Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (28,109 reviews)
Release Date: 4 Mar, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"Never liked the Tomb Raider series honestly which is why when it switched from 3rd person action platformer to 3rd person shooter I celebrated."
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Reviews

“The Tomb Raider you’ve wanted for years”
5/5 – The Escapist
“A superb action game.”
9.1/10 – IGN
“The graphics are dazzling.”
A- – Entertainment Weekly
“A master class in AAA game development.”
9/10 – CraveOnline
“A pitch-perfect new vision.”
9.25/10 – Game Informer

Survival Edition

Survival Edition includes:

  • Digital 32-page mini art book compiled by TOMB RAIDER’S Art Director Brian Horton
  • 10 downloadable tracks from TOMB RAIDER’s atmospheric soundtrack
  • Digital double sided map of the game’s mysterious island setting and the iconic cover image
  • Digital comic - Tomb Raider: The Beginning
  • "Guerilla Skin" in-game outfit
  • Three in-game weapons from "Hitman: Absolution" for use in "Tomb Raider": The Silverballer, Agency SPS 12, and HX AP-15

About This Game

Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. Download the Turning Point trailer to see the beginning of Lara’s epic adventure.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
    • Processor:Dual core CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+), Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
    • Memory:1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)

    • Graphics:DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT, nVidia 8600
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor:Quad core CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955, Intel Core i5-750
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 5870, nVidia GTX 480
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:512 MB*
    • Hard Drive:14 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9xxx series and NVIDIA 3xx series.
    • Intel HD4000 series cards require an Intel i7 CPU or better.
    Recommended:
    • OS:OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks
    • Processor:2.4 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:1GB*
    • Hard Drive:14 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9xxx series and NVIDIA 3xx series.
    • Intel HD4000 series cards require an Intel i7 CPU or better.
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 92 people (79%) found this review helpful
284.4 hrs on record
Posted: 17 October
Tomb Raider details the trials she endures which created the strong, rugged adult she is more popularly known as. The beginning moments of the game immediately catapult Lara into the maw of danger, she finds herself marooned on an unfamiliar island, where she must now use whatever survival skills she picks up along the way to make it out alive. Such a great adventure game!
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: 21 July
While I've seen many people who disagree, I think this game is magnificent. The story, the characters, the gameplay, it all goes together very well. While I have not played any of the older Tomb Raider games for any extended period of time, I can tell that one difference is that in this, Lara seems more human insofar as she actually has emotions. There are tons and tons of games where the character you play as just seems to lack emotions in many cases, most often combat situations. They just go and kill the enemies like it's an everyday thing for everyone.

I've seen people say things along the lines of Lara being 'whiney', but I disagree. She was just a regular person, and never went through anything outstandingly terrible at the beginning of this game. What would you do if you were thrown into this situation? You would probably freak out, and she did, making her character be realistic. My one complaint is that sometimes it seems like half of her dialogue is some kind of grunt or scream. Yes, again it is kind of realistic because you and I would likely be grunting and screaming as much as we are talking, but still. Some of it seems much more high pitched and girly than necessary.

I've seen people say that Lara takes too much punishment to be able to walk and run around. Yes, this is true, but think of it this way. She is in a survival situation, the adrenaline would help keep her going. Besides, what fun would a game like this be if it were 100% realistic? You get shot once and you're dead? Boring and frustrating. She got impaled through the abdomen at the beginning, you want her limping around slowly through the whole game? Again, boring and frustrating. Although it can be said that they could have skipped the injury entirely, it actually does contribute towards the game, showing that she initially does have at least an above average pain tolerance, still being able to climb around when necessary while still showing obvious signs of more than just a little bit of pain from the injury.

Now, the story? Well, it's hard to go into detail of why I like it so much, so I'll put it simply. I've played through the whole game twice the first three days I had it, and now I'm going in for a 3rd time just because I love it so much. Enough said?

