Crystal Dynamics brought to us in 2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider, a much-wanted sequel to Tomb Raider (2013) and it did not disappoint anyone. Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure platform game similar to the game Uncharted, where, as always, Lara Croft is on a quest Indiana-Jones style. This time she is set to discover the secret resulting from the previous Tomb Raider 1 and realizing the meaning of her father’s death.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Launch Trailer
Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay
The game offers a great variety of exciting moves and tools to overcome the extremely difficult and dangerous terrain she faces. Character control seems precise and realistic whilst object-collisions are very accurate taking into account each of Lara Croft’s objects like her bow, making it feel even more real.
The storyline is intriguing with opponents who will definitely pose a challenge. Stealth is not exactly a viable way or promoted as Lara Croft feels like Rambo at times. Although difficulty does play a vital role in determining how much of a Rambo style you are able to play. Higher difficulty AI will use advanced tactics to flank you and keep you on your toes by throwing grenades precisely, having insane reflexes and constantly putting you at a death-risk.
Customization in Rise of the Tomb Raider is average in depth at best. There are only three skill trees and upgradeable tools and objects with materials you encounter with throughout the world. This makes exploring each corner of the world well worth it as well as side quests.
In Rise of the Tomb Raider there is a higher number of tombs offering different highly attractive rewards. Puzzles continue to have that air of mystery with each one being very unique. However, it is the combat and fighting that protagonze the storyline when compared to puzzles, who takes a secondary role. Exploration and survival are the two remaining elements. These make Lara Croft both seem humane and extremely versatile, resilient, and strong. Overall, every element above definitely does the job at making this game great.
While the framerate did stutter several times during cutscene explosions and quick camera cuts, they weren’t frequent enough to mire the cinematic experience. – GameSpot
There’s plenty to do in Rise of the Tomb Raider aside from just following the storyline. – TrustedReviews
A little too streamlined in places, but Rise of the Tomb Raider does a lot to improve upon its predecessor. – PC Gamer
Rise of the Tomb Raider remains one of the best action games of recent memory. – ExpertReviews
Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics
Rise of the Tomb Raider has a unique ambient within the mountains. Along with a vast amount of stone labyrinth ancient-like scenarios. Light sources and shadows are definitely one of the things that shine in this game as the scenery is breathtaking. Throughout the game, you will encounter vast number of explosions. Also destruction with high quality resolution, proper of a higher-end game. Lastly, character animations seem to always be really genuine.
There are however, some minor flaws. Poor textures do exist upon close inspection of certain objects throughout the world although not really visible at first glance. It is good to see that the game will keep a good steady 30 FPS most of the time. Even when explosions and destruction take over the screen.
Graphics wise, the world is beautiful, and those minor flaws are just that, minor oversee-able things.
- Beautiful graphics and scenery.
- Epic orchestral soundtrack has great immersive value with high quality voice acting.
- Overall the game is extremely fun from moment zero keeping you on your seat wanting to play more.
- Lower difficulty levels may be too easy to Rambo-style where stealth and evasion should take a primary role.
- Could use more puzzles proper of these Indiana-Jones stories, especially in the main quest.
- Poor textures in some objects and cutscenes.