Tomb Raider (2013)

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Tomb Raider
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Release dates
March 5, 2013
January 23, 2014
Tomb Raider (2013) at WineHQ
Tomb Raider (2013) at Steam Charts
Tomb Raider (2013) at SteamDB
 Tomb Raider (2013) at Wikipedia
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013

This page is for the 2013 reboot. For the original, see Tomb Raider.

Key points

Advantage PC port features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.[1]
Information Forcing DirectX 9 mode results in an approximately 25% performance boost at a small loss of visual fidelity.
Disadvantage Many quick time events (QTEs) do not display the key required to complete them. See QTE streamlining for a guide.
Disadvantage Multiplayer is not cross-platform between Windows and OS X.[2]

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official Forums - not PC-specific.
More information Lara Croft Wiki - A detailed wiki for the Tomb Raider series
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg OS X only.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All Windows versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The GOTY Edition does not include the Survival Edition non-game extras.
Information The GOTY Edition does not include the following DLC: Agility Skill, Animal Instinct, Headshot Reticule, Pistol Burst, Pistol Silencer. These upgrades can be unlocked during gameplay without buying the DLC.[3][4]
Information Japanese language support is only available in Japan and requires a separate purchase or the Japan Tomb Raider GOTY Edition.
Information The Mac App Store version does not include multiplayer.[5]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Japanese Language Pack Only available in Japan. Windows only. Windows
Scavenger Executioner WindowsOS X
Tomb of the Lost Adventurer WindowsOS X
Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack WindowsOS X
Demolition Skin WindowsOS X
Mountaineer Skin WindowsOS X
Sure-Shot Skin WindowsOS X
Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack WindowsOS X
1939 Multiplayer Map Pack WindowsOS X
JAGD P22G WindowsOS X
M590 12ga WindowsOS X
HX AP-15 WindowsOS X
STG 58 Elite WindowsOS X
Animal Instinct Can be unlocked through normal gameplay without having this DLC (DLC unlocks it immediately).[4] WindowsOS X
Headshot Reticule Can be unlocked through normal gameplay without having this DLC (DLC unlocks it immediately).[4] WindowsOS X
Scavenger Scout WindowsOS X
Scavenger Bandit WindowsOS X
Fisherman WindowsOS X
Silverballer WindowsOS X
Agency SPS 12 WindowsOS X
Agility Skill Can be unlocked through normal gameplay without having this DLC (DLC unlocks it immediately).[4] WindowsOS X
Pistol Burst Can be unlocked through normal gameplay without having this DLC (DLC unlocks it immediately).[4] WindowsOS X
Pistol Silencer Can be unlocked through normal gameplay without having this DLC (DLC unlocks it immediately).[4] WindowsOS X
Hunter Skin WindowsOS X
Aviatrix Skin WindowsOS X
Guerilla Skin WindowsOS X
Shanty Town WindowsOS X

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip game launcher[edit]

Fix Skip game launcher[6]

  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Click Properties then Set Launch Options.
  3. Add -nolauncher then press OK.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file location[edit]

Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Tomb Raider/
Information Most graphics settings in the registry corresponds with .ini options for benchmark.

Save game data location[edit]

Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/203160/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Setup utility.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.svg All HUD elements are correctly drawn on the center screen. Some in-game cutscenes display odd animations or missing models in areas that aren't visible in 16:9.
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Possible using Cheat Engine; see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native For borderless uncheck "exclusive fullscreen".
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native For borderless uncheck "exclusive fullscreen".
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA and up to 4x SSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Double and tripled buffered.
High frame rate Native

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Use Cheat Engine table

  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Go here and download the table (right-click, save link as).
  3. Run Tomb Raider, then Alt+Tab from the game.
  4. Double-click TombRaider.CT. This should open an instance of Cheat Engine.
  5. In the Cheat Engine window, click the top left button with the computer icon.
  6. Select the TombRaider.exe process and click Open.
  7. Click Yes to the confirmation dialog, and switch back to the game.
  8. Press F2 to toggle the fix, and NumPad +/NumPad - to increase/decrease the FOV.
    • Note: If you're using a keyboard without a number pad, you can use the On-Screen Keyboard.
    1. Press Win+R, type osk and press Enter.
    2. Click Options, enable "Turn on numeric key pad" and click OK.
    3. Click the + and - buttons above the NumLock button.


Force DirectX 9 renderer on DirectX 11 systems[edit]

Information Forcing DirectX 9 will result in better performance. However DirectX 11 specific features (tessellation, TressFX) will be disabled.

