Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration came out last week for the PS4 and is considered the definitive edition of the game. As you know, Rise of the Tomb Raider was a timed Xbox One exclusive for about a year so this is the first time PS4 owners will get to experience this game, unless you also owned an XB1. We don’t just get a standard port however as this version of the game includes a new single player story, new game modes, and PS VR support. It also includes all the past DLC content that had been released along with some extra bonuses.
I was able to play about an hour of the game over the weekend and while that might not seem like much, there was actually a lot going on that really showcased what Rise of the Tomb Raider has to offer.
There’s a decent bit of story throughout with lots of cutscenes as well as much of it unfolding during gameplay. It intertwines it all rather well for a seamless experience. It also helps I think that the graphics are freaking gorgeous in this game. I was impressed with how the original Tomb Raider looked and Rise of the Tomb Raider has really upped the ante in the looks department. The cutscenes are gorgeous as well as the actual locations I visited so far. There’s a lot going on at once that sometimes you just want to stop and take in the sights.
In terms of gameplay, I really enjoyed the fact that much of it harkens back to Tomb Raiders roots. There’s your classic 3D platforming elements as well as all the environmental puzzles Tomb Raider was known for. There are tons of secrets to discover and little challenges to complete while you play. There’s even bits of shooter elements thrown in for that added bit of excitement. There are some of those quick timed elements too, which I’m not really a fan of, but at least there weren’t many of those.
Overall though, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has me hooked. This is a great followup so far to 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot with more of what you love about the series. I’ll have more of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 10 Year Celebration up this week on our YouTube channel as well as a full review in the near future.
On a side note, the quality of the video isn’t all that great because for some reason, the PS4 was only allowing me to stream this at 360p. Not entirely sure why seeing as I have a 1-gig connection and I’ve never had problems with higher quality streams. This could just be an isolated issue. Hopefully the next stream will be at a higher quality.
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