Game Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise Of The Tomb Raider in Wikipedia
Rise Of The Tomb Raider in Wikipedia

Rise of the Tomb Raider has to be one of the most anticipated titles of the year and for good reason. Not only is Lara Croft the most notorious game character of all time, but she has also been part of a very popular franchise that was born during the 90’s. The previous title breathed new life into old fans while players who didn’t really like the games early on converted into followers instantly. It’s a game that has gone through the hands of different developers and with the latest installment it seems the evolution has been very successful.

The Plot

Those who played the previous version will notice that the story continues where it left off. For those who don’t know, Lara narrowly escapes the supernatural powers that are active on the island of Yamatai. The story picks up after she escapes and then has to face the aftermath of what happened. An organization called Trinity covers everything up, making Lara look like she is losing her mind. In an attempt to get behind the truth she and Jonah Maiava go to Siberia in search of a city that could have all the answers. Unfortunately she has to battle the Trinity organization, survive her surroundings and stay clear of dangerous animals if she is going to prove her point.

New and Updated Features

Now, there is no doubt that the initial formula that came with the previous title was successful. The amazing story, characters and the reality of Lara only being human really brought everything to life. But it was the other stuff as well. The fighting, the shooting, the running, everything flowed in perfect harmony. The graphics and camera angles were particularly good, which automatically raised expectations for this release. How could the developers possibly upgrade on what they already did?

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– Crafting System

If you can’t get the weapons you are looking for then simply make them yourself. This is what the crafting system is all about and will allow the player to use objects from the animals and the environment to craft weapons.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider on Amazon
Rise Of The Tomb Raider on Amazon

– Weather System

The weather is going to play a much bigger part in this game, because it’s going to run on a day/night cycle that will affect humans and animals. Lara will also be able to swim and it will add to her tactics regarding combat and stealth.

– Redesigned Combat

In terms of the combat, the player will have more options for stealth actions and Lara will be able to scale trees in order to hide or run from enemies. The basic weapon package is there, which includes her pistol and climbing axe, while new weapons have joined in the fun.

– Interactive Environment

As pointed to before, the environment can be a very useful tool for Lara. Whether you need to get out of sight or use it to confuse the enemy, it’s at her disposal.

Available Platforms & Release Date

At this time it’s only going to be available on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, but we can hope that other platforms will come to the party. The release date is set for November 15th, so start saving up, because it’s going to be an amazing Christmas present for Lara fans out there.

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