Fix DX9 renderer

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit and press Enter).
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider\Graphics
  3. Modify RenderAPI value to 9.
Note: Revert to 0 for DX11, anything else will result in DX11 renderer with some DX11 features disabled.

Performance difference between DirectX 9 and 11 renderer

Based on ingame benchmark with DirectX 11 features (tessellation, TressFX) disabled for both renderers.

DirectX 9 DirectX 11 Difference [%]
Minimum FPS 42.06 35.88 17.22%
Maximum FPS 66.04 52.68 25.36%
Average FPS 56.68 44.74 26.69%

Tested on Intel i7 with HD6870 GPU, average of five measurements for each renderer.[7]

Strange graphics as screen is like a broken glass may appear at certain points during the game[edit]

Fix Change a Graphics options value

  1. This fix must be done each time the problem appear
  2. Enter Graphics options and change high precision to another value, no matter what. Just change it. Apply changes.

Note: You can set it back to its previous value again and apply again, without re-triggering the bug. }}

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/keyboard settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Gamepad layout.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native Supports Xbox 360 and other XInput-compatible controllers. In-game tutorials and QTE icons will change automatically to reflect keyboard/controller usage.
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native also x-axis; both independently for camera and aiming

Issues unresolved[edit]

Separate vertical and horizontal sensitivity with mouse[edit]

Vertical and horizontal sensitivity do not match, with vertical being much lower, making it hard to aim with a mouse and keyboard.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 output[8]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Arabic Native Native Native
Brazilian Portuguese Native Impossible Native
Czech Native Impossible Native
Dutch Native Impossible Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Native Native Requires Japanese Language Pack DLC. Windows only.
Korean Native Impossible Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Traditional Chinese Native Impossible Native


Disadvantage Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[2]
Information The Mac App Store version does not include multiplayer.[5]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Impossible
Direct IP Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Fix Low frame rate fix

There are several performance demanding options that can be disabled. Get a significant FPS boost by:

  • Updating to the latest video drivers for your video card.
  • Disable high precision option.
  • Disable TressFX technology - set hair to normal. Patches have improved TressFX performance a lot but it still has major impact on frame rate, especially on non-AMD graphics cards.
  • Lower or turn off Screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO). "Ultra" Ambient Occlusion setting stands for HDAO, wich is AMD's AO tecnology, and may cause major performance loss in Nvidia videocards.[9][10]
  • Run game in DirectX 9 mode.
  • Lower or disable anti-aliasing. FXAA is the least demanding form of AA.

Flickering and crashing with SLI or CrossFire[edit]

Fix Flickering fix[11]

  • Set Vsync option to Off on Advanced settings of the Launcher.
  • Disable tessellation.

Crashing to desktop and issues with minimizing game[edit]

Fix Crashing to desktop fix[11]

  • Disable Exclusive Fullscreen option.
  • Disable any "RAM optimizer" or "Game Booster" programs you may have (generally get rid of the bloatware running).

Static noise from music and ambient sound in the game[edit]

Fix Sound issues fix[11]

  • Update drivers to your sound card.
  • Disable hardware acceleration on sound card:
  1. Open Control panel in Windows
  2. Go to Sound & Audio -> Audio Tab -> Advanced -> Performance
  3. Set slider to None

Other information[edit]

QTE streamlining[edit]

Information Tomb Raider is heavy on quick time events (QTEs), which can be sometimes annoying.
Disadvantage QTEs in Tomb Raider does not display key name but rather monochrome icon associated with specific binding or QTE, which can be confusing and problematic to solve.
Information However, if you are actively using an Xbox 360 controller or other XInput-compatible controller, the game will display controller button names and colors as normal.

List of QTEs and possible solutions:

QTE Icon Solution
Hand in red circle Repeatedly press interact key (default E) as fast as possible.
Exclamation mark in red diamond. Press melee key (default F).
White circle getting smaller Tap repeatedly melee key (default F). This QTE is bugged - circle animation is out of sync with trigger behind QTE and therefore it is difficult win this QTE normally. Luckily there is no penalization for missing said trigger with key press so pressing melee key for whole duration of QTE works perfectly.
Left and right arrow Alternately press left and right movement keys (default A and D).
Hand in red circle when Lara is hanging from ledge Press interact key (default E).

Fix Bypass mashing keys

Information You can replace key mashing QTE for just one key press, however you need gaming mouse or keyboard software with ability to create macros.
Information This guide contains only general directions. Actual process may vary as there are several versions of gaming software.

1. Open you macro/gaming software and create new macro.

2. Record single key press and make sure there are delays between action at least 20ms. It should look something like this for E key:

Key E down
20ms delay
Key E up
20ms delay

3. Set this macro to your desired key and set option to "repeat macro as long as pressed".

Information If your macro is not working properly, try increasing delay as some systems won't recognize key presses if they are too fast.

Benchmark mode[edit]

Information Benchmark mode generates a file named: benchmarkresults yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss.txt

Fix Benchmark from menu

Benchmark in game options.

Fix Benchmark from Steam

  1. Right click on game in Library.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Set Launch Options and add parameter (see command line parameters).

Fix Benchmark via shortcut

  1. Create shortcut to TombRaider.exe
  2. Right click shortcut and select Properties.
  3. At Target line add parameter at the end of the string (see command line parameters).

Command line parameters[edit]

Command line parameter Type of benchmark
-benchmark Run the benchmark on startup and quit the game when finished.
-benchmarkini “filename.ini” Run the benchmark on startup and quit the game when finished. The ini file contains overrides for quality settings.
-loop Loop the benchmark instead of quitting after it completes. This is a demo mode, so statistics are disabled.
-dxdiag Include dxdiag information in the benchmarkresults file.
Information When running from the command line, exclusive fullscreen is automatically switched on and vsync is switched off.
Information When running as a looping demo, a result file is not generated.

.ini file options[edit]

Option Restrictions Effect
QualityLevel 0 to 4 Sets all settings to a quality level. 0 for Low, 4 for Ultimate.
Fullscreen 0 or 1 Enables or disables fullscreen.
ExclusiveFullscreen 0 or 1 Enable this when fullscreen is enabled for better performance but worse multitasking.
AspectRatio Width / height x 10000 or 0 Sets aspect ratio. 16000 for 16:10 for example.
VSyncMode 0 - 2 Options for vertical synchronization. 0 for Off, 1 for Double Buffer and 2 for Triple Buffer.
FullscreenWidth number Width of resolution in pixels.
FullscreenHeight number Height of resolution in pixels.
FullscreenRefreshRate number Screen refresh rate in Hz.
StereoEnabled 0 or 1 Enables or disables stereoscopic support.
TextureQuality 1 to 4 Texture quality from Low to Ultra.
BestTextureFilter 0 to 18 Texture filtering - 0 for No Filtering, 1 for Bilinear, 2 for Trilinear, or 2 + the Anisotropic level.
HairQuality 0 or 1 Enables TressFX enhanced hair quality. 0 for Normal or 1 for TressFX.
AntiAliasingMode 0 to 3 Sets anti-aliasing level. 0 for none, 1 for FXAA, 2 for 2xSSAA and 3 for 4xSSAA.
ShadowMode 0 or 1 Enables or disables shadows.
ShadowResolution 0 to 2 Sets shadow resolution. 1 for Off, 2 for Normal and 3 for Ultra.
SSAOMode 0 to 2 Sets ambient occlusion quality. 1 for Off, 2 for Normal and 3 for Ultra.
DOFQuality 0 to 3 Sets depth of field quality. 1 for Off, 2 for Normal and 3 for Ultra.
ReflectionQuality 0 to 2 Sets quality of reflections. 1 for Off, 2 for Normal and 3 for High.
LODBias 0 to 4 Sets level of detail bias from Low to Ultra.
EnablePostProcess 0 or 1 Enables or disables post-processing effects.
EnableHighPrecisionRT 0 or 1 -
EnableTessellation 0 or 1 Enables or disables tessellation.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Dual core CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1 GHz (4050+)
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz (E6300)
Quad core CPU, AMD Phenom II X2 565, Intel Core i5-750
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
2 GB (Vista)
4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
12 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT
nVidia 8600
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
AMD Radeon HD 5870
nVidia GTX 480
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM)
4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
14 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM 1 GB of VRAM


  1. Tomb Raider PC features, system requirements revealed - Shack News
  2. 2.0 2.1 MacRumors Forums - View Single Post - Widely Acclaimed Tomb Raider Reboot Arrives in Mac App Store
  3. Feral Support | Tomb Raider FAQs | What is included in the Single Player DLC Pack (Mac App Store)?
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Which DLCs are unlockable through normal gameplay? :: Tomb Raider General Discussions
  5. 5.0 5.1 A survivor is born: Tomb Raider coming to Mac on January 23rd! | Feral News
  6. Launch Tomb Raider directly and skip launcher - Steam Community Discussions for Tomb Raider
  7. Tested by LDK March 5, 2013.
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. Tomb Raider Video Card Performance and IQ Review - HARDOCP
  10. Tomb Raider broken on PC - GameTrailers Forums
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Technical FAQ - Written and produced by EscondeR - Tomb Raider Hub