Tomb Raider (Series) Review
Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
This combination of exploration, puzzles and combat (along with an attractive powerful female protagonist) is what the game was originally known for. Although this continues into modern games, Lara is now a more vulnerable and believable person in her own right. She is motivated not only by adrenaline but also empathy with other characters and a conflicted relationship with her father.
The most modern games add in huge open worlds to explore and survive in. This ups the need to collect items and upgrade Lara as you do in a role-playing game. The puzzle-solving persists here too, both in main tomb complexes and smaller side-tomb quests although there is a focus on archaeological importance rather than hoarding valuable artefacts.
The original series:
- Tomb Raider (1996) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac, iOS, Android
- Tomb Raider II (1997) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac, iOS, Android
- Tomb Raider III (1998) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac
- The Last Revelation (1999) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac
- Chronicles (2000) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac
- The Angel of Darkness (2003) available on PC, PlayStation, Mac
- Legend (2006) available on PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360
- Anniversary (2006) available on PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Mac, PlayStation 3
- Underworld (2008) Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox 360
- Tomb Raider (2013) available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2019) available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Tomb Raider on Gameboy Colour
- Curse of the Sword on Gameboy Colour
- The Prophecy on Gameboy Advance
- Relic Run (2015) available on iOS and Android
- Go (2016) available on iOS, Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita,Mac
- Guardian of Light (2010) available on Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Temple of Osiris (2014) available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019
Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers in-game purchases for seven challenge tombs, weapons, outfits, and skills. You can get these together via the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.
This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with PlayStation Now.
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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