In the latest installment of the Tomb Raider franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider review, players take on the role of Lara Croft as she sets out to find a lost city in the Amazon. The game is a visual feast, with lush environments and detailed character models. The gameplay is thrilling, with challenging puzzles and intense action sequences. The story is engaging, with a twisty plot that will keep players guessing.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Review
You need to be informed
- What is it? This is the final chapter of Lara Croft’s origin trilogy.
- Expect to pay: PS45/$60
- Developer: Eidos Montreal
- Square Enix Publisher
- Reviewed on: GTX1080, Intel I5-6600K and 16GB RAM
- Multiplayer None
- You will still like the previous two.
- Some of the tombs that are puzzle-centric feel wonderfully retro
- You can be stringed along from collectibles to collectibles.
- You will still like the previous two.
- Some scenes feature sub-par voice acting
- Many of the stories feel contrived or filled with holes.
1. Explore the Secrets of Mesoamerica
After a massive storm crashes her plane, Lara enters Cozumel, Mexico. Lara weaves her way through Day of the Dead festivities, ignoring grieving husbands and mothers. She follows the trail of Trinity (the organization that killed Lara’s father). She accidentally triggers doomsday while navigating an ancient land full of secrets.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s semiopen world is yours to explore. You can use base camps to travel around the map quickly. NPCs populate the hubs, which are settlements where they tell heartbreaking stories about homes that disasters have destroyed. Side missions can be undertaken to help the poor as you travel around different hubs. Patiti is the most striking hub. This hidden city reimagines El Dorado’s gilded city in a Mesoamerican way. The story unfolds as you try to stop the Mayan Apocalypse.
The single-player campaign of Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an engaging adventure that can be completed in approximately 20 hours. You can expect to find challenge tombs and complete side missions throughout the game’s post-game content. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is not a game with a lot of replayability. You can finish it in around 30 hours.
2. Be a Jaguar
The $59.99 Shadow of the Tomb Raider features platforming action interwoven in firefights. Our gunslinging heroine embraces her darker side in this new adventure as she weaves through the muddy jungles. She now relies more on stealth than ever before. Nearly every combat section can quickly be dealt with without firing a single shot. Metal Gear Solid is a favorite franchise of mine, and I love that style of play.
You can move quickly and naturally through the environment. This is similar to the jaguar you defeat and skin (you repurpose its hide for armor). You can swing from branches and rappel down cliff edges. Although you can only climb certain ledges without a set path, platforming feels exploratory. The action demonstrates that Lara Croft has never been braver or more dangerous.
The primary weapons you have are the bow and knife. However, submachine guns and shotguns and hip pistols can be used when engaging in firefights. Lara waits patiently for the arrow to fly on your foe when you pull the bow back. Also, firearms feel accurate—shotguns fire bullets with a heavy kickback. The submachine gun kills enemies with an authentic feeling. You can enhance Lara’s weapon handling with Skill upgrades.
Lara can be upgraded with materials and salvaged from the jungle. Skill points earned during adventures will unlock new abilities. Stealth kills, recovering, killing wild animals, finding artifacts and learning languages nets XP.
There are three types of skills: Seeker, Warrior, or Scavenger. Caiman’s breath, which increases Lara’s lung capacity underwater, is one of the survival abilities granted by Scavenger. Raposa’s threat is a Warrior skill that allows for headshot assistance. Eagle’s Talon, a Seeker skill, will enable Lara to string enemies up in trees for stealth kills. By changing her skill selection, Lara can transform into a stealth jungle assassin or gun blazer.
3. The Mighty Jungle is in the jungle
Shadow of the Tomb Raider, as it is known, is a fantastic game. The Mesoamerican ruins of the jungle are rendered in a stunning, lifelike style. The cinematic chase segments, which see you running from mudslides and a Gatling gun-equipped helicopter, are also breathtaking.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another example of the Tomb Raider tradition of showing a significant discrepancy in cut-scene Lara’s appearance and her in-game avatar. Cut-scene, Lara is emotional, expressive, and shockingly honest. Her in-game model, however, has a very stoney face. This is especially surprising since the NPCs’ models in-game tell their stories with passionate tenderness.
The sound design is excellent, which is a plus. The game’s authentic rhythms pulse throughout and linger behind the stunning graphics with the anxious caution required by the deadly jungle. For example, the Eye of the Serpent level has tension-filled music that sounds like it came straight from a horror film. The soundtrack also features the sounds of the serpent-tongued undead, which are pure nightmare fuel.
4. The Croft Legacy
Shadow of the Tomb Raider lets you visit Croft Manor (Lara’s childhood home), just like other Tomb Raider games. However, this time you will only see it through the eyes and memories of Lara as she grew up. You will not be disappointed if you expect a return to the Croft Manor classic training level.
Nevertheless, the Croft Family’s legacy as brilliant puzzle solvers can be found throughout the game. Each puzzle is meticulously designed with attention to the story and level design. For example, in Eye of the Serpent, you will need to figure out how to adjust the water level in the crypt to open the chamber door. It would help if you also avoided the undead enemies. Although the puzzles can be challenging, finding the missing piece or the final step is the most satisfying part of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
5. PC Power
Shadow of the Tomb Raider can be run at minimum specs on a gaming computer that runs Windows 7, an Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 40GB of storage. My gaming laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and 16GB RAM. The Windows 10 operating system runs between Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s minimum and recommended specs. The recommended specs are also listed on the Steam page. These specs include a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 4770L CPU or 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5 1600 CPU, 16GB RAM or 40GB storage, an AMD Radeon RX 480 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 graphics card.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider sometimes crashed or froze. Although the game was running at 30 FPS, the frame rate occasionally dropped to the single digits. These were when I had to stop and wait for my computer to catch up.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a Steam game and supports Steam Achievements (Steam Cloud), Steam Trading Cards (Steam Trading Cards) and Steam Achievements (Steam Cloud). Square Enix wraps Shadow of the Tomb Raider in Denuvo Antitamper DRM, which many PC gamers hate.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider excels at exploration and offers stunning views that enhance the quest to explore the perfect open space. Many puzzle platforming tombs reward players who return to old and new gameplay mechanics. The story is not the same. Lara’s journey ends with a tired, tried formula that doesn’t reach its potential despite promising beginnings.