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Try 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' for free before you buy

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Dec 6, 2018
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  1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC back in September. If you missed the opportunity to check out Lara Crofts’ latest adventure – a forgivable offense given the steady diet of big-budget releases the past few months – you’re in luck as Square Enix is now offering a free trial of the game.

    The offer, available on PS4, Xbox One and via Steam, grants full access to the opening levels of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Progress made in the free trial will carry over to the full game, we’re told, so you won’t lose any achievements or trophies.

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider hasn’t been the major hit that Square Enix was hoping for (hence the free trial and an earlier sale) but it did earn a nomination for best action / adventure game from The Game Awards. We’ll find out tonight if its bid was successful but given the stiff competition (it’s up against Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2), a victory seems like a long shot.

    PCGgamesN reported shortly after launch that physical sales of the game in-store in the UK were down 70 percent compared to the 2013 reboot. Digital downloads weren’t accounted for, however, so it’s difficult to get an accurate measure of just how well the game sold early on.

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  2. Black Slasher

    Black Slasher TS Booster Posts: 30   +26

    Anyone knows how much this game sold?
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,090   +1,258

    I used to love getting in my PC Gamer magazine with a CD full of demos! The Half-Life Uplink demo is what got me interested in the full game. This being, 5000 years ago.
  4. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +58

    The tomb raider reboots are just underwhelming games, rise was actually good until that terrible terrible terrible final encounter, it completely wrecked the entire experience, at least to me. it was the same with the first game, bad endings.

    when I saw SotTR posted on steam I just kept scrolling, its no fun watching lara turn into a super serious murderer.
    cliffordcooley and IAMTHESTIG like this.
  5. Kytetiger

    Kytetiger TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +8

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  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,057   +1,491

    Maybe gamers are simply getting tired of the quick re-boots?

    Games like Tomb Raider, Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, etc. Seems like it's not 30 days after release that the next one is announced.
    BSim500 and emmzo like this.
  7. LeroN

    LeroN TS Enthusiast Posts: 84   +27

    A sandbox again? No, thanks. F2P online MMOs are more interesting.
  8. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Addict Posts: 124   +55

    I dont think you have been playing the latest two AC games they are much much better in every way possible they are following the Witcher footsteps if you enjoyed the witcher 3 AC Odyssey is almost identical
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,874

    It seemed that way to me as well.
  10. ddferrari

    ddferrari TS Maniac Posts: 411   +187

    Thanks for the heads up, Shawn Knight! I'll give it a go this evening.
  11. azicat

    azicat TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +38

    The AAA free trial concept doesn't work for me and my crappy 6Mbps internet. It took me 5 days to download the Destiny 2 freebie; I flipped the table and deleted it with each consecutive 50GB patch.
    Reehahs likes this.
  12. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 311   +171

    Seriously trying to convince ppl AC is identical to W3..hilarious
    Eldritch likes this.
  13. ddferrari

    ddferrari TS Maniac Posts: 411   +187

    At 6Mbps you'd be waiting a loooong time. I'm downloading it now on Steam, and it's 14.6 GB. I'm pretty sure it's the full game and it locks you out once you reach a certain point. At least I won't have to download it again if I buy it! We'll see what the Xmas sale brings...
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  14. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 109   +106

    Yeah, more like AC desparately tries to copy W3. And fails.
    Instead of high quality quests, engaging characters and side quests we get run off the mill quests, bland characters, broken assassination mechanism, level up your gear after you level up by spending materials every damn time or be left behind, side quests which are auto generated and have hilariously bad and disjointed dialogue.
    The list goes on. I am 15 hours in Odyssey right now and its become exceedingly tiresome.
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  15. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Addict Posts: 124   +55

    its not as engaging as the witcher 3 but still a big step from unity/syndicate hate on it as much as you want . I'm 51 hrs in and I love it and I think its step in the right direction
  16. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Addict Posts: 124   +55

    stating an opinion becomes convincing people interesting
  17. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 311   +171

    "if you enjoyed the witcher 3 AC Odyssey is almost identical." lmao you ain't convincing nobody dude

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