Parents' Guide to

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, mature action tale is a great end for prequel saga.

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age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

My review of this game

Ok this will be a long review so be prepared Gore This game isn't.extremely gory compared to the other tomb Raider games however there are some gory moments for example you see half a man's body fall out of a tree and its covered in blood and you can see his ribcage but it is shown for about a split second , when enemies ares shot with bullets or arrows a small blood spurt comes out.nothing too bad , when Lara is bit by animals or shot small blood spurts come out also not that bad and for stealth kills on humans most of the time you either choke/snap their neck (no blood shown ) or stab them with a. Knife which shows minimal blood Sex/nudity this game doesn't really contain a whole lot of sexual themes in it mabye just a few sex jokes or innuendos here and there but nothing bad and their is also very little to no nudity just mabye a few sightly revealing outfits Swearing This game contains a good amount of swearing but it's mostly just bi*ch or bas*ard and sh*t their are w few f bombs but not a whole lot Drugs/smoking/achohol From what I've seen theirs almost no drugs just a few cutscenes with characters smoking a cigarette and acholol is a somewhat big thing but it's nothing bad just characters drinking wine or beer Okay that's it for my review hope this helps :)
age 13+

Oppropriate for Teens

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a game not for kids but teens 13 and older shouldn’t have a problem with it. Coming from a Christian family I was scared to let my boys (12 and 14) get this game. After reading about it and learning about it I decided to let them buy it. I decided to watch them for a bit and even try the game out for myself just to see how bad it was. Suppressingly this game relied a lot more on puzzle solving then violence. You do kill people but there bad. There’s also some language but that can be disabled from the settings. Lara Croft is also a very good role model, same goes for many other charectors in this game. After learning all of this I decided to let my kids keep the game. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is ok for teens 13 and older.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Armed with the survival skills she learned and honed in her previous games, Lara Croft here does what she has to survive, and save the world, in this stunning end to her prequel trilogy. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara travels to Peru, where she once again has to climb up rocky cliffs to explore dark caves and catacombs where ancient people built tombs and other intricate structures. She'll fight off numerous bad guys with a wide variety of weapons, including her trusty bow and arrow, firearms, or explosives. Along the way, Lara will scrounge around for resources and supplies, solve situational puzzles that unlock new areas of the world, and generally have the kind of adventure Indiana Jones would have if someone made a third-person adventure game about his younger days.

But while Shadow of the Tomb Raider works as well as the previous two installments, and shares their smooth, intuitive controls, this sequel also gives our hero new things to do. The tombs she raids are bigger and more elaborate puzzle set pieces. These are slightly easier to explore thanks to her new grappling hook and her recent swimming lessons, allowing her to dive into underwater caves and lakes to collect sunken treasure. She also visits some villages, including a rather large one, where she can pick up some side work or go shopping for supplies. Lara's also a lot sneakier than before, and doesn't just take out unsuspecting enemies from behind. This time, she can cover herself in mud to escape detection, and can also hide in bushes or up in trees to make stealthy attacks on targets. Sure, the game may have some of the same minor issues as the prior two games -- such as lacking the elaborate acrobatics that were the highlight of earlier games in the storied franchise -- but Shadow of the Tomb Raider is still an effortlessly exhilarating end to this saga, and easily one of the best games of the year.

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