Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider
86
Metacritic
96
Steam
92.482
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Price
$14.99
Release date
4 March 2013
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96 (139 826 votes)
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94 (799 votes)

Tomb Raider explores the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor.

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Tomb Raider system requirements

Minimum:

  • OS:Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
  • Processor:Dual core CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+), Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
  • Memory:1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)
  • Graphics:DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT, nVidia 8600
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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GirlGoneAWOL
GirlGoneAWOL

Was really good to play this :) Good game, great even now despite its age! Worth the purchase if you want to play the Tomb Raider games through :) DLC is okay, got it as part of a deal, only thing is, once the story was finished I didn't really get the urge/need to go back and get all the discoverable items, maybe if there was a side story that would be cool, I did not know I was missing items in the game until afterwards when checking the achievements.

SMACCYD
SMACCYD

This is first Tomb Raider Game that I've played since the 90's releases.

So far This is an amazing game, I had a couple of problems with the game crashing early on but after changing a couple of settings it seems to have sorted itself out.

I've just completed the radio antenna mission and now off to create a fire signal, I'm a bit worried as I am only 17% of the way through this game, so it will be interesting to see what is to come & if it can maintain my interest Levels.

This really isn't usually my type of game either, Usually I find frequent cut scenes intrusive, but from what I've seen so far it is really well stitched together.

KappaOhm
KappaOhm

It was actually fun and well designed
Don't do what I did: wasting time with collectibles

I somehow did that for one level and decided to keep it doing it for the next ones, absolutely not worth it and I would had been much better off withouth it

gimpyboy89
gimpyboy89

Great setpieces, visuals that more than hold up after 9 years, and action sequences that don't suck. I actually prefer this to Rise of the Tomb Raider because it's simpler

ALLGASNOBRAKE
ALLGASNOBRAKE

mechanically this is what The Last of Us games cloned itself after. if you're into that exploration of well designed maps, QTEs, survival-lite gameplay in 3rd person with a minimal tech tree, you can play this if you're looking for a break from zombies and the apocalypse

Staplz
Staplz

TLDR: This game is bad. It's really really bad.

Year of writing (2022)

I've never really cared much about Tomb Raider games as I wasn't a Play Station household, so I'm coming at this from a fresh unbiased direction. I like to think that I can appreciate or dislike the game without nostalgia clouding my judgment, especially since this is the kind of reboot that is trying to take the content in a different direction. However, I don't think this did the game any favors. I'm going to start with some of the things I liked about it.

The game is really well paced, and thankfully short. It never punished the player for failing stealth, and combat is competent, though I think it was balanced for people using controllers. Even so, the default PC controls are pretty good. I never felt like I needed to change them and they were intuitive enough to use without thinking about them. Visually it was smooth, though I had issues in windowed mode as it tanked frame rate and stuttered while the GPU never even went above 20% load. Lara's face looks weird but all other visuals were really good for 2013. Gameplay wasn't over complicated and worked relatively well.
But ultimately I disliked the game. While this garnish of good qualities is nice, the meat of this game (or cauliflower for you vegetarians) is pretty awful.

Camera
There's so much camera shake. It's absurd. There's more camera shake here than Ocean's 12 and will make you borderline nauseous. Apparently this gets some attention in the sequels when they patched in a way to turn it off, but that's not available here. On top of that, this game was made with either no experience of gaming on PC or no consideration for it. The auto centering third person camera is so aggressive that you can only look at things if you're standing completely still. This includes situations like stealthing around enemies where peripheral vision is much more important.

