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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - PlayStation 4

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    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (326 out of 334)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Crystal Dynamics|Eidos Montreal
    • Publisher: Square Enix
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 09/14/2018

    Synopsis


    Dive into darkness with Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PlayStation 4. Dark tombs, thick jungles and clever enemies put Lara in more danger than ever before, perfect for veteran players. Use the environment to your advantage and strike like a hunter if you want to survive in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

    Features


    Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth - Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems

    Become One With the Jungle - Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos

    Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs - Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles

    Uncover Living History - Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game

    For 1 player or co-op mode



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 334 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Solid but Underwhelming

      Posted
      Ice92
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      Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming off of the excellent Rise of the Tomb Raider, but with a new developer at the helm (Crystal Dynamics is mostly working on a different project). For the most part, the game continues the successful formula of the previous games since the 2013 reboot and tells a solid story in doing so. However, I can't help but feel underwhelmed. It might be TOO similar to the last game and didn't really take any risks. I think the story is weaved in nicely throughout the game and tells a darker, more personal story as Lara engages in more self-reflection and realizes some of the consequences of her actions on those around her. The story ends in a somewhat cliche way, but is mostly satisfying on completion. I will say, the acting, writing, and animation on some of the side characters feels repetitive and underdeveloped. This game feels trapped in 2009 (or earlier) in that sense, especially with games like Uncharted in existence that do this far better. It's clear some areas of the game were given less love and attention. The game feels a little short overall, even with much to do and collect. There weren't enough set piece moments or exploration areas to give it that grand adventure feel. I do love the jungle setting though, and the game looks pretty good on the PS4 Pro. The frame rate can get a little choppy though, as these consoles start to show their age. One thing I found far worse than the previous two games is the combat. It just didn't feel as good and there was hardly enough of it. It felt like a missing/underdeveloped segment of the game when it used to be a strength of the series. Challenge tombs return as the best part of the experience and there's some crafty puzzles to satisfy those looking to actually do some tomb raiding. That said, nine of them didn't feel like enough at launch (especially with 7 more coming in paid dlc) and I can't help but feeling like there should have been more considering they're the best part of the game. If the main game had been more fleshed out or diverse, then maybe it wouldn't have been so noticeable. Enemy AI and player movement/animation are two areas that feel stuck in the past and hurt the gameplay experience. There were many jumps or climbs that felt glitchy/on rails instead of natural and smooth. The little combat you do engage in feels like you're fighting against clueless robot humans. Not enough attention was given to this (especially considering it's the third game now). Overall, I enjoyed Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but not as much as the other two games before it and it feels like it's aging quickly. This was largely more of the same instead of building upon what came before and it felt rushed/on a smaller budget instead of making that leap you would expect from a sequel. It's worth your time, but make sure you know what you're getting and set reasonable expectations. It's good, but nothing more. That's okay if you enjoy these games, but I think everyone would expect a bigger leap from the next game in the franchise.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent experience for adventure game fans

      Posted
      AdolChristin1987
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      Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a great end to the trilogy that began with 2013's Tomb Raider reboot. If you haven't played those games, you can still largely dive in here without missing much. The story is fairly basic, but the action is exciting and there are scenes that allow the characters to really express their personalities. The scenery and environments are absolutely stunning, and you really feel like you're exploring ancient mesoamerican ruins and cities trapped in time. There is a large focus on exploration and puzzle solving, with less combat than previous games. This can make several of the skills focused on combat and weapon upgrades feel a bit pointless for some of the game - these are systems that mattered more in previous entries but are retained here - but overall lends the game a great exploration feel and sets it apart from others in the genre more heavily focused on combat. Overall, a great title for anyone interested in action adventure games, puzzle solving, or exploring lost civilizations rendered in cutting-edge graphical fidelity.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Short and Sweet

      Posted
      ZackWithAnH
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      Overall, not a bad game. The first hour or so was probably the highlight of the entire game. The action sequences were a blast, and the gameplay is the strongest it's ever been in the series. As well as the visuals, which are fantastic (played on a PS4 Pro on a 4k TV). My only complaints with the game are it's length (Main campaign + a few side missions done in just over 10hrs) and the story's pacing. There were plot points brought in early in the game that were later dropped, brought back, and dropped again. As for side missions, it's mostly just favors for people to earn XP and the occasional item reward. However, the challenge tombs are where this game shines. With puzzles and platforming challenges, these side quests almost overshadow the main game. In conclusion, it's a very good game albeit a bit short. If you are a fan of the previous entries into the Tomb Raider reboot, go for it. If not, maybe wait for a sale or take a pass on this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great conclusion to a great saga

      Posted
      LaraCroftFan1995
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      I really enjoyed the final installment in the Tomb Raider reboot (survivor) trilogy. This game builds on the gorgeous set pieces seen in the previous installments and takes it to a whole new level with bigger than ever locations. The Peruvian amazon jungle is beautifully rendered in 4K HDR on the PS4 Pro. The game has engaging side missions, tomb & crypt explorations and location based challenges. The artifacts, relics and murals (collectibles) offer a great insight into the Mayan, Aztec and Inca civilizations as well as on the Spanish conquest of 1600s and the Fawcetts' search for the Lost City of Z (SPOILER: Jack Fawcett finds the city albeit without his father Percy). In conclusion, I would recommend not only this game but the entire series to fans of single player 3rd person action adventure games.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great game with a couple of caveats

      Posted
      Dale
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      If I could, I'd rate this an 8.5. The graphics are beautiful, the exploration is amazing and the story is very good. There's definitely less of an emphasis on gunplay, especially compared to the previous two games. But that's probably a good thing. The combat can be a bit frustrating. There are multiple times when you're only allowed to use the bow and it makes close fighting near impossible, and quite frankly, not all that fun. I had more than a few rage quits. However, that said, overall it's an incredible game with absolutely stunning levels of detail and care that went into creating it. And the story is well worth seeing through. I recommend, especially if you're a fan of the reboot series and can accept dying a lot in a handful of unfair combat situations.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great conclusion to the trilogy

      Posted
      chimpo80
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      Please note that I am a big fan of single player games with largely linear storylines so this is right up my alley. The latest incarnations of the Tomb Raider series obviously borrow heavily from the Uncharted series but I consider that a good thing. At this point the gameplay is well refined and the controls for both movement and combat have never been smoother. The story is solid and Lara is definitely a more complex character this time around. The only drawbacks in my opinion are the poor voice acting of all the peripheral characters as well as the annoyingly small writing in menus and dialogue screens. This seems to be a trend with games and I don’t understand it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      More Tombs, Less Gun Shoot-Outs!

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      hoss3000
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      Out of the 3 most recent re-iterations of the Tomb Raider series, this one is by far my most favorite and the most true to the original iteration in my opinion. I generally don't mind gun shooting in video games but am happy to see that they opted to replace gun-shootouts with more stealth-based combat. I am also happy to see the developers replace more combat scenarios with more puzzle solving scenarios via more tombs and crypts which can be quite complex. I find this conclusion to pre-Tomb Raider Lara incredibly rewarding and shows off the amazing talent of Eidos Montreal that lacked in the previous 2 games.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Shadow of the Tomb raider

      Posted
      Bill
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      First off the steelbook graphics could have been better since the outer cover looked pretty good and the steelbook book art was kind of blah after that. But as for game play that is what the review is about. So I would say the graphics were a little improved over the previous game and the control is pretty good. If you liked the last Tomb Raider game you will probably like this one also. I still give the Horizon zero Dawn an edge over the Tomb Raider series because it just seems to give you a better immersion into the game. But that's just my opinion

      I would recommend this to a friend


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