The climactic third entry into the Tomb Raider reboot series finally releases this week, and though the game arrives amid a high degree of fan scepticism, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is for the most part an enjoyable - if over-familiar - finale for Lara Croft's tripartite origin story.
Reviews have skewed broadly positive so far, and while it certainly isn't a necessary day-one purchase for any but the most hardcore Tomb Raider fans, it is a well-crafted action-adventure romp that delivers almost exactly what you'd expect.
It's a shame new franchise developer Eidos Montréal didn't do more with their opportunity to innovate the series beyond its Uncharted-aping holding pattern, but all the same, if you're in the market for a fast-paced AAA blast, you can't go too wrong with this one.
As long as you're not expecting anything too ambitious from the story or gameplay, there's a lot here to enjoy. But if you're a casual fan of the series, you might want to make it a weekend rental or wait for a sale...