RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER

headerRise of the Tomb Raider was released on November 10, 2015 by Square Enix. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a third person action adventure.

This time around the graphics are much better. The level of detail and color are all much better compared to the last release. Crystal Dynamics has finally got the game done right. Everything about this game is far more sensible.

Camilla Luddington voiced Lara and provided motion capture at a Los Angeles studio over a two-year period. According to the actress, one of the greatest challenges in voicing Lara was having to “yell over wind and snow”.

The game centers around the city of Kitezh.  Combat is a major gameplay element Lara has a large variety of weapons at her disposal (including assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols), some of which have an alternate firing mode.

Combat has been redesigned with more options for stealth and sneak attacks. Lara can confuse enemies by using the environment; hiding behind bushes or in trees, shooting bows on objects, throwing molotov cocktails and fog bottles, or avoiding combat altogether by climbing trees or traveling across rooftops.

The game has semi-open hubs for players to explore. In the hubs are items for Lara to collect, including crafting materials and survival caches. These items and collectibles such as relics and documents can be revealed to players using Survival Instinct, a vision mode which highlights items of interest.

The grappling hook has returned after being MIA for several releases. Climbing up walls etc is back too, so over all this game returns to its roots with more action.

Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Rise of the Tomb Raider maintains much of the same dynamics as previous releases. The crafting system makes things like different arrow types (poison, climbable, fire, grenade, rope) by scavenging materials from plants and animals in the game’s relatively harsh environment.

The game has a weather system and it also manages animals etc with day and night dynamics.

At the start of the game Lara is in the high alpine and has to climb up ice walls and leap about. This is intended to acclimate the player to the gameplay.

DLC EXPANSIONS

Some of the game’s achievements are tied to the DLC.

  • Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch
  • Cold Darkness Awakened
  • Blood Ties and Lara’s Nightmare

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Operating System Windows 7 x64 or better
CPU i3-2100 or better
Memory 6 GB or more
Hard Drive Space 25 GB
Graphics Hardware GeForce GTX 660 or better
Radeon HD 7850 or better
Network Broadband Internet Connection Required

This game was updated to support DX12.  This game works a lot better with at least 16GB of memory installed with a powerful video card that has at least 8GB VRAM. Rise of the Tomb Raider supports virtual reality hardware if it is available. A more powerful GPU is required for the VR experience.

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