Also, graphics? There's a graphics option just for the quality of Lara's hair. I think that speaks for itself.
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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October
my entire life i have dreamed of a game where i could play as a dainty british girl getting tortured, slapped, killed in many gruesome ways, and who despite suffering from severe hypothermia, never wears anything more than her tank-top.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game (this is the first TR game I’ve played so I can’t compare it with Lara’s previous outings) and, a few gripes aside. Visually, this game is very striking. It also has a pretty good AI and enjoyable combat. The voice acting is good, and the storyline, despite being conventional, is better than average. The mix of exploration, puzzle-solving, combat, and parkour-style platforming is well-balanced and satisfying and gives the game a much broader scope than most. A couple of the QTEs are ♥♥♥♥ING annoying, but on the whole the set-pieces are well choreographed, impressively designed, and fun to complete. The save system is also a little frustrating, especially if you happen to mistime a jump halfway between checkpoints (sadly us PC gamers are used to this). Overall TOMB RAIDER is an impressive example of excellent game design and is immensely enjoyable to play.


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57 of 75 people (76%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: 3 November
The best Tomb Raider I've played! Finished it 100% complete!

The way they gave Lara a body not so voluptuous like in the old Tomb Raider series gave it a realistic touch.

Story is very appealing lots of drama and action... And talk about cults ooohhhh Magick! Pow Pew! Wubwubwub!

I shot a guy on the head with an arrow and he still walked and shot me to death with an AK made of sticks.

PS: Don't get the DLC's there's nothing good about the extra costumes.
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67 of 93 people (72%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: 25 August
I would always recommend Tomb Raider's SinglePlayer again.

One of the best Adventure games I've ever played!!
You also learn a lot about the Japanese and Chinese Mythology, it is brilliant.
Tomb Raider's Developers really did the best they could. Thanks for this!!

Normal difficulty is too easy since I had almost unlimited ammo due to a most-correct skillset. Your enemies won't really hit and kill you as well, but when they hit then massively lol. Take cover, always! That's why I commend to use the Hard gamemode. It will be next for me very soon.

The most important achievements are done, too.
Found everything without any help or walkthroughts. Use your map and set waypoints.
Game successfully finished after ~19 hours of a non-stop play.

Well, I died a lot but not by enemies, more by searching every corner and stuff on each map.

In my eyes, TR includes just the best of the whole Tomb Radier universe. I have noticed a lot from classic Tomb Raider 2 and classic Tomb Raider 3, my favourite parts. The young Lara Croft reminds me from Tomb Raider: Legend and I have so noticed lots of "Legend" elements within Tomb Raider.

Btw, I haven't played the MultiPlayer yet, but it seems Cheaters have crushed it completely.
Maybe some Co-op friends are so going to play this with me, cheat-free of course.
We need an Anti-Cheat system and so a global ladder reset. Please.

:D

Do you wanna read negatives?
- Tomb Raider has not included any swimming/diving missions.
- Hunting animals should be more effeictive aka, add hunger.
- The action keys are a bit confusing at the very 1st start of TR's gameplay.


BEST REGARDS
N3


P.s.:
After finishing TR through its hard gamemode, I have to finally play Hitman: Absolution ^^
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: 19 November
Good:

intense gritty story.

breathtakingly beautiful game.exquisite detail.

background music is awesome.voice acting is good too. 'survivor is born' is best OST i heard in recent years which is not from Zimmer or Kyd.

environmental puzzles are fun.no fixed camera or anything annoying like in Prience of Persia Warrior Within or MadHatter/scarecrow level in Arkham series. Camera system is excellent.

exploration value is great.you wander around, you find tomb and lotta salvage.tons of level variation. sniping from tree tops@ night,creepy caverns, shipwreck beach..

best survial-adventure-action game. deaths are spectacular.

even if you die all your collectibles and stuff you got are saved.


Bad:
Mini games/quick time events- (like when enemy attacks you) are unfair and feel unpolished. you have to quickly press the buttons but there's not enough time to read it and you die. I had to do some of these 5-6 times in a row before I can understand wtf I am actually supposed to do. dying this way gets on the nerves real fast.

Multiplayer- not a single server. played only 4 times. the maximum number of players I found in match is 6. mechanics and unlocking sysem is good enough, fun when you can find the players.

cover system and stealth mechanics could have been better.

Buy it.
9/10
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
368.3 hrs on record
Posted: 9 November
Great start for the new Lara Croft! The graphics are amazing and the gameplay feels so real. Lara feel like a real person with fluid movements and amazing voice acting. You will love it!
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: 7 December
Very enjoyable action adventure game with sprinkle of puzzle. Superb visual! It was quite a blast from start to finish long as you don't go after 100% achivement like I have. I managed to complete the single player portion but no luck with the multiplayer achivs. Community seems pretty dead. Which was no surprise since I didn't even realize there was a multiplayer until I saw the achivement list.

