Downloading & Installing TR Legend PC Savegame Files

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WHAT ARE SAVEGAME FILES?

Every time you pass a checkpoint or save your game in the Pause menu while playing Tomb Raider: Legend, a file is created containing all the information about your game so far—Lara's inventory, enemies killed, rewards found, 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 it was at the most recent checkpoint.

Players using the PC version of the game can trade saves with other players just as we would share text files, pictures or other documents—by saving the files on a disk, sending them as email attachments or placing them on a web server to be downloaded. The following explains how to download and install these files.

WHAT ARE .ZIP FILES?

All the save files on this site come in .zip files. A .zip file (also called a .zip archive) is like a digital "envelope" containing other files. Using .zip archives lets me group savegame files together in one convenient "package," such as a group of saves for a given level. Also, since the data in .zip files is compressed, the files are smaller and download more quickly.

HOW DO I DOWNLOAD A SAVEGAME FILE?

  1. Click any of the file links on my savegame download page. (There are also a few links to savegame files throughout the walkthroughs, such as following boss fights, etc.)

  2. A dialog box will pop up asking if you want to Open or Save the file, or Cancel the download. Choose the 'Save' option.

  3. Another dialog box will pop up asking where on your computer you would like to save the downloaded file. It doesn't matter where you save it, but I'd recommend using a location that's easy to remember so you can find the file after it has downloaded. (I like to download onto the Windows Desktop.) Choose the location you want and click the 'Save' button to start downloading the file.

  4. A new box will pop up showing the progress of the download. You may need to click a button to close the box when the download is complete.

HOW DO I GET THE SAVE FILES OUT OF THE .ZIP FILE AND INTO MY GAME?

All but the last step should be done when the Tomb Raider game is not running.

  1. Locate your existing Legend save files: If you have a shortcut to the 'My Documents' folder on your desktop, just double-click it to open it. Otherwise, open 'My Documents' through the Windows Start Menu. (In newer versions of Windows, it's just called 'Documents.')

  2. Inside 'Documents' is a folder called 'Eidos.' Double-click it to open it. Then double-click the 'Tomb Raider - Legend' folder within the 'Eidos' folder. Then double-click the 'Saved Games' folder. (In the Steam installation, the 'Tomb Raider - Legend' folder may be a subfolder of 'Documents' without the 'Eidos' folder.)

  3. Inside the 'Saved Games' folder you should find all your existing save files. (These have names like "01.23.45 - Location - 00%.dat", where the first set of numbers is the elapsed game time, the location is the game level (Bolivia, Peru, etc.), followed by the percentage of the game completed.)

  4. Next, leave the 'Saved Games' folder open and return to the .zip file you downloaded earlier.

  5. Newer versions of Windows should open .zip files automatically when you double-click them. Do that now. Inside the .zip folder, you will see one or more .dat files (the actual savegame files) and a text file containing additional information about the particular saves included.

  6. Select the .dat files you want from inside the .zip file. Then copy or drag them from the .zip file into the 'Saved Games' folder you opened in steps 1-3. (Note that some of my files have been renamed with the corresponding checkpoints from my walkthrough, so they will look a little different from your own saves.)

  7. Close all open folders. Then start the game as usual. From Legend's Main Menu, select Load/Save, then Load Existing Saved Game, then choose the save you want from the list and press Enter. The new save should load and you can play on from there.

IMPORTANT NOTES

I highly recommend that you do not rely exclusively on the autosave while playing through the game. Instead be sure to save manually in a new slot at least once or twice each level. To do this, press Escape, choose 'Save' from the menu, select 'New saved game' and click 'OK'. Then, if you miss something or run into a bug, you can reload rather than having to replay the entire level. Or, worst-case scenario, if your autosave becomes corrupted and won't load, you won't have to restart the entire game.

One additional note: If you have been saving your game as you play, you will already have some files in your 'Saved Games' folder. You can store any number of of files here; however, Legend only displays the first 50 save files within the game. When you've reached this limit, you'll see a message saying you must delete or overwrite existing saves in order to save again.

If you'd like to keep more than 50 save files, you may want to create a separate folder, either within the 'Saved Games' folder or elsewhere, and move or copy some of your saves into it. Then, if you want to load them later, move them back into the 'Saved Games' folder, as described above.

I always back up my saved files on a memory stick or disk, just in case something goes wrong with my game or my computer. Then I can reinstall the game if necessary and restore my save files so I don't have to start all over.


If your questions weren't answered on this page, or if you have suggestions for how to improve this savegame "walkthrough," please feel free to contact me.

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