this on PC because the aiming is so much easier)

The attention to detail is amazing (and the TressFX hair just takes the cake).

Im playing on a High-End PC and performance has been perfect. 60 FPS constant with TressFX disabled and between 30-45 FPS while TressFX is enabled.

Gameplay is your standard cover shooter, but there's no "Press A to go into cover" or "Crouch in cover" - Lara seems intelligent enough to do all these things automatically, the same going for stealth. This ends up making the gameplay flow really nicely.

If your thinking about buying this game - I highly reccemend it.

95

Tomb Raider Reborn

Infectionstudio | May 26, 2013 | See all Infectionstudio's reviews »

This origin title in the Tomb Raider franchise is a game with amazing visuals and gameplay. The vast island lets players explore and discover while the upgrade system allows players to enhance their Lara's skills and arsenal. The story and action kept me hooked, and I think it's worth a look at, especially if you're a Tomb Raider fan.

90

Amazing Title

NBASNIPES | May 26, 2013 | See all NBASNIPES's reviews »

It is overall a great game with some of the best set-pieces i have ever seen. I only wish they could have just added things to the multiplier.

94

Very fun!

krnzmaster | May 25, 2013 | See all krnzmaster's reviews »

This game was made extremely well. The combat is very satisfying and the story was very well made. Adding in the idea of a reboot and changing Lara into more of a beginner made the game much more enjoyable. Although there are some issues, like not making the tombs as important as the name makes it sound, there are definitely more positives than negatives.

Although this was my first Tomb Raider game, it has brought back the name and has made me want to play the predecessors. Hopefully they will make some more Tomb Raider games!