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Tomb Raider (Series) Review
Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.
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
The second series added more cinematic production and quick-time events where you have to press the right buttons quick enough to progress the filmic action sequences:
- 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
The third series brought Lara to an open world and re-imagined her character and visual style for more modern audiences:
- 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
There are also spin-off portable games:
- 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
There are smaller action spin-off games:
- Guardian of Light (2010) available on Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Temple of Osiris (2014) available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider Chronicles
Tomb Raider Digital Edition
Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft
Tomb Raider Underworld
Tomb Raider: Anniv.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary Psp
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. 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.
Tomb Raider (2013) is rated PEGI 18 with frequent moderate violence and occasional strong bad language. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The game contains a scene where Lara has her hands tied and is touched in a potentially sexual manner by her captor. However, this only goes as far as him running his hand down the side of her body before she escapes. There are various death scenes in which Lara comes to gruesome ends. In one example, she falls into a pit of spikes. A spike forces its way through her temple and out the other side of her head. There is a blood splatter and she begins to slide down the spike, as the screen fades to black. The game also features frequent use of the word ‘*!@?*’.
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
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