This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 33 May 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is a game some may overlook. This might be due to the fact that it first released only for Xbox consoles late in 2015 and just recently for PC. It may also be that the game’s title led some to assume it is an earlier entry into the franchise than it actually is.
However, Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot that released in 2013 – a game that reignited Lara Croft and her adventuring ways as an origin story. Rise of the Tomb Raider continues her story and is set one year after the events in Tomb Raider.
In this third-person action-adventure, Lara is on a quest to find the lost city of Kitezh in Siberia, which holds a hidden secret that others are also desperate to acquire. This places an opposing (and secretive) force known as Trinity in her path, along with a hostile environment and challenging puzzles.
To aid her in her quest, Lara is adept at gathering resources which allow her to craft and improve her weapons. She is also more than capable of climbing structures that would give most of us would heart palpitations due to the sheer ominous nature of the task – but then she does have a pretty handy set of climbing and swinging tools. Thankfully, falls to your death are in many cases likely to be your own stupidity – or slightly slow (or at times, incorrect) button presses.
You can also upgrade her skills, helping you shape the way you want to play the game. While it’s not a game that always encourages stealth, there are many ways to take out enemies unnoticed, but when the guns need to come out, the young Ms. Croft is pretty capable of taking on more experienced enemies. However, the cover system feels a little ‘clunky’ compared to other titles using it, but as long as you’re healing yourself, you should survive most encounters without too much frustration.
The story of Rise of the Tomb Raider is an entertaining one (albeit laced with generic nods to almost every tomb raiding movie and game ever made) and will keep you hooked from the start as you discover more about the secrets kept by Trinity and Lara’s dad through the game’s believable characters.
The game also looks absolutely fantastic, and while Siberia conjures up images of snow, snow and more snow, there are still plenty of areas visited that are green and lush with flowing rivers and vistas that will take your breath away.
This is a great game and it is a game you should play. It is the game every Indiana Jones fan has ever hoped for, and it offers longevity, breathtaking visuals and a heroine you can’t help but want to see succeed. Rise of the Tomb Raider is Lara Croft reaching the very top of her game, but the chance for even better things is without a doubt within her reach.
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