Rise of the Tomb Raider


Who knew that the Tomb Raider series would result in one of the best action adventure games around? The series has never really died, from its blocky graphics in the first few games to the more polished sequels which came out in the PS3/Xbox 360 era. The last few games in the series were fun but forgettable. Rise of the Tomb Raider managed to surprise us by being one of the most immersive games we have played. Great visuals, great combat, fantastic RPG elements, and more come together for an experience unlike any other. Move over Nathan Drake, Lara Croft is back to take her action adventure throne.

A Game so Visceral You’ll Think You’re Playing a Movie

The one thing which makes this better than any other Tomb Raider game ever made is how thrilling and polished it is. Previous Tomb Raider games had exploration aspects as well but they weren’t so well designed and didn’t use the camera tricks and visual enhancements you will find in this game. When you are falling down the river the camera makes you feel the chaos. When you fail and Lara Croft gets impaled on a stick it looks and sounds so real you will wince in real life. When the ground breaks and you enter a free fall in jungles the camera moves closer to induce claustrophobia. There has never been a Tomb Raider game which made us feel this thrilled with new techniques.

See why Lara Croft is the king of adventure

The Tomb Raider series has been on top for decades now and playing this game will make you realize why. There is no other game out there in which exploration plays such a crucial part in the gameplay. There is a huge world around you and it is largely interactive. What makes Tomb Raider’s exploration so different than any other game out there is that you aren’t just supposed to explore for the sake of exploring. Games like The Division and Bioshock are well known for creating beautiful world with lots of things to explore in them. However it is possible to just run through the game killing enemies and never explore.

The same isn’t true for Rise of the Tomb Raider. If you want to solve the puzzles you will have to explore. You will have to look at every nook and cranny and look for things which can help you get where you need to be. This means finding spots for the grappling hook, jumping here and there, going underwater, going through dark tunnels, and often being thrown into bad situations. There is no other game out there which makes exploration a necessity. This is also why exploration is so fun in Tomb Raider; you know what you are doing will help you in some way. The beautiful levels you will be exploring make exploring even more of a delight.

This makes the game different from any other game available out there. You won’t find such a rewarding exploration experience anywhere else. You won’t even miss anything – that is the best part, as most exploration based games result in a lot of missed content. Tomb Raider, on the other hand, makes exploration a necessity. Sometimes you will feel like you are in an action movie; as the ground breaks below your feet and you are rushing down a waterfall or sliding down caves, you will realize you haven’t played anything this thrilling.

Perfectly Polished

The one thing we cannot get over is how perfectly the game does everything it does. The graphics are amazing; whether you are on a mountain looking down at a huge area or inside a tunnel with a flare on your hand you will not see any graphical errors. You will keep seeing things which take your breath away scene after scene. The gameplay is fantastic; you get a lot of variations in how to beat your opponents. You can engage them in a gunfight, kill them in sneaky ways, or you can avoid them altogether by using cover. The crafting option allows you to forage for materials and make weapons out of it. The sound design is just as good as the rest of the game. Basically, if you are a gamer, there is no way you can miss this game. The story starts after the previous Tomb Raider but you won’t need to play the previous part for this story to make sense.


Rise of the Tomb Raider - Xbox One

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