I finally picked up an Xbox One, just in time to get a bundle with a couple of games from one of my favorite franchises of all time: Tomb Raider. I spent a good portion of a year in college guiding Lara Croft through challenging puzzles and raiding dangerous tombs, as well as finding creative and unnatural ways for her to die when I got frustrated with the game.
With those memories in mind, I picked up the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle which included that game as well as its predecessor, the Tomb Raider reboot (Definitive Edition). I had missed the reboot due to a long period of gaming inactivity, so I was stoked to get two new games to open my Xbox One experience.
While I did struggle for a little while with which game to tackle first, I ultimately decided that the experience of Tomb Raider would be damaged (in my mind) by playing its newer and technically more impressive sequel first. While I have yet to play Rise yet, from what I’ve read, I made the correct choice.
So, onto the review… (more…)