The conclusion to the epic reboot.
Lara Croft made a triumphant return in 2013 when Tomb Raider was rebooted into a more action-adventure game that featured a grittier heroine. The first two games received lots of praise, and while this third and final outing has some flaws, it ends Lara’s story on a high note and made us wish that there were more adventures we can play.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues the series’ action adventure setting that invokes similar comparisons to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted. But despite some similarities, the Tomb Raider games have proven that Lara Croft hasn’t lost its flare.
The game follows Croft on the continued hunt to stop Trinity that takes here through South America. When she inadvertently unleashes an impending Mayan apocalypse, she will race against time and all odds to stop the organization and literally save the world.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider features some of the most ambitious action scenes I’ve played on a video game. It’s very cinematic and a lot of fun and improvements on combat and skill mechanics make the controller hard to put down in its 25+ hour gameplay. New abilities such as rappel and overhand allow more movement when you traverse cliffs and mountainsides.
Despite all the action, Lara’s core story isn’t ignored, and you can see how much she has grown from the past two games. Lara’s obsession with stopping the apocalypse also gives her a more humane approach, even if the concept seems a little far-fetched. Still, the conclusion to her story feels perfect and satisfying.
Just like the previous games, Shadow of the Tomb Raider includes a plethora of tombs, crypts, side missions and puzzles for you to solve and explore.
Something different in this installment is the implantation of difficulty options on puzzles, navigation, and combat. You can independently choose if you prefer to solve harder puzzles or increase the difficulty in combat.
The lush jungles and intricate tombs are wonderfully recreated in the game, which almost borders to being realistic. We played Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One X, and the game will offer you the choice to play it with a better resolution or better performance. Combined with HDR, it is one of the best-looking games we’ve seen to date.
Overall, Shadow of the Tomb Raider ends Lara’s story on a high note. The story isn’t as deep or involving as previous installments, but Lara’s journey to become a Tomb Raider is satisfyingly presented here.
+ Excellent graphics
+ Engaging gameplay
+ Improved abilities and combat
– The story could be better
Final Rating: 4.5/5