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Rise of the Tomb Raider review round-up

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is out locally this Friday, and I absolutely adored the follow-up to Crystal Dynamics stellar reboot just two years ago. Rise of the Tomb Raider is an exceptional action game, with a compelling tale and engrossing side activities that keep that game flowing at an immaculately balanced pace. That’s what I thought at least – what do critics around the world have to say about it?

IGN – 9.3/10

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Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun. Once again it’s Lara herself, however, who steals the show, her complex ambitions and hardened resolve showing new sides to a character who has well and truly grown from survivor to the most fascinating action hero in video games today.

Game Informer – 9.5/10

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Rise of the Tomb Raider captures the thrill of being an adventurer and leaves you thinking about Lara’s next move. You have daredevil sequences, heroic moments, fun exploration, and exciting fights that even Indiana Jones would envy. If Crystal Dynamics keeps raising the bar from here, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Lara.

Destructoid – 7.5/10

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is better than its predecessor, but only because of its additions; it doesn’t fix any of the things that were wrong with Tomb Raider (2013). The story is smoothed down, much of it hidden away in dull audio logs. It’s not about “survival” as billed, given the ease of mowing down dozens of folks and plenty of resources. But finding tombs wherein to clamber about ancient Rube Goldberg machines, coupled with the gorgeous visual flair and diverse environments, make Rise‘s wilderness one worth exploring and elevate Tomb Raider‘s otherwise perfunctory take on the third-person action platformer. I still get a strong sinking feeling in my stomach when I’ve misjudged a jump and watch Lara careening towards a splat.

Polygon – 8.5 /10

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In many ways, Rise of the Tomb Raider could be viewed as a fairly modest sequel. It successfully builds off Crystal Dynamics’ excellent reboot, but it doesn’t introduce any massive changes; the scope is greater but still in spitting distance of the previous game. But successfully regaining the feeling created in an extremely good game is no small feat. This is the inauguration of Tomb Raider as a formula once more, but for now, it’s a formula I’m happy revisiting.

Videogamer – 9/10

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Having enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot I expected good things from Rise of the Tomb Raider, but those have been exceeded to a degree I didn’t imagine. Crystal Dynamics has made a game that expertly rekindles memories of the series’ triumphant past and yet still feels incredibly modern. In an era when triple-A blockbuster games often drown beneath a desire to make things more explosive or complex than before, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows how it should be done. This is captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern gaming icon.

Gamespot – 9/10

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Rise of the Tomb Raider’s first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we’ll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara’s journey, after we’ve seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it’s clear that promise was kept.

Lazygamer – 9.2/10

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Crystal Dynamics have effortlessly done the impossible with Rise of the Tomb Raider, crafting a sequel that is superior to their reboot in every single way possible. It’s a bigger, more expansive experience that has a captivating narrative, engrossing gameplay loops and an absolutely stunning presentation. Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the best action games ever crafted, and a generational leap forward as the series looks towards the horizon. Lara Croft is in good hands.

Well, those are some incredibly great scores for a sequel that almost unanimously improves on everything Crystal Dynamics introduced in their lauded reboot. Rise of the Tomb Raider is out on Xbox One and Xbox 360 this Friday, and it’s certainly a game worth slipping into Xbox territory for.

Last Updated: November 9, 2015


  1. Waiting for PS4 release…


    • Hammersteyn

      November 9, 2015 at 10:56

      • Darren Peach

        November 9, 2015 at 12:50

        Maybe…….Tomb Raider is a love hate thing….


    • Aries

      November 9, 2015 at 11:53

      Xbone beta testers


    • WitWolfy

      November 9, 2015 at 12:15

      I’ll just leave this here…


      • Hammersteyn

        November 9, 2015 at 12:30

        Not the finest piece of photoshop I’ve ever seen……….


        • WitWolfy

          November 9, 2015 at 12:31

          • Hammersteyn

            November 9, 2015 at 12:32

            I am now XD

          • WitWolfy

            November 9, 2015 at 12:34

            Hmm just realized this meme has the word “not” two times.. Meh, oh wel..

  2. Ottokie

    November 9, 2015 at 10:45

    I honestly did not expect this from a franchise (in my opinion) that’s been milked this much. But seriously well done for doing a good job like this 😛


  3. Guild

    November 9, 2015 at 10:51

    Buying a console for 1 game…..Nah, I’ll wait a year to get it.


    • Jonah Cash

      November 9, 2015 at 11:50

      I also don’t see anything else yet that I want on the Bone. So I will wait on the PC release for this one….


      • Fox1 - Retro

        November 9, 2015 at 14:38

        PC releases have been borked as of late with most games but I’m sure this game will bask in DX12 glory when it’s released.


        • Jonah Cash

          November 9, 2015 at 15:14

          I don’t mind. Will definitely not buy it day one! Will wait and see if it works or not…


  4. The Chewns

    November 9, 2015 at 10:54

    and it begins, the wait for the PS4 release. Dangit Square Enix!


  5. Francois Knoetze

    November 9, 2015 at 11:12

    Wow this just made clicking the “buy and download” button on my Bone much easier…


  6. Nikola

    November 9, 2015 at 11:56

    Buying a console for one game noooooooo thanks!


    • WitWolfy

      November 9, 2015 at 12:24

      I understand where your coming from. I bought the Wii U for a tech demo that got reskinned, and still hasnt got a release date.. I BOUGHT THAT CONSOLE almost 3 years ago!!


      • Nikola

        November 9, 2015 at 14:18

        Geez that sucks big time!!! That’s terrible hence the whole thing never buy a console for one game. Like if Xbox had more games that interest me I honestly would but besides this I have 0 interest in other Xbox exclusive!


        • WitWolfy

          November 9, 2015 at 14:49

          The only good console I ever invested in for one game was the PS3.. I actually only bought it for MGS 4 to be honest, and not long after that became my primary console.


  7. TP

    November 9, 2015 at 12:55

    Finally my dusty xbox one will be used!


    • Darren Peach

      November 9, 2015 at 12:58

      My PS4 is duty and I use it every day……. Mmm, Maybe its time for s spring clean.


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