GSY Review Xbox One PC

PC players will soon be able to discover Rise of the Tomb Raider but until then, the Xbox One version has been granted some more content with the release of the first story-driven DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch. After completing it in less than two hours (and we were slow), we can say it is quite a disappointment, even at its price ($9.99/€9.99). While Crystal Dynamics could have pushed the hallucinogenic aspect of the DLC, there are actually very few WTF sequences (two actually). Also disappointing is the fact that the game forces you to backtrack to the Soviet Installation hub two times to loot some ingredients in an area we know by heart. The new story element isn't interesting either, with a particularly ridiculous ending (have your tissues ready). The main attraction of this DLC is the new area to explore with a new puzzle to solve, but it's not much.
Note: If you intend to play the DLC, just watch the first two videos.

Dans le Baba

Ajouté aux missions secondaires du jeu de base, Baba Yaga : Le temple de la sorcière n'est pas un contenu accessible via le menu du jeu comme pouvait l'être le mode endurance. Pour découvrir cette mini aventure, il faudra donc lancer une partie et se rendre dans la zone de l'installation soviétique afin d'y rencontrer le PNJ qui vous mènera sur les traces de la sorcière. Une mission qui mêle à la fois nouveautés (il y a bien une nouvelle zone à explorer) et recyclage un brin paresseux. En effet, en plusieurs occasions, il vous sera demandé d'explorer de nouveau le fameux hub de l'installation soviétique à la recherche de divers items nécessaires à la progression. Un prétexte un peu facile pour rallonger artificiellement la durée de vie assez modeste de ce DLC. Pas vraiment de cinématiques à se mettre sous la dent pour étoffer la partie narrative, mais quelques échanges (radio principalement) avec la jeune Nadia, partie à la recherche de son grand-père. Hélas, le scénario très basique ne restera pas gravé dans les annales, d'autant que son twist repérable à 50 km (même par Dazman) ne vous épargnera pas une fin assez risible et très rapidement expédiée.

Krav-Yaga

La nouvelle zone aura l'occasion d'être traversée par deux fois. À sa première tentative, Lara sera perturbée par les effets hallucinogènes d'une plante locale, l'occasion pour Crystal Dynamics de se lâcher un peu et de changer assez radicalement l'ambiance du jeu original. Courte, cette séquence se veut très linéaire mais n'en reste pas moins assez réussie. Il est juste dommage que le DLC ne propose pas plus de passages de ce genre, puisque seul l'affrontement final contre la sorcière donnera lieu à un nouveau trip dans le monde tordu de Baba Yaga. L'idée de proposer un véritable affrontement contre un boss pour clore l'aventure était louable, mais les mécaniques se répètent tout le long du combat et il lui manque toute la démesure que semblait pourtant annoncer la première séquence hallucinatoire. Lorsque Lara revient sur le territoire de la sorcière la seconde fois, l’essentiel du gameplay tournera simplement autour de la résolution d'une sympathique énigme dans l'esprit des tombes optionnelles. Conçue autour de plateformes qu'il faut déplacer à l'aide de l'arc grappin, elle pourra potentiellement vous occuper un peu (essentiellement si vous jouez en mode survivant, sans l'instinct de survie), mais ne sera à l'évidence pas assez alambiquée pour l'habitué de la série.

Verdict


Dispensable, ce premier DLC narratif de Rise of the Tomb Raider pêche par un contenu trop maigre et un manque d'audace évident. Alors que Crystal Dynamics aurait pu mettre un véritable accent sur l'aspect fantastique de son histoire, les trips sous LSD tant mis en avant dans la bande annonce restent finalement très en retrait et ne comprennent aucune séquence mémorable. On regrette également le peu de soin apporté à l'histoire elle-même, très superficielle, jusqu'à son dénouement aussi évident que ridicule (sortez les mouchoirs). Reste une nouvelle zone réussie graphiquement, même si trop petite, et une nouvelle énigme à résoudre. C'est peu, même pour le prix demandé (9.99€), et on espère que la prochaine aventure programmée (Cold Darkness Awakened) nous laissera un goût un peu moins amer.
  • Les plus
  • Une nouvelle zone à explorer
  • Une nouvelle énigme à résoudre
  • Une ambiance réussie
  • Les moins
  • Recyclage du hub de l'installation soviétique
  • Très court et très facile
  • Les hallucinations trop en retrait
  • L'histoire et la conclusion
  • Le manque de contenu
ManCrush
ManCrush
Commented on 2016-01-27 11:14:48
Лара Крофт летает в ступе и ест маленьких детей? GOTY 2016
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-01-27 11:17:29
So we're supposed to learn Russian now? You're kidding right? :p
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alimokrane
alimokrane
Commented on 2016-01-27 12:37:26
Well this is a shame.. 2 hours only.... Played the game on the One but Like I said before, waiting for the GOTY edition to try all the extra stuff. I will get the PC GOTY if there is one.
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JohnnyTempl
JohnnyTempl
Commented on 2016-01-27 12:38:55
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ManCrush
ManCrush
Commented on 2016-01-27 12:44:33 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
So we're supposed to learn Russian now? You're kidding right? :p
Nope! :)
























jk
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Moonwalker
Moonwalker
Commented on 2016-01-27 14:25:18
10 dollars for only two hours is a bit steep. I have yet to finish the game itself though. So i am not even going to worry about that.
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KORNdog
KORNdog
Commented on 2016-01-27 15:47:51 In reply to Moonwalker
Posted by Moonwalker
10 dollars for only two hours is a bit steep. I have yet to finish the game itself though. So i am not even going to worry about that.
i'd be more worried that it's 10 dollars for a disappointing 2 hours. are they planning any more story DLC? hopefully that turns out better. after all i need a reason to buy the PS4 complete edition.
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Moonwalker
Moonwalker
Commented on 2016-01-27 15:57:37
The game itself is great, so that is already worth the price.
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-01-27 16:07:34 In reply to Moonwalker
It's not really the point here, is it? The DLC is not worth the money they ask, and even considering the whole Season Pass, what has been released so far is average at the very best. It has to be said because it's a real shame we can't enjoy more quality content.
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AndreasZ94
AndreasZ94
Commented on 2016-01-27 16:36:50
I heard it was 2-3 hours long but i was hoping it was more like Tlou left behind. This dlc seems lazy and should have been $5 at most imo. Such a shame because this is the only story dlc too, right?
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KORNdog
KORNdog
Commented on 2016-01-27 16:59:39 In reply to Moonwalker
Posted by Moonwalker
The game itself is great, so that is already worth the price.
i mean if the DLC is meaningless shite, then by the time the PS4 complete edition comes around at what will undoubtedly be full retail price, i may as well just buy the xbox version used for 5 quid. unless of course the visuals are better/no input lag/etc. but even then i think it's a sacrifice i'd take for the 30 quid saving.
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jmd749
jmd749
Commented on 2016-01-28 07:24:46 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Like I said before, waiting for the GOTY edition to try all the extra stuff. I will get the PC GOTY if there is one.
Ditto.
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Sdarts
Sdarts
Commented on 2016-01-28 14:39:40 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
So we're supposed to learn Russian now? You're kidding right? :p
C'mon, just do it like Lara, start reading Basic Russian text and slowly go to Intermediate and then Advanced. =P
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