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Note on spoilers: This article references the ending of 2013’s >

Tomb Raider

reboot and 2015’s >

Rise of the Tomb Raider

. Specific references to >

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

’s ending appear towards the end of this piece, at which point we include a clear spoiler warning.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider has many qualities and many faults, but its biggest problem is an absence of Lara Croft. The game stars a protagonist called Lara Croft, but she’s not really there. She’s been replaced by a shell, with a messy amalgam of impulses and short-term desires.

The game’s reviews arrived on Monday, loaded with significant criticism aimed at the story as a whole. Critics rightly point out that the tale loses itself in a maze of its own making, seeking to address the series’ reliance on offensive notions of Western cultural superiority, while nakedly exploiting the very same ideas.

>This game fails to locate Lara Croft, let alone define her

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is much the same experience as we’ve played in the previous two series’ outings, released in 2013 and 2015. I explore, climb, swim, fight, dialog, upgrade and repeat. There’s a slightly heavier emphasis on stealth, thus the reference to a “shadow” in the title. As in previous games, it offers pleasing vistas and exciting set-pieces that augment a fast-paced series of missions.

I’d hoped that in this third game in the modern trilogy I might finally see her perplexing personality sharpen in focus. This was the explicit promise made by narrative director Jason Dozois, earlier this year.

He described the game as “Lara’s defining moment, the moment when she becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s the culmination of her journey over the series, and shows how the events of the past adventures have affected her.”

Unfortunately, this game fails to locate Lara Croft, let alone define her. It begins by suggesting a complex, vulnerable, possibly deluded person. But then she enters a muddle of action-adventure silliness and the story loses sight of her character. By the end, she’s more elusive than ever, both literally and figuratively hiding in the shadows.

I want to dig deeper into the story, focusing on protagonist Lara Croft as a character and as a human being.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix / Eidos Montreal

Source : https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/13/17855510/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-story-lara-croft-analysis-review-ending-spoilers

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