Released last year on Xbox One, Lara Croft adventures arrives to Playstation once again to mark his 20th anniversary. The release of Uncharted 4 on the same year is maybe a problem, since it may have satiated consumer desire for exploration and fast-paced cinematics of running away. But, why I can’t get enough of this game even though I’m a fan of the Naughty Dog Saga?
2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was one of the best looking games I’ve seen in last generation consoles,and they still mantain it’s position within this sequel. Lara is beautifully rendered, showing great detail in her hair, skin and clothing; and the way she complements the game environments is fantastic, this side of the game being a majestic piece by itself with stunning views and excelent models.
Rise of the Tomb Raider takes place a year after the events of the 2013 reboot. Lara, touched by the events of the previous game, returns to London in order to continue her father’s investigations. From here on out the plot will look familiar, with an almost utopian objective, an extremely aggresive secret organization with the same purpose as you, and endless clues and tombs to discover.
The twist to the game mechanics is that we now visit a number of locations in an environment that mixes more linear aspects, with elements of the open world (here the similarity to Uncharted). But don’t think about it as a sandbox, because the elements we encounter here makes us go back an forth into the game to reach certain objectives, integrating some of the environment several times into the main story.
I have to mention the great diversity of scenarios, more stunning than ever. We visit from deserted areas and abandoned ruins to the snowy mountains of SIberia; all of these places with an incredible level of detail. On the other hand, we have a great balance of game dinamics, changing between fast action scenes and new adventures that makes us stop and observe the environment. We can discover murals with which we will learn new languages and use them to translate ancient legends that helps us to progress in the adventure.
Another thing that I liked is the great improvement of the crafting system in-game, much more organized, demanding and effective; where we need to find specific materials to create the objects that we need to survive, something that was missing in the previous game.
20 Anniversary Edition
This edition is the most complete one, because it includes every DLC that launched and a lot of additions to the story mode:
- Blood Ties DLC: this will let you explore Croft Manor and unlock its mysteries in a new story mode, then defend it against an undead invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare.”
- Endurance Mode: it’s a co-op expansion where you and a friend can team up to raid tombs and battle for the longest survival run to stay at the top of the leaderboards.
- Extreme Survivor Mode: This increases the difficulty and strips out all of the checkpoints.
- Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and the Cold Darkness DLC: I’m going to let this on for you to figure out.
Let’s mention technical aspects
As for the technical side, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows us a universe full of color and textures, up to 1080p of resolution (PS4 version, in the PS4 Pro these graphics are even better). It’s true that Uncharted 4 left the bar quite high graphics related, but that does not mean that this game is a mediocre one. In fact, in my opinion, is one of the best visual experiences I found on Playstation so far (aside from Naughty Dog titles); specially with the beutifully rendered scenes of snow, vegetation and the important role that takes the lighting in this game developed by Crystal Dinamics.
The animations and movements of Lara are really organic, where you can see how perfectly they adapt to the environment, with the exception of some small errors of collision; but neither is something that will damage our experience because is a problem we can see in any game of this generation. Besides, it only happens in very specific places of the game and you may not even find it during your journey.
Rise of the Tom Raider – 20th Anniversary Edition is the definitive and most complete edition in which we can follow the story of that Lara Croft that we saw Yamatai leave resolutely to search the mysteries of the world around us. The title offers a magnificent setting in an adverse territory full of dangers to which Lara will have to face either by brute force or by escaping and using the environment, so impossible shots and jumps are secured. It was an excellent game a year ago and now comes with more content and options to further expand the overall experience. A must play!
This review was made with the PS4 version of the game.
Angelica Lora / GamersRD