Bad Direction
It's rare for me to notice direction as a factor in how good or bad a game is because it encompasses too many things. But in this case a lot of what's wrong is on a macro level instead of being in the details. The first most obvious issue with direction is that it feels like it's plagiarizing from other popular games. Little pieces of Far Cry 3, ideas from Uncharted, but not enough from Tomb Raider. The decision to make Lara a character that the "player wants to protect" was terrible, leading to all kinds of bad writing and some of the most obnoxious sound elements I've ever encountered.
The set pieces are too much. It becomes abundantly clear that Lara only survives based on extraordinary luck. So many times you will engage a set piece, even without being forced to jump in by gunfire, without a way to get all the way through. As in damage to the environment during had to happen before you could actually progress. On top of that, a surprising number of them were obvious. You can see the pieces in place before it even happened. This predictability makes it hard to stay immersed and makes you think about the tools you have available and wonder why you don't approach things from different directions.
The realistic approach makes the supernatural elements seem out of place or shoe horned in. You just don't get enough exposure to this sticking point until later in the game. I'm not sure if this is a problem for other people but for me it felt like I was in two different pieces of fiction. I felt like I needed more incentive to question whether or not the Sun Goddess was real or not. Instead we're left with only two small cut scenes where no one in their right mind would have flown through in the first place, and one slightly more convincing scene of dramatic wind shift. That's it. Everything else is in realism town until you're fighting zombie samurai at the end. Yeah, that sounds even dumber now that I'm writing it than when I was doing it.

Character
Lara being the worst archaeologist in the world doesn't bother me as much as other people. There's a little joke hidden with the horse figurine that I enjoyed a great chuckle at. But her character writing and voice acting just don't line up with her actions. Instead of being realistic and relatable, she comes across as the the side character in a B movie from SyFy you hope dies by the end but doesn't. She starts off generic, over dramatizes in the cut scenes, never seems to show an ability to critically think or put together the obvious clues. She also has a persistent jarring naivete that completely disconnects from her body count. I actually don't mind that she says, "You can do this," so many times, but her breathing always sounds like she's mid sob. So running around is like enjoying a whiny companion you can't get away from. The tone in her voice never changes either, despite what the character has been through; which always make her (and any character in any game) sound silly when they try to swear by calling enemies "bastard!" It just doesn't have the emotional weight of fighting someone who killed people close to you, or real horror of having killed so many more of them to survive or for revenge. She always sounds like someone on safari or a vacation, a tourist in her own story. Basically the opposite of the gritty intent of changing her character.

Bad Writing
I don't mind linear writing. You're not really playing the main character as much as you're along for _her_ ride. And this being a Square game, I gave it quite a bit of leeway to be grandiose and silly. But the constant stupid decision making, cliche character development, and quite often mediocre voice acting really rubbed me the wrong way. One of the first things to happen in the game is that Lara gets a piece of rebar punched all the way through her. Instead of inspecting it for potential bleeding, she immediately pulls it out and never in the entire game bandages it. She also immediately wades through dirty water with the wound.
The obvious character who will betray you is obvious. The narrative is full of cliches like, "I'd finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure. But instead adventure found me." Which isn't even true. She went to the island, the island didn't go to her. Even in 2013 we'd seen it all before.

Minor Gripes
The placement of things that ropes attach to almost always causes you to make a small leap of faith that the game mechanic will register. Just back these up from the edge by a yard, give us some space to be under the rope.
The physics that would be involved in arrowing something than pulling is obviously going to be dramatically different from what's presented in the game. This breaks immersion every time.
Everyone is constantly yelling and calling out to each other. It's a wonder there's any stealth in this game at all.

So if I were to put this on a scale of how many drinks at a bar is it worth, a single over priced domestic. It's done enough competently that I would say don't pay money for it, but there's so much bad about it that makes it hard to justify value. Part of the problem there is that it's bad, not wrong. Wrong things you can be patch out, but bad things are in there intentionally forever.
How much did I pay for it? I don't remember. I got it on a steep discounted sale, but the whole trilogy was given away later on Epic for free.

Eberle999
Eberle999

The history is amazing,
if you are looking for a shooter and you're a noob, this is the best place to begin.

oyejassi
oyejassi

even today these graphics are really good and the story line is great!
the fps is good and it runs very smooth on macbook m2

LoneWanderer520
LoneWanderer520

I quite enjoyed this game, and I actually like this take on Lara. The game is pretty fun, but it is a little short. I did everything there is to do in singleplayer in a little over 21 hours. Still pretty good I recommend getting it, and playing the rest of the newer Tomb Raider games. :)

Sore To0th
Sore To0th

Awesome game and series. I own all three and have been picking away at this one for years on and off! I wanted to finish so I can progress through the other two proper. So nice! Running this at max ultra setting in 4K after all these years. I bet 5-8 hrs of my playtime? Was benching! It used to strain my system so much. Half the time my in game playing? Looks and runs better than the cut scenes. Almost glad I waited. The game scales very, very well. Kudos to the DEVS! Brilliant.

