Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft re­turns to save the world from an apoc­a­lypse

T3 India - - Tested Game -

`3,999; PC, PS4, Xbox One

As some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates Un­charted series’ ac­tion, sto­ry­telling and set pieces, the first 30-odd min­utes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider looked like some­thing off Drake’s ad­ven­tures but only when you progress through the game, the dif­fer­ences are telling where the new Tomb Raider comes into its own.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game in the re­booted trilogy that picks up months af­ter its pre­vi­ous game, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara Croft goes head-to-head against a dan­ger­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion, Trin­ity but a wrong move by her sets off a Maya apoc­a­lypse, which she races to stop.

A promis­ing nar­ra­tive that delves into the Mayan his­tory and takes us to hid­den cities and the Ama­zo­nian jun­gle. You’d ex­pect the game to pick up the pace grad­u­ally but in fact, the game jumps right in and gives play­ers a glimpse of Lara Croft’s high-oc­tane ad­ven­ture.

This time around, the game al­lows play­ers to in­de­pen­dently set the dif­fi­culty for com­bat, en­vi­ron­men­tal cues and puz­zles that can be tweaked as and when re­quired to suit dif­fer­ent play­ers. For in­stance, one might change the dif­fi­culty if they find the puz­zles to be vex­ing but com­bat easy.

The world cre­ated by Ei­dos Mon­treal is beau­ti­ful and feels lively that cap­tures the essence of the en­vi­ron­ment along with the highly de­tailed tombs that work your grey cells rather than feel­ing like a chore. How­ever, we ex­pe­ri­enced a few stut­ters. Char­ac­ter mod­el­ling for Croft and her com­pan­ion Jonah are de­signed well with some good voice act­ing.

In-game up­grades are straight­for­ward but in­clude gath­er­ing re­sources, find­ing loot boxes or even loot­ing the gunned down en­emy while up­grad­ing Croft’s abil­ity re­quires skill points that are earned via XP points.

Long story short, if a lot of ac­tion, hunt­ing, craft­ing and puz­zle-solv­ing ex­cites you, you’ll feel right at home with Lara Croft’s lat­est ad­ven­ture.

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