IMPORTANT NOTES - PLEASE READ BEFORE DOWNLOADING: These files are experimental. To the best of my knowledge, they will work if you follow the instruction. I'm not sure exactly which game features (e.g., inventory, upgrades, collectibles, challenges, achievements, etc.) are stored in the save file, which in the profile, etc. If you download one of my saves, you should have every item and upgrade I've found/unlocked up to that point. Some achievements may unlock, though I can't guarantee they all will.
Tombraiders.net is not responsible for anything that happens to your computer as a result of downloading files or following advice given on this site or any linked site. I recommend taking the same precautions you would with any file you download from the Internet, including scanning the file with an anti-virus program, backing up your existing files before installing new ones, and following the instructions below, especially if you are unfamiliar with this process.
WHAT ARE SAVEGAME FILES?
Every time you pass a checkpoint while playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, a file is created containing all the information about your game so far—Lara's inventory, enemies killed, puzzles solved, items found, upgrades made, etc. These savegame files are coded so that the game program can "read" them. When you reload an earlier save, your computer interprets the savegame file and restores Lara and her world to the way they were at the most recent checkpoint.
I highly recommend changing save slots periodically—at least once each level or so. To do this, pause the game by pressing Esc on the keyboard, Select or Start on a controller, and choose the "Save Game" option from the menu. Choose a new slot and press Enter. The game also lets you reload your most recent autosave, most recent campsite save, and a backup save. But it can't hurt to have other choices.
If you get stuck and don't have a recent save of your own, you can download one of mine. The following explains how to download and install save files.
WHAT ARE .ZIP FILES?
All the save files on this site come in .zip files. A .zip file is like a digital "envelope" containing other files. Using .zip files lets me group savegame files together in one convenient "package," such as a group of saves for a given level.
WILL YOUR SAVES WORK IN MY GAME?
To the best of my knowledge, saves from all versions of the Steam PC game are interchangeable, but please be sure to back up your original save files, as described below, just in case there are issues.
TROUBLE LOCATING YOUR EXISTING SAVES? These instructions apply to the default Steam installation under Windows 7, 8, or 10. If you've installed the game in a different location, you can still use my saves, but you'll need to find where your save files are stored first. Try searching for the 'Steam' folder and looking inside. Or search for the '391220' folder, 'remote' folder, or 'lastauto.dat' file. Then right-click the file in the search results and choose "open file location." Once you find the remote folder, follow the instructions above.
SOLUTION FOR CORRUPTED SAVE: If you try to load one of my files and the game tells you it's corrupted, this may be because you attempted to manipulate the save files while the game was running. Quit the game all the way out to the desktop. Repeat the steps above and try again.
SOLUTION FOR DOWNLOADED SAVES THAT DON'T APPEAR IN MENU: If you try to load one of my saves and that save slot appears blank or says "Empty 0% Complete" on the Select A Game Save screen, you probably need to rename my save or create a new save in the correct slot first. So, for example, if you downloaded my save5.dat but you only have three saved games, rename my save5.dat to save3.dat and then move it into the remote folder. (Again, make sure you've backed up your own saves first.) Or, make your own save in the #5 slot, quit out of the game, and then replace your save5.dat with mine.
If you have questions or problems using these files, you're welcome to contact me. I can't guarantee I'll be able to solve them, but I'll do my best.
†UPDATE HISTORY: 3/11/13 - Help page first posted online.
5/21/13 - Added fix for saves not appearing in menu.
10/27/13 - Updated section on the number of save slots, which changed from 3 to 99 with the March 25 patch. I just forgot to add the info sooner.
9/7/14 - Added the note about non-Steam versions of the game, thanks to a tip from Jacob. Also tweaked the section on downloaded saves not appearing in the menu.
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