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  1. Nov 30, 2015
    One of the best things I played all year.
  2. 100
    One of the finest — if not the finest — games of 2015. The Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn’t quite rise to the heights of its magical predecessor, but it builds on 2013’s Tomb Raider in every way, delivering a game that’s as much a video game as it is work of cinematic art — and setting a high bar for adventurers of the future (remember that, Uncharted 4).
  3. Nov 11, 2015
    And that's Rise of the Tomb Raider in a nutshell. The parts that weren't so great about the reboot are better, while the best bits are bigger, louder and more plentiful.
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    These breaks in linear action are wonderfully judged, allowing you to take a breath, find hidden treasure and help tribespeople by hunting down some wild boar or disrupting Trinity communication towers. There’s perhaps nothing here that you won’t have seen in open-world games, but these alluring pockets of freedom breaking out from a cinematic thrill-ride is a clever change of pace.
  5. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is all about its pacing. It’s a game that will throw you into a huge action sequence and then slowly ramp back up. You don’t have to worry about endless waves of enemies. Instead you will move from one area to the next, traversing the world, hunting so you can craft and upgrade, and scouring the world for treasure and tombs. Crystal Dynamics took what worked in Tomb Raider and made it even better. Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the best games of the year. It’s absolutely beautiful and plays as good as any game on the market today.
  6. Nov 9, 2015
    The past decade has seen the genre jump, shoot, and blow stuff up real good with games like Resident Evil 4, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Dead Space. Each redefined what a well-balanced 15-hour experience could be by delivering a compelling narrative, tight gameplay, and outstanding world building. Rise of the Tomb Raider bests even those classics with a character that resonates like no other. Even if it took nearly twenty years for that to happen, this is an adventure worth replaying with a hero who’s unforgettable.
  7. Nov 10, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a brilliant game on the XBox One but it’s familiarity with the previous game prevents it from being its natural successor.
  8. Nov 12, 2015
    This is easily the best 3D action game on the Xbox One, and hopefully it isn’t swept under the rug sales-wise in a crowded holiday season.
  9. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider captures the thrill of being an adventurer and leaves you thinking about Lara's next move. You have daredevil sequences, heroic moments, fun exploration, and exciting fights that even Indiana Jones would envy. If Crystal Dynamics keeps raising the bar from here, I can't wait to see what's next for Lara.
  10. Nov 10, 2015
    Overall, Rise of the Tomb Raider is easy to recommend. The gameplay is compelling and the tombs are a joy to explore, but Lara herself is the star of the show.
  11. Nov 9, 2015
    The traversing in a platform adventure is the most fluid and seamless I’ve ever experienced, and the story gave me chills the more I unraveled, especially with the collectibles I found.
  12. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun.
  13. Nov 9, 2015
    Crystal Dynamics have effortlessly done the impossible with Rise of the Tomb Raider, crafting a sequel that is superior to their reboot in every single way possible. It’s a bigger, more expansive experience that has a captivating narrative, engrossing gameplay loops and an absolutely stunning presentation. Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the best action games ever crafted, and a generational leap forward as the series looks towards the horizon. Lara Croft is in good hands.
  14. Nov 8, 2015
    Maybe the best action-adventure of 2015, and the best looking game on Xbox One. Lara is back, and it's better than ever.
  15. Nov 9, 2015
    Crystal Dynamics creates a stunning, raw and exciting adventure that improves itself in all areas. This highly enjoyable game offers more freedom and exploration than its predecessor.
  16. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a blast to play. This sequel blends together combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving better than its predecessor, balancing all of these elements and stretching them out in a way that makes the pacing feel spot on.
  17. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider takes what we loved about the franchise's reboot and makes it bigger and better. A great combination of gameplay elements that you shouldn't miss if you enjoyed the previous Tomb Raider.
  18. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is an epic adventure, and it’s a story well told and well played.
  19. Nov 23, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a deeper and more polished version of its predecessor. It offers similar action-adventure thrills as its competition such as Uncharted but goes beyond that as well.
  20. Nov 23, 2015
    Not many sequels can improve on every aspect of the original, but Rise of the Tomb Raider is a rare exception.
  21. Nov 18, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider’s only real flaw is that it follows the template of the first game a tad too cautiously, right down to the tough-to-kill supernatural foes that populate its final act. It also completely jettisons the notion that Lara is reluctant to take human life, a decision that makes for grittier action at the cost of some heart and soul. But as only the second installment in Lara Croft’s reinvigorated career, there’s still plenty of time to explore new territory. The tomb raider has risen. Let’s see where she goes next.
