Tomb Raider: A Metacritic history

The first game in the Tomb Raider franchise came out back in 1996. Since then the series has gone through several different reboots and a number of games over the last two decades. This look at Tomb Raider’s Metacritic history will feature most of the major releases in the series.

This will not count three games in the series, The Last Revelation (1999), Tomb Raider (2000) and Curse of the Sword (2001) since they do not have any reviews on the site. It will also not count certain systems for certain games (like the PC version of Tomb Raider I) since they did also not have any reviews. Nor will it count versions like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition or Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration Edition.

Tomb Raider’s Metacritic history

Seven out of the 16 (43.75%) games in the Tomb Raider franchise on Metacritic have an average score over 80. After the Franchise hit rock-bottom with Angel of Darkness in 2003, it recovered well with the first reboot trilogy (Legend, Anniversary and Underworld). With the most recent reboot trilogy (Tomb Raider, Rise, and Shadow) the series has since its best scores since Tomb Raider II.

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The graph below shows the total number of combined reviews on Metacritic for all systems that each Tomb Raider game has been on.

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To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Rise of the Tomb Raider I took the 102 Xbox One reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 86. I then did the same for the PC reviews. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average Metacritic score.

Game Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
Tomb Raider 1996 PS1 91 13 91
Tomb Raider II 1997 PS1 85 13 85
Tomb Raider III 1998 PS1 76 14 76
The Last Revelation 1999 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tomb Raider (2000) 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chronicles 2000 PS1, PC, Dreamcast 63, 57, 59 15+15+9 = 39 59.76
Curse of the Sword 2001 N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Prophecy 2002 GBA 66 20 66
The Angel of Darkness 2003 PS2, PC 52, 49 37+18 = 55 51.01
Legend 2006 360, Xbox, PS2, PC, GC, PSP, DS 80, 82, 82, 82, 78, 67, 58 54+40+45+31+6+28+15 = 219 77.83
Anniversary 2007 360, PC, Wii, PSP 77, 83, 73, 78 33+26+22+32 = 113 77.88
Underworld 2008 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS 76, 75, 80, 70, 70 57+42+20+12+9 = 140 75.37
The Guardian of Light 2010 360, PS3, PC, iOS 85, 84, 82. 70 73+26+13+11 = 123 83.13
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013 360, PS3, PC 86, 87, 86 70+25+18 = 113 86.22
Temple of Osiris 2014 PS4, One, PC 74, 72. 73 40+31+17 = 88 73.1
Lara Croft: Relic Run 2015 iOS 71 11 71
Lara Croft: Go 2015 PS4, PC, iOS, VITA 84, 69.5, 83, 83.66 15+2+39+3 = 59 82.83
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2015 One, PC 86, 86 102+45 = 147 86
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018 PS4, One, PC 78, 83, 79 58+54+18 = 130 80.21

 

Now let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Tomb Raider game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Tomb Raider 100 (3) 80 23.07%
Tomb Raider II 100 (2) 67 15.38%
Tomb Raider III 95 58 0%
The Last Revelation N/A N/A N/A
Tomb Raider (2000) N/A N/A N/A
Chronicles 88 35 0%
Curse of the Sword N/A N/A N/A
The Prophecy 88 10 0%
The Angel of Darkness 100 16 1.81%
Legend 100 (3) 25 0.13%
Anniversary 93 40 0%
Underworld 91 (2) 50 (4) 0%
The Guardian of Light 100 42 0.81%
Tomb Raider (2013) 100 (6) 60 (2) 5.30%
Temple of Osiris 90 (3) 50 (3) 0%
Lara Croft: Relic Run 80 (3) 60 0%
Lara Croft: Go 100 (2) 50 3.38%
Rise of the Tomb Raider 100 (8) 60 (3) 5.44%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 100 (4) 40 3.07%

Highest and lowest score on Metacritic for each Tomb Raider game

A short bonus look at the Tomb Raider films

Film Year Number of reviews Metacritic Score (High-Low) Production Budget Opening Weekend Box Office
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 31 33 (75-0) $115 million $47,735,743 $274,703,340
Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life 2003 34 43 (75-0) $95 million $21,783,641 $156,505,388
Tomb Raider 2018 53 48 (80-10) $94 million $23,633,317 $273,821,715

Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Announced” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_Raider

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

https://www.metacritic.com/search/movie/tomb%20raider/results

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/search/?q=tomb%20raider

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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