Although not a new release Rise of the Tomb Raider is a must have for those who crave adventure, dramatic sequences and of course a gun toting Lara Croft. ROTR is the second installment in Square Enix’s rebooted version of the original Tomb Raider series that originally began in 2013. I recently began to replay the entire game as I’ve decided I need to earn platinum trophies in all my purchases now lol. However, my replay was even more exciting the second time around and reminded me why I love the new rebooted series that pays homage to its predecessors. This is not the Lara we all know as these new stories tell of her origin before becoming the “Tomb Raider” we are familiar with. Lara packs a fresh new arsenal of weaponry with some familiar guns such as the SMG, pistols and revolvers, but the bow and the pickaxe continue to be the highlight in this new series as they feature a new set of skills fans would appreciate. Environments are of course taken to new levels of beauty just like the prior game and areas are configured with different interactive sequences such as picking up materials for health and upgrades and finding items to build other weapons and literature to help players learn more about the backstory. As the player, you are always on edge as you continue to follow the story whether fighting through waves of soldiers or undead Greek warriors or even while making drastic leaps to new heights climbing or escaping natural environmental disasters. The game is also not lost to its classic roots as there are many secret tombs in various areas that Lara can explore which could be dangerous, tricky or puzzle-ridden, but helps her reap great rewards with Ancient Items. The fun honestly doesn’t end when you beat the game initially, but when you finish and are left to explore the open world for even greater rewards and items. Story-wise, the game does not fail to deliver as you do meet a unique set of allies and foes alike and paying attention to the deeper meaning within the game leaves any audience captivated. Square Enix has undoubtedly done a fantastic job with Rise of the Tomb Raider and it is of no surprise that fans are on the edge of their seat as they await the Shadow of the Tomb Raider which helped to inspire the recent Tomb Raider film.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been in the works for some time as the third and final installment in Lara’s origin story. The game is set to release on September 14, 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.