Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft takes another stab at, well, everyone.
Tomb Raider stretches right back to the original PlayStation days. I had so much fun, and a lot of frustration with the original Tomb Raider but it was a game that kept with me through the years. Tomb Raider was well received when it returned in 2013, and Rise of the Tomb Raider is the follow up, released as a timed exclusive on Xbox (sorry, PlayStation fans!). Has Microsoft’s trust in Tomb Raider paid off with the scores from the press?
Next-Gen Gaming Blog: 100
“The story is gripping, gameplay fantastic and visuals stunning. A genuine contender for the best game of the year, Rise of the Tomb Raider is simply brilliant. If you can’t wait, it’s also another reason to own an Xbox One. Lara Croft is well and truly back.”
“Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun. Once again it’s Lara herself, however, who steals the show, her complex ambitions and hardened resolve showing new sides to a character who has well and truly grown from survivor to the most fascinating action hero in video games today.”
“Rise of the Tomb Raider is a well-made game. It’s a handsome and solidly entertaining, if seldom inspired, way to while away a dozen hours. It has a famous name and an avatar of real dynamic power at its centre. It has tombs to raid. That ought to be enough. It shouldn’t have to reach. But reach it does – for an emotional hook it doesn’t have, and for trendy gimmicks it doesn’t need.”
Video Gamer: 90
“Crystal Dynamics has made a game that expertly rekindles memories of the series’ triumphant past and yet still feels incredibly modern. In an era when triple-A blockbuster games often drown beneath a desire to make things more explosive or complex than before, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows how it should be done. This is captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern gaming icon.”
“Rise of the Tomb Raider’s first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we’ll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara’s journey, after we’ve seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it’s clear that promise was kept.”
Next-Gen Gaming Blog video review
It is great to see that Tomb Raider is still as enjoyable as it ever has been with Rise of the Tomb Raider. A lot of people will have to hold off for the PS4 release to pick it up, but they’ll be safe in the knowledge that the wait will be worth it.