Tomb Raider Legend For Mac

Tomb Raider Legend For Mac

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April 13th, 2018, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

Feral Interactive released Rise of Tomb Raider yesterday. As their latest Metal based game, we jumped at the chance to test on our iMac Pro and two Mac Pros.

cMP 12c 1080Ti - 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-Core Xeon X5680 CPU, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti connected to a Dell 5K display with dual DP cables
iMP 8c > eGPU VegaF - 2017 iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-Core Xeon W-2140B CPU, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM, Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box connected to Thunderbolt 3 port with AMD Radeon Vega Frontier (16G) GPU installed and connected to the Dell 5K display with dual DP cables
iMP 8c Pro Vega 64 - 2017 iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-Core Xeon W-2140B CPU, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB) GPU
nMP 8c > eGPU VegaF - 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Xeon E5-1680 v2 CPU, 64GB of 1866MHz of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, AKiTiO Node Pro connected to Thunderbolt 2 port with AMD Radeon Vega Frontier (16G) GPU installed and connected to the Dell 5K display with dual DP cables
nMP 8c D700 - 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Xeon E5-1680 v2 CPU, 64GB of 1866MHz of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, dual AMD FirePro D700s (6GB each) GPUs (ONLY ONE used by Rise of Tomb Raider); display was the LG UltraFine 5K connected to a Thunderbolt 2 port

The graphs below compare the Overall score from the built-in Rise of Tomb Raider Benchmark. In each case, we used High Preset with VSYNC OFF. All Macs were running macOS 10.13.4.

Test at 1920x1080 Fullscreen. (HIGHER Frames Per Second = FASTER)

Test at 2560x1440 Fullscreen. (HIGHER Frames Per Second = FASTER)

Test at 3840x2160 Fullscreen. (HIGHER Frames Per Second = FASTER)

The iMac Pro with the optional factory Radeon Pro Vega 64 was fastest running the benchmark at 1920x1080, but the 2010 Mac Pro with the GTX 1080 Ti edged it out at 2560x1440 and dominated at 3840x2160.

We were especially encouraged by how much the eGPU with the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier GPU enhanced the Rise of Tomb Raider performance when connected to the 2013 Mac Pro 'Turbo Tube.' It produced a 82% to 355% gain over the internal FirePro 700.

BTW, the eGPU boxes are not officially supported on the 2013 Mac Pro running macOS 10.13.4, but, with the help of the PurgeWrangler script in the Software section of, we were able to get it working anyway.

The Rise of Tomb Raider built-in benchmark consists of three phases: Mountain Peak, Syria, and Geothermal Valley. Mountain Peak appears to be CPU only. However, the GPU reported a 40 to 60% load in the Syria and Geothermal phases.

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier is not listed on the Apple eGPU Support page but it worked fine for us in both the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway (475W GPU Max Power) and the AKiTiO Node Pro (400W GPU Max Power). The Vega Frontier specs are similar to the Radeon Vega 64 desktop GPU except it has twice the VRAM (16G) -- matching the VRAM of our iMac Pro's Pro Vega 64.

NOTE: Though we tested using eGPUs, they are not officially supported in any Feral games at the moment. However, Feral are currently testing certain models of eGPU housing in combination with various cards, and once they are in a position to announce official support, they will do so via normal channels. (See system requirements for Rise of Tomb Raider).

Rise of Tomb Raider is a welcome addition to the Metal based family of games.

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Welcome to the unofficial guide to 'Tomb Raider: Legend'. This guide consists of a detailed walkthrough of the singleplayer campaign of the game. You should know that 'Tomb Raider: Legend' isn't a long game, although the levels are quite challenging and will take even up to an hour to finish. There are seven main missions. An eighth level is a rather simple boss fight, so I've decided to not add it up to the rest. Those of you who have been playing previous 'Tomb Raider' games should be familiar with some of the features of the new game. The controls are very similar, although there are some cool new moves. All of these actions have been explained in the walkthrough section of this guide. You should also take notice at the helpful hints. They will appear on your screen from time to time.

As for the guide itself, I've tried to concentrate most of my efforts on explaining new types of actions. As a result, walkthroughs of the first few levels are by far more detailed than the rest. I've also explained all of the puzzles. Some of them are rather challenging, although you shouldn't have any major problems with them. Nevertheless, you will find all answers here. I would also like to say that 'Tomb Raider: Legend' is a very linear game. In most cases, there's only one path leading to your destination, so you can't get lost. You can have some problems, on the other hand, with some of the jumps. They can and will be very challenging. I would recommend that you pick a Normal difficulty level, though. The opponents in this game are.. dumb. Furthermore, Lara usually kills them very quickly. Difficulty level won't modify any of the puzzles. It's only got influence on the fights.

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I would also recommend that you take a closer look at the key bindings before you proceed to the main campaign. You can adjust some of the actions. Not all of the default keys were placed in comfortable spots. One of these actions is the flashlight button. I would recommend that you use the ALT key, because you will have to activate the flashlight quite frequently. The another important aspect of the game is an auto-aim feature. You could turn it off, but I wouldn't recommend that. Auto aiming really helps in most of the fights. Well.. that's it. Have fun and don't let Lara die too often! :-)


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last update : May 5, 2016

Guide contains : 39 pages, 740 images.

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Tomb Raider: Legend Video Game

  • genre: Action
  • developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • publisher: Eidos Interactive
  • platform: PC, PS2, XBOX, GAMECUBE, PSP, XBOX360
  • rated: 12+

Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.
- Lara comes to life - the dual-pistol-wielding adventurer’s polygon count and animation set has been increased significantly, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date
- Return to the Tombs: Lara’s new quest brings her to lost ancient realms that guard Secrets of the Past
- Fluid movement: the revamped control system provides intuitive and fluid character movement
- Dynamic animation system puts focus on continuous motion, giving Lara the ability to seamlessly handle any obstacle and interact dynamically with any surface
- Move and shoot. Lara uses her physical prowess to combine gunplay with unique signature moves
- Variety of player choice - intelligently use the environment, technical gear and weapons to overcome challenging situations.
- Physics, Water and Fire systems bring the perilous environments of Lara’s world alive, and challenge the player to improvise solutions to obstacles
- Visit a vast array of cinematic & exotic locations including ancient tombs, dangerous jungles, snowy mountain ruins and numerous unexpected surprises in between!

  • Tomb Raider: Legend - Official site
  • Crystal Dynamics - Developer
  • Eidos - Publisher

Tomb Raider: Legend PC version System Requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 256MB (Geforce 5900 or better), 9.9 GB HDD, Windows 2000/XP

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