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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.
Unlike the classic games, Legend only saves at checkpoints, so if you pass a checkpoint, play on for a little while and then save, the game will only "remember" up to the checkpoint.
Players using the PC version of the game can trade saves with other players just as we would share text files, pictures, or documents. 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?
If you're having trouble, Windows Help and your particular web browser's Help function can provide more info about downloading files from the web.
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 game is not running.
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.
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 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 in a cloud backup, thumb drive, 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 over.
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