Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – The Challenge is Real

If you like to give yourself a challenge, then try playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. It is a thrilling action game that focuses on the familiar videogame heroine, Lara Croft. There are puzzle solving, exploration, and of course, tomb raiding that needs to be done. The game feels vast, even almost open world-like, but it’s not. All of the game’s locations are eye-candy and you may even have to stop playing for a while just to marvel at the scenery. The puzzles deliver that will make you grit your teeth in frustration, but will provide you with so much happiness once you solve them.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review - The Challenge is Real

Rise of the Tomb Raider Provides Much of the Challenge and Even More of the Satisfaction

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an excellent follow-up to its predecessor. It even feels more refined and focused than its previous game that was released back in 2013. It solves its predecessors shortcomings, and even improves upon them. The storyline does feel a bit less compelling than it was, however. However, if you can look the other way then you can enjoy a really great game with only a few expositional missteps.

It is set after a year after the events found in Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is back once more, chasing down a mystical being while being aggressively chased be an evil. And that’s not all as Lara also have to give a bunch of bad guys the slip who are also after her. These baddies are from a group called Trinity.

You use a set of stealth melee attacks, a bow, a small ballistic arsenal, and a pick-axe to fend off all that are coming after you. You must keep a clear head at all times in trying to fight off everything that’s coming after you, while all the while trying to keep a good balance on a collapsing ruin.

When it comes to exploration elements, this new Tomb Raider game fails somewhat. It is much less focused when compare to other elements in the game. Thankfully, there are a lot of tombs to be ins Rise. Part of the fun is trying to figure out how to enter these tombs in the first place instead of “magically” arriving inside all the time.

A lot of elements of the game, in fact most of them, really make Rise of the Tomb Raider an exceptional game. There is a great overall level design and there areas that are akin to a multi-tiered labyrinth of sorts. These will all satisfyingly reward you once you complete them. If there is anything to gripe about, it’s that the game feels a bit too Easy when played on Normal Mode.


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