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'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' is a visual masterpiece and one of the best action games of the year — even if it has a boring story

Kevin Webb
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  • "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" is one the prettiest games ever made, offering enhanced graphics on the Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PC.
  • "Shadow" is the final game in a trilogy that began with the 2013 reboot of "Tomb Raider."
  • This is "Tomb Raider" at its peak — in the new game, Lara Croft explores the jungles of Peru in a massive open world that's filled with hidden crypts, wildlife and treasure.
  • Developer Eidos Montreal hired cultural advisors to help ensure that its depiction of the indigenous people and locales in "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" was both accurate and respectful.

As the final game in a trilogy, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" ought to feel like the culmination of the series. 

Instead, the latest Lara Croft game feels like more of the same. But that's not a bad thing.

"Shadow," which was relased on September 14 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, is the last in a series that began with a reboot in 2013. The game is meant to be the payoff for fans who have followed the series. It closes out some overarching plotlines from the two previous games. It also focuses on a young Lara Croft that is reminiscent of the original version of the character that debuted with the first "Tomb Raider" game in 1996.

Here's a look at "Shadow of the Tomb Raider:"

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