Rise Of The Tomb Raider Review Round-Up

Microsoft’s Xbox One has the potential to claw back some of the ground it’s lost this Christmas, and the release of Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a crucial part of that. Alongside Halo 5 and Forza 6, Microsoft will be hoping that their exclusives can lure players away from Sony’s PlayStation 4, and into the Xbox One’s welcoming arms.

The sequel to 2013’s marvellous Tomb Raider reboot, fans will be hoping for an increase in actual tomb-raiding to go alongside the impressive visuals and storytelling that we will hopefully see. Square Enix meanwhile will be hoping that they can repeat the previous game’s success.

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TheSixthAxis – 8/10

“Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-packed tour-de-force that, while derivative at times, is a fantastic romp from beginning to end. This sequel learns some of the lessons of its predecessor by making the game more like a recognisable Tomb Raider game, while at the same time implementing some new features and impressive visual design. While not quite the globetrotting adventure some were hoping for, Rise of the Tomb Raider is well worth playing.”

Eurogamer – No Score

“Rise of the Tomb Raider is a well-made game. It’s a handsome and solidly entertaining, if seldom inspired, way to while away a dozen hours. It has a famous name and an avatar of real dynamic power at its centre. It has tombs to raid. That ought to be enough. It shouldn’t have to reach. But reach it does – for an emotional hook it doesn’t have, and for trendy gimmicks it doesn’t need.”

Destructoid – 7.5/10

“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).”

Polygon – 8.5/10

“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.”

Gamespot – 9/10

“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.”

Gamesradar – 4.5/5

“While Rise of the Tomb Raider is a comparatively safe sequel in that it changes very little of an existing, winning formula, this is an adventure game that takes full advantage of new-gen technology… and it’s magnificent. Intelligent, beautiful, varied and huge, this is a very classy video game, and one that’s surprisingly malleable.”

God Is A Geek – 8.5/10

“There’s no moment throughout Rise of the Tomb Raider that is anything but great, bombastic fun. The story is alright, but copies the exact pattern of the previous game (though it is better) while being far too predictable, especially toward the end. But this is a game that knows what it is, and excels by playing to its strengths and delivering on addictive moment-to-moment gameplay.”

IGN – 9.3/10

“Rise of the Tomb Raider takes its predecessor’s winning formula & improves on it in every way.”

Metro – 8/10

“The old style Tomb Raider is never coming back, but this is a more satisfying compromise than the reboot and a fun alternative to the Uncharted series.”

Videogamer – 9/10

“Crystal Dynamics has made a game that expertly rekindles memories of the series’ triumphant past and yet still feels incredibly modern. A captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern icon.”

Kotaku – Yes

“Rise of the Tomb Raider’s greatest success is in how it encourages exploration, which in turn makes you feel more connected to its fictional world… This Lara isn’t a wide-eyed newcomer, nor is she a flinty veteran. She’s somewhere in between. Rise of the Tomb Raider makes me want to follow her where she goes next.”

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3 Comments

  1. Great scores, looking forward to this.

    • Inferior Uncharted wannabe. It’s basically Cuke rather than Coke.

      I might pick it up in the bargain bins next year for PS4, in its fully patched, all DLC cheap incarnation, but it’s far from an essential purchase, its what you buy if you can’t have Uncharted.

    • Once again, it appears you have another alter ego. Is this the 4th or 5th? ;)

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