Iron Shedo
Iron Shedo

Shows it age occasionally, but is a decent if short game.

Amadeus
Amadeus

I loved the story and the combat. The whole survival and resource gathering is really what makes Tomb Raider what it is. Although my only two cons in this game is: 1) the camera is wonky as hell, I tend to stop playing after a few hours because I find the camera nauseating, be it the camera angle or the shakiness. 2) the whole game could have ended if Lara just shot him whenever she saw him, instead of watching it first lol

Anonymous
Anonymous

if you're only have a potato pc and wanna try Tomb Raider new version, you have to try this masterpiece! my spec is Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and graphic card NVidia G 110M, it works and no lag on low graphic settings.

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very scary

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ThorSK
ThorSK

Surpisingly good game, movement better than the similar AC games of this era, seems like star wars Fallen order was inspired by it.

Story is kinda dumb, and collectables didnt interest me, but i wanted to max out weapons and abilities.

well worth the money

LunaBloodVPQ
LunaBloodVPQ

Action packed game love the weapon upgrading mech. its very thrilling. i love the colors of this game and the tombs are what tomb rader is all about. the story isnt bad either, has its croft feel. i wound play bthis over again great game. 5 stars to me

Hoodoodoodoo
Hoodoodoodoo

Fun for me, as i'm learning how to use keyboard and mouse. Also a big time tomb raider fan (of the classics)
anyay, has been super fun so far.

Replied
Replied

Tombs get raided and Nathan drakes female ripoff kills bad guys

ؘ
ؘ

essa lara croft nasceu de cu pra lua, ela pode cair de 3000 metros e nao vai sofrer uma unica lesao. GOTY 10/10 eu adorei

Kloki
Kloki

I used to watch my dad play this game in later 2013 when it came out. We were having tons of fun completing tombs and story together and we would often spend over 2 hours playing. It's good to be back and see this game and play it again. I would recommend everyone this game, it will entertain you.

dingshell03
dingshell03

Awesome game in 2022 even if this game is almost 10 years old in ages well! Developers keep up the good work looking forward to playing the next game in the series!

Tweetums
Tweetums

the real tomb raider was the friends we made along the way
btw she gets 2 guns at literally the end of the final cutscene
story is also dumb
play Uncharted™ on the Sony™ Playstation™4™ instead
this message was bought and paid for by Sony™ Interactive™ Entertainment™

DaddyLongNeck
DaddyLongNeck

Amazing game more than happy with my purchase!!!!!

Synthetic
Synthetic

one of the bes t story's ive played through in a while

Donkey Fudge
Donkey Fudge

I personally prefer games with more level structure over open world games, and this one has the perfect mix. You can explore areas but the gameplay and rich storyline continue to be linear. The combat is fun and challenging enough for me to die every once in a while on normal difficulty even as an experienced and pretty good (to toot my own horn) gamer. The upgrades system is not overly complicated yet has some variety (although slightly more is to be desired). Feels kind of like Assassin's Creed but in the modern day and dialed down a notch. Overall 9/10 game, 10/10 would recommend at the price.

pablo1112001
pablo1112001

I loved the reboot trilogy. 2013 made the Tomb Raider franchise more serious and story focused, and I like it. Would recommend if you like combination of survival and adventure games.

Botany
Botany

Vintage chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients
150g salted butter, softened
80g light brown muscovado sugar
80g granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
225g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt
200g plain chocolate chips or chunks
Method
STEP 1
Heat the oven to 190C/fan170C/gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

STEP 2
Put 150g softened salted butter, 80g light brown muscovado sugar and 80g granulated sugar into a bowl and beat until creamy.

STEP 3
Beat in 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 large egg.

STEP 4
Sift 225g plain flour, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda and ¼ tsp salt into the bowl and mix it in with a wooden spoon.

STEP 5
Add 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks and stir well.

STEP 6
Use a teaspoon to make small scoops of the mixture, spacing them well apart on the baking trays. This mixture should make about 30 cookies.

STEP 7
Bake for 8–10 mins until they are light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre if you press them.

STEP 8
Leave on the tray for a couple of mins to set and then lift onto a cooling rack.

RECIPE TIPS
FREEZING THE BISCUITS
If you’ve frozen the biscuits, take them out and arrange them on a lined baking sheet. Once defrosted, pop them in a medium oven 190C/170 fan/gas mark 5 and heat for 2-3 mins to crisp up. Don’t leave them too long or they’ll dry out.
STORING DOUGH
You can keep the uncooked dough in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Simply take some out, dollop on a lined baking tray and allow to come up to room temperature for 5 mins before baking
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MK_SummonerTTV
MK_SummonerTTV

This is a very good game with a good story line. It is very interesting to play through and would definitely recommend to other people who love story games with some action.

BH Swahy
BH Swahy

🔲 My 90 year old grandma could play it
🔲 Easy
☑️ Normal
🔲 Hard
🔲 Near Impossible

~ GRAPHICS ~

🔲 MS Paint
🔲 Bad
🔲 Meh
🔲 Graphics don't matter in this game
🔲 Good
☑️ Beautiful
🔲 Masterpiece

~ MUSIC ~

🔲 Bad
☑️ Not special
🔲 Good
🔲 Beautiful

~ STORY ~

🔲 This game has no story
🔲 Like playing Temple Runners for the story
🔲 It's there for the people who want it
☑️ Well written
🔲 Epic story

~ REQUIREMENTS ~

🔲 You can run it on a microwave
☑️ Average
🔲 High end
🔲 NASA computer

~ LENGTH ~

🔲 Very Short (0 - 3 hours)
🔲 Short (3 - 15 hours)
☑️ Average (15-50 hours)
🔲 Long (50-90 hours)
🔲 Extremely long (90-110 hours)
🔲 No ending

~ FUN ~

🔲 I'd rather watch paint dry
🔲 Hard to enjoy
🔲 Repetitive
☑️ Actually pretty amusing
🔲 Ride of your life

~ REPLAYABILITY ~

🔲 It's a one-time experience
🔲 Only for achievements
🔲 If you wait a few months/years
☑️ Definitely
🔲 Infinitely

~ WORTH BUYING ~

🔲 No
🔲 Wait for sale
☑️ Yes

LucaCPU
LucaCPU

Tomb raider is one of those games where you complete it and want more, the game is amazing from start to finish

Jax
Jax

This is an amazing game which gripped me from start to finish. The reboot draws heavy inspiration from the Unchartered series particularly in the combat and the cinematic set pieces but IMO stands on its own due its story and main character. Lara is not the swashbuckling Tomb Raider from previous games but instead she's just a girl trying to survive and save her friends (by becoming a one woman murder machine but hey it's still a video game!). Suffice to say, I'm in love with this more realistic version of Lara which definitely had me caring about her as opposed to the buxom caricature from previous entries.

Another highlight for me was the weapon system. The game gives you only 4 weapons but gives you the freedom as to how you approach each encounter. Do you prefer to snipe enemies from afar using the bow or blast up enemies in the face with the shotgun? I also really like how the game unlocks weapon upgrades at steady pace giving you a clear sense of progression. And to add to that, the upgrades are not all just "MOAR DAMAGE" but also modify your weapons in interesting ways (like allowing your arrows to penetrate armored foes or equipping a silencer on the assault rifle??)

My only minor criticism is that the "tomb raiding" the series is known for has been relegated to small optional sections featuring a single puzzle. I understand the sequel improves on this aspect considerably so I'm really looking forward to giving those a go.

met
met

no one reads reviews so i'll say that i'm gay

crapsacks
crapsacks

very good game. its like uncharted with darker plot and more fleshed out mechanics. if you like third person shooters, this is the game

Lordtikledecks
Lordtikledecks

I lke killing people but can someone tell me how to walk I forgot

m3re1011
m3re1011

Good story and playable with Intel HD 4000 graphics at 720p