Tomb Raider: Ranking Every Game From Worst To Best

The series might be 23 years old, but it’s far from ancient history.


On October 25th 1996, the world was introduced to a certain braid and backpack wearing adventurer, and gaming was never the same again.

This is of course, pop culture's first major lady of gaming herself, Tomb Raider, Lara Croft.

With Ms. Croft celebrating her 23rd anniversary - little over a year after Shadow of the Tomb Raider and as a movie sequel starring Alicia Vikander has been announced - now is a good time to look over the franchise as a whole. Where it went right, where it went wrong, and where it went... well, literally, as Lara has been to tons of countries.

This is of course accounting for critical reception, fan feedback, personal preference, and what each game did for the series as a whole.

Feel free to mention how you would rank this list in the comments below, but for now, let's see which of Lara's adventures were her best.


12. Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness

Crystal Dynamics

The black sheep of the franchise and largely a disappointment due to its unfinished state at launch, Angel of Darkness was infamously rushed by publisher Eidos Interactive so it could be cross promoted with the movie 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'

Luckily, this is a title that time has been rather kind to.

Sure, there might have been only one or two tombs in the entire game, but with a deep, mysterious lore spanning centuries, on top of an engaging plot that centres on Lara trying to clear her name of a murder - all while investigating the activities of a black magic cult - it made for the most cinematic Tomb Raider yet.

It would even would include things that became staples of Lara’s modern trilogy, such as RPG-like progression and stealth (however clunky that might have been at the time). A quick internet search will show you the strong cult following this game have, proving that, even at its worst, Tomb Raider is still good.

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