You Can Play 'Shadow Of The Tomb Raider' For Free Right Now

Looking for a new game to sink your teeth into? Square Enix is offering a free trial of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third and final instalment to the studio's current Lara Croft trilogy.

The promotion is already live on all relevant platforms - Xbox One, PS4, and PC - so head to your respective store, search for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and download the demo if you're interested.

And, once you plough through the trial - there will be a cut off point - you can head back and pick Lara up exactly where you left her should you decide to buy the full game. Don't leave her hanging off a cliff for too long, yeah?

If we're being honest, the third-person stealth RPG endured a tough time when it launched in September. Releasing shortly after Spider-Man, and before a number of other GOTY candidates, it didn't stand out as much as the previous entries in its mini-series had.

But its reviews aren't *so* bad: it hit 76 on Metacritic, and several publications deemed it "unmissable". Still, Square Enix struggled to sell Shadow, especially when it came to physical copies in the UK. As soon as those cool Larazade bottles sold out, Ms Croft slowly faded into the background, once again.

I guess this is as good a reason for the unexpected trial. And who knows? If you give it a chance, you may find your new favourite game. It's free, too. What have you got to lose?

If you do end up loving Shadow, the full game is widely discounted right now. During Black Friday you could pick it up for around £20, and with Christmas approaching fast, you'll most likely find it at the same price, or less, pretty soon.

Just, whatever you decide to do, trial or full game, make sure you experience its brilliant photomode. Who knew being impaled by an ancient spike, or getting mauled by a tiger, could be so much fun?

Die laughing during your free 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' trial. Credit: Square Enix
Die laughing during your free 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' trial. Credit: Square Enix

Gross. What do you think about this news? Will you try it out? Have you already played it? Did you like it? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Square Enix

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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