The Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass has been updated with all-new content. Explore Croft Manor in the new “Blood Ties” story, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”.Read full description
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While a tad overpriced in and of its own right, the DLC content offered here is far, far superior to that released for the first Tomb Raider reboot. Especially for those of us drawn to the decidedly "spookier" side of the Tomb Raider myths. The highlight, hands-down, is the Baba Yaga "optional tomb", which is quite the epic mini-adventure in its own right. The story is very good (if a tad far-fetched!), and the difficulty levels of both the puzzles and final boss fight are certainly aimed at those older-school Croft fans who feel the new games are a tad on the dumb 'n' easy side (I'm not one of those people, but I know they exist, so I'm particularly recommending this to them). The Blood Ties mini-game also offers some rather excellent additional story content, while the zombie-shooting mayhem of "Cold Darkness Awakened" is sufficiently distracting for a spell. The other stuff - y'know, costumes, a co-op endurance mode, that kinda thing - is of little interest to me personally, but certainly adds to the overall value of the package. Of course, you now get all this content with the 20 Year Celebration edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider whether you like it or not, so this review mainly concerns those people who bought the base game before that time. My advice to these people? Definitely wait for a sale. Hell, you've waited THIS long...you can wait a bit longer, right? Half-price would be a very, very fair price for what's on offer here; less than that a downright bargain. A must-have, ultimately, for anyone who loved the main game; but don't expect more than ten hours of extra playtime, unless you're a particularly dedicated fan of survival and/or multiplayer modes.
There's a bunch of skins, several of the modifier cards for expeditions, and then 4 separate DLC modes: Baba Yaga is a story DLC where you go after a witch from Russian folklore. This was pretty cool and there are some sequences like Scarecrow from Arkham Asylum which is great. Endurance is as its name implies how long you can endure in the frozen wasteland. Run around, look for treasure, and be Bear Grylls for as long as you can until you die. Cold Darkness Awakened is nice and has a horror feel somewhat. You run around outside and inside a dark facility that makes some kind of zombie juice that turns men into zombies. Stop juice kill zombies good times. Blood Ties is not out at the time of this review but it promises additional story content and the ability to explore Croft Manor (!). All in all, I'd say this was worth it, I've had a great time in all 3 modes and the skins and cards are cool.
This low score tries to warn you about how unnecessary this season pass is. While I'm writing this lines only two or three DLCs are kind of worth it. Baba Yaga's DLC is the best one for sure, adding some extra hours to the campaign with a nice plot and giving you a new area with its own collectibles and challenges. Endurance Mode and Cold Darkness Awakened are good add-ons to the main game, but have in mind that they are just game modes and not additional hours to the main campaign as happened with Baba Yaga's DLC. I enjoyed them though, specially the Cold Darkness Awakened one. What's left is a collection of outfits and abilities that makes the game easier, and Rise of the Tomb Raider is just too easy to make it easier. The outfits are horrible, excluding a couple of them, and even though I had them in my inventory I just wore the default skin the whole game. The outfits from the DLCs just didn't suit the mood of the game and they seem out of place. I don't know if there will be more DLCs, but right now totally not worth it, not even on sale.
Did you play TR? I mean, the previous one. Well, this is pretty much the same thing with enhanced graphics and some new movements. But even the story and characters are pretty close to the first TR game. Still, this one has more ''puzzles'' than the first one, and there's more additional content and side quests. But it's pretty much the same. The optimization is good, my computer isn't the best and I still could play it (with frame drops of course, depending on the area). In short, if you liked the first one, here's more waiting for you. But don't expect something bigger, because it's not. It's pretty much the same. I still recommend it, it's fun to play.
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