Shadow of the Tomb Raider Review

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Review

28th May 2019 Off By Bagwag82

You have to admit this rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy is nothing short of spectacular. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a great game and a fitting finale to the series. Exciting story, stunning graphics, engrossing gameplay and plenty of tomb raiding. This is the Shadow of the Tomb Raider review.

Setting the Scene

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. The story follows Lara as she ventures through the tropical regions of the Americas to the legendary city Paititi, battling the paramilitary organization Trinity as she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Puzzles are back in a big way and do not disappoint | GamingDog
Puzzles are back in a big way and do not disappoint.

Character Building at it’s Best

The story and characters are one of the main highlights for me in Shadow of the Tomb Raider because we have followed Lara and watched her grow as a character and as a strong young women over this exciting trilogy. We have also observed her relationships grow with the characters around her. You get to care about them and what happens to them whether it be good or bad.

One such relationship in particular in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is between Lara and her best friend Jose. We see them argue, cry and also love eachother as only best friends can do.

The Finest Manoeuvrability

Control and movement in the game are also standout features. The sense of freedom in the game is immense. As with the previous games, you can run, climb, grapple, swim, swan dive, walk, swing, roll, dodge, melee and more.

Becoming the Tomb Raider | GamingDog
Becoming the Tomb Raider.

All this movement has been refined over the course of the three games meaning that everything is fluid making controlling Lara a real treat.

Action and set pieces in the game also make their make. From clever thought inducing puzzles to dramatic escape runs through caves and creates climb up the walls and try to catch and kill you.

Location, Location, Location

The Peruvian jungle is the primary setting for the game. It has some stunning vistas to behold especially during sunset. My only niggle with this is that I would have liked to have seen a larger variety of the locations apart from jungle, lost cities, caves an tombs. Perhaps I’m just being picky.

Stunning vistas galore when you’re not tomb raiding.

The Jungle is a huge place. There is lots to explore, collect and learn. As usual the collectables are here hidden in easy and not so easy to access locations making you think about how to get to that branch up in the jungle canopy.

Hidden crypts are there to be discovered containing collectable hidden treasures along with hidden tombs each with their own unique challenges/puzzles to complete.

All this adventuring and exploring is carried out in a world that feels open but is in reality, a linear world with some areas slightly more open than others. However, the illusion of openness is quite clever.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Leopard Showdown | GamingDog
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Leopard Showdown

And don’t worry you can always fast travel back to campsites that you have discovered throughout your travels. So as always if you see one go and camp out to activate the fast travel points.

That’s right, campfires return in this outing and continue to act as a safe haven for Ms Croft. This is where you can save your game, spend skill points, craft and upgrade weapons.

Mission Givers help to add side quests to break up any repetitiveness of the game. Completing these missions rewards you with gadgets and XP.

Action Packed Adventure

One exciting moment saw me running, jumping and throwing my grappling rope to a hoop on the underside of a cliff. Once the grapple caught the hoop I swung, jumped and threw my grapple at the next hoop. It was gripping especially with the huge drop below waiting for me to plummet to my death at any moment.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider | GamingDog
Lighting sets the tone.

Which brings me onto my next point, death. To say that I died a couple of times is an understatement. I did die a lot in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

This was fine a lot of the time it was because I wasn’t playing the game the way it was intended to be played. With thought and care.

This Isn’t Splinter Cell

Stealth plays a big part in the game. I thought I would be clever and not bother smothering myself in mud from the grimy puddles and hide in the vines and shrubs to stealth kill enemies. Instead, I went out all guns blazing and quickly realised that The game wants me to be stealthy as I got killed pretty quickly.

This isn’t a stealth game like Splinter Cell by any means but Eidos Montreal have created stealth in the game and they make sure they use it.

Summary

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the best looking games this generation that isn’t a console exclusive. It is easily up there with the likes of God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.

If you haven’t played the first two games from this trilogy then I strongly recommend that you play them in order. You can pick them both up pretty cheaply these days and by the time you have finished then Shadow of the Tomb Raider should have also dropped in price even further.

I’d easily say this is the second best game after the first game in the trilogy so get tomb raiding.

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