The prodigal daughter return
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
One for the fans
PS4 fans may have had to hold on for a whole year for Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was released a year ago on the Xbox One, but it has certainly been worth the wait. Re-released in time for its 20th anniversary, this special edition for the PS4 adds a ton of content to the otherwise already solid title, giving gamers a chance to learn more about our heroine, and her roots at Croft Manor. It’s a nice touch for the
Tomb Raider series, as the game keeps you on your toes most of the time with its variety of environmental puzzles, punctuated by frantic firefights. Packed with Easter Eggs and call-outs to previous entries in the franchise, the Blood Ties combat-free DLC gives fans an intimate peek into Lara’s psyche, and further builds upon an already beloved video game character. The offering of VR mode, exclusively for the PS4, makes this experience even more personal. For those who can’t keep their guns in the holster and are dying to tear up Croft Manor, Lara’s Nightmare sets the tone with a special zombie shoot-emup. This is just one of many DLC that comes packed with the game, and with Rise of
the Tomb Raider being an already content-heavy title, there is just so much to look forward to. Bring on the DLC From going after the witch Baba Yaga of Slavic folklore, to fighting off the undead in Expedition mode, players will find no lack of content, which keeps the game heavily replayable once the main story is over. With so many challenges, mini-missions, collectibles, and matching trophies to be amassed, it is safe to say that getting a 100-percent completion on the game will definitely consume tens of hours.
But it will be a fun trip. Take the new Endurance mode for instance, which turns the action-adventure into a true survival test for players, as they manage Lara’s warmth and food. Besides creating some tense moments, it also adds depth to the core experience, while playing on elements that made the original reboot really stand out: hunting, gathering and crafting. And the tomb raiding of course, but that goes without saying. Like its protagonist, Rise of
the Tomb Raider is slicker and more polished than its predecessor, and the new game really shines in graphics and gameplay.
The 20 Year Celebration release shows that although it’s late to the PS4 party, it sure knows how to make a scene.
Follow Lara Croft as she ecomes the Tom Raider.