Tomb Raider 2 demo

The project director behind the remake of Tomb Raider 2 (Nicobass) has been working on this project since 2016 and all this time has been refining the look and feel to current-gen standards, all thanks to his great development team and the use of Unreal Engine 4. The newly released version 1.2 of Tomb Raider: The Dagger of Xian shows just how much the remake has progressed.

Now you may be wondering how the IP or copyrights can be used if it is not licensed, well Crystal Dynamics has stated that they have no problem with the project as long as it remains strictly a non-profit release.

The demo currently only includes the first level, "The Great Wall", however, Nicobass has stated they plan to complete all the levels. The first level if you are not familiar will see Lara Croft in China as she searches the Great Wall of China for clues as to where the mysterious dagger of Xian is. This is a meaty demo as a full playthrough will be about half an hour, you will find all the changes in the new demo below.

Tomb Raider 2 demo

Version 1.2 of the demo, which is now available to download from the Tombraider-Dox website, the new demo offers some new improvements including animations, among other performance updates.

The download file is 1.9 GB and is an executable file, so download, install and enjoy.

New Tomb Raider: The Dagger of Xian improvements

  • New water simulation rendering (can be turn off in graphics options)
  • New volumetric lighting (can be turn off in graphics options), it also should make some interior place a little bit brighter
  • Climbable ledges should be more visible with some white decals (can be adjusted or turn off in game options)
  • New alternative outfit added in the rewards menu (for playing with it, simply select it in the outfit menu before launching a new game)
  • More characters models added in the rewards menu
  • New fish models reacting to the player’s movements
  • Small improvements about Lara’s animations, especially when she start and stop running
  • Adjustements of the body shape of Lara for something a little bit more realistic
  • More foliage interaction especially for cave’s area and underwater
  • Better crow’s animation in the first cinematic
  • Remaking of the audio reverb system
  • Improvements of the underwater particles
  • Tiger will move backward if Lara is stucked between him and an obstacle
  • Performance improvements
  • Many small bug fixes

Everyone who knows Tomb Raider 2, knows what a great game it was, but the graphical improvements mean we can experience the game as if it was our first time and for that this demo is for everyone.

Boris Bulj


With an unhealthy obsession with Coffee and Gaming, Boris uses his obsessions to fuel his passion for the gaming community. An avid fan of First Person Shooters, RPGs, if it's got explosions he's playing it. Most likely drinking coffee and playing an FPS right now :)