Rise of the Tomb Raider

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a game by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
Platform: XBox 360
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 5 votes
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See also: Action Adventure Games, Tomb Raider Games, Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn, Games Like Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the second entry of Lara Croft’s journey in what is known as the survival series. The game was released in 2015 and was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. Three of the best gaming companies globally, Square Enix, Microsoft Studios, and Crystal Dynamics, came together to deliver a fantastic gaming experience. Rise of the Tomb Raider is available on all major platforms.

Unfolding Secrets

Dealing with personal struggles, PTSD, and the return of an estranged friend of her father’s, Rise of the Tomb Raider tells a much more personal and intimate story than its predecessor. At the end of the first title of the series, players left Lara Croft at a divisive moment in her life. She confirmed her father’s theories and decided that she would go out into the world to uncover new mysteries.

The game revolves around Lara’s search for immortality. This quest allegedly drove her father to insanity and his ultimate demise. As Lara tries to piece together the puzzle and find her way to the promise of immortality, she is met by Trinity, an ancient order that investigates the supernatural. She meets them multiple times through her journey and uncovers the people behind the organization and their intentions.

Risen Gameplay

Suppose the gaming industry applauded the first entry of Square Enix’s trilogy for its creative gameplay and variety of combat. In that case, their second entry expands upon that. From the countless weapons to the secondary firing modes and all the stealth and survival type of combats, Rise of the Tomb Raider is fun. The game finds an outstanding balance between the action-packed Hollywood action it portrays and the survival of Lara Croft in dangerous territories.

The system is expanded upon by the skill trees available to players: Brawler, Hunter, Survivor. Each of them allows players somewhat to personalize their experience and approach to the game. Skill points are acquired by experience points obtained by completing the countless Tombs spread throughout the world. These dungeons, or Tombs, are fun and pose diverse puzzles that range from easy to challenging.

Conclusion

Rise of the Tomb Raider was a success upon release, and rightfully so. The game expanded on everything that made the first entry of the rebooted series so great. Lara Croft gets the character development and the adventure she deserves, all while delivering a game that can please most gamers.

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Similar games are Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. There isn’t anything inherently wrong here, and players should give the entire series a shot.

PROS

  • Beautiful Game
  • Good Character Development
  • Interesting Story
  • Great Variety of Combat
  • Guaranteed Hours of Content
  • Tomb Raiding is Fun and Challenging
  • Supporting Characters are Great

CONS

  • Voice Acting Can Falter At Times
  • The Game Is Not Extremely Challenging
  • Feels Artificially Bloated at Times

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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