Even though 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was released to great critical acclaim, the game was not without its detractors. Many criticized the title for not living up to its namesake, with iconic protagonist Lara Croft spending most of her time surviving in the wilderness and shooting enemies, as opposed to actually raiding tombs. Crystal Dynamics has heard these complaints, though, and Rise of the Tomb Raider is looking to make up for Lara’s lack of actual tomb raiding in a big way.
Ever since the game was first revealed in its stunning E3 2014 trailer, Crystal Dynamics has been adamant that it will feature far more puzzle solving and tomb raiding than the previous Tomb Raider. The latest trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider reiterates that goal.
The new trailer, entitled “Descent Into Legend”, is a cinematic one that showcases various gameplay elements that players will experience in Rise of the Tomb Raider, with most of the action focusing on an actual tomb. It features Lara Croft completing various platforming sequences while exploring the tomb’s depths, all the while solving puzzles, smashing walls with a pickaxe, and more until she reaches the treasure at the bottom.
Lara’s victory is short-lived, however, as some enemies begin flinging flaming arrows at her. This sets the tomb ablaze, and results in another platforming sequence, one that wouldn’t look out of place in Sony’s Uncharted series, which borrowed heavily from Tomb Raider‘s first run. The full “Descent Into Legend” trailer can be seen below:
Microsoft has been pushing hard for Rise of the Tomb Raider as one of the biggest games releasing this holiday season, and they should considering it’s a timed exclusive on Xbox One. Before Uncharted 4 was delayed to 2016, Rise of the Tomb Raider was meant to be Xbox One’s answer to Uncharted, but now it’s competing virtually unopposed in its genre this November. Of course, it’s coming out on the same day as Fallout 4, which is unquestionably the most hyped game of the year by a considerable margin, so it will be interesting to see how Rise’s sales are affected by both its release date and its timed Xbox One exclusivity.
In any case, the “Descent Into Legend” trailer does a good job of showing that Lara will be doing plenty of tomb raiding in the new adventure, while still retaining the grittiness and overall tone of the reboot. Considering Rise of the Tomb Raider is three times larger than the 2013 game on top of the more traditional Tomb Raider gameplay, fans have plenty to be excited about this November.
What do you think of the latest trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider? Will you be picking up the game on release, or are you waiting for it to hit another platform?
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to release on November 10th for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game will come to PC in Q1 of 2016, and the PS4 in holiday 2016.