GSY REVIEW | Xbox One Monday, November 9, 2015 | 12:45 PM

GSY Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

GSY Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider has been a very controversial title ever since it was announced as an Xbox One exclusive 15 months ago. This controversy will now - albeit still partially probably - be gone as we have finally been able to play and complete the game and are now able to tell if Microsoft's bet has been the right one!
Note: No new videos since apparently the NDA still forbids us to show you more than we did last week. It's odd, but we're not taking any chances.

As usual the full text of the review is available in the French version of the site, but we still translated our verdict and the plus / minus section.

Verdict


We had a great time playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. It's a solid sequel of an already quite good title, and the new gameplay features help to alleviate the feeling that it's just more of the same with different environments. It took us around 15 hours to complete the with a 73% completion rate, with many things left to do in the open world zones. With a better story and a better framerate this would have been one of the best action/adventure releases in a long time, but as it is, it's still a very solid and enjoyable title to discover for all Xbox One owners!
On the plus side


+ Takes the solid basis of the reboot and makes it better
+ The open worlds and their many activities
+ The crafting really makes us go and explore
+ Some environments look amazing
+ A bit more puzzles than before
+ Some interactions with NPCs
On the down side


- The framerate can get bothersome
- The aliasing is sometimes very visible
- Predictable and pedestrian story

FR commented video (spoilers)
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All comments

Commented on 2015-11-09 12:53:25
Thanks :) The criticism is indeed all centered around the script and characters.
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:26:51
i'd hope at least 2 of those downsides will be removed once the other versions are released

i think with the next game they need new writers and they need to do away with that terrible voice actress. her attitude needs work too...move her more towards the lara of old.
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:32:19
Weak story? :/ dammit, this could be a dealbreaker
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:36:00 In reply to mbalazs
Posted by mbalazs
Weak story? :/ dammit, this could be a dealbreaker
if you managed to get through the story in the last game i can't imagine this is THAT much worse. i mean, story and character wise the last one was pretty awful.
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:38:42
Well it's not the story is awful, it's mostly that it's just there to support what happens in the game, and not the other way around. I'd say it's less ridiculous than the 2013 game, but it's still more serviceable than anything else.
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:43:15 In reply to KORNdog
Fair point. It was indeed meh, till some point it was okay but yeah, later it was bad, can't be worse :D Actually not many games have great scripts. I enjoyed the previous TR so yeah, it won't be dealbreaker but the framerate maybe. I'm looking for the analysis video

BlimBlim
Commented on 2015-11-09 13:38:42
No worry then, also the length of the game is good news.
Commented on 2015-11-09 14:04:06
The reviews this has been getting are amazing, Cannot wait for this to drop on PS4.
Commented on 2015-11-09 15:17:24
I must be insane, cuz I don't remember the last Tomb Raider having that bad of a story. Its been a couple years though, my memory is a bit foggy
Commented on 2015-11-09 16:00:42 In reply to BlimBlim
The final Woman Vs. Wild - Episode #3: Deadly Tomb is out on YT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRFoK4wLcD0.
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Commented on 2015-11-09 16:38:37 In reply to scoobs0688
Posted by scoobs0688
I must be insane, cuz I don't remember the last Tomb Raider having that bad of a story. Its been a couple years though, my memory is a bit foggy
The gameplay was better than the story however the story wasnt that bad just your usual video game story really.
Commented on 2015-11-09 17:01:45
The controversy is not gone for me.. This is a perfect example why I despise consolebuilders and their exclusivity deals.. This stuff is only there for their coperate interests, we as gamers do not benifit from it whatsoever..

MS en Sony etc can forget me buying into their little monopolies just to play certain games they keep away from us.. I say FU to them..
Commented on 2015-11-09 17:43:21 In reply to Inflatable
Posted by Inflatable
The controversy is not gone for me.. This is a perfect example why I despise consolebuilders and their exclusivity deals.. This stuff is only there for their coperate interests, we as gamers do not benifit from it whatsoever..

MS en Sony etc can forget me buying into their little monopolies just to play certain games they keep away from us.. I say FU to them..
If you are able to resist then I really applaud you. For my most wanted games, It is very hard to resist.
Commented on 2015-11-09 18:55:55 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
If you are able to resist then I really applaud you. For my most wanted games, It is very hard to resist.
These days with so many games on the market, resisting is not that hard..

I also never preorder any games or buy season passes.. People need to smart up and not let the publishers lure them into spending money before you know what you spend it on..

What is hard though is convincing gamers.. Most are just ignorant or simply do not care.. The greedy publishers and other corperate scum love that and want to keep it like that.. All I can do is just keep spamming the message everywhere gamerelated in the hope some read it and smart up and spread the message aswell..
Commented on 2015-11-09 20:37:36 In reply to Inflatable
Posted by Inflatable
These days with so many games on the market, resisting is not that hard..

I also never preorder any games or buy season passes.. People need to smart up and not let the publishers lure them into spending money before you know what you spend it on..

What is hard though is convincing gamers.. Most are just ignorant or simply do not care.. The greedy publishers and other corperate scum love that and want to keep it like that.. All I can do is just keep spamming the message everywhere gamerelated in the hope some read it and smart up and spread the message aswell..
Indeed. For me however, there is a few IPs that are absolute must haves at launch and Tomb Raider happens to be one of them. (The others being Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil and Final Fantasy) hence why I gave in. I dont buy passes or DLC either.
Commented on 2015-11-09 21:58:19
cool i quite enjoyed the first reboot - no worries really as uncharted 4 will keep me busy for a while ;)
Commented on 2015-11-09 22:06:28
The rest of the reviews have set in and it's doing fantastic. It's been 18 years since they've delivered a AAA sequel. TR: Angel of Darkness, Legend and Underworld were all pretty entertaining but at least they have a better formula to work with now. Crystal Dynamics can take the reboot and add more locations and content to it.
Commented on 2015-11-09 22:07:44
I wasn't sure what to expect but almost all the reviews I've read so far actually say great things about the story and the game is getting really high scores, after all this praise I think I'm gonna grab this very soon.
Commented on 2015-11-10 12:07:34
Beautiful game, even on 360. Great job by the devs. The game of what I have seen plays awesome too with different ways to play, explore and replay the game. Microtransaction is not good but apart from lara itself the game seems to have delivered and I thought it would end up ok at best. Hopefully Uncharted4 will be like this as well. Also hope the game does well financially and late release on PS4 will not hamper it.
Commented on 2015-11-10 22:20:07 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Indeed. For me however, there is a few IPs that are absolute must haves at launch and Tomb Raider happens to be one of them. (The others being Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil and Final Fantasy) hence why I gave in. I dont buy passes or DLC either.
I like Tomb Raider aswell, that's why it pisses me off even more I cannot play it right now.. But I will not give in and buy a crappy piece of hardware to play the game with crappy settings and crappy performance.. We'll see if I'm still willing to buy it next year when it does come out for PC.. Depends on what other games have my attention then..
Commented on 2015-11-11 21:36:06 In reply to Inflatable
Posted by Inflatable
I like Tomb Raider aswell, that's why it pisses me off even more I cannot play it right now.. But I will not give in and buy a crappy piece of hardware to play the game with crappy settings and crappy performance.. We'll see if I'm still willing to buy it next year when it does come out for PC.. Depends on what other games have my attention then..
That's hilarious. I have both consoles and you calling the XB1 crappy is laughable. If that's what you believe, then you deserve to wait. No matter the generation, ignorance is still very expensive and costly.

BTW, the game is great. Its so much better than the last one and anything currently exclusive on my PS4. Doesn't matter, its about the games right?

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