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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: Anniversary, a file is created containing all the information about your game so far—Lara's inventory, enemies killed, switches used, 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 they were 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.
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.
WILL YOUR SAVES WORK IN MY GAME?
My Anniversary save files were made using the North American DVD version of the game. As far as I know, they are compatible with most other DVD versions and with the Direct2Drive and GameTap download versions. They will not work with certain unofficial versions, which use a different source code. Saves for one of the torrent versions are available on my savegame download page below the main selection.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD A SAVEGAME FILE?
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.
WHAT ARE TRA PROFILE FILES?
Unlike past Tomb Raider games, in which secrets, artifacts and such were recorded in the individual savegame files, the PC version of Anniversary includes a separate file where this information is stored. This file is created when you begin a new game or create a new profile. Like TRASave files, TRAProfile files can be shared between players.
So, for example, if you have completed a level but missed some artifacts or relics, downloading another player's save file would not change this. But you could download a TRAProfile with all the artifacts and relics found and install that in your own game. Then you'd have those items and any rewards that finding them unlocks (e.g., outfits, etc.).
TRAProfile files also include a record of which levels have been completed in Time Trial mode, for the purpose of unlocking cheat codes.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD A PROFILE FROM THIS SITE AND TRANSFER IT INTO MY GAME?
NOTE: If you have only finished part of the game so far but have missed a few artifacts and relics, you should probably download the TRA_level_profiles.zip file and use the profile for the level you just finished playing. That way, you'll get all the artifacts and relics for the levels you've completed, but you will still have the opportunity to find the remaining ones yourself.
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,' type a name for the save and press Enter. 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—which hopefully you have been—you will already have some files in your Saved Games folder. You can store any number of files here; however, Anniversary only displays the first 50 save files within the game.
Once you've reached the maximum of 50 files, you may want to create a separate folder, either within the 'Tomb Raider - Anniversary' folder or elsewhere, and move or copy some of your save files into it. Then, if you want to load them later, move them back into the 'Tomb Raider - Anniversary' folder, as described above.
You may also want to back up your autosave.TRASave and Profile.TRAProfile periodically. I like to create a new folder and copy these files into it after I complete each level.
I always back up my save files on a memory stick or disk, just in case something goes wrong with my game or my computer. Then, if necessary, I can reinstall the game and restore my save files so I don't have to start the game 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.
Special thanks to Andrew W., for donating his save files and expertise to the cause. Without him, this page could not have been written.
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