Rise of the Tomb Raider - 20 Year Celebration Edition - Quickie Review


What's good

- Entertaining story
- Fairly well written villains
- Fun and improved climbing mechanics  
- Hub worlds with side-quests and actual tombs and crypts to explore
- Creepy "Baba Yaga" DLC sidequest
- Welcome and fun new co-op Endurance mode
- Loads of outfits to choose from

A new world to explore with more secrets than before.

What's bad

(- Servicable but rather generic combat)
- Not too many new gameplay mechanics
- Getting all DLC weapons right from the start makes you early on quite a bit overpowered
- Absolutely boring and tedious "Blood Ties" DLC story

Most game mechanics are the same - for better and for worse.


- A certain protagonist character having known about the secret entrance to the Lost City but didn't tell Lara about it because...he didn't feel like it?

"I could've told you where the entrance is...but you didn't ask."

The Verdict

Though it features mostly the same gameplay mechanics already seen in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider does great in learning from what was missing from the "first" game and improved upon that. While gamers shouldn't expect too many new gameplay mechanics in Rise of the Tomb Raider, the hub worlds of the game have significantly improved through newly added sidequests and finally actual tombs and crypts to discover, explore and "solve". On top of that, an entertaining (albeit a bit generic) storyline with far more interesteing characters, and especially villains, gives much more character to Lara's newest adventure and also makes following her story in future games more engaging.
In specific regards to the additions that come with the 20 Year Celebration Edition, the Baba Yaga DLC along with the fun co-op Endurance Mode represent the strongest additions here. Those come with a price though: aside from the absolutely boring Blood Ties DLC, while it's of course nice to have every downloadable content for Rise of the Tomb Raider available to you right from the start, the ability to use very powerful DLC weapons in the story right from the start, makes Lara feel quite a bit overpowered early on.

Overall, Rise of the Tomb Raider serves as a great although not monumental next step for the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. Mostly working with the same gameplay mechanics from the 2013 reboot, Developer Crystal Dynamics nevertheless managed to make welcome steps forward for Lara's adventures, which they hopefully can keep up in that direction for future games to come. And with all the DLCs included in the 20 Year Celebration Edition, now is a great time to give Rise of the Tomb Raider a shot.

Final Verdict: 8 out of 10

Status: Great

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