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It's been a while since we've been on an adventure with Lara Croft (yes, the latest movie doesn't count) and this time, Lara came back for the final instalment of the reboot trilogy. The 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' launched recently and we got to play as the original explorer once again. This time, Lara lands up in South America to prevent the evil organisation 'Trinity' from obtaining an artefact that could change the world as we know it. © Square Enix The third instalment in the series will see Croft deal with her past and finally become the Tomb Raider we've known her as. When compared to its closest competitor, the 'Uncharted' series, it may come across a bit over the top, however, the game does hold its own in certain aspects. In the very beginning of the game, Lara gets a hold of a dagger that accidentally triggers the Mayan apocalypse. The dagger has the power to remake the world when used in tandem with an enchanted box. It's Lara's job to make sure that 'Trinity' does not get their hands on the artefacts and prevent the apocalypse. That's basically the overall plot with a lot more happening during the journey. While you are playing the game, you will notice that Lara will be tested in various ways. Besides being physically and emotionally tested, some of her relationships also face the heat. Lara is often confronted with a moral challenge as she faces the consequences of her actions and mistakes. You can see her battling out her inner demons and deal with a catastrophic environment at the same time. The game generally has a more serious tone which you won't find in the 'Uncharted' series. Having said that, the plot does have a few holes that need tending to. Game Design © Square Enix When it comes to the level design, environments, sound and lighting, Eidos Montreal/Crystal Dynamics have delivered an experience that is incomparable. In the opening hours of the game, you will find yourself traversing the jungles of Peru. You will come across numerous artefacts, murals, wildlife and of course, tombs. The sound design of the game is exceptional and we would recommend you play the game with headphones. We played with a 7.1 surround sound headphone and we could clearly hear the howling monkeys, chirping birds and the awfully dangerous jaguars. If it weren't for the excellent soundscapes, the key “wow” moments in the game would be highly underwhelming. © Square enix In terms of visuals, 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is a treat for the eyes. We tested the game on the RTX 2080 and it was a pure delight to experience the impressive vistas. You can even mess around with the photo mode to take some fantastic screenshots to share on social media or use it as your wallpaper. The same could be said about level design, as each is felt as if it was crafted with a labour of love. You can see intricate details such as booby traps, cliffside statues and worn out skeletons that add that extra flavour to the overall experience. There is less emphasis on puzzles this time around as they are shorter and relatively easier. Having said that, you can always turn off the hints to make your experience more genuine and harder. © Square enix You also have the option to actually go raid some tombs. Even though they are optional, there are some key moments and set pieces you do not want to miss. This made exploring side tombs a total pleasure and didn't feel like a chore to get the ball rolling. For the full experience, we recommend you explore as much as you can to get your money's worth. We played the game on normal difficulty and it took us roughly 23 hours to complete the game. By that, we mean complete 57% of the game. We still have a lot of exploring to do and side missions to complete. There is a high chance that we might just play the New Game + mode with all our gear on a higher difficulty at a later stage. The Final Say: 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is the perfect title for you if you love adventure titles. It may not be as refined as 'Uncharted', however, the game does have its own strengths. You can actually explore and find interesting artefacts instead of being confined to a linear plot. The game has exceptional sounds design that takes the overall experience to the next level and it will not leave you disappointed. The game is currently out and is available to play on PC, Xbox One and PS4.