Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third and final instalment in the prequel series Square Enix began with the release of Tomb Raider in 2013. This series aims to tell the tale of how Lara Croft became the tomb raider we all know and love. It was a very fitting and dramatic end to this series, with TONS of content to absorb alongside the main story. The optional challenge tombs, puzzles, and collectables give the completionist gamer a great challenge and many hours of content to enjoy. The varying difficulty levels one could choose from in order to get the exact experience you wanted from the game. You designed the balance between combat/difficulty and enjoying the story.
While Lara’s character made some questionable choices and didn’t always seem like the Lara we thought we knew, the supporting characters in the game more than made up for that by being just as interesting and dynamic as the game’s protagonist. Finally, the graphics and audio/visual experience of Shadow of the Tomb Raider are even more stunning than the last two in the trilogy, and made exploring Lara’s world a rich and vibrant experience. While the game might not snag the title for Game of the Year, it is in the upper echelons of games released in 2018 which is why it’s 10th on the ETNL GotY list.