It's a very good game to have in your library since this game goes on sale very often. And if you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a crazy white girl, give this game a go!

Recently it was on 80% sale so I grabbed most of the DLCs. DO NOT GET THE HUNTER SKIN! It makes Lara Croft look like a complete hobo. My favorites are Aviatrix and Mountaineer skins. Best 19 cents I have ever spent in my life.

Final Note: Great game but I feel like it could have been better if they went all in on single player portion and ditched multiplayer completly.
8/10
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: 10 October
Tomb Raider is the next installment in the series of Tomb Raider games with s different take on the story. Rather then play as Lara Croft on another adventure to discover lost tombs and treasure, you play as Lara when she was in her younger years (early to mid twenty's I think) and she was not the adventurer type as we know her to be back then.

The game starts off with the you surviving a ship wreck and having to find your crew mates. Along the way you discover hidden tombs random box's containing salvage material and random items throughout the game to collect.

Crystal Dynamics did yet another amazing job creating another Tomb Raider game. The visuals and graphics alone make this game truly amazing looking. Tomb Raider is an adventure game and that offers weapon upgrades as well as skill upgrades.

The game plays smoothly with the Xbox 360 controller and the default button setup is well placed for play. Although you can't save the game when ever you like there are camp sites that when you rest the game saves.

When you pass by an area with placed you could not get into you will eventually make your way back so that you can access those areas with your upgraded weapon and/or new weapon abilities. The camp sites also let you fast travel from camp site to camp site.

The map screen when you access it will show locations of the hidden items to find in a given area once you locate the treasure map or enough GPS devises for them to show up.

My first few hours of play of Tomb Raider I have to say have been really good. There are events in the game that require button mashing to be done in order to succeed and although this makes the game more dynamic I don't like it because it distracts me from watching the event by making me focus on what button is about to be reveled that I need to press with in a second.

Right now the Game of The Year edition is $39.99 Canadian and I would wait for a sale when it $12.49 or so before picking it up because the single player is where the game is really enjoyable. Although the price of $39.99 is a steal there isn't much to offer for multiplayer as there isn't many people playing the multiplay side of the game, plus the single player story is what Tomb Raider is really about.

Pro's
  • Visually amazing game
  • New take on Lara Croft
  • Good amount of hidden tombs
  • Weapon upgrading

Con's
  • Multiplayer lacks players
  • DLC offers immediate unlocks of skills


CVGAnton's Rating
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: 16 October
Review was too long to input into steam limited text so did it in video form sorry guys!

prs
+ Nominated for best female protaganist in any video game
+ Beautiful detailed environment and graphics
+ Immersive experience and fun action gameplay
+ Hair work is one of the best seen in any game
+ The tombs are really fun to explore though there arne't many.
+ Grisly Death scenes for making mistakes and dieing. So don't die


Cons
- Not much replayability, except harder difficulty
- Hunting wasn't expanded on at all in this gameif anything dies off in the game later on
- bosses were weak as there was little to none
- Story dialogue was not strong
- Multiplayer was dead even during the beginning
- the puzzles are too easy



Video Review -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT1B4zLYExU
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: 27 November
Best action movie I've ever played.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: 18 October
awesome and pretty game! really diggin' the single player 11/10

little bit upset buying the GOTY cuz the multiplayer is pretty dead 6/10

gameplay 9/10
graphics 10/10

"Do you recommend this game?" ♥♥♥♥ yeah~!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: 23 November
Spectacular action/adventure game that holds you in it's paws from the beginning 'till the very end. The new Lara Croft is the most amazing thing that has happened to the series in 18 years (1996-2014). The graphics (characters, landscapes and the animation) are reminding me of the Last Of Us (awesome PS3 exclusive and my favourite game, all in all), which is a good thing, obviously. Soundtrack, voices and ambient sounds are decent as well -- game does a very good job immerging the player into it's universe. Level design and the game progression are just flawless -- you'll want to search every piece of every level in order to find all the secrets and get all the achievements (which isn't pretty hard, if you ask me).

After all, the only weak spot of the game is it's multiplayer -- it's pretty boring and kind of imbalanced.

