Tomb Raider Review Round up


We’ve already shown one publication’s tremendously high review score for the impending Tomb Raider reboot – but now that reviews are everywhere, it’s time to take a look to see if the newly redesigned Lara has her own merits, or is just a full circle, re-appropriated Nathan Drake. Here’s what critic have to say.

Here are the scores!

CVG – 9/10

Destructoid – 8.5/10
Digital Spy – 5/5
Edge – 8/10
Gamespot – 8.5/10
Gametrailers – 8.5/10
GameInformer – 9.25/10
Eurogamer – 8/10
IGN – 9.1
Metro – 8/10
NowGamer – 8.8/10
OPM – 8/10
OXM – 8/10
Polygon – 9/10

“Beneath the noise there is an engaging story clamouring to be heard, and there are moments of true beauty, serenity and pathos fighting for attention,” says Eurogamer. “The game does get better as it goes on, and despite the distractions the last few hours are a pleasure to play. At the centre of it all is a brilliant character, still iconic but more human and believable than she’s ever been before.”

Destructoid’s Jim Sterling also heaped praise, saying “Tomb Raider could so easily have gone wrong, and its opening gambit looks like it’s heading down a most erroneous path. It starts off with some ambushing QTEs and absolutely pummels Lara Croft into the dirt to such a degree, you’d almost suspect the developers were getting off on it. This first impression is an awkward obfuscation, however, one that soon erodes to reveal a savvy, thoughtful, and above all, immensely enjoyable game. In fact, I’m happy to go on record as saying this is the best Tomb Raider game I’ve played.”

Giving the game a 9, Polygon says that ”It’s easy to point out the many ways that Tomb Raider borrows bits and pieces from other popular games of the last five years, but Crystal Dynamics has blended these disparate strengths into something remarkable. It’s cinematic yet open, intense yet laid-back, fresh yet polished. It’s a near-perfect embodiment of the age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a hint of what to expect next.

That sounds better than I had hoped, many reviewers have said the game’s one of the best action experiences in recent memory – and that Lara’s return is a triumphant one. Look out for our own review soon.

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Welcome back, Ms Croft. You’ve ben gone for too long. Tomb Raider will be available locally for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in exactly a week, on March 5.

Author: Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend

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  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Impressed. Very impressed

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Impressed. Very impressed

  • Never have been interested in the Tomb Raider franchise, but this one is one I’ll definitely get into. The game looks amazing. And after DX:HR I’ve been quite fond of Square Enix publications.

    • Tbone187

      My sentiments precisely….

  • Oh yay, my pre-order is justified! Now I don’t feel so bad.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      You took a gamble and won… This time… Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun

  • Kagutsuchi

    Ooooh! Can’t wait for next week! >_<

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Sounds awesome! Still not sure though. Will wait to see what the peeps here say.

    • OVG

      If Jim Sterling gave it a 9 then its bloody marvelous as he would say. He was the only one who gave Final Fantasy XIII below a 5. That should give him authenticity lol

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        BUT, to pre-order or not! Arghhh! I loved my pre-order Farcry! I loved all the extras, and the Vass bobbled head!

        • OVG

          DARN RIGHT PRE-ORDER. Its already out and reviewed. PRE-ORDER METAL GEAR RISING while you are at it also.

          Just never pre-order before the game has been reviewed. I would say that Bioshock 3 is a sure bet but after Aliens one should only be fooled once.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Yeah, but it’s my birthday soon… I shouldn’t be pre-ordering SHIT! lol That being said, my family is about as reliable as the contraceptives used by Justin Beiber’s parents…

          • OVG

            You dont have a birthday, you have a testube date. The only thing Im pr-ordering for your testube date is a Filipino male order male who looks like Geoff :p

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            HAhahaha! Well done, well done indeed sir. Just make sure the Filipino smells like cabbage.

          • OVG

            and has a pedo beard

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I just vomited in the back of my throat…

          • OVG

            You loco

          • Sir Captain Rincethis


          • OVG

            WHAT YOU LAUGHING AT 😛

          • OVG


          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            wtf. I’m having issues sleeping as is!

          • OVG

            SO… You cant sleep after 5 hours of Darksiders a night?

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Noooo! I can just imagine that BITCH Lightening going ‘Huh?’ Nay, more like ‘Ehhhuuuhuuu?????” And Snow, he’s not surprised, he’s just looking around for a girl that comes up to his knee to date… PS. You said the portal Puzzles were hard? BS! Piece of piss!

          • OVG

            I know what you want for your birthday 🙂 🙂 🙂

            It sounds like Frightning wii sperms.

          • OVG
  • DaxterZA

    You folks might want to ad Machinimas disappointing 6/10

  • Fuck it, I’m buying it for PC.

    I’m so glad she’s back… I remember playing the hell outta the PSOne original games.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Just pre-ordered too 🙂

  • Dooza

    If I wasn’t broke this would’ve been a definite 1st day purchase, guess it will have to wait 🙁

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    “Tom Raider reboot” Did she have a sex change? #trolol

  • OVG


  • Considering the fecal storm that hit them with the trailer, I am kinda happy they pulled this off without any more controversy. Even Susan Arendt, who initially critiqued the trailer, was very impressed with the final game.

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