Tomb Raider: Legends

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
Tomb Raider: Legends Game Poster Image
Action, strategy, and beauty -- teens.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages
Violence

Plenty of shooting, explosions, etc. End game has Lara shooting at point-blank range near the head of a defeated enemy, ending with a pistol whip to the head.

Sex

Plenty of outfits highlight Lara's figure. Unlockable goals include racier outfits like swimsuits etc.

Language

Plenty of minor cursing.

Consumerism

Part of the Lara Croft franchise.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lara's outfits tend to emphasize her physical attributes, but her portrayal swings widely between a gun-toting femme fetal and a brainy archaeologist. The combat sequences can get intense but lack close-up blood and gore, with defeated enemies fading quickly away. The game's puzzles have little to do with actual archaeology, but they do present a challenge and a welcome break from the reflex-heavy action sequences.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written bykelldeal October 17, 2009

good for 8 year olds but not for 6 year olds

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Adult Written byLocke April 9, 2008

Great Game with Playback Value

I thought this was a great game. Even after you beat it, it's still fun to go back and play your favorite levels. The soundtrack is great and the gameplay...
Kid, 12 years old October 29, 2014

'Tomb Raider: Legend' Age Rating Review

This game is very, very good. It has some great, edgy puzzles and some intense action sequences. However, is this game okay for YOUR CHILD? The violence is most...
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I EVER PLAYED!!!!!!

this is probably one of the best games ever! but it's only for older kids: 1. lots of guns,explosins,killing,at the ending lara shoots point blank at the...

What's it about?

Opening sequences show a young Lara and her mother exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization, discovering a sword embedded in a stone. When her mother pulls the sword from the stone, she is engulfed in an explosion and appears to be killed; Lara is left to piece together what's happened. Soon, she discovers that much of the secret revolves around the broken shards of a powerful sword, which have been scattered around the world. But it's not so easy to get them: A former friend and her right-hand man want the pieces for their own purposes -- and their methods can be ruthless.

Players need both good reflexes and brain power to advance. Sometimes it's all about timing, and sometimes it's about solving puzzles.

Is it any good?

TOMB RAIDER: LEGENDS is better than most of the installments in the series because it sticks closer to the allure of the original formula: great graphics, a great storyline to carry the action, and game-challenging puzzles. Some levels contain intense firefights, with exploding tanks of propane, mounted machine guns, and vicious guard dogs. Overall, though, shooting sequences tend to be limited to one or two major incidents per level. In the end, this a fun and challenging installment in the popular series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lara. How do you feel about the way the game portrays her -- in sexy costumes and wielding weapons? Is she a stereotype, or does her blend of brains, beauty, and bravery break the mold? Who is the intended audience for the Tomb Raider franchise? Is Lara meant to inspire girls -- or to make guys drool?

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