I'd rate this game 9.0 out of 10.0, and I'm anxiously waiting for the Rise Of The Tomb Raider, which is going to be released next year, Q4 2015.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: 19 December
This is a real eye-opener game. Unique design concept deep heart and it made ​​a very good detail. Plot is entirely inferior to Hollywood blockbusters. Role model is very fine, making good interface. So what? You worth trying to play!

強烈推薦的遊戲!
虐手殘啊..打了日語補丁包後.
能玩出XX的感覺.
不行,,手指跟不上節奏啊..
每次都害勞拉慘叫..各種死的方式..太殘忍了.
PS.這才是球迷該買的遊戲! 櫻魂?呵呵...
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: 15 October
The game begins with Lara Croft, a young archaeologist, setting out on her first expedition aboard the ship Endurance, with the intention of finding the lost kingdom of Yamatai. The expedition ventures into the Dragon's Triangle, east of Japan. The ship is struck by a violent storm and shipwrecked, leaving the survivors stranded on an isolated island. A bloodthirsty, strange cult shows up to the shipwreck and tries to capture and kill the 'outsiders.' Lara soon discovers that the cult is led by a man named Mathias. Lara narrowly escapes capture at the hands of Mathias's men and must track down her friends and escape the island.
The gameplay is where the game shines. Throughout the course of the game, Lara comes across a bow, and finds a handgun, machine gun, and shotgun. The weapons can be upgraded with the use of salvage, which you can find in crates, lockers, enemy corpses and animal corpses. You can also upgrade your skills with XP which you gain through story progression, killing enemies and animals, finding collectibles and solving puzzles. The weapons and skills can be upgraded at Campfires, which also allow the player to fast travel back to areas which you have visited before.
You have to solve Mini-puzzles to open up a new path. Fire, wind, gravity, and rope arrows are just a few elements that are used throughout the game. Lara can climb rock walls and use valves with the help of a climbing axe, shoot rope arrows to create ziplines and much more.
The Enemy AI is smart and will use cover and fire to their advantage. Quicktime events are often used in cases where Lara is captured or attacked by a wolf and they are pretty intuitive. Tombs are also in the game, but they are optional to get XP and salvage bonuses.
There is also a multiplayer part. It consists of 4 game modes, Rescue, Team Death Match, Cry for Help and Free For All. Basically in all competitive modes the survivors will fight against the scavengers.
The graphics are gorgeous. There is nothing to complain about.
The ambient sound is well done. The voice acting is extremely professional.
Overall, Tomb Raider is a spectacular game and I can highly recommend it for fans of the old Tomb Raider games and also for any other type of player.

Sounds 10/10
Graphics 10/10
Gameplay 9/10
Atmosphere 10/10
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November
This is not a review, but I highly recommend this third-person adventure game for the following reasons:

1. An action-packed survival story with some compelling and quintessential moments for the young Lara Croft.
2. Beautiful visuals, Lara Croft has never looked so good!
3. Lots of locations in vibrant tropical settings, with all kinds of weather.
4, More gunplay than one might expect from a Tomb Raider game, and not as many tedious puzzles.
5. Great stealth mechanics!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: 18 September
A survivor is born…

It’s the tagline that’s been attached to every trailer, screenshot, and press release surrounding Crystal Dynamics 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, but it actually serves as a pretty good summarization of the series as a whole. From the revolutionary first game, through its progressively mediocre sequels, eventual revival with Legend and then repeated downward spiral, it’s not always been the most successful of franchises but nonetheless is one of the most enduring throughout its failures. With Tomb Raider 2013 (hence force just “Tomb Raider” or “TR”) Crystal Dynamics has done away with many of the hallmarks of the series, leaving something behind that some may argue bares little resemblance to its predecessors but in my eyes is the exact incarnation of what Tomb Raider needed to become relevant again.

Gone are the lengthy, puzzle riddled tombs, the emphasis on absurd level designs, lackluster combat, and an enormous set of breasts standing in for a protagonist. In their place we find a tightly knit, extremely cinematic, blockbuster action game that completely overhauls what we consider TR to be and turns it into something far more compelling and polished than the series has ever been.

