Lara Croft has returned in the second instalment of the Tomb Raider series reboot with Rise of The Tomb Raider. The reboot has been a great success so far with the initial reboot being received very well among fans and critics alike. Rise of The Tomb Raider is no different but there are some concerns
Rise of The Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive for the Xbox One, which is great news for Microsoft but I’m not too sure if it will be as great for the game. For the gamers that do not own an Xbox One, they have 2 choices, either they buy an Xbox One or you have to wait a full year to play Rise of The Tomb Raider. Now this might not be an issue in other countries but here in SA it can be quite an issue with our exchange rate falling things aren’t getting cheaper and it is not easy to own all the gaming platforms available and even harder choosing which one to own if you can only have one.
Now with that out of the way we can get down to the good stuff. ROTT is visually stunning as with all the great AAA titles we are receiving but there is something different seeing how Tomb Raider has evolved with the ages. You will easily be kept busy looking around at the scenery just taking in every great detail they added.
The first instalment of the reboot changed a lot in terms of the gameplay and this instalment makes the same strides. The gameplay is smooth and feels effortless to control Lara. At camp bases you can again choose new skills, craft items and upgrade your equipment. It’s nice to see action games taking on this RPG elements and although they are still limited it does give you the sense of making your play-through unique.
The story jumps between Lara searching for the lost Prophet and her being young where her father devoted his life in the search of the same artefact, it has a great balance of setting the scenes up and also giving you the background of Lara and why she is so devoted to this quest. You meet a lot of new faces some of them friends, frenemies and enemies and will experience all the emotions of a good blockbuster movie through the story.
There are some interesting challenges you can play called Expeditions to further your game experience, you can buy card packs for some boosts and game changers to even up the challenge or even make it much harder. There are four modes to choose from:
- Score Attack: Try and get the highest score by performing certain objectives
- Chapter Reply: pretty self-explanatory but you can add some boost cards to adjust the gameplay experience
- Chapter Replay Elite: Same as above but a lot more difficult
- Remnant Resistance: Help the resistance to take back the valley, there are five objectives to perform.
Your scores will be compared to the online community and if you are on top at the end of the time period you will earn some extra credit to buy card packs with. You can also instead of played the stages already created you can create your own challenge. Choose the level, time of day and weather then go on to choose the objectives, Lara’s loadout and cards to change to gameplay.
If you own an Xbox One then you definitely have to get this game if you don’t and do not want to wait for a year and have the cash then this is a great reason to get an Xbox One. We know that there is a third instalment coming for the reboot of Tomb Raider and with the success of the first two how can we not be excited for the next. Rise of The Tomb Raider is a well-rounded game that is entertaining and enjoyable to play, they have gone a step further from the previous game and it is exactly what you want from sequels. There is still room for improvement but nonetheless a fantastic game to play.
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Available on: Xbox One, Xbox 360 (in 2016 PC & PS4)
Genre: Action Adventure
Age Rating: Teen +
Publisher/Developer: Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics
Estimated RRP: R 799
Release Date: 13 November 2015
- Great Improvements
- Captivating Story
- Expeditions could be improved