  22. Nov 17, 2015
    One of the standout games of the generation so far, Rise provides stunning setpieces, brilliant exploration and challenging puzzles. This is an Xbox One essential.
  23. Nov 16, 2015
    I was expecting a solid game, one that just gave me more of the same as a follow up to the 2013 release. Yet what we got was a game that improved on the good and cleared away much of the bad, to produce a title that deserves its place among the best Lara Croft games over the previous 20 years.
  24. 90
    The action is fluid and the open world begs the player to experiment and explore. It's a sure fire sign that the people behind this new direction for Lara Croft really do know what they are doing, and the franchise is in good hands moving forwards.
  25. Nov 10, 2015
    While 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was great, fans of the series were pining for more tombs to explore and relics to collect. Crystal Dynamics addressed that and then some in Rise of the Tomb Raider, improving on its upgrade system, telling a fun story, more puzzles, and adding bears, tigers, cheetahs, and more packs of wolves to kill and skin. Just like we remember.
  26. Nov 9, 2015
    If it isn't broken, don't fix it was the mantra behind Rise of the Tomb Raider's development: they took the formula from the last game, they added new elements to it and polished some of the mistakes. Sadly, though, the game is far from perfect. However, we are happy to know that the saga is in good hands... Welcome back Miss Croft!
  27. Nov 9, 2015
    The gameplay is the star here. Rise of The Tomb Raider does everything Tomb Raider did and does it better, taking a still-growing heroine into an unfamiliar location and unfolding its lethal mysteries as we grow to meet them. This is still not the game it could be, but it’s remarkable how quickly Crystal Dynamics has taken a half-dead franchise and turned into one of the most vital experiences on the market today, true to its essential character while still feeling absolutely new. This is the new standard for third-person shooter/adventure games. I want another.
  28. Nov 9, 2015
    The initial adventure in Rise of the Tomb Raider is around 6-8 hours, but every minute of it is fun, especially with retooled gameplay controls and unlockables for incentive. Adding to that time frame is a large amount of worthwhile exploring and wonderful backtracking once the campaign is completed. If you’re into that, then this game is going to make you happy.
  29. Nov 9, 2015
    Quotation forthcoming.
  30. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a stellar title for the fall season, and a sequel that addresses most of the complaints about its predecessor. Crystal Dynamics is really knocking it out of the park with the reboot of Lara Croft and I cannot wait to see how it evolves over time. Anyone with an Xbox One needs to pick this title up. It once again makes a solid case for my top ten list of games of the year.
  31. Nov 9, 2015
    The story takes bigger risks, and is all the better for it. By no means is it perfect, but the negatives are so slight they don’t really warrant full disclosure. This is a bigger, meatier sequel, one that improves on an already great game. And again, it gets the balance right. The balance between survival, in terms of facing off against an army of foes as well as giant killer snow bears, and exploration, in the form of archaeology-by-the-way-of Lara being genuinely excited when she comes across an ancient trinket or mural. And story.
  32. Nov 9, 2015
    As a package Rise of the Tomb Raider is sublime pure Hollywood blockbuster entertainment with the only real negative that some could level is that the minute to minute gameplay presents very little that would be considered groundbreaking or new and at times it might feel similar to the previous iteration.
  33. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is full of action, adventure, emotions, and a sense of journey. All things we experienced in the previous game, but each is improved. Lara Croft and Crystal Dynamics have made a discovery: their own maturity.
  34. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is another interesting and modern installment in the adventure series. The campaign, despite slight problems with stereotypes, is extremely engaging and full of interesting scenes - even after the end credits.
  35. Nov 9, 2015
    Where the previous game is an over-the-top whirlwind, Rise of the Tomb Raider is better as a savored experience.
  36. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a great adventure game. More exploration, platform zones and stealth mechanics than shooter moments, and a great plot and loads of content to discover.
  37. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider keeps the winning formula of the previous title and improves it in terms of exploration, puzzles and graphics. The mediocre AI prevents it from becoming great among greats, but the whole package is compelling thanks to the Ancient Tombs and the new game mode called Expeditions.
  38. Nov 9, 2015
    In that rubble, a wonderful bounty is excavated; an exquisite story, a compelling heroine, a fascinating sandbox, and a beautiful view. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a little more subdued, a little less bombastic, and a whole lot more introspective. It sometimes falters in scripted sequences and technical hitches. But the way it combines such excellent themes into such fantastic gameplay is evidence that Lara’s story was one that needed to continue.
