Hello everyone! Today, I’m sharing my review of the video game, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of video game reviews but I wanted to get them out shortly after finishing the games. It just so happened that I’ve finished three fairly close to each other. Of course, these games have all been around for awhile so there really wasn’t any other hurry besides just wanting to write them and post them while the games were still fresh in my mind. Anyway, this is the last game that I owned so now I have to start all over with new games so it’ll be awhile before my next video game review I’m sure.
So back to the game! Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action game by Crystal Dynamics which was released in 2015. It is the sequel to Tomb Raider, the 2013 video game which I also played although that one was on my PS3. This game was originally an Xbox exclusive but eventually it was released for Playstation, thank goodness!
Since the game is older I won’t really avoid spoilers on this one. The story follows Lara Croft after the first game where she now realizes that her father was right all along and she wants to complete the work he started in order to clear his name. She follows his research to Syria and eventually Siberia in order to look for the city Kitezh, which was a long lost city rumored to contain the secret to immortality. Throughout the journey, Lara is joined by her friend Jonah, who we met in the first game, but often loses him as she explores several areas in the world.
When she arrives, Lara finds that Trinity is already in the area and teams up with the people of Kitezh to stop them. Their leader, Jacob, and his daughter, Sofia, both help and warn Lara throughout her journey. Like the first game, there’s a lot of quick time events, gear to use to scale the area, and sometimes you have to backtrack to previously discovered locations after you get certain tools that will let you get around.
While I liked the story and seeing Lara more confident in her abilities as well as just learning more about her, the gameplay was very similar to the previous game. While that’s great for continuity, it wasn’t so great in the sense that I felt like I was playing the exact same game several times. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched a few Let’s Play videos of this game too so that might have also contributed to feeling like I’d seen the place and the similar gameplay made it feel like I had played it already. There were plenty of times though, particularly the optional tombs that just were so familiar that it felt like I was doing it twice.
I did have a slight annoyance at the start of the game when there were things I couldn’t do because I didn’t have the right gear yet in this game even though I’d already used it in the first game. Since it was a continuation of the first game it was just annoying to think that Lara wouldn’t have thought to pack that item with her since it was so useful in the last game.
Because of that I did appreciate that she travelled with a full wardrobe of outfits, some of which had cool abilities they added to her so at least she’s a fashionable English woman.
In terms of the characters, I loved how they progressed. Jonah was such a close friend to Lara in this one, and played a much bigger role as well. It was nice to see, especially knowing how he interacts with Lara in the next game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which I do want to play eventually. I found it very interesting that Lara was so distrustful of Jacob upon meeting him and made him work hard to earn her trust while she immediately tried to convince Sofia that she was worthy of Sofia’s trust. It was such polar opposite for the two characters and Lara. Seeing Lara much more confrontational with Trinity, particularly Konstantin, was great. Lara didn’t hesitate to do all she could to stop them from getting to the Divine Source. Seeing Ana’s story was maybe the least interesting although it had the most potential. I think if we had been able to see more of Lara’s relationship with Ana, or even understood Ana’s relationship with Lara’s father more it might have been different but it just seemed like the two weren’t close to begin with so most of Lara’s anger upon learning that Ana was with Trinity was just because of the deceit rather than actual betrayal.
In terms of actual game completion, I am 100% complete with the story and the tombs, however I have a ton of the side items such as the little challenges in locations and quite a few collectibles left. I also don’t have all the skills or upgrades. I might go back from time to time to try to get the collectibles but it is a lot harder to get them all this time. I feel like the first game I had only a couple by the end of the game and with this one there’s so many I’m missing. Even so, it’s fun to search them out and find the items.
Overall I enjoyed the game a lot. Even if it felt repetitive it was still fun to explore. I can’t wait to play the next game though so hopefully I pick that one up soon!
Let me know if you’ve played Rise of the Tomb Raider and what you thought if you did. Otherwise, what are your top game recommendations right now? Let me know!
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