The illustrious Lara Croft has come a long way since her introduction in 1996.
The intrepid archaeologist/thrill seeker donned her trademark tomb exploring gear, equipped her double pistols, and collected a bevy of rare goodies for a mighty long time. The original collection of Tomb Raider games are great in their own right and now the rebooted variation of the long-running franchise has done a good job of upholding the high quality of the series’ best games. The three latest titles in the franchise incorporate open-ended exploration, action-packed skirmishes, stealthy sequences, and a strong delivery of storytelling that pulls you into Lara’s global escapades. There are a ton of games out there that adopt a few or even all of those elements in an effort to offer a fulfilling action/adventure experience worth remembering.
We’ve braved human and even non-human threats as Miss Croft on numerous occasions at this point. So we know a thing or two about the types of video games that reflect the signature gameplay experience Tomb Raider fans surely enjoy. These 15 recommended titles should be right up your alley if you’re open to epic single-player journeys.
If you’re in the market for a series of games that focuses on treasure hunting treks, then look no further than Uncharted. This PlayStation exclusive IP has all the trappings from your favorite Indiana Jones films – intense shootouts, otherworldly elements, and plenty of close calls with the elements themselves. Nathan Drake is a witty, courageous guy who’s put his life on the line to discover the world’s rarest valuables. Thankfully, you can play through all of his adventures on PS4.
The rebooted Tomb Raider titles showcase a young Lara Croft that’s had to learn how to brave nature’s greatest dangers. She’s also had to fend off a sinister organization all the while. The Far Cry series presents those same two themes while implementing first-person shooter gameplay mechanics. Each of the games featured in this Ubisoft IP transports you to a different locale as you look to take down an evil regime. And the best ways to do that are by gaining allies, living off of the land, and eliminating a horde of baddies along the way.
Lara Croft is quite agile and dexterous in her own right. But the Prince trumps her in both regards. The trilogy of games that brought him back into the spotlight is definitely worth checking out if you want proof of that fact. The Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones are amazing action/adventure experiences worth returning to. They all feature slick swordplay, daring platforming segments, and intriguing plotlines that will leave you wanting more. Oh and be sure to keep an eye out for that Sands of Time Remake, by the way.
History buffs everywhere that like to inject a bit of assassin-based action into their journeys know how legit the Assassin’s Creed series is. Since its inception, Ubisoft’s prized IP has delivered a bevy of memorable quests that center on assassins impacting real-world events across various time periods. Today’s Assassin’s Creed titles have more of an action RPG edge, but they’re still worth taking a chance on if you’re looking for more open-world epics.
Lara’s one of the greatest female video game characters of all time. Another personality that’s in that same category as her is the expert robot animal hunter known as Aloy. In Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy sets out on an arduous romp that’s all about self-discovery. During that endeavor, you can look forward to a whole lot of hunting, taming, climbing, harvesting, etc. Horizon Zero Dawn offers a rewarding adventure that places it among PlayStation’s finest exclusives.
There aren’t any ancient treasures and massive tombs to traverse through in The Last of Us – the majority of your time spent with both games in the series will entail bloody skirmishes with humans and the infected. At the heart of this post-apocalyptic franchise is a tale themed around redemption and what one decides to do when a loved one has the capacity to save humanity. Prepare to shed a few tears, grow a bit enraged, and pull off some gruesome kills if you decide to step into The Last of Us’ bleak world.
Remedy Entertainment is pretty skilled when it comes to producing linear third-person action/adventure experiences. After doing amazing work on the Max Payne series, the Finland-based development studio moved onto a more supernatural take for the genre. Alan Wake puts you in the role of a thriller novelist that comes across some mystifying events in a small town. As you get to the bottom of the game’s central mystery, you’ll be forced to defend yourself against otherworldly horrors and explore some spooky locales.
Miss Croft knows a thing or two about sneaking around and picking off her many foes. If that aspect of the rebooted trilogy excited you the most, then you’ll definitely appreciate the Metal Gear Solid games. It’s worth taking the plunge on the latest entry in the franchise, The Phantom Pain. As Snake, you’ll get to embrace a more open-world approach to exploring as you take down enemy soldiers in a myriad of ways. This game entails a whole lot of stealthy maneuvering, soldier recruiting, and the utilization of trustworthy allies along the way.
We got another quality Remedy Entertainment third-person experience for you all that incorporates intense gunplay and an engrossing storyline. Control puts you in the shoes of Jesse Faden, who sets out to rescue her kidnapped brother. She ends up getting entrapped within a mysterious building called the Oldest House, which is now home to a benevolent supernatural force. With the powers gifted to her by Objects of Power and an evolving firearm by her side, you’ll get to dish out all sorts of damage to the cursed goons that look to consume you and drive you to the brink of insanity.
One of Ubisoft’s most celebrated titles is Beyond Good and Evil, which just so happens to feature a lot of the elements Tomb Raider fans will get a kick out of. As a photojournalist named Jade, you’ll fight to get to the bottom of an alien conspiracy. With the talking pig Pey’j by your side, you’ll get embroiled in a whole lot of puzzle solving, stealthy segments, and action-packed skirmishes with your combat staff in hand. Beyond Good and Evil is a fulfilling journey that remains a bonafide classic to this day.
The Darksiders IP clearly dipped its hands into a variety of popular franchises to find its identity. Games such as The Legend of Zelda, God of War, and Tomb Raider have clearly inspired the post-apocalyptic trials and tribulations that War, Death, and Fury must go through. Each game in the series throws you into massive open worlds that are rife with puzzle dungeons, enormous bosses, and secrets galore. Darksiders definitely stands out as one of the more underrated IPs on this list.
DC’s “Dark Knight” has mastered the art of sticking to the shadows and delivering justice with a jaw-breaking punch. His finest video game exploits can be experienced in full across the amazing Arkham trilogy. You’ll truly feel like the “World’s Greatest Detective” across all four games in the series as you examine a series of crimes, take on his famous Rogues Gallery, and explore every corner of Batman’s dark world. The Arkham series hits all the right notes as not just a great Batman game, but an amazing superhero game in general.
Lara Croft is quite experienced when it comes to eliminating the opposition before they even expect it. The one person that’s a bit more experienced in that area of expertise is Agent 47, who’s always entrusted to pick off his contracted targets across the Hitman series. The rebooted line of games in the franchise gives you even more ways to take out your targets and spacious areas that give you the freedom to sneak up on them the best way you know how.
The Just Cause series endears itself to all the madmen (and madwomen) out there. Toppling an evil regime means you’ll need to employ some…well, “creative” methods in an effort to do so. Rico Rodriguez has a massive arsenal of weapons and tools that allows him to damn near blow up everything within reach. The islands featured across all the games in the series eventually become your very own explosive playgrounds where anarchy reigns supreme.
Do yourself a favor and give this slept-on gem the attention it sorely deserves. Its visuals are magnificent, its lush locales are mystifying, and the two characters at the heart of it will make you care about everything they get caught up in. As Monkey, you’ll be forced into a wild escort mission that will transport you across a bleak post-apocalyptic setting. Smashing robots, getting caught up in some heart-stopping platforming sequences, and finding out what happened to humanity in the first place are just a few of the reasons why Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is worth playing.