As an origin story, TR is as much the story of Lara Croft’s ascension from curious but naive archaeologist to the incredibly self sufficient treasure hunter we know her best as, as it is the harrowing account of an expedition gone south as Lara and co become stranded on an island populated by what could most easily be described as the criminally insane. It’s a darker narrative than we’ve ever seen with Lara, with moments that made me legitimately cringe and could very nearly be categorized as horror, but it’s also the deepest and most personal.

Lara is a fragile and vulnerable character, but not a helpless one, and in watching her grow and overcome so many trials she becomes an immensely relatable and empathetic character. She keeps your attention from cheap sex appeal, but for the fact she’s a believable and well acted character; flawed and broken by the events around her, but never beaten by them. It’s a shame the others characters didn’t receive nearly the same level of development, though for what they are they provide enough of a narrative hook to be memorable. If I had any issue with the story, it’s that it disappointingly falls back on the series trademark supernatural elements in the latter half, which came off as almost silly in such a realistic and brutal world. But even then, the plot moves at such a quick pace and so much velocity that it remains almost absurdly compelling the entire way through, making it easy to gloss over an occasional lack of exposition to just enjoy the ride.

Where TR has seen the most growth over past games though, is in the refinement and broadening of its mechanics. Combat is no longer a tedious lock on affair, but made up of brutal, intense encounters that are consistently evolving and requiring you to constantly think on your feet as enemies react and attempt to flank you from all sides. For this the auto cover system works shockingly well, causing you to crouch behind objects when enemies are nearby and easily pop in and out as you pop enemies off. It’s fast and feels incredibly fluid, never once breaking on me as similar systems have in the past, but instead given me one less thing to worry about so I can focus my attention elsewhere.

This would mean little if the gunplay wasn’t excellent, but to Crystal Dynamics credit they’ve crafted some of the most satisfying third person shooting of any game I’ve played in recent memory. Your arsenal is limited, but it’s composed solely of the weapons you will actually need, chief among them an amazing bow which works brilliantly as both a stealth weapon and a powerful killing machine if you’re spotted. It defines the combat in TR and gives it its own identity that I’ve yet to tire from.

The other most prominent part of the experience is the Uncharted-esq platforming (I tad ironic considering where that game got most of its roots), which if anything is scaled back from what it used to be but is made up for with how intuitive and fast movement has become. There is no extraneous platforming to be found here, but a focused and dynamic moveset that works with the environment to direct you where to go and gives you no trouble getting there. It really cannot be overstated how much of an improvement this is over the often confusing, terribly imprecise level traversal of even Crystal Dynamics’s prior TR game, Underworld. I never once had to fuss with the camera or controls, which is more than I can say of even most of TR’s contemporaries.

Wrapping this altogether is an open world that finds the sweet spot between so large it becomes overwhelming to navigate, and too small you lose all sense of scale. It’s distinct and enjoyable to explore, packed with secrets that actually mean something and are used to flesh out the world past the core plot.

And less you somehow forget, this is an absolutely astonishing looking game, with a recognizable art style and some incredible environmental effects. Watching a building be torn apart by violent winds, or fire engulf a ship is jawdropping, even more so when it’s viewed through a wonderfully cinematic camera that escalates even simple scenes into something you can’t look away from. It’s simply gorgeous, and has been scarily well optimized so much so that my mid-range PC barely flinched as I began turning settings up well past what I expected I could.

Tomb Raider might not be what you expect, but it’s a game that deserves all the praise and recognition it has received. Crystal Dynamics has managed to once again salvage a series and brought it to a height I didn’t think was possible. It’s a stunning adrenaline rush, that does as much for Lara’s character as it does for rejuvenating the franchise, which by the end had left me with a lack of words past a barely audible “wow”.

Disclaimer: this review covers only the single player portion of Tomb Raider.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October
An amazing game!!!

The action picks up from the very first minute and keeps you breathless
for ages as enemies ,falling helicopters ,and planes chase you through
unbelievable beautifull landscapes.

Pros:

- Beatifull grapfics
- Vast land to explore
- Character developing
- Survival
- Action packed
- Mesmerizing


Cons :

-None

Fully recommend for anybody :)

Just get it end enjoy!!!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: 28 October
Fantastic. Highly enjoyable. Well worth playing!
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: 1 July
Expectation: Tomb raiding
Reality: Cutscenes, quick time events, melodrama and corridor shooting.

Stay away.
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