Story - 89%
Graphics - 92%
Audio - 95%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 77%
Even though Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the twelfth mainline entry into the Tomb Raider series, it is the third one in the latest “reboot” if you want to call it that from 2013. The trifecta of Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix was once-again involved in delivering this title and it was much anticipated by fans.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set shortly after Rise of the Tomb Raider and takes place in South America searching for the legendary city of Paititi. Mayan and Aztec mythologies plays heavy into this instalment and adds a cool flavour to the theme. The story starts with Lara and Jonah on the trail of tracking Trinity and it takes them to Cozumel and here all the fun will start.
Camilla Luddington portays the voice of Lara Croft again and does a supper job of keeping the character consistent and believable. From the Tomb Raider release in 2013, Camilla brough new life into this iconic character and for me she adds so much value to how Lara Croft get delivered to the end-gamer.
You can expect all the gameplay features of the previous two instalments in this game as well with some cool new things like rappelling from the edge of a cliff. You can still unlock skills, upgrade weapons and outfits as like before, the skills in this one is a bit weaker than with Rise of the Tomb Raider but it didn’t really affect my gameplay so a meek point at that. Some of the new gameplay mechanics made it possible for the game to have a more vertical movement experience and I think it delivers it well, I also felt that the underwater sections was done a lot better.
The art, music and scenery is everything you expect from a Tomb Raider title and although I have heard some people say that the game is quite short, I on the other hand felt it had a great balance. Some of the puzzles I feel could be trickier but I know that most gamers enjoy the action and adventure sections more these days.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is third instalment for the reboot and it definitely adds to the success that the team is building on, it is a definite must have to your collection and I’m sure this is not the last we have seen.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
Estimated RRP: R900
Release Date: 14 September 2018
- Great Story
- Love the setting and locations
- some more customized weapons and upgrades