Tomb Raider: Chronicles patch

Troye created a fantastic patch for Tomb Raider 5 that not only fixes generic wide-screen issues but adds a number of quality of life updates; and the best thing is you can toggle most of those improvements on/off thus decide for yourself how close to Vanilla you want to be! 


CD version:

  1. Open your TR5 CD in file explorer to view its contents.
  2. Copy over the listed files into the folder you have TR5 installed:
  • Entire audio folder
  • Entire data folder
  • Entire fmv folder
  • Entire screens folder
  • <language.dat> (whichever language your game version is in, typically English.dat or US/UK.dat
  1. Download the latest version of the patch
  2. unzip the archive and copy over the contents to you TR5 folder, overwrite when prompted.
  3. Enjoy!

Steam/GoG version:

  1. Download the latest version of the patch
  2. unzip the archive and copy over the contents to you TR5 folder, overwrite when prompted.
  3. Enjoy!

New options menu:

accessible through the title options menu/pause options menu

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1. FootPrints:

  • Toggles footprints on and off.

2. Point Light Shadows:

Determines behavior of point light/dynamic light shadows.

  • TR4: Brings more physically accurate shadowing.
  • TR5: Less physically accurate, produces broader lighting.

3. Shadow Mode:

Determines shadow shape

  • Original: Original octagon shape.
  • Circle: A flat semi-transparent circle.
  • PSX: A faded circle similar to the shadow present in the PSX version.

4. Fix climb up delay:

  • Fixes the 1 second delay for Lara’s ledge climb up.

5. Flexible crawling:

  • Toggles more responsive crawling with less freezes in Lara’s moveset.

6. Cutscene skipper:

  • Toggles the cutscene skipper. (Keep in mind, normal flybies are not cutscenes!) Skip cutscenes using the ESC button.

7. Cheats:

Toggles ingame cheats on and off. For inventory cheats, highlight the Timex-TMX.

  • DOZY: Flycheat. During DOZY, pressing Action emits a strong white light, and pressing Roll turns Lara around faster than directional buttons.
  • GUNS: Inventory cheat. Gives Lara all the guns present in the level.
  • BITS: Inventory cheat. Unlocks the special features menu.
  • ITEM: Inventory cheat. Gives Lara all the items (puzzles/keys/crowbar/unlimited flares, etc.) present in the level.
  • SKIP: Inventory cheat. Skips to the next level.
  • HEAL: Inventory cheat. Fills Lara’s healthbar.

8. Bar Positions:

Changes the positions of the bars on the screen.

    • Original: original PC bar positions 

    • Improved: improved PC bar positions 

    • PSX: PSX bar positions


  • 8. Enemy bars:

    • Toggles an enemy health bar on and off.

    9. Ammo counter:

    • Toggles a weapon ammo counter on and off.

    10. Gameover menu:

    • Toggles a PSX-like gameover menu after Lara dies. 


  • 11. Fog:

    • Toggles volumetric fog on and off. 

  • 12. TR4 Camera:

    • Toggles TR4 camera behavior on and off.

    13. Bar Mode:

    Determines the mode of the bars.

    • original: original TR4 bars.
    • TR5: TR5 bar colors.
    • PSX: PSX bar colors.

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    14. Crawl Tilting:

    • Toggles Lara tilting while crawling on sloped surfaces.

    15. PSX Skies:

    • Toggles using the PSX sprite for the sky.

    16. TR4 loadscreens:

    • Toggles using original picture or new TR4 style loading screens.

    17. Loadbar style:

    Determines the style of the loading bar in the loading screens.

    • TR4: big bar, like TR4.
    • TR5: original small TR5 bar.

    18. mono screen style:

    Determines the style of the inventory/pause menu background.

    • original: The original yellow-ish style.
    • TR4: The TR4 black and white.
    • Clear: Clear game screen as is, no color modification.

    19. Loading text:

    • Toggles the “Loading” text in loading screens. Note: TR5 loadbar style will ignore this option and never show the text. This is intentional and will not change.




Interested in Tomb Raider 5?

Visit  our page with developer notes, early screenshots, models and more exclusive content.

More information about this project is available on Github.