The Rise of the Tomb Raider develops in a valley that is haunted by old time echoes. Soviet structures are seen on the landscape and the bygone kingdoms lie beneath the ground dormant. This place is not comforting for Lara Croft since she is trying to escape the past. It sets a scene for Lara not only to become an archeologist, but also a smart survivor.
Lara is motivated by the desire to reveal the past mistakes and the need to clear the disgraced name of her late father. Her belief is that the death of Elder Croft is tied to the artifact that can grant immortality (the divine source) as well as the ageless figure (the Profit) who guards it.
|Type of game:||Action and adventure|
|Total Play Time:||about 15-20 hours|
|System Requirements:||Windows 7 64bit, 25 GB storage, 6 GB ram|
|Price:||$39.99 on Xbox One|
World of Tomb Raider
Through this Tomb Raider review, we shall cover everything this adventure and survival game has to offer. The game has lots of combat, and you will have to fight and stay smart to survive. Even though the main character Lara suffers at first, she became stronger and determined to succeed in her mission.
Atmosphere & Location
The tight action sequences or the Rise of Tomb Raider have been set in beautiful but dangerous locales. This game is an action movie incarnate, although it is not a thoughtless one. One unique thing about the game is that it tightens the predecessor’s formula so as to create an experience that is finely tuned allowing for breathless action. The relentlessness and determination shown by Lara is unique. However, her focus is extreme, and it puts her life in shambles while making the epic quest more fascinating.
You will spend time traversing different wild terrains as you seek the Divine Source. The Syria desert oasis, icy Russian mountains, and a mysterious geothermal valley are some of the scenes you will encounter. Each of them presents their set of natural challenges and beauty. One of the best things about the Rise of the Tomb Raider is the physical exploration. Adequate creative obstacles and puzzles have been availed making leaping and climbing through the settings very satisfying.
Tomb Raider is self-indulgent as it starts, but all this is for character development. The game is so good at it that you will have to forgive the strict direction. Camilla Luddington’s performance as Croft is very convincing and during the entire adventure, you will pity Lara- she won’t be having a great time out there. You will get to see her vulnerability, but the good thing is that she is never disempowered no matter the circumstance.
The supporting cast isn’t developed in detail, but Lara is well-realized. When Lara gets shipwrecked with her crew, she feels guilty for bringing them along. This offers an emotional thrust to the plot, but you will not feel much for them as you will for Lara. You will also come across some jaw-dropping moments that will develop quickly, from struggle and survival into an action epic.
It takes a while before you can pull out your gun. Lara kills the first person at the first dramatic crescendo during a genuine emotional impact. After this, the game moves on thematically. Later on, Lara gets used to killings, and so do you.
Even though combat has never been a strength in other Tomb Raider games, the developer surely nailed it here finally. Whether with a pistol, a short gun, or a bow, fighting becomes interesting, although not much of it is offered. Note that the body count is high during the fights. Periodically Lara will discover other new weapons, and this will inject the combat.
Tomb Raider Review
Lara is great at climbing. She moves confidently and naturally in her surroundings. However, it will still feel excitingly dangerous. She will leap across cliff sides with her climbing axe leaving you with the heart-in-throat feeling. As you move on, Lara keeps gaining more survival skills and finds new tools along her way. At this stage, you can choose to venture further into the hidden crevices, and this makes you feel like you are an explorer.
The game starts with Lara Croft heading out on the first expedition (the ship Endurance), and her intention is to find Yamatai, the lost kingdom. The expedition ventures east of Japan into the Dragon’s Triangle instead. The ship gets stuck during a violent storm and gets split into two and the survivors are left stranded. Even though Lara gets separated from the crew and is captured, she still manages to escape.
Lara’s career starts with suffering. During the opening hours, she gets stabbed, drenched, burned, assaulted, and almost dies because of freezing. This happens if you are doing well and meeting the set demands of each linear: climbing section, stealth sequence, gunfight, and the quick-time events. If you fail any of these, you will watch her get impaled, crushed, strangled, mauled, and so much more.
The game then evolves into familiar things. During the battle with Solarii brotherhood in the mountains at Yamatai, the camera zooms and discloses blast doors that open to reveal an islander who is armored and holding a riot shield. Everything just gets interesting.
The writing quality varies. The conversations between the survivors are believable despite their stereotypes: tough black woman, nerdy male, spiritual Maori, untrustworthy TV personality, and so on. Lara turns out to be the standout success in the game especially when she stops running and takes direct action. She undergoes a perceptible change hence creating a sympathetic and admirable person.
The combat in the game borrows numerous elements from the Uncharted series, whereby players can free-aim the bows and guns Lara salvages. They take part in close-quarter combat and accomplish stealth kills. The Tomb Raider also incorporates certain role-playing game elements. As you progress, you will earn points when you complete in-game challenges or perform certain actions. The abilities and skills of the players can be upgraded. Players can also customize and upgrade weapons using the salvage they collect across the island.
DLC & Expansion Packs
The Rise of The Tomb Raider review will be incomplete if we do not talk about the long-term DLC and expansion packs. The game got three major expansions. The first extension is the Endurance mode which is about managing to survive when faced with extreme conditions. The other expansions are Baba Yaga and the Cold Darkness Awakened. On Baba Yaga, Lara will explore a new tomb and face new challenges. The Cold Darkness Awakened will be all about combating infected creatures.
The Tomb Raider review shows how the game raises the bar Lara set during her last outing. This adventurous story features smart puzzles, gorgeous visits, and strong villains. Even though the combat does not distinguish itself with the enemies, Lara’s veracity creates more fun in the battlefield. Once again Lara steals the show. Her hardened resolve and complex ambitions show a new side to a character that has grown from being a survivor to become the most interesting action hero in the recent video games.