Tomb Raider is important for a myriad of reasons. The original was an action-adventure game that really felt like an adventure, living beyond being a mere imitation of Indiana Jones by putting a strong, clever Lara Croft up front as its protagonist and focusing on puzzle-solving and globetrotting. The original game was celebrated for its beautiful graphics and for the ways that the player could interact with the environment (climbing ledges, swimming). Tomb Raider was quite simply a revolutionary game. It’s a bit of a shame then that the quality of the series is so wildly inconsistent, with games that are fantastic thrill-rides and others that are just meandering bores.
With tomorrow’s release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ve decided to rank the main Tomb Raider games from worst to best. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments, or at least in the comments of whatever aggregation website brought you here.