Rise of the Tomb Raider

The sequel to the 2013 reboot of the franchise, the downloadable action-adventure game Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix is an origin story for the iconic Lara Croft, the very attractive female forgotten treasure’s hunter.

How to Download Rise of the Tomb Raider

In order to download Rise of the Tomb Raider, click on the Download link below the review. Another title you should consider checking is the next game in the series: Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

The Game Review

A symbol for modern video games, Lara Croft joined the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario when she debuted in 1996. She basically became a mascot for the then-brand-new PlayStation.

An action-adventure platforming series since the days of the PSX, Tomb Raider is one of those games that people expect generation in and generation out but which had grown stale in the later half of the 2000s. 2013’s reboot not only breathed new life into the once stale franchise but also launched a whole new raft of games in the Tomb Raider series.

Exploring Siberia in search of a lost artifact that imbues people with immortality, Rise of the Tomb Raider features many of the gameplay elements fans would expect from the series.

There’s a lot of running, jumping, climbing, and flipping. But there’s also combat here and there as well as open-world hub-like areas where Lara can interact with non-player characters and learn more about the world around her. Puzzle solving and exploration remain the two biggest things Lara does in the game, but those are series mainstays and Rise of the Tomb Raider does a good job of giving players an incentive to explore. Rewards for doing this include improved equipment as well as more background lore.

These hubs are also the location for side quests which include other tombs as well as opportunities to gain crafting materials. Like many games, these days, Rise of the Tomb Raider features a deep and developed crafting system that is worth time and resources put into it. But you don’t have to do it and it won’t ruin your game if you pay as little attention to it as possible. 

This change makes the narrative of Tomb Raider less linear than those in the past. And that’s a positive change as it breaks up the action and helps the player hone in on what is actually going down.

A change from the tropical environments of the past, Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Siberian wasteland nonetheless offers some stunning vistas and beautiful set pieces. Never before has Lara’s world been so thoroughly realized. Siberia feels like a real place and the developers’ push for photo-real locations really shows in the tomb design which offers a stark contrast to the bleak Siberia that you see outside.

In developing the game, the developers are Crystal Dynamics took into consideration player dislike for quicktime events and the addition of tons of side content was also something widely requested by players. These elements would become even more emphasized in the most recent installment, 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider is Lara Croft's adventure in the cold Siberia. Download it now and look for the lost city of Kitezh which some claim has sunk in the Lake Svetloyar.
9 Total Score
Rise of the Tomb Raider Review Summary

  • Updated Tomb Raider is the best Tomb Raider
  • Open-world hubs break up the narrative and action
  • Graphics are really cool and atmospheric
  • Some people hate solving puzzles
  • Combat can be awkward
  • You will still die at seemingly random times from things you thought you have mastered long ago
User Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Crystal Dynamics
Operating System
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File Size
25 GB
Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz, also known as Kehl Bayern is our staff writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of video games, he is interested in strategy, simulation, FPS, RPG, fighting, and retro games. Kehl Bayern is also the author of the science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.