  39. Nov 9, 2015
    Lara has matured a bit from the first title in this rebooted series, but she's still the character we remember from the island. There's a renewed focus on utilizing stealth and surroundings in order to succeed to the best of your ability and plenty of side missions and extra tombs to raise the difficulty bar. Some A.I. issues bring the game down a bit at random times, but it doesn't change the fact that this game is quite deep and provides just as fun of a challenge as Tomb Raider.
  40. There are few video game adventures that are as good as this one.
  41. Nov 9, 2015
    In an era when triple-A blockbuster games often drown beneath a desire to make things more explosive or complex than before, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows how it should be done. This is captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern gaming icon.
  42. Nov 9, 2015
    Crystal Dynamics makes a safe bet with a game that, even with his lack of evolution and difficulty, will make you feel like an adventurer exploring the unknown. We can't wait to know what the future holds for Ms. Croft.
  43. Nov 9, 2015
    While essentially a retread of its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a magnificent adventure game, brilliantly combining action genres and letting you play the way you want to.
  44. Nov 9, 2015
    It goes without saying, of course, that Rise is an exceptionally gorgeous looking game.
  45. Nov 9, 2015
    While there has been an influx of open world games over the last few years, Crystal Dynamics have been able to find a perfect balance of cinematic action and strong adventure elements...Rise of the Tomb Raider is an adventure like no other, giving players a twenty hour experience that will have them engaged from the moment Lara comes on screen.
  46. Nov 9, 2015
    The switch to a style of play that doesn't rely solely on raw firepower is the absolute key to the game's success and that, mixed with a plethora of action-packed adrenaline-boosting scenes, makes Lara's second return an absolute blast to play.
  47. 90
    Behind the depth of Lara's character and a compelling and emotionally charged story, the series is at its best in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  48. Nov 9, 2015
    As a third-person adventure game, Rise of the Tomb Raider excels. Rather than collide, gameplay and story share the space, supplementing each other and emerging as a cohesive whole.
  49. Nov 8, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider successfully builds upon the already good previous episode, delivering a rock-solid experience with a compelling story, gorgeous visuals and an open world packed full of things to do. Our only complaint is about the still too simplistic puzzles, but it's definitely a game every lover of this genre should look forward to playing.
  50. Games Master UK
    Jan 3, 2016
    Lara's rebooted renaissance continues in this gorgeous action epic - despite a rubbish story. [Christmas 2015, p.70]
  51. Nov 11, 2015
    Lara is back. Rise of the Tomb Raider has everything a Tomb Raider needs: impressive tombs, fantastic fights and a strong main character.
  52. Nov 9, 2015
    The last Lara Croft adventure comes with basic adjustments to its gameplay that make it an enjoyable and memorable experience. We loved the tombs, we loved the puzzles, we loved the exploration, we loved the world, we loved the combat. Even though not everything is completely perfect in Rise of The Tomb Raider, it’s a step in the right direction for the franchise.
  53. Nov 10, 2015
    As an adventure game, Rise of the Tomb Raider is up there with the best of them. The story feels like something right out of Indiana Jones, and the game nails the atmosphere that you'd expect from a Tomb Raider game.
  54. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t the biggest open world game. It doesn’t have the most quests or the most collectibles, and heck, you don’t even climb tall structures without a darn good reason. What Rise of the Tomb Raider has in spades is balance. Everything about the experience screams quality, and every objective has a good reason for existing.Those things make this small, tightly woven world more entertaining to explore than others, and consequently Rise of the Tomb Raider is a freakin’ great experience.
  55. Nov 9, 2015
    Lara faces her greatest adventure yet. It's a compelling and interesting journey, just a bit too close to the 2013 reboot in terms of pure gameplay. But a joy to play and explore nonetheless.
  56. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 4, 2016
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a solid action adventure with spectacular visuals and well-defined game mechanics. Sadly the same can't be said about the story. It seems like it was written by a six year-old Indiana Jones fan, who just got done reading The Da Vinci Code. [Dec 2015]
  57. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    It’s basically the same great game we’ve played before but prettier and even more enjoyable. Actually the Tomb Raider series never offered so much fun. [13/2015, p.32]
  58. Jan 8, 2016
    A great experience that is let down by its voice acting and certain key junctures in the story when the developers just tell us so much that we can guess what's going to happen next. The good news is that these are few and far between and the spectacular final missions make up for everything.
  59. Dec 8, 2015
    Without a doubt, one of the best action games of this year, a must-buy for Xbox gamers. The series is stronger than ever and we can't wait to see where it will go next.
