Shadow of the Tomb Raider - MJCrystalD

Experience the beginning of Lara Croft's defining adventure with the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Free Trial. Journey to Cozumel, Mexico in the midst of The Day of the Dead celebrations, where Lara and her trusted friend Jonah must race against Trinity to find a hidden tomb.

Immerse yourself in Lara’s newest adventure, and see why critics are calling this a thrilling conclusion to Lara Croft’s origin story. After completing the trial, those who purchase Shadow of the Tomb Raider will resume right where they left off, keeping all of their progress and unlocks.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - (Alice O'Connor)

We’ve all seen Lara Croft’s origin story a hundred times: bitten by a radioactive tomb, she gained great power and unslakeable bloodthirst, but when her father was killed in an alley by a cursed string of pearls she had herself raided, she realised she had a great responsibility to do errands for the indigenous peoples she’s robbing. If you wish to once again discover how Lara Croft became The Tomb Raider, however, you’re in luck as a demo for Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is out now. It offers the game’s opening.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

2018’s gruelling release schedule means that I completely forgot that Shadow of the Tomb Raider had even come out, let alone that it was just a few months ago. If you forgot about it, too, or you’ve just been putting it off, then good news! You can play its opening levels in a free trial for PC and consoles. 

The demo is expected to pop into existence in the next hour, and you'll be able to download it from the Steam page. You’ll have complete access to the opening levels, and if you choose to buy the game, your progress will carry over, including achievements. 

Andy Kelly’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider review certainly makes it sound worth taking for a spin, especially if you feel like Lara should be doing more raiding of tombs and less murdering of dudes. 

Shadow shows impressive restraint, rarely using combat as a crutch and focusing more on what makes this series special: namely, raiding tombs. And the tombs here are undoubtedly the star of the show, and some of the best in the series. The feeling of trespassing in an ancient, cursed place is palpable, and hearing the stone door scrape open when you finally solve that puzzle is always a satisfying feeling. And it’s these moments, not the exploding refineries, helicopter battles, or expensive cinematic set-pieces, that make this worth playing.

It's the photo mode (as always) that I want to really play around with, which Andy used to image what Lara's Instagram might look like. 

I think I’ll save this for the weekend, but what about you lot?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - (Dominic Tarason)

If there’s one thing better than looting the artefacts of ancient, forgotten civilisations for personal gain, it’s doing it with a friend. Today, the first of seven planned DLC tombs for Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was released. The Forge is a lava-filled, puzzle-heavy delve, and designed for play either solo or in the newly introduced online co-op mode. Lara can now tag along with a pal and solve problems in fun tag-team ways, further building on the back-to-basics tomb raiding approach of the game. Below, Eidos Montreal show off some of the quirks of multiplayer.


Fallout 4 - (John Walker)

Please check to see if your cats are laying down with dogs, and if your downs are presently up, because it’ll only further confirm this week’s Steam Charts’ signs of the end times. SEVEN new or re-entries, no GTA, no Counter-Strike, no Witcher 3 – and please, look, sit down, make sure a relative or loved one is close by – Plunkbat is at #6. With literally nothing making sense any more, let’s just try to get through this – however much “this” there is left – together.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is being review bombed on Steam following a sale that has discounted just weeks after it was released.

Debuting on 14th September 2018, Shadow of the Tomb Raider released to chiefly positive reviews. However, in the last week, the game has dropped to a "mixed" rating after a week-long sale dropped the price by 34 per cent for the standard edition, and 47 per cent for the special Croft edition (thanks, Reddit, via PCGN).

The game received 196 negative reviews when the sale started, followed by hundreds more logged throughout the week.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Andy called Shadow of the Tomb Raider "one of Lara Croft's best modern adventures" in his review last month and, up until this week, fans seemed to generally agree, giving it mostly positive reviews on Steam. But then it was review bombed, with most disgruntled fans citing a 34% week-long sale, which ends tomorrow, as the reason for criticism.

From reading some of the 600+ reviews since the sale went live (66% of those reviews are negative), the main line of reasoning is that it's unfair to have paid full price for the game, either as a pre-order or at launch, only to see it heavily discounted so soon after. 

Most don't seem concerned about whether the game is any good or not, and many don't even comment on it. "Feel like a fool to have pre-ordered," one simply says. Another negative review reads: "Game is good btw...but never pre-ordering a Square Enix game ever again." 

While I can understand the frustration, I wouldn't have it any other way—the fact that games go on sale so quickly, and regularly, is one of the things I like best about PC gaming. It's yet another reason why you should be cautious about pre-ordering anything. 

There is, of course, some legitimate criticism to be found in the reviews, with some pointing to audio and visual bugs, while others simply didn't get on with the story or combat. But, on balance, I still think it's worth playing, and if you're quick you can grab it with that 34% discount. It's $39.59/£29.69 on Steam.

Thanks, PCGamesN.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Interestingly, Shadow of the Tomb Raider launched with a different ending that was patched out on day one. Frustratingly, it also arrived with a bug that prevented some players from achieving 100 percent completion. That's now been fixed universally, as have a number of other issues in the wake of its fourth PC patch. 

Collectable stats are no longer misrepresented in the UI, for example, and Dolby Atmos should now always launch without a hitch. Likewise, a number of "smaller" stability and functionality fixes have been applied; and players using Steam Input will now be shown appropriate icons for all supported controller types—in the same way this is displayed for native input players.  

"While we expect this patch to be an improvement for everyone," says developer Eidos Montreal in this Steam Community post. "If you do have trouble with this patch and prefer to stay on the old version we have made a Beta available on Steam, Build 234.2, that can be used to switch back to the previous version.

"This patch will be applied by Steam automatically when you next start the game. If your game does not update, please restart the Steam client. If your game does not start properly after downloading this update, please verify the integrity of your Steam game files."

Andy seemed to enjoy Shadow of the Tomb Raider in his 84-scored review, and I guarantee you'll laugh your way through his feature on turning a grim nightmare into an awkward vacation with Shadow of the Tomb Raider's photo mode

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - MJCrystalD

We are proud to announce the first of seven new DLC adventures for Shadow of the Tomb Raider - The Forge. Available as a free download to all Season Pass holders, or as a standalone purchase, The Forge will launch worldwide on November 13th.

In her DLC debut, Lara must brave the lava-flooded Forge of the fallen gods to uncover the secrets of Kuwaq Yaku. Throughout her journey, she will uncover details about a friend’s ancient legacy, and overcome a danger long thought to be lost in flame. The Forge delivers a brand-new challenge tomb, playable in both solo and co-op. Players who complete the challenge tomb will be rewarded with the Grenadier skill, Brocken outfit, and Umbrage 3-80 weapon.

A completely new adventure, The Forge is the first of seven monthly DLC releases available through the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Season Pass, providing players with an abundance of fresh content, challenge tombs, co-op experiences, weapons and outfits, and additional narrative side missions. Additionally, The Forge will introduce Score Attack and Time Attack modes.

Lara Croft has mastered an unforgiving jungle, explored vast ruin-filled landscapes, and battled Trinity for the fate of humanity, all set against the backdrop of the Maya apocalypse. Yet even more adventures await in the hidden City of Paititi. New mysteries and challenges will arise, friendships and rivalries will deepen, and above all, new tombs will be discovered in a series of DLCs that expand the world of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

The Season Pass is available for $29.99 or The Forge can be purchased as a standalone for $4.99.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Square Enix has offered up details of The Forge, Shadow of the Tomb Raider's first post-launch DLC "adventure", which is due to arrive for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 13th.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to receive a whopping seven DLC episodes in total, each arriving roughly a month apart. The first of these, The Forge, sees Lara "brave the lava-flooded Forge of the fallen gods to uncover the secrets of Kuwaq Yaku." There's also talk of Lara uncovering a friend's legacy, and overcoming "a danger long thought to be lost in flame". Losing your danger in a flame sounds awfully careless to me.

The Forge is said to take the form of a brand-new challenge tomb, playable either solo and co-operatively, although it's unclear just how substantial this particular tomb might be. Completing The Forge's challenges unlocks the Grenadier skill, Brocken outfit, and Umbrage 3-80 weapon.

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