Rise of the Tomb Raider ReviewGuest_Jim_* -
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It took almost a full month into the year, but we finally have the first review of 2016 for a newly released game. In this case it is just newly released to PC, as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions both released a few months ago, but why split hairs?
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider game that rebooted the franchise. That game was my first experience with any Tomb Raider title, and this marks the second. Both are third-person, action, adventure games that pit you, as Lara Croft, against both human and more mysterious forces. In this adventure, you are seeking proof for theories your father believed in right up to his death, despite the attacks against his credibility. Lord Croft was investigating a prophet who had apparently achieved immortality, and your father's hope was to bring that secret to the world.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has an M rating from the ESRB for blood and gore, intense violence, and strong language. Considering you do fire arrows through enemy heads, burn enemies alive, and have a fair number of your own deaths, the game has definitely earned the rating. Because the media I have captured certainly contains some of this content, this review may be inappropriate for some of you.
Speaking of the captured media, I had difficulties recording video for this game for two reasons. I will explain more in the Graphics section, but now you know why there are not that many videos in this review. Something else I feel it is best to inform you of is that I received and reviewed the game prior to its official release. While that is awesome, it also means that some things were not available to me as I played. I will also explain that in the Graphics section.
With those points covered, time to get to the actual reviewing!