Tomb Raider received a 90% score in its first review from GamesMaster. More importantly the magazine praised the game's visuals and said players can look forward to 10-15 hours for the main story, though it’ll take 20 hours to fully explore the island. The magazine also enjoyed the vivid hubs and final third of the game “with its spectacular bombast”.
GamesMaster said: “Sitting back exhausted we were left with just one question dribbling forth from our gaping jaws. How on earth are they going to top this in the sequel? Because of one thing there can be no doubt. Lara is back.”