Rise of the Tomb Raider is a sequel to Tomb Raider, a famous video game of 2013.Rise of the Tomb Raider is a action adventure game with similar game play found in Tomb Raider. While the game is already released for Microsoft windows and different versions of Xbox, it will be releasing for PlayStation 4 second half of 2016.The game was formally announced on 9th June,2014 and later the trailer was premiered along with the broadcast of Miss Teen USA 2014 beauty pageant.
The game continues the story of Tomb Raider and follows the events of the first game. In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forced to become a true survivor and now she should use her skills, intuition and wits to survive, trust new friends and finally accept her fortune of becoming the Tomb Raider. The story progresses with a third person controlling Lara Croft through various environments and enemies using different types of weapons and gadgets. She is unable to explain her experience on Yamatai so she gets into her father’s research invisible city of Kitezh. Lara Croft seeks to discover the untold mystery of immortality as her meeting with Himiko, the sun queen, has ignited her with obsession of immortality. She carries the physical and the psychological scars from her experiences from the first game. Lara feels more grown up she returns to the key element of the whole series-tombs. The game features epic and high level action scenes which are set in some beautiful environments of Earth and also delivers a cinematic adventure. The game play consists of a crafting system where the players will be allowed to create items such as different types of arrows (poison, fire, grenade etc.) by rummaging through animals and plants in the game’s environment which includes a day night cycle and weather cycle which both animals and humans can easily react to. For example, for creating a special winter coat, Lara Croft must hunt a wolf which comes out at a specific time and in specific weather condition. The combat, as it was in Tomb Raider, has been redesigned with an increased number of stealth attacks. Lara can hide behind bushes, shoot arrows or can also avoid combat by climbing tress. The inventory of Lara has been increased by adding few new items such as a hunting knife, a breather and a lockpick to open locked doors and crates. The game is set in Siberia and comprises of various types of terrains such as icy peaks, dense forests, underwater caverns etc. The “Trinity”, a secret organization mentioned in Tomb Raider, also plays an important role in the sequel.
Crystal Dynamics, the developer of the game, have effortlessly done the impossible with this game, crafting a sequel that is superior to their reboot in every possible way. It is bigger and more expansive experience that has a captivating narrative, engrossing game play loops and an absolutely stunning presentation. It is one of the best action games ever crafted. Even though everything is not completely perfect in the game, it is a step in the right direction for the franchise. It is a crowd pleasing, sprawling and compelling game which is masterfully paced and expanding on its predecessor without for a moment losing its track.
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