Another installment in the popular series of action adventure games, once again developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio that brought us the successful reboot of the franchise. In terms of plot, the game continues the story arcs started in the previous part. Again we accompany the young, although tougher and more ruthless, Lara Croft. Unlike in the previous game, this time we visit different parts of the world, exploring larger and more open places. As for the mechanics, the production combines the survival aspects of its predecessor with the exploration of the many tombs and catacombs, which is the hallmark of the series. The gameplay is therefore full of numerous stealth elements as well as purely arcade sequences, including open exchanges of fire. Lara also uses a number of brand new weapons and gadgets. Designed for eighth-generation console, the production features high-quality graphics, which represents an important rise in quality as compared to the previous parts of the series.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One is the eleventh game focused on the adventures of Lara Croft overall and the second one released after the 2013’s series reboot (Tomb Raider). Similarly to its predecessor, also developed by Crystal Dynamics (the creators of the Tomb Raiderseries and Legacy of Kain: Sould Reaver), the title is a third-person action adventure game, and is characterized by fairly intense brutality, and numerous survival aspects.
The production initially came out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November, 2015, as a result of the cooperation between Microsoft and Square Enix. After a few months, the game came out on PC, while PlayStation 4 users had to wait almost a year. Rise of the Tomb Raiderlooks nearly identical on all platforms, although, naturally, Xbox 360 owners had to accept significantly poorer graphics.
Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One continues the story of its predecessor. The events that took place on the island of Yamatai left their mark on the protagonist, making her a tougher, more ruthless and restless woman. This time around, Lara decided to follow the trail of a mysterious Prophet to Siberia, and her objective are the ruins of the city of Kitezh, that allegedly hides the secret of immortality. The plot is connected to the research conducted by the heroine’s father, and his suicide, as well as the Order of Trinity, the eternal enemies of the Prophet and his people.
As far as gameplay mechanics are concerned, in Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One, the developers stayed true to the solutions of the previous installments of the series. Sneaking behind enemies' backs and using such tools as a bow are still of significant importance, although the game does not lack fierce shootouts. Importantly, the locations became, more or less, three times bigger, thanks to which we will spend more time on exploration and searching for various items or crafting materials. The developers expanded on the crafting system by adding the possibility of creating a large variety of useful items (such as bandages, Molotov cocktails, poisoned arrows, and so on) as well as more complex equipment enhancing methods.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is meant primarily for solo play. Completionist campaign playthrough can take up to 40 hours, but the developers prepared other modes, as well; these include Endurance; Horde; as well as:
- Score Attack – beating individual levels as fast as possible, tackling the changed rules of play.
- Remnant Resistance – creating your own scenarios with the possibility of setting some of the gameplay elements like mission objectives, enemies, and such (these can be edited with the use of Expedition Cards which are a special gameplay modifiers). Levels created in this way can be shared with our friends and competed on for the best score.
- Chapter Replay – replaying a mission from the story campaign with the use of the previously acquired equipment.
Similarly to its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider provides state-of-the-art graphics. From among the technological novelties, the particularly noteworthy include the introduction of a dynamic day and night cycle, as well as changing weather conditions.