GSY REVIEW | PC, PS4, Xbox One Sunday, January 31, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Lara prettier than ever on PC

Lara prettier than ever on PC

Rise of the Tomb Raider was finally released on PC a few days ago and we just had the time to capture some 1080p/60fps footage for you guys. The game is maxed out, except for textures as they require a 6 Go GPU with the very high setting. We also couldn't go above SMAA without hitting the framerate, but if Miguel gets his copy next week and can do better, we'll post more videos eventually.



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. The PC version offers a lot of different graphical options to choose from, which allows to adapt the game's visuals to a large range of rigs, but the game remains quite demanding even with an SLI of 970s. The SLI profile might be to blame of course, but we've had to make a few compromises to run the game smoothly (and we still saw a few drops here and there). Other than that, it's a real pleasure to play the game again with better framerate and visual quality.
On the plus side


+ Even prettier than on Xbox One
+ Smoother too
+ 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


- Good PC needed to hope for a steady 60 fps when maxed out
- The aliasing is still visible
- Predictable and pedestrian story

Tomb #1
Tomb #2
Stealth #1
Stealth #2

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Commented on 2016-01-31 15:51:03
Hands down the best looking game this generation on ANY platform.
Commented on 2016-01-31 15:54:01
How will this run on a 4790K and a single GTX 980(NOT TI)?
Commented on 2016-01-31 15:56:11
I was wondering when you were going to make some videos for this. I guess you have been pretty busy with other stuff.
Commented on 2016-01-31 15:59:05
Is aliasing still visible with smaa?
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:12:14 In reply to AndreasZ94
Good question, and one I'm interested in. Would be nice if Drift or Miguel could try different settings on the Nvidia Control Panel - no need to post videos - just to give some feedback.

Unfortunately, the Digital Foundry article (link below) on the PC version of RotTR only mentions anti-aliasing twice, once to say it's there as an option and another to say that there's 2 levels of super-sampling anti-aliasing, and that's it.

Digital Foundry - Face-Off: Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2...

Either way, the game looks fantastic even on Xbox 360, Nixxes did an excellent work on the ports. Also of note is the fact that Crystal Dynamics did a superb job on the Xbox One version, it's not perfect, but I believe they truly pushed the Xbox One hardware to the limit.

Which shows how much potential Xbox One games in the future have of looking as great or even better. No matter which version someone chooses to play, RotTR is a brilliant game worth playing.
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:16:37 In reply to AndreasZ94
We only got the code Friday evening and, well, it's the week-end. :)

Check the videos for aliasing, it's not that bad, but when there is sun and trees, I don't really like what I'm seeing.
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:43:58 In reply to alimokrane
Too bad I still prefer the original TR games to the reboot.
Posted by alimokrane
Hands down the best looking game this generation on ANY platform.
Well that's just, like your opinion, man.
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:45:13 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Hands down the best looking game this generation on ANY platform.
Killzone ShadowFall
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:50:14 In reply to ManCrush
Posted by ManCrush
Killzone ShadowFall
I don't agree with him.. but it's definitely not Killzone. He said any platform.
Commented on 2016-01-31 16:58:50
The game is hands down of the prettiest I've seen lately, last one being Mad Max. They use some noise filter and motion blur that are actually quite good and give that prerendered CGI feeling. Actually I was surprised when the cutscene after prologue level started and it looked prerendered but FPS counter said 60 and there definitely were no compression artifacts. I think this game would benefit greatly from displays with resolution above 1080p - on maximum settings there are lots of small details on Lara's model and enviroment that you can only see up close if you fiddle with the camera.
Commented on 2016-01-31 17:28:45 In reply to alimokrane
It doesn't look exceptionally amazing to me at all. I mean it looks nice, but best of the generation? nah
Commented on 2016-01-31 17:53:09 In reply to alimokrane
Pretty impressive lighting and shadowing there.
Commented on 2016-01-31 17:56:54 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GenGrievous
Too bad I still prefer the original TR games to the reboot.
Well that's just, like your opinion, man.
Everything we type here is our opinion of course :)
Posted by GriftGFX
I don't agree with him.. but it's definitely not Killzone. He said any platform.
Well of course the PC versions of console game look better.
Commented on 2016-01-31 18:20:48
"except for textures as they require a 6 Go GPU with the very high setting"

So Very High textures require 6GB VRAM? That's a bit much.
Commented on 2016-01-31 18:45:57 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX
I don't agree with him.. but it's definitely not Killzone. He said any platform.
Care to name your title? I guess Witcher 3 on PC at 144hz 1440p and all is a site to behold too.
Commented on 2016-01-31 18:46:48 In reply to Simplex
Posted by Simplex
"except for textures as they require a 6 Go GPU with the very high setting"

So Very High textures require 6GB VRAM? That's a bit much.
Not if they are very hq.
Commented on 2016-01-31 18:56:40
Looks kinda ruff around the edges, I hope thats just due to compression in the vid or is the aliasing that bad?
Commented on 2016-01-31 19:05:26 In reply to TGO
If anything, compression would make the aliasing less visible I think. It looks like that when playing with SMAA on, hence what I say in the news article. Have you downloaded the videos by the way?
Commented on 2016-01-31 20:11:33
The biggest question for me is should i get the game and the season pass? Loved the first one and i want more from this one as content comes out.
Commented on 2016-01-31 20:26:28
Since DET is not "competition" to GSY, it is probably ok to mention you find many amazong screenshots there:
http://deadendthrills.com/gallery/?gid=141
They are not running realtime at these settings, but it is all straight from the game engine and not altered in any way.
Commented on 2016-01-31 22:22:24 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Hands down the best looking game this generation on ANY platform.
Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, and The Witcher 3 says "Hi."
Commented on 2016-01-31 22:37:00
I haven't been able to find an AA option that I'm really happy with in terms of quality/performance balance. I've heard that the SMAA option is not working as it should, but I'm not sure if that's true or just based on statements regarding its limitations. If anyone's interested, I did a comparison of the available solutions here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/391220/discussions/0...
Commented on 2016-01-31 23:45:27
In-game SMAA is not working very well - to say at least.
Inject it and voila! =))

http://abload.de/img/rottr2016-01-3115-46-1kut6.pn...
http://abload.de/img/rottr2016-01-3115-51-r4uto.pn...

http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/rise-of-th...
Commented on 2016-02-01 00:39:38 In reply to alimokrane
How much part of the games is actual tomb raiding? Can you avoid most gun fights and go stealthy instead like in the videos posted?
Posted by alimokrane
Hands down the best looking game this generation on ANY platform.
Mirror's edge, Ryse, Crysis 3 and even the original Crysis looks much better.
Commented on 2016-02-01 00:42:21 In reply to Loakum
Posted by exenter
Mirror's edge, Ryse, Crysis 3 and even the original Crysis looks much better.
Does Crysis hold up? It's been a while...
Posted by Loakum
Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, and The Witcher 3 says "Hi."
Are you trying to support his argument?
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