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Tomb Raider: Legend

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Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Legend cover
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software
2006-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-2023 Square Enix
2023-present Crystal Dynamics
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Crystal Engine
Release dates
Windows April 7, 2006
Metacritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Puzzle, TPS, Shooter
Series Tomb Raider
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Tomb Raider: Legend on Wikipedia
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Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
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Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
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Tomb Raider: Legend is a singleplayer third-person action, adventure, puzzle, TPS and shooter game in the Tomb Raider series.

The "Next Generation Content" option enables enhanced graphics based on the Xbox 360 release, but has bugs such as missing wetness effects on Lara as well as misaligned ropes and vines.[citation needed]

General information

Square Enix Forums for Tomb Raider: Legend
Square Enix Forums for Tomb Raider: Legend - Technical Forum
Legend at Tomb Raider Forums
Tom's Hardware graphics setting analysis Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions



A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename nvidia.bik and title.bik.


The copyright screen will still be shown.

Extended external video settings

Unlock more video options[2][3][4]
  1. Open regedit.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider: Legend.
  3. Create a new DWORD value called ExtendedDialog and give it the value 1.
  4. Close regedit.
  5. Run trl.exe with -setup command line argument to see the results.

Remove black bars during cutscenes

Black bars are shown during the cutscenes, no matter the aspect ratio.
Cinematic Bar Removal
  • Using a Hex Editor on the games .exe, search for 89 15 74 53 0E 01 0F 84 DF 00 00 00 and change it to 89 15 74 53 0E 01 0F 85 DF 00 00 00


Patch v1.2 updates the game to the latest version. Digital distribution versions are already patched.

Texture fixes

'LaraTX' Tomb Raider Legend PC Texture Fixes Pack - A collection of 'fixes' to various texture issues found in the PC version of Tomb Raider Legend.

Works only with "Next Generation Content" option OFF

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Tomb Raider: Legend\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Tomb Raider - Legend\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7000/pfx/[Note 1]
Steam saves are compatible with the GOG version.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


External video settings.
External video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

In-game MSAA (labeled as Fullscreen Anti-Aliasing) will disable shadows for the normal, not Next Generation Content graphics. For some reason, Next Gen graphics aren't affected by this.
Better AA solutions[citation needed]
  • Use Nvidia's DSR or AMD's VSR to force a higher resolution and downsample it to the monitor.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
On by default
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Unlike most games that support Xinput, the "Y" button on the Xbox controller is used as the cancel button. Menu navigation can only be done with the left analog stick.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Menus will always still refer to keyboard keys, however by setting controller buttons as the first listed for each action, appropriate in-game Xbox prompts will appear.[6][7]
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan - #1
Fan translation #1, #2.
Retail only. For digital releases use this.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: download (TriboGamer)
Not available in the Steam version
Fan - #1
Fan translation, download.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Some text, HUD items are flat. Turn off Next Generation Content and Depth of Field.
Text highlight for 3D objects is at the incorrect depth.
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Crash at startup

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Random crashing

Use fixed executable[8]
  1. Download the fixed executable (Retail, Steam).
  2. Copy the executable to <path-to-game>.
Disable Next generation content in the display options

Steam overlay not working

Game does not support the Steam overlay by default.
Add testapp.exe or trl.exe from the installation folder to the library as a non-Steam game

Buggy AI, enemies get stuck

Enable V-Sync and set refresh rate to 60 Hz in the setup launcher

Sound clicks and pops during gameplay

Use any option to set affinity of the game's process (trl.exe) to one CPU thread[9]
  • Options for controlling process CPU affinity vary from using Windows Task Manager to applications like Prio and System Explorer which allow you to save affinity values of a process between launches.
  • Another option is to use setaffinity application to patch the game's executable with a CPU affinity mask. This will force the game to always run on the specified CPU thread without further need to set affinity manually or keep some application running in the background.
Depending on your CPU this may negatively affect the game's performance since you are limiting it to run on one CPU thread.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9.9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce3 Ti
ATI Radeon 9000 series
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: