Rise of the Tomb Raider

Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Year: 2016

System: PS4

What Kind of Adventure?

Third-Person Action Adventure.

Was it fun?

Yes, one of the best games of the year. I made a rule for myself where I had to use the Bow and Arrow for basically the entire game. I think I shot maybe, 4 enemies with a gun.

Are there any similar games?

Its very similar to Uncharted and I don’t think its a bad thing.

What did you think of the story?

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the story right now. I know its still a fairly new game that has come out so I’m going to keep it as brief as I can. It starts out where you’re just following in your fathers foot steps,  trying to get to a mythical city so you can stop an evil organization from acquiring a mythical item. I don’t want to go into too much more detail.

The story itself, is kind of stereotypical and the motivation of individual characters are kind of simplistic. I certainly wasn’t blown away by the story but it was interesting enough to keep me interested.

Favorite Character?

Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of character development and you really only get to know 4 characters and really only development for Lara. I do like how she evolving in these games and I do think in this game, her character does take a step in the right direction.

In the first game (Tomb Raider (2013), she started out kind of lost and didn’t really know what to do with herself, by the end of that game she kind of finds herself and discovers that she is a super bad ass. At the end of this one, she is Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider. Thats what makes me excited about the future.

Favorite World/Stage?

The most memorable chapter was when you’re going back to rescue Jonah. There was this under water fight where you’re in the water, under a layer of ice. Now the ice had maybe 4 or 5 holes that you could peek out and kill an enemy. I really enjoyed the idea of it and the way the game wants you to kill the men is by stealthily peaking out the water and pulling an unaware enemy into the water. The problem with it is there would almost always be 3 or 4 together staring down into a hole so it was difficult to individually pick one off.

Additionally the gameplay mechanics limit you from being able to shoot from within the water so the easiest option was often swim to a far way hole. Hop out, shoot 1 enemy and then hop right back into the water and repeat.

Would you play it again?

This definitely has replayable value and I might replay it again next year. Right now I gave it to my friend to play. I want him to play it so I have someone to talk about this game with.

Any Complaints?

Maybe the story was a little too stereotypical but I think thats being a little harsh and for what ever reason, I had a tougher time with the platforming elements. There were times where I died and  because she didn’t grab onto to a wall  or a ledge when I wanted her. It was not common occurrence and very rare but it did happen a few more times than it does with the Uncharted series.

How many hours did you play it?

Maybe 18 hours.

How would you rate it and why?

9.2

Game rating wise, I put it on par with the “original” Tomb Raider. Its a well made game for many reasons and not to mention, its a  lot of fun using the Bow and Arrow. I was becoming a head shot specialist by the end. To me this is one of those have to try games. Not to mention, its a graphical masterpiece.

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