Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game in the new Tomb Raider trilogy that started with the Tomb Raider and then Rise of the Tomb Raider. Shadow picks up right after the events of the Rise of the Tomb Raider. The evil military group Trinity is after two ancient artifacts they may cause an ancient Mayan apocalypse. Of course, Lara Croft is after the same artifacts and trying to stop Trinity and prevent the apocalypse. The game was produced by Square Enix and released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 14, 2018.
Tomb Raider Story
There may be some spoilers ahead so you were warned. As stated before, Lara Croft and her best friend or travel companion or sidekick? Actually, I have no idea what he is to her, but Jonah, the big Samoan guy is back in this adventure as well. The whole adventure pretty much takes place on an island somewhere in South America. Along the way, there are ancient curses, wild animals, natives, Trinity, crazy climbing, and super demonic natives for Lara to deal with.
If you have played the previous Tomb Raiders or an Uncharted game, or if you have seen an Indiana Jones movie, then you know to expect story wise. My only question is, why do all these types of games have to have a supernatural element? The Tomb Raider movie found a nice way around that, I just wish the games would. Overall the main story is nicely paced and does not overstay its welcome. But it has nothing in it you have not seen before story-wise, and overall the story feels a little shorter than previous games.
Overall, all of these new Tomb Raider games look beautiful. The environments look fantastic and the animals and small details in the backgrounds all look amazing. The only thing I will say is the character models to me, did not look as good as the previous games. The hair looked off and certain facial expressions just looked off on certain characters. Also, a lot of Lara’s moves looked like recycled animations from previous games as well.
The gameplay is pretty much unchanged from the other games. The only real new innovations I came across was the ability to hide against walls like Rambo. The other is to cover yourself in mud to make it harder for enemies to spot you. On a side note, in the earlier games, Lara has a problem killing people and second guesses her actions. In this game, she is full on killer and does not second guess slaughtering tons of people.
While the main story missions are great, I felt the side missions lacked severely just like they did in the new Spider-man game. Most of the side-missions in this game just required collecting random items not very exciting. There are new challenge tombs and those are fun to accomplish.
As always, the voice acting and sound in this game are top-notch. They really use music to make certain scenes even more intense. Alicia Vikander the voice actress for Lara Croft is the perfect fit for the character. the only time the voice acting in the game gets a little annoying is some of the NPCs that give you side missions.
While this game is not quite as good or long as the previous games, it is still a very solid game. Some of the side activities just feel like padding, but the main story is quite fun to play through. It will be interesting to see where they take the Lara Croft character next, maybe an aged explorer with a child? I guess we will have to wait and see. The only problem this game has for it, it was released at an odd time, right after Spider-Man and just before Assassins Creed could mean the game gets lost in the shuffle.
Rating 7 out of 10.