  60. Nov 11, 2015
    The main game itself is easily worth the price of admission. A gripping story in spite of its cliches, with an expanded serving of the gameplay that made Tomb Raider such a wild ride, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a damn fine sequel that does everything a sequel needs to do. What’s more, it truly cements Lara’s new adventures as a series with a solid future, and I’m excited to see where Croft and Trinity go next.
  61. Nov 11, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a whole level above its predecessor. Almost every aspect of the game is executed better than it did in TR so what we have is the definition of a worthy sequel that establishes the revamped TR as a new gaming chapter in the industry. The only setback is the highly extreme enemy A.I. which leads to a havoc-like situations amidst several gunfights.
  62. Nov 10, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a big-budget title that delivers a breathtaking adventure with all the trimmings.
  63. GameTrailers
    Nov 9, 2015
    While the story and extras may not impress, the gameplay in Rise of the Tomb Raider holds up through a long and varied adventure. There are lots of tools to play with and utterly jaw-dropping locations to see, fleshed out with great level design. Rise of the Tomb Raider is right on par with the last game, so if you enjoyed Lara’s previous excursion, there’s plenty to look forward to here.
  64. Nov 9, 2015
    The storytelling is not great in Rise of the Tomb Raider, but it does offer a lot more content, more tombs and varied fighting scenes in a very nice setting.
  65. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is most impressive in its action-packed scenes, but also trying to figure out puzzles in the many tombs are fun. You and Lara embark on a true adventure together, it is too bad this adventure is not told in the best storytelling out there.
  66. Nov 9, 2015
    The biggest regret comes from the narrative side, where this sequel starts quickly and loses momentum once it reaches the halfway point. On the other hand, when you look at the gameplay and enhanced free roaming, what you get is a general overhaul of what made the original reboot a solid action adventure, bestowed with over-the-top graphics.
  67. Nov 9, 2015
    In many ways, Rise of the Tomb Raider could be viewed as a fairly modest sequel. It successfully builds off Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot, but it doesn't introduce any massive changes; the scope is greater but still in spitting distance of the previous game. But successfully regaining the feeling created in an extremely good game is no small feat.
  68. Nov 9, 2015
    An essential purchase, and although it's a case of simply being more Tomb Raider, lessons have been learned along the way to make this one of the most refined and enjoyable blockbuster rides available.
  69. Nov 9, 2015
    Despite almost no genuinely new stuff in the game, and a easy-to-guess scenario, Rise of The Tomb Raider is one of the best games of the year thanks to an impeccable technical aspect and very good gameplay which alternates between action, exploration, climbing and a lot of loot.
  70. Nov 8, 2015
    Crystal Dynamics listened and proceeded to make a game that softens the problems its predecessor had. It’s a satisfying adventure with plenty of content, some spectacular sequences and survival elements that fit a bit more in the mix. Unfortunately, while being very good, it’s not a masterpiece due to some not-so-great shooting, some technical bugs, and a narrative that, while making more sense than that of its predecessor, still has some weak and ridiculous moments. We do understand that action sells, but dampening it a bit to recapture some of the spirit of the originals would have been a great idea.
  71. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a magnificent return to the rebooted series. While it looks, feels and plays great, Crystal Dynamics kept the formula the same. Sadly, there’s not much change or any big add-on here. It’s a better looking and better version of the previous game.
  72. 82
    Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers everything you would expect from an archaeological action-adventure game, and deserves plenty of cinematic praise.
  73. Dec 16, 2015
    By far the biggest positive in RotTR is the platforming. This is an Action-Adventure title that leverages the Adventure over the Action. Crystal Dynamics has done a marvelous job constructing a veritable gymnasium of platforming pleasures for Lara to climb, swing, and jump through.
  74. Edge Magazine
    Dec 12, 2015
    This is a gentle refinement, ironing out kinks, sewing on a few accouterments, and leaving everything else the way it was. [Christmas 2015, p.110]
  75. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is an excellent game, which acknowledged that not everything necessarily needs an innovation. The game returned one of its significant features back to the brand with grace. [Issue#258]
  76. Nov 19, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is exactly what the very title promises. Lara feels more grown-up and she finally returns to the key element of the whole series – tombs. In all respects, her new adventure is better than the previous episode, and it is obvious that Crystal Dynamics went in the right direction.
  77. Nov 18, 2015
    In a way, Rise of the Tomb Raider lives up to its name: You can see the classic Tomb There's far too much predictable, uninspired gunplay, but despite its mandatory nature it still comprises only a tiny portion of the overall game experience.
  78. Nov 13, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider still clings a little too tightly to certain elements of its predecessor and has problems with enemy AI. Nonetheless with the renewed focus on actual tomb raiding and exploration Lara slowly returns to her older grand self.
  79. Nov 10, 2015
    While the 2013 reboot was growth for the sake of survival, Rise is more about growth on a more personal scale. Between a fantastic story that introduces some fascinating characters, its vast open world filled with hidden elements and wild game, and a greater emphasis on solving problems with brains as much as bullets, Rise of the Tomb Raider proves to be a remarkable follow-up to Lara's origin tale.
  80. Nov 10, 2015
    Whether you’re in the mood for stealth or all-out action, Rise of the Tomb Raider has got you covered, but when it comes time to put down the guns and start talking, the game screeches to a halt. Even so, it’s hard to deny what a blast it is to slip into Lara’s shoes once more.
  81. Nov 9, 2015
    Nothing about Rise of the Tomb Raider is wildly original, but everything about it is executed with a high degree of quality and craft. The game nicely merges multiple styles of gameplay, tells a better story than the 2013 reboot, and leaves off with Lara Croft at the center of an expanding narrative universe that feels like it could become home to many more exciting adventures. The last game was a decent start, but for my money, this is where the new Tomb Raider really begins.
  82. Nov 9, 2015
    Despite the feelings of deja vu sprinkled throughout the 10-12 hour campaign and the flawed crafting system, Rise of the Tomb Raider is still a hell of a roller coaster ride, featuring fantastic gunplay, exceedingly clever puzzles, and a breathtaking world to explore. It may not rise above its 2013 predecessor, but it certainly meets it in the upper echelon of the third person shooter genre.
  83. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't setting a tremendous new bar for all of action video games to follow, as much of this game stems from things we've done before, but it's still a neat little adventure buried in the God-forsaken wilderness.
  84. Not quite the evolutionary leap we’d hoped for, but this beautiful and bombastic adventure remains one of the most purely entertaining things you can put in your Xbox One this Christmas.
  85. Nov 9, 2015
    Lara truly shines in her newest game, with a sprawling world to explore and a great set of skills at her disposal. If only the world had been even bigger, with more hub areas and even more to do, this could easily have been a truly astonishing game.
  86. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a game that is built on the solid foundations of the first installment of the rebooted cycle and as such it works great. Unfortunately, because of the few novelties (e.g. heavily modified crafting system), the game is no longer the emotional roller-coaster that it was during our stay on Yamatai island. As a next installment in the series the adventures of Lara Croft work well, but the famous Miss Archaeology won't come away completely unscathed from a duel with Uncharted 4.
  87. 80
    With Rise of the Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics has created a polished and impressive sequel to one of the best reboots I've ever played. It can become overwhelming at times, but that doesn't keep it from being a great and must-play release.
  88. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a pretty good adventure game that stays close to its prequel instead of innovating. The new extra modes are a welcomed addition but for the next, final chapter of the trilogy, we would like to see some new features in the gameplay. Buy it if you own an Xbox One or you’re just looking for a great action game.
  89. 80
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a strong sequel to 2013's reboot, building upon the potential of its predecessor while adding to the sense of wonder and exploration-based aspects more in keeping with Ms. Croft's roots. Of course, more tombs and puzzles to solve would always be welcome, but Rise is nonetheless a fantastic blend of entertaining combat encounters, traversal and open-world exploration, and arguably a cut above the previous game in gameplay terms, if not necessarily in story terms.
  90. Nov 9, 2015
    Unfortunately the potential for a compelling story to vault Lara Croft back into legendary status did not materialise, and what you get instead is a pulpy action-adventure with a straightforward, MacGuffin-chasing story in the same vein as the reboot, right down to the cadence. The world Crystal Dynamics created here, though, is packed and has more to explore, more action to witness, and loads more tombs to find. So switch your brain off during cut-scenes, and save that mental workout for the tombs and for the path least taken.
  91. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-packed tour-de-force that, while derivative at times, is a fantastic romp from beginning to end. This sequel learns some of the lessons of its predecessor by making the game more like a recognisable Tomb Raider game, while at the same time implementing some new features and impressive visual design. While not quite the globetrotting adventure some were hoping for, Rise of the Tomb Raider is well worth playing.
  92. Nov 9, 2015
    Crystal Dynamics has put together one of the most riveting action/adventure titles of this generation. Even then, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a game that people will play, love, and be done with, and that’s okay. It’s said to take dedicated completionists over 30 hours of playing to gather all of the hidden treasures, survival caches, golden coins, and weapon parts, which makes for a solid bang for consumers’ hard-earned bucks. Plus, who doesn’t want to fight a bear?
  93. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider will not be as memorable as the first reboot because it's doing quite the same things without taking risks, but it's still a really great game.
  94. 80
    The old style Tomb Raider is never coming back, but this is a more satisfying compromise than the reboot and a fun alternative to the Uncharted series.
  95. Nov 9, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is better than its predecessor, but only because of its additions; it doesn't fix any of the things that were wrong with Tomb Raider (2013). The story is smoothed down, much of it hidden away in dull audio logs. It's not about "survival" as billed, given the ease of mowing down dozens of folks and plenty of resources. But finding tombs wherein to clamber about ancient Rube Goldberg machines, coupled with the gorgeous visual flair and diverse environments, make Rise's wilderness one worth exploring and elevate Tomb Raider's otherwise perfunctory take on the third-person action platformer.
  96. Nov 8, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider combines traditional Tomb Raider gameplay with some spectacular action. The AI is good and the game looks great. Yet you still get the feeling of 'been here, done that' whilst playing the game. It's an enjoyable game nonetheless.
  97. Jan 9, 2016
    It is an enjoyable game, but if only Crystal Dynamics could have resolved its conflicts by focusing its attention on what Tomb Raider does best and cutting out anything that got in the way of that, it could have been something far more special.
  98. Nov 9, 2015
    Like its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider is awash in stuff to do, at story's expense.
  99. Nov 10, 2015
    Lara’s therapy was a failure. Rise of the Tomb Raider was not, but it did force me to reconcile the uncomfortable paradox of the titular badass also being an emotional wreck.
  100. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 9, 2015
    Tombs are the best thing RotTR has to offer. Compared to the previous Tomb Raider, there really are more of them, but not quite as many as we’d want. Plus, unlike the stealth/combat sequences, most of the tombs can be skipped – although the game would’ve been much better off if it was the other way around. [Issue#204, p.62]
  101. Nov 27, 2015
    Unfortunately for those sticking to the main route, Rise is a repeat of the 2013 title with less character development and several years' worth of mounting standards.
  102. Nov 11, 2015
    A crowd-pleasing game, which offers only glimpses of what could be if this team were only allowed to take some braver risks with Croft’s next expedition.
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  1. Dec 8, 2015
    Rise Of The Tomb Raider understands what’s fun about being Lara Croft. It’s not blowing away an army of underlings with an assortment of guns, something that straight-up shooters do better and with more commitment to variety. It’s also not some bold new innovation in how to make a character run and jump, or unexpected deviation from a storyline. No, what’s always been the key to Tomb Raider is the thrill of discovery.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 1526 Ratings

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  1. Nov 10, 2015
    Easily the best looking game I've ever played on a console. It kinda stinks that ps4 owners don't get to play it for a year because it reallyEasily the best looking game I've ever played on a console. It kinda stinks that ps4 owners don't get to play it for a year because it really is an amazing game. Its deep and engaging. A very welcome improvement on the series. Best tomb raider to date. Maybe one of the best games to date. Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2015
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a really good sequel to the Tomb Raider 2013 and can become one of the best reasons to buy an Xbox ONE.
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a really good sequel to the Tomb Raider 2013 and can become one of the best reasons to buy an Xbox ONE.
    Tomb Raider 2013 was a really good game with really good graphics and gameplay which in my opinion had a slightly weak ending.
    But this one not also has a better ending than the last one but also has better and smoother gameplay and defiantly better graphics too.
    The crafting and upgrading system is really good too but the main positive thing about this one is strong characterizing and the high potential of the story.
    But the Rise of the Tomb Raider lacks weapon and equipment variability and it somehow looks too much like the last one.
    But overall this game can make you enjoy for more than 20 hours with its awesome open environments and get to know Lara Croft even more!
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  3. Nov 10, 2015
    I bought an Xbox One just to play this, and it turn out it horrible, it does not live out to the expectation, tomb raider 2013 was way betterI bought an Xbox One just to play this, and it turn out it horrible, it does not live out to the expectation, tomb raider 2013 was way better in every aspect, I spent 6 hours playing this game, trying to find an attachment to it but failed, I'm going to sell my Xbox One because f this **** I dont even know why they made it an exclusive. the game crashed and lags often enough. 0/10 Full Review »