Rise of the Tomb Raider was initially released last year in November and had a one-year Exclusivity on Xbox. Well the time is over and now PS4 owner can also enjoy this game with some added extras.
Read my Xbox One Review here
So as you can see we already covered the base game in the review, how good the game is and how essential but the question remains if it is essential for PS4 owners and for Xbox owners to get the 20 Year celebration DLC.
First off, for Xbox owners who own a season pass this content will be free, for those who don’t the two DLCs and the 20 Year Celebrations adds cool content to give you some added value to the game but read below and make your own judgement if you think it is worth it.
For PS4 owners this is a title you need to own, especially if you like these types of games, Uncharted 4 was a great game but it was very focused on the story narrative and some might feel that there wasn’t a lot of room for free roam. In the case of Rise of the Tomb Raider there are tons of free roaming to do, and if you are a collector buff then it will keep you busy for hours. In the Soviet Installation map alone there are 110 collectables. Apart from this you get all the DLC extras from day 1.
Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch & Cold Darkness Awakened:
These two DLCs offer new story chapters for you to play, Baba Yaga takes place in the Soviet Mining Facility area where Lara find a young girl who sets Lara on a journey to find her grandfather. Enter the Wicked Vale but be warned because things you see might not be what they are.
In Cold Darkness Awakened, Lara goes into a decommissioned Soviet Weapons Bunker. Trinity causes a pathogen to escape in the air that infects people to become zombie-like, Lara with some allies try to find the cause and how to stop this pathogen from spreading out of control.
Blood Ties and VR
Blood Ties plays off in the Croft Manor and people who have been fans of the series since the beginning will find a lot of nostalgic elements, reminding them of old games and events in the series. The manor obviously looks different than before the reboot as expected and there are some cool things to see and do but this mode is more of a scavenger hunt than anything else. This mode supports PlayStation VR for some added value for anyone that will have the VR headset soon.
This mode also takes place in the Croft Manor and is like a score attack mode with Zombies. People who love this mode will come back for more to try and improve their scores.
Endurance Mode & Co-Op
In the endurance mode you need to survive in the snowy wilderness with limited supply. Now you can play this Co-Op with a friend online to make things a bit easier but this mode really makes you feel like you are trying to survive in these harsh conditions.
So as you can see Rise of the Tomb Raider on itself is a game worth owning and now being able to have all of the extras on PS4 is a great addition. The third instalment for the series is busy in development and I for one cannot see where they take us to next.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Genre: Action-Adventure, Third Person
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
Estimated RRP: R829
Release Date: 11 October 2016
- Great extra content
- Blood Ties VR
